Category: DreamWorks Pictures
Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.
Penguins of Madagascar is an American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own adventure. Apart from the main characters, it is unrelated to the TV series of the same name.
The film was directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and written by Michael Colton, John Aboud, and Brandon Sawyer. It stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, and Ken Jeong. The film was released on November 26, 2014. It is the first film in the Madagascar franchise that is distributed by 20th Century Fox and the final film to be produced by Pacific Data Images before its closure in 2015.
Penguins of Madagascar
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich
Screenplay by: John Aboud, Michael Colton
Production Management: Philip M. Cohen
Music by: Lorne Balfe
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: November 26, 2014
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Five years after the Viking village of Berk has made peace with the dragons, dragons now live amongst the villagers as working animals and companions, and even take part in racing sports. Hiccup goes on adventures with his dragon, Toothless, as they discover and map unexplored lands and territories. Having come of age, he is being pressed by his father, Stoick the Vast, to succeed him as chieftain, although Hiccup remains unsure if he is ready for this responsibility.
While investigating a wildfire, Hiccup and Astrid discover the remains of a fort encased in a colossal blue ice formation and encounter a dragon trapper named Eret, who blames them for the destruction of his fort and attempts to capture their dragons for an insane conqueror called Drago Bludvist. The two riders return to Berk to warn Stoick about the dragon army that Drago is amassing, and Stoick orders the villagers to fortify the island and prepare for battle. Stoick explains that he once met Drago at a gathering of chiefs and found him to be an unreasonable madman, but Hiccup refuses to believe that war is inevitable. After Stoick interrupts their plan to get Eret to take them to his master, Hiccup flies off with Toothless in search of Drago, to try and reason with him.
They are captured by a dragon rider named Valka, who is revealed to be Hiccup’s long lost mother. She explains that she, like her son, was unable to kill dragons, and so, after being carried off during a dragon raid, spent twenty years rescuing dragons from Drago’s traps and bringing them to an island haven created out of ice by a colossal Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast, to whom all dragons answer. Stoick tracks Hiccup to the island where he discovers that his wife is still alive. Simultaneously, Astrid and the other riders kidnap Eret to find Drago, but they are also captured and Drago learns of Berk’s dragons.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington
Screenplay by: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell
Production Design by: Rebecca Huntley
Animation Department: J.C. Alvarez, Michael Amo, Julien Bocabeille
Music by: John Powell
MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: June 13, 2014
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960′s and 70′s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one which begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon—the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
Need for Speed is an American action thriller film directed by Scott Waugh, written by George Gatins and John Gatins and produced by DreamWorks Pictures. Based on the series of video games by Electronic Arts, the film stars Aaron Paul as street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country, as a way of avenging his friend’s death at the hands of a rival racer (Dominic Cooper).
Need for Speed was released by Touchstone Pictures on March 14, 2014, in 3D, IMAX, and conventional theaters. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the film went on to earn $203.3 million at the worldwide box office.
Need for Speed
Directed by: Scott Waugh
Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton, Kid Cudi, Rami Malek
Screenplay by: John Gatins, George Nolfi
Production Design by: Jon Hutman
Cinematography by: Shane Hurlbut
Film Editing by: Paul Rubell, Scott Waugh
Costume Design by: Ellen Mirojnick
Art Direction by: Christopher R. DeMuri
Music by: Nathan Furst
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Me and My Shadow tells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world’s most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World – They lead, we follow – and takes control of Stanley.
The film features the world’s most boring person, Stanley Grubb, and his Shadow Stan. When a crime in the Shadow World puts both their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley, and stand up to a shadowy villain, who intends to lead a rebellion to take over the human world.
Revealed in December 2010, Mark Dindal was set to direct the film, with a schedule to be released in March 2013. In March 2011, the film was pushed to November 2013, and in June 2012, to March 14, 2014, replacing another DreamWorks Animation’s film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In January 2012, it was announced that Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson have joined the cast, and that Alessandro Carloni, a head of story of How to Train Your Dragon, has replaced Dindal. It will be the first DreamWorks movie (aside from the 2D / flash scenes in The Croods and the Kung Fu Panda movies) to feature traditional animation since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas in 2003. In February 2013, the film returned to development, with Mr. Peabody & Sherman taking its release date.
Me and My Shadow
Directed by: Alessandro Carloni
Starring: Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Bill Hader
Screenplay by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, Ron J. Friedman, Steve Bencich
Art Department: Guy Bar’ely, Brett Nystul, Elaine Bogan
Production Management: Jason Bertsch, Philip M. Cohen
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius… who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet — being a parent.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is, at its heart, the story of the relationship between a father and his son. “Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman and raised him the best way he knows how,” explains the film’s director, Rob Minkoff, whose previous hits include the beloved animated film “The Lion King” and the live-action/CG animated “Stuart Little.” “Like with any family, things become complicated, so they both must grow and learn from their experiences and ultimately become an even better family.”
