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May 26, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Criti
Don't let the plush paunch, gurgling tummy or the occasional comic aside fool you -- there's a restless dragon warrior just itching to break some heads in "Kung Fu Panda 2. " Po, still kicking and snacking and channeling Jack Black, believes he's the panda to do it. Master Shifu, who carries within him the wisdom of the ages and Dustin Hoffman's pipes, is not so sure. All of which makes for a lot of tension and boundary pushing in this frothy brothy, noodle-and-action-packed second chapter of the 2008 animated hit, "Kung Fu Panda," a rich vision of ancient China with warlords, Zen masters, old grudges and just a dash of modern day awesome.
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February 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The green ogre is moving out of his swamp and coming to London. DreamWorks Animation said it was teaming up with Merlin Entertainments, based in Poole, Britain, to create a Shrek-themed attraction on London's South Bank. The show will transport visitors through a "live interactive adventure" featuring Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and other characters from the popular DreamWorks franchise, the companies announced Monday morning. "It's not like anything else, if you can imagine a theater-like experience where you the audience are part of the story," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview.
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November 7, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Kung Fu Panda" was one of those movies you had to see to believe. At least to believe it was any good. The concept — a bumbling out-of-shape Panda named Po (voiced by Jack Black) finds himself living his dreams when fate decrees he join the Kung Fu elite of Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross), Monkey (Jackie Chan) and Viper (Lucy Liu) and overseen by the diminutive but mighty Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) — seemed pretty silly, designed to sell stuffed panda dolls more than anything else.
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January 9, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation is expanding its partnership with YouTube. The Glendale-based computer animation company is teaming up with YouTube to produce a series of daily shows that will highlight some of the most compelling entertainment on the video-sharing website, according to a person familiar with the plans. Called "YouTube Nation," the program will feature five-minute highlights of the best of YouTube programming. The series will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and YouTube, which is financing the venture, and is expected to debut next week.
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December 3, 2008 | Michael Ordona
"What if Akira Kurosawa made a 'Looney Tunes'?" That, says "Kung Fu Panda" producer Melissa Cobb, was co-director John Stevenson's approach to the Oscar-submitted animated movie. "We wanted to shoot it in Cinemascope; we wanted the grandeur. We wanted to let the physical comedy get pretty broad, but it was a fine line to walk there . . . to also honor the complexity of kung fu and the beauty of China."
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October 29, 2008 | Richard Verrier, Verrier is a Times staff writer.
A slovenly panda gave DreamWorks Animation SKG better-than-expected third-quarter results Tuesday, but couldn't overcome the monstrous revenue delivered a year earlier by a green ogre. Driven by the worldwide box office of "Kung Fu Panda," DreamWorks Animation reported net income of $37.4 million, or 41 cents a share, down 21% from the same quarter a year earlier, when it released "Shrek the Third." Revenue fell 6% to $151.5 million.
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June 6, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
The unexpected contrast in the title can help sell a movie. Take "Mr. Mom," "Bad Santa" or "Urban Cowboy." Each of those titles grabs attention by setting up a contradiction. DreamWorks Animation SKG and distributor Paramount Pictures hope that kind of juxtaposition will work with "Kung Fu Panda," opening today at 4,114 theaters.
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August 30, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
DreamWorks Animation has become the second Hollywood studio to enter into a distribution agreement with China's top online video site, Youku.com. Youku said Monday that it had signed a deal with the Glendale animation studio to distribute the "Kung Fu Panda" movies in China, marking the first time that DreamWorks releases have been made available in that country through the Internet. Both of the previously released "Kung Fu Panda" films, which were hugely popular in China, will be immediately available on Youku's premium on-demand service for less than $1. The movies will subsequently be available for free viewing on Youku's Hollywood Movie Channel.
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February 22, 2009 | Cristy Lytal
Soon after his freshman year at what was then the West Surrey College of Art and Design, James Baxter abandoned his studies to frame someone for murder. Luckily, that someone was Roger Rabbit. "It was the sort of thing that doesn't come up very often, movies like that in London," says Baxter of his first feature, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." "Me and just a bunch of friends ran over to the studio and said, 'Please look at our student films!' They gave us a job doing in-betweens.
