9. April 2019 Johannes Wolters

Annecy 2019: DreamWorks Animation unveils its new productions at Annecy

Screening Event, extended previews, Studio Focus and an exhibition. DreamWorks celebrates in style!

DreamWorks Animation today unveiled its slate of film and TV programming for the 43rd edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

On Tuesday, June 11, the studio will preview its upcoming slate of feature films, headlined by the September 2019 release in the USA of Abominable, a co-production with Pearl Studio, written and directed by Jill Culton, produced by Suzanne Buirgy with Todd Wilderman serving as co-director. The program, hosted by DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn, will include an introduction from Pearl Studio Chief Creative Officer Peilin Chou and an extended preview of work-in-progress footage from the film presented by the filmmakers. The program will also preview footage from the studio’s 2020 slate and will close with the world premiere of the studio’s latest short film, Marooned, directed by Andrew Erekson and produced by Jeff Hermann.

On Thursday, June 13, DreamWorks Animation Television will assemble a roster of talent for a Studio Focus session that will explore the diverse and expansive slate currently in production. The panel, moderated by DWA’s Chief Creative Officer of TV Peter Gal will include Noelle Stevenson, executive producer of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power; Tim Hedrick, executive producer of the Fast & Furious animated series; and Rad Sechrist, executive producer of a new upcoming project. The producers will present creative details and footage from each series and discuss the unique challenges and rewards of animated television production.

In addition, two-time Academy Award®-nominee and Golden Globe winner Dean DeBlois (also serving on this year’s Jury), will introduce a special Open-air Screening of the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on the Pâquier Lawn on Thursday evening, June 13.

The DreamWorks Animation Television series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, recently launched on Prime Video, has been selected for the Official competition of the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in the TV films category. Screening times will be released at a later date.

The Artistic Journey of the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy

From May 11, to June 23, the general public will be able to explore the free exhibition „The Artistic Journey of the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy“ at the Manège du Haras, Annecy. The DreamWorks Animation Studios worked with the Art Ludique team, to select, in collaboration with director Dean DeBlois and the artists from the trilogy, the most impressive artworks that represent of their creative vision of all three films. After appearing in Paris, nearly 200 traditional and digital artworks will be displayed with commentary from the production team through interviews especially created for the exhibition.

In partnership with the City of Annecy, CITIA and Universal Pictures International France.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is released on DVD and Blu-ray June 11.

Abominable

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him Everest and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Written / Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home), Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods)

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. Pearl Studio will handle distribution in China.

Marooned

In this stylized look of the not too distant future, Marooned, tells the story of a cantankerous and selfish robot named, C-0R13. Stranded on an abandoned lunar outpost, C-0R13 longs to return to Earth. With a partially built ship and his last power source, this determined robot will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. His character and his mission will be put to the test when he learns what it truly means to be selfless.

DreamWorks Animation

Directed by Andy Erekson, produced by Jeff Hermann, with music by Amie Doherty.

DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 22 EmmyⓇ Awards since inception in 2013.

 

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