DreamWorks Animation: 2013-2016 Line-Up

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 15th, 2013 at 12:51 pm,

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Now that the ink has dried on DreamWorks Animation’s new distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, the studio is ready to show off their slate of upcoming feature films.

However, rather than announce one or two films for next year, DreamWorks has unveiled their entire line-up from 2013 through to 2016, which includes How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 3Kung-Fu Panda 3, an adaptation of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a number of original properties, and more.

Last time DreamWorks announced an upcoming slate, they outlined a plan that included releasing up to three films a year. At least one of those films would be an original creation, while the other two would likely be a sequel. However, this new slate will feature many more non-sequels and a few adaptations of popular properties.


March 22, 2013 – The Croods

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Nicolas Cage provides the voice of Grug, a pre-historic caveman who, along with his family, is forced to relocate after his home is destroyed. Things get interesting when Grug’s daughter’s boyfriend (Ryan Reynolds) tags along for the journey.

Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco are directing the film, with additional voices being provided by Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.


July 19, 2013 – Turbo

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Here’s the synopsis for Turbo:

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne. His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fateful day after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer.

Ryan Reynolds will be providing the voice for Turbo, and will joined by the likes of Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, and Ken Jeong for this “fish out of water” story. The film is based on an original script from David Soren, who will also be directing.


November 1, 2013 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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A big screen adaptation of the popular Rocky and Bullwinkle side cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows the exploits of a boy and his dog. However, in a total role reversal, it is Mr. Peabody the dog that has all the brains, and Sherman the boy that is his loyal companion.

The Lion King director Rob Minkoff will be helming the film, with Ty Burrell (Modern Family) providing the voice for Mr. Peabody and Max Charles (Amazing Spider-Man) voicing Sherman. Rounding out the cast will be celebrated actors like Allison Janey, Richard Jenkins, and Stephen Tobolowsky.


March 14, 2014 – Me and My Shadow

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Not much is known about Me and My Shadow, but it will reportedly feature a blend of CGI and hand-drawn animation. The story follows a shadow that “yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck with a timid guy.” Josh Gad, Bill Hader, and Kate Hudson will be providing the voices.


June 20, 2014 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

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This sequel to the Oscar-nominated 2011 animated film will further adapt Cressida Crowell’s book series, which follows the adventures of the young Viking Hiccup and his dragon. Director Dean DeBlois teased that with a newfound understanding of dragons, Hiccup will gain an increased curiousity in the world outside of his village, but beyond that, not much is known about the plot.

Along with director DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and Jonah Hill will all be returning for the sequel.


November 26, 2014 – Happy Smekday!

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Based on Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, this film boasts “the two most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.” The book’s plot focuses on an alien invasion of Earth as seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old girl. Eventually, the girl encounters a friendly member of the invading alien race, and the two set off on a quest to save the planet.

Director Tim Johnson will be helming the project, and Rihanna and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) have signed on to voice the young girl and the alien respectively.


March 27, 2015 – The Penguins of Madagascar

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Like Puss in Boots, the penguins from DreamWorks’ Madagascar series are getting their own spin-off. There’s no word on a story, but we imagine it’ll involve at least one half-baked plan from the penguin leader Skipper.

Madagascar director Tom McGrath has signed on to reprise his role as Skipper, but iSimon J. Smith (Bee Movie) will be directing the spin-off.


June 5, 2015 – Trolls (Working Title)

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All we know is that the film will star the popular ’60s (and ’90s) dolls, and that Jason Scwartzman and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) are on board. We shudder at the thought of this becoming a franchise…unless it turns out to be really, really good.


November 6, 2015 – B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations

Seth Rogen leads a yet unannounced cast in a story that follows a ghost who must return to ghost school to hone his craft. There are hints of Monsters, Inc. contained within the concept, but that’s only based on the very brief synopsis.


December 19, 2015 - Mumbai Musical (Working Title)

Mumbai Musical is touted as a Bollywood-style animated musical that is told from the point of view of a group of monkeys. No cast has been announced, but Kevin Lima (A Goofy MovieTarzan, Enchanted) will be directing, and Oscar-winning composed A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will be providing the music. This could be one of the more original animated films to hit theaters in quite some time.


March 18, 2016 – Kung Fu Panda 3

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Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, David Cross, and Jackie Chan are expected to return for the third film in DreamWorks juggernaut franchise. Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh will return to direct, and Guillermo del Toro is reportedly serving as Executive Producer on the film.


June 18, 2016 – How to Train Your Dragon 3

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If its predecessor proves successful, DeBlois and the remaining cast members are signed up to return. Considering the scant details we have about How to Train Your Dragon 2, it’s hardly worth speculating about the plot for this third film just yet.


DreamWorks’ slate for 2013-2016 is certainly an eclectic collection of films, ranging from potential awards show contenders to highly-anticipated sequels. Of the films DreamWorks announced in years past but never released, only The Croods survived to make it on this list. This leaves us wondering whether any of these films might never make it past pre-production.

It’s also important to note that a lot of these are tentative release dates and are likely to be tweaked in favor of more favorable positioning. For now, though, these nine films are what moviegoers can look forward to from the studio in the coming years.