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April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The FX channel is going to be the TV destination for "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Kung Fu Panda" and other DreamWorks animated movies. FX struck a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG distributor Paramount Pictures that gives the cable channel the TV rights to releases from 2008 to 2012. Also included in the deal are "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," "Shrek Goes Fourth" and the sequel to "Kung Fu Panda."
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January 3, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation SKG is premiering its first computer tablet, one that will teach kids how to be their own animators. The Glendale-based creator of the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies has partnered with El Segundo-based Fuhu Inc. to create DreamTab, billed as a state-of-the-the art tablet designed for kids. The 8-inch by 12-inch device, which features a new 4.4 Kit Kat Android based operating system, will allow kids to stream movies, TV shows and play games with various innovative parental controls and educational tools.
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November 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kate Linthicum
President Barack Obama put the klieg light on Hollywood Tuesday, crediting the motion picture and television industry for being an engine of growth and a bright spot in a recovering economy. "Entertainment is one of the bright spots of our economy," Obama told a crowd of nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG. "The gap between what we can do and other countries can do is enormous. That's worth cheering about. " Obama was hosted by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is one of Obama's biggest contributors and fundraisers.
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July 31, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation has tapped former Nickelodeon executive Marjorie Cohn as its first head of television, overseeing the production and development of the studio's new TV group. During her 26-year tenure at Viacom's Nickelodeon, Cohn was involved in the creation and production of some of the industry's most successful children's programs, including "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Rugrats," "iCarly" and the Kids' Choice Awards. In her new job at DreamWorks Animation, Cohn will head up a new TV team at the Glendale-based studio that will develop and produce 1,200 hours of original episodes over the next five years.
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July 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
She's an American icon with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But it has been four decades since she had her own prime-time TV show, on which her courage, loyalty and knack for saving the day endeared her to millions of baby boomers. Can Lassie really come home again? A Hollywood studio is hoping so. DreamWorks Animation, creator of the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movies, plans to put the charismatic collie back in the public eye, along with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and other decades-old characters.
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June 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
With the freshly-announced deals to produce animated television shows for Netflix and Germany's leading children's TV channel, DreamWorks Animation is well on the way to reinventing itself as a multifaceted media company. That's the message Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is imparting to Wall Street in the wake of the company's television deals with Netflix and Super RTL . "We're now on a path to becoming the biggest producer and distributor of high quality TV programming on a global basis," Katzenberg said in a conference call with analysts Tuesday.  "DreamWorks is increasingly shifting from an animated film company into a multifaceted entertainment company.
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June 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the latest push to expand its television production business, DreamWorks Animation has signed a five-year deal to produce animated television shows for German broadcaster Super RTL. Under the deal, the creator of the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" franchises will supply up to 1,100 hours of animated programming for Super RTL, the leading children's TV channel in Germany. The licensing agreement includes new television series inspired by DreamWorks' hit franchises and future films, the first two of which will be "How to Train Your Dragon" and a show based on the upcoming snail comedy "Turbo,"  set for release in July.
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October 3, 2008
Newman tribute: Broadway theaters in New York will dim their lights for one minute at 8 tonight in memory of actor Paul Newman, who died last Friday. Freshman series: Fox has given a full-season pickup to its first-year drama "Fringe." Actor honored: James Earl Jones will be given a life achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25. More "Panda": DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced plans for a sequel to "Kung Fu Panda," to be released in 2011, with Jack Black returning as the voice of Po, the panda.
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June 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation has signed a multi-year deal to produce more than 300 hours of original programming for Netflix Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, DreamWorks Animation, creator of "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" franchises, will develop shows for Netflix based on its own past and upcoming feature films. DreamWorks Animation will also use the Classic Media library it acquired as a resource. That library includes the characters Casper the Friendly Ghost, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
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June 7, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Even as DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg was in China this week crowing about the box office success of "The Croods",  Chinese theater owners were ordered by regulators to end the movie's theatrical run two weeks earlier than anticipated. The move was widely interpreted as a way to make room for local animation films, underscoring how even the Hollywood studios that are the most successful in China can be subject to the unpredictable decisions of government authorities eager to expand their own film industry.
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