Even a world-class genius like Mr. Peabody will always have a lot to learn when it comes to parenting. “Mr. Peabody has to acknowledge that he doesn’t always completely understand his son,” adds producer Alex Schwartz. “Peabody discovers that giving up control is one of the greatest challenges one faces as a parent.”
Some of Mr. Peabody’s parenting lessons come via decidedly non-traditional child-rearing methods – like taking Sherman in a series of incredible adventures traveling across time. Time travel is a compelling notion that lends an intriguing dimension to an exciting, adventure-filled story. The film’s contemporary characters interact with equally entertaining famous figures from history – a dynamic that provides surprising fish out of water moments and myriad culture clashes. Journeying across the eras also offers a host of rules that must be followed – like never meeting yourself and having as little impact on the past as possible.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s entree to the infinite folds of history is a wondrous contraption called the WABAC, which is the singular creation of the world’s greatest inventor, Mr. Peabody. The perspicacious pooch built the device so Sherman could experience history up close and personal. The WABAC is much more than a vehicle; it’s character in its own right, which becomes an integral player in Peabody and Sherman’s adventures through time.
Like Father, Like Son
Rob Minkoff says that Mr. Peabody and Sherman are a classic movie team, “like Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, Holmes and Watson.” That’s heady company, but Mr. Peabody isn’t your typical beagle: he is nothing less than a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmet, Olympic medalist, and genius – who just happens to be a dog.
Peabody possesses the genius of Einstein, the wit of Oscar Wilde, the daring of Indiana Jones, the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, the sartorial style of James Bond, and the culinary skills of Mario Batali. The one thing that challenges Peabody is keeping up with his adopted boy Sherman. Peabody devotes himself to Sherman, from whom he learns the one thing even a genius has to figure out – parenthood.
Ty Burrell, who voices Peabody, brings additional shadings to an already richly conceived character. But initially, says Minkoff, the “Modern Family” star wasn’t an obvious choice. “Ty is famous and beloved for playing put-upon dad Phil Dunphy in ‘Modern Family,’ and Phil isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. But when we put his performance together with the character of Peabody, it really locks into Peabody’s personality.”
“When you think about it, Mr. Peabody and Sherman were the original ‘Modern Family,'” Minkoff jokes. “What could be more modern than a dog as a parent?”
Producer Alex Schwartz (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) notes that Burrell “brings humanity and warmth to Peabody, as well as tremendous humor and a unique vocal cadence.”
Burrell certainly had his work cut out for him; after all, he’s playing a character that, he describes as “essentially perfect, which is a very interesting kind of character to play because I am so imperfect. Peabody makes almost no mistakes, expect in fatherhood, as all dads do. He can think himself out of any situation or problem, except when it comes to dealing with Sherman.”
Burrell prepped for the role by watching the classic television shorts upon which the film is based. “From that, I would find my way back into my own voice,” he explains. “Peabody speaks with such precision; his consonants are always very clear.”
Burrell’s on-screen son is voiced by young actor Max Charles (ABC-TV’s “The Neighbors,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”), who, says Alex Schwartz, brings an authentic “kid’s voice” to Sherman. “Max is very funny, has fantastic timing and an adorable voice that sounds like he’s chewing on marbles.”
Charles’ Sherman is open, enthusiastic and over-curious. Growing up with his adoptive dad – the time-traveling super-genius Mr. Peabody – gives Sherman many opportunities for adventure. Like most youngsters, Sherman has a penchant for trouble and sometimes finds himself in over his head, but Sherman always makes certain to fix even the most difficult problems he creates.
“Sherman is a genuine kid,” says Minkoff. “He’s quite naive at times, but he’s actually a terrific student of Mr. Peabody’s because one of the special things they do together is travel through history. Peabody has taken the time to introduce Sherman to many of history’s greatest events.”
“Sherman is a kid through and through,” Schwartz elaborates. “He’s intelligent and a quick learner, but at the same time, he doesn’t always think things through and tends to leap before he looks.”
As any parent knows, those kinds of “leaps” can lead to breakage – and for Sherman, breaking the rules of time travel has extraordinary consequences. Says Max Charles: Sherman is “a normal kid who gets to do some unusual stuff, like travel back in time.”
Sherman learns a lot about everything from Mr. Peabody, and as Charles sees it the reverse is also true. “Peabody also learns a lot from Sherman, like how to be a little more laid back, and a little more trusting.”
“Peabody realizes that Sherman’s imperfections are what make him so wonderful,” adds Burrell, “and that it’s really worth trying to make himself more vulnerable.”
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ellie Kemper, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks
Screenplay by: Craig Wright
Film Editing by: Tom Finan
Music by: Danny Elfman
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and brief rude humor.
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: March 7, 2014