Dreamworks’ next film, The Rise of the Guardianshits theaters November 21st, 2012.


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  1. I’m kinda disappointed considering their wont be a Spirit Stallion of the Cimmoron 2 coming out 2016. I was really interested and hopeful.

  2. can you please,please PLEASE! make a spirit 2!you know about the wild stallion realeast at 1002 i loved that movie and so did lots of others ive probly watched it more then 100 times now! so please make another one!

  3. what about make spirit 2 in 2017 if the movi list is full or there is no time but please make a spirit 2!!!

  4. PLEASE make Rise Of The Guardians 2… I Love DreamWorks so much thanx for ROTG1, but you have make them to series….

  5. Please dreamworks, make the second movie of origin of the Guardians

  6. Spirit 2 please! Reunite the horses and the Indians!

  7. please tell me is there will be a turbo 2

  8. I have been seeing a lot of speculation about a spirit 2 or not but I was wondering if Dreamworks could give us fans an answer of if it will or could ever happen that would be great and I know that we would all appreciate another one and an answer

  9. I really would have liked to see a Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmoron 2. Such an amazing movie. My all time favourite and always will be!

  10. Spirit 2 would be awesome

  11. Make a spirit 2 im 10 and am in love With Spiritualität ans Rain i would love To see what hapens next

  12. HEY, Spirit stallion here, look i think we would really, deeply LOVE it if you guys would make a Spirit 2 Ive been waiting 17 years for the second movie to come out. Now i think all Spirit fans would like it too. So please make a second spirit. We are waiting! Thank you for yo u time. Please make a second movie. Please please please please please please…

  13. MAKE A “Spirit – stallion of the cimmaron herd” 2!! Number 2!!! Please we have had petition with over 10,000 signs!!!! Please make a spirit 2!!! :(

  14. Really looking forward for spirit 2 im 17 and i love spirit! It has been my number one movie since i was a little girl i really wish that dream works would work on spirit’s legacy! Many people really want to see this happen
    i know that ill be looking forward to it so please please try and makes this happen! <3

  15. Please please please make a Rise of the Guardians 2! It’s my favorite movie of all time!!

  16. Yesssss How to train your dragon 3!!! And there should be Raise of the guardians 2 also

  17. Dreamworks, I know things must be busy in the studios, animation takes a lot of work. But I grew up watching Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I’ve probably seen it thousands of times. I know it was released in 2002, and that 12 years later a sequel is unlikely to ever happen, but it would mean the world to me and so many others if there was a Spirit 2. It made about 143 million in box office sales the first time around,it won so many awards, and it made such a huge impact on people that the American Paint Horse Association made Rain the first and only animated horse to ever be registered. 300: rise of an Empire is proof that sequels can come out years later and still be a HUGE success. Making a Spirit 2, especially after the Storm, son of Rain and Spirit, toy,would mean the world to so many horse fans out there. Surely you can try to find a way to reboot this lost and lovely movie?

  18. Err….that’s 122 million. Sorry

  19. Please make a Spirit 2!!! I grew up watching(and loving)that movie and I would love to see a sequel. I mean TONS of people adored the first movie and want to see a second one!! So could you PLEASE make a Spirit 2 ’cause lots of people are hoping you make one as good, or even better than the original.

  20. Hello,
    A group of people and I really LOVE Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron. We always see on Youtube people animating and planning to make an unlicensed film and asking people to be voice actors. We would love to see Dream Works present another movie about Spirit the stallion. All the horse lovers, including me, would see it in a heartbeat. Dont get me wrong, I like the series How to Train a Dragon, but Spirit has alway been my favorite movie over every movie that has came out. I’m sure there are more horse lovers in the world than there are ogre, dragons and penguin lovers. Many people have started making petitions to make a Spirit 2. You can google Spirit 2 petitions and many will come up, http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/spirit2/signatures?page=1 this just bein one of the many few. As you can see , many people would like to see a Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2. Please just think about it and get back with me.
    Thank you,
    Savannah Harris

  21. ok we all want a Spirit 2, people all over want it. so are you making a #2 or not

  22. Can you please make a spirit 2 alot of people enjoyed the first one alot of people grew up watching this movie it would mean alot if you made a second one

  23. hi, When are you make spirit 2? I and my sons love it so great movie. So we hope that there is a part 2 coming. Yours sincerely paula

  24. im kinda disapointed ;_; there wasnt spirit 2. I’ve been waiting 12 years!

  25. How to train ur dragon 2 was AMAZING I just watched it and it was unbelievabally better than the first, can’t wait till part 3!!!!!!!!

  26. Make a spirit 2, there have been rumors going on for over 10 years! It would make a lot of people happy to see spirit 2 on the 2016 or 2017 list!

  27. Spirit 2 could work if they had something along the lines of using a new horse.. maybe one bred in captivity or one that was taken as a little foal. I am aware that there can’t be a sequel with Spirit but maybe a new horse trying to find his way to true happiness and freedom. After all… Isn’t it all about horse cruelty or history?


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