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DreamWorks Animation Wins Kung Fu Panda Lawsuit!

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Yeesh! Close call, DreamWorks Animation!

The studio has just won a lawsuit from Terence Dunn, a self-described "writer-producer-teacher-philosopher" and the CEO of a company named Zen-Bear Ince., who pressed charges against them in June of 2010 for breach of implied contract on the Kung Fu Panda series when he asserted that the idea of a “spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear” had been brought to them by him in November 2001 with the expectation that he'd be included in the project. Furthermore, he came up with the idea that bear was "adopted by five animal friends in the forest (a tiger, a leopard, a dragon, a snake and a crane), whose destiny is foretold by an old and wise sage, Turquoise Tortoise, and who comes of age and fulfills his destiny as a martial arts hero and spiritual avatar."

Despite all of this,

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Dreamworks Animation Combining The Best Of Both Worlds For New Flick!

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This could be pretty cool! And we always appreciate some old-school hand-drawn animation!

Dreamworks is reportedly working on a brand new project called Me And My Shadow, which will incorporate both hand-drawn and CGI animation techniques, sort of similar to that in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The film, headed by The Emperor's New Groove director Mark Dindal and written by Steve Bencich and Ron Friedman, will focus on a shadow named Stan who is unhappy being attached to a boring human named Stanley Grubb, so he decides to start LEADING him!

DWA President of Production Bill Damaschke explains:

"The project combines the time-honored tradition of hand-drawn animation with the magical sophistication of CG characters and worlds in ways that have never been experienced by audiences before. It will be super-challenging but very cool."

Such an innovative concept! We're very curious to see what this ends up looking like!

We have a very good feeling about this one!

What do U think?? Will U check out Me And My Shadow??

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Dreamworks Animation Goes Sequel Crazy!

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Those of us out there who have been thinking that they should release several more Kung Fu Panda movies should get ready to celebrate…because it's happening!

While we'd also be innerested in seeing some new animated projects from Dreamworks, the studio's Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg has decided to focus a lot of the company's energy on making lots of sequels to their existing popular franchises.

Here's Jeffrey on the future of Madagascar:

"So today I can tell you pretty succinctly where Madagascar goes. Ultimately they will come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there’s probably one more for them. Yeah, there’s probably a fourth there."

And here's the Animation chief on the future of Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon:

"Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books."

Well, we're sure you'll make lots of $$$ with these sequels, Dreamworks, but doesn't it bother you a bit that it's going to take 6 Kung Fu Pandas to tell your full story, whereas Disney/Pixar's Up did it in 96 minutes? Just sayin'!

Are U excited for tons of sequels from Dreamworks Animation movies? Or does this seem like overkill?

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Mike Myers To Voice Shrek Pepe Le Pew

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If we mention that we think this idea stinks, it's only because Mike Myers will be lending his voice to a skunk!

Now that the Shrek series is over or so they say, Myers has found a new animated character to lend his voice to: Looney Tunes' alum Pepe LePew!

Looks like Warner Bros is trying to breathe new life into their stock of classic characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. Inneresting that they decided to go with a more obscure character first.

After making $1.2 billion for Dreamworks Animaton with Shrek, it's no surprise that Warner would take interest in Myers to voice a CGI version of Pepe Le Pew.

Much like Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Avatar, the majority of the film will be shot in live action, with only Le Pew and his love interest, Penelope Pussycat, to be CGI characters.

Do U think a movie about the Warner Bros skunk smells like a good idea?

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