LOOKING AHEAD: Dreamworks

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Dreamworks Studio ambitiously tried to compete with Disney by cranking out movies every few MONTHS (the studio would come out with about three a year) but as many can attest, more is not always best. Critics weren’t too pleased and audiences didn’t show up (a deadly combination).

After miss-fires like Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman the studio is struggling to say the least. With their most promising new franchise (How To Train Your Dragon) not doing as well as they hoped and depended on, their putting their weight on older franchises that have worked in the past (see Penguins of Madasgar).  In true Dreamworks fashion, they’ve got plenty of upcoming films but few promising ones.

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Both Home and B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations seem a little too Monsters VS. Aliens to me so I’m not expecting anyone to care.

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Me and My Shadow has an incredible title (just think of the possibilities) but because this is Dreamworks and not PIXAR don’t expect this to be touching or emotional in any way. Sure enough, the synopses makes it out to be a Rise of the Guardians storyline about a shadow lord trying to take over the world. Dammit. It could’ve been so good.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 will carry the studio to 2016 with a truly impressive concept. Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson join the cast as Po’s father and love interest making it all the more hilarious.

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The only reason I put up Boss Baby is because it’s about a baby in a suit with Kevin Hart and Alec Baldwin on board (I’m sorry but to me that sounds amazing!!!).

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Captain Underpants, based on the ridiculously popular comic book, sounds like it could pull a Lego Movie on us and actually be somewhat good. They’ve spun the story so that it’s the story of a High School teacher (played by Ed Helms) who turns into the famous superhero by his students (one of them being Kevin Hart). Just hear me out.

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How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be interesting to see how it plays out. The franchise has been well received by critics and audiences but it never amounts to much. We’ll see if this third attempt can really push the franchise into Shrek territory (meaning piles of money).

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The Croods 2 and Puss and Boots 2 both seem like the the type of movie you’re aware about but that you’ll never actually see. They aren’t mainstream enough to be a must-see and aren’t PIXAR enough to be critically loved.These two are sure to be passed over.

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Madagascar 4 is one that’s different. Their last installment (Europe’s Most Wanted) hit a sour note by playing too young. But their spin-off movie (Penguins of Madagascar) is being praised as hilarious to all audiences. It’ll be interesting to see which one this movie is.

All these movies seem good as box office sells, but none have chances at award shows (excluding How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Puss and Boots 2). They are the type of movies that have big stars and interesting concepts but no audience. Unlike PIXAR, fans don’t have a loyalty to Dreamworks. They might be aware of the movies, they may even like the trailers, but there is going to be a better movie opening that same weekend. They are pleasant if their not painful but in most of these movies, their forgotten.

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