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Highest grossing animated project of 2011 is a video game

Highest Grossing Animated Project of 2011

…and it’s not a videogame about a cartoon show either, but a realistic war game: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has a launch that is not only the biggest in the videogame industry, the Activision game can boast of numbers that will eclipse even the openings of Adventures of Tintin and Kung Fu Panda 2 combined. The game sold 6.5 million units in NA and UK, earning $400 million and well on its way to $1 billion. Which still eclipses even the opening takes of the highest grossing film of all time, Harry Potter’s latest/last installment, which only took in $91 million as its opening gross.

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Sticky Situation

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Sticky Situation

Finally, after all the waiting, Nickelodeon will premiere the brand new Kung Fu Panda series on Monday November 7th at 5:30pm. The CG DreamWorks Animation toon, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, follows Po, Viper, Mr. Ping and others from the Kung Fu Panda franchise in regular series-based adventures, where the Dragon Warrior teams with the Furious Five to defend the Valley of Peace from various threats. t’s like having a Po all of your own!! In the episode, Sticky Situation, Po accidentally destroys the training hall. Yeah, sounds about right! To make up for his mistake, he looks for the hall’s original builder, entirely unaware that the inventor is an old enemy of Shifu’s. It’s like we’ve never left you!!

DreamWorks Animation pairs Kung Fu Panda with Youku in China

DreamWorks Animation pairs Kung Fu Panda with Youku in China

The Kung Fu Panda series has been among DreamWorks’ most popular and successful films, entertaining U.S. audiences to the tune of $380 million at the box office. Focusing on many Asian themes, for example… you know… Kung Fu, the film has an obvious following in Mainland China, at least for those who were able to see it. In order to help on the quest, Youku, one of China’s online TV companies, has worked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to distribute Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 across China via the Youku Premium on-demand service. Bring it on, Po!

DreamWorks Animation to bring Shreks, Dragons, and Pandas to Netflix?

DreamWorks Animation to bring Shreks, Dragons, and Pandas to Netflix?

In a major mingling of the entertainment brands, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix are working on a deal that would give Netflix the exclusive streaming rights to every movie from the DreamWorks studio. Currently, that deal is in place between DreamWorks and HBO, but Netflix could take over for HBO, and the foreseeable future – and soon! That would mean every Shrek, every How to Train Your Dragon, Kung-Fu Panda, Puss in Boots, Megamind, Madagascar, Monsters vs. Aliens, and all titles we don’t even know about yet (Bee movie 2??). Time to queue some flicks up, and get to streaming!

Pixar’s Cars 2 has Disney’s Brightest Day

Pixar's Cars 2 has Disney's Brightest Day

This past weekend saw Cars 2 drive to the top spot at the box office. The CG Disney film was the fifth highest-ever opening weekend for a Pixar movie, behind Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Up – meaning only Toy Story 3 had a more successful opening weekend for a sequel. Pulling in $68 million, Cars 2 even topped the original Cars’ box office, $60 million, a few years ago. Falling, steeply, from first to third was DC Comics comic book super hero film, Green Lantern, as the Emerald Knight couldn’t find steady footing. The X-Men held on, as did Kung Fu Panda, as the animated universe does what it can to impress the world as we know it. Check out the full box office breakdown, and let us know where your tickets went!

Green Lantern wills the box office top spot

Green Lantern wills the box office top spot

One weekend in, and the Emerald Knight has already soared to the top of the box office. At just under $53 million dollars, the Green Lantern topped the weekend list, dethroning last week’s champ, Super 8, new comer Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and fellow super hero flick, X-Men: First Class. GL is the third DC Comics hero to hit the big screen in the past few years, following in the footsteps of Batman and Superman, and hoping to carve out a nice franchise of his own. To help in that conquest, DC Entertainment brought the comic book hero to animated life in Emerald Knights a few weeks back, and Cartoon Network will see a Green Lantern Animated Series launch next year. In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night! Take a look at the full box office from this past weekend

Disney, Marvel’s X-Men: First Class tops box office

Disney, Marvel's X-Men: First Class tops box office

In it’s first weekend to theaters, X-Men: First Class took the top spot from contenders like The Hangover Part II and Nickelodeons Kung Fu Panda sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2. Disney’s movie about Marvel’s Mutants took home $56 million in the three day span, an impressive start, though about $30 million shy of the last film in the franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which clawed $85 million. As the world of super heroes across the Marvel universe slowly creep their way into film, largely anticipating a mass crossover with next years Avengers, it’s good to see that the original super team of mutants can hold their own. Check out the full list of box office hits

Kung Fu Panda 2 chops low for DreamWorks

Kung Fu Panda 2 chops low for DreamWorks

It’s tough to imagine that earning $50 million dollars in a three day span (or $65 million in a 5 day span) could somehow be viewed as a bummer. But, that’s the box offices films face today, where Kung Fu Panda 2 did just that. The sequel to DreamWorks Animations 2008 juggernaut had a mighty first effort, but not strong enough to tackle another sequel, The Hangover Part II. Frankly, we think the CG and 3D film did well, even if it is currently being outpaced by the original. As long as it gave us something to laugh at, and something to look forward to in the upcoming Nickelodeon series, we were happy. What about you guys, did you get a chance to hit the theaters this week? How did you fit in the box office breakdown?

DreamWorks promises more Kung-Fu Panda, Penguins of Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon

DreamWorks promises more Kung-Fu Panda, Penguins of Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon

Ain’t nothin better than a good CG animated film. Or, say, like 12 of them. This, according to the higher-ups at DreamWorks Animation, is the goal for the next few years, as the company plans to unveil not just sequels to their favorite icons, but deep franchises! We’re not just talking about Kung-Fu Panda 2, we’re talking about already having ideas for Kung-Fu Panda 3 and Kung-Fu Panda 4. Maybe even 5 and 6! The same is true for How to Train Your Dragon and Penguins of Madagascar, each getting the extended Shrek-like franchise treatment, according to DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg. So, what do you think? Good thing? Bad thing? Are franchises best when they go out “leaving you wanting more”, or would you rather they keep milking them so you can keep enjoying them?

Kung Fu Panda 2 Super Bowl Spot

Kung Fu Panda 2 Super Bowl Spot

May 26th is going to change things. At least as far as animals with martial arts training go. Whatwever the case, it’s on that date of this year that DreamWorks will release Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom, the CG sequel to 2008’s original Kung Fu Panda. And the film got the biggest official nod one could get, with it’s very own commercial spot during Super Bowl XLV. Now a kung fu master, Po will fight alongside Master Shifu and The Furious Five (Monkey, Crane, Tigress, Viper, and Mantis) to defeat Lord Shen. But the group wont be alone, teaming with Thundering Rhino, Soothsayer, and Croc to tackle the evil emperor peacock. You hear that, NBC! Check out the spot, and the official trailer!

Del Toro brings Trollhunters, Hellboy, and more to DreamWorks

Del Toro brings Trollhunters, Hellboy, and more to DreamWorks

Guillermo del Toro is one of today’s more popular Director and Producers, responsible for the animated Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth, amongst others. Now, del Toro is pairing up with DreamWorks Animation to not only be the home to his new animated feature films, but to help DreamWorks with theirs! Included in the deal is del Toro’s soonest, upcoming film, the planned 3D epic Trollhunters. However, perhaps most applicable to the immediate future, del Toro will consult on Puss In Boots, the offshoot of the Shrek franchise due out November 4th 2011, Kung Fu Panda 2, and the soon-to-arrive Megamind. This type of collaboration is sure to kick the animated projects up a notch, which is all good news for us!

Seth Rogen joins DreamWorks Animation’s Boo U

Seth Rogen joins DreamWorks Animation's Boo U

He’s quickly becoming the number one star of voice acting in animated projects. He’s starred as Mantis in Kung Fu Panda, and will reprise that role in Kung Fu Panda 2. He was Morton in Horton Hears a Who. He slopped along as B.O.B. in Monsters vs Aliens, played a Ship Captain in Shrek the Third, Hogsqueal in The Spiderwick Chronicles, and even guest starred as Lyle McCarthy on an episode of The Simpsons. Seth Rogen is no stranger to the world of voice acting, and DreamWorks is not done with him! According to recent reports, Rogen will star as the lead character in DreamWorks Animations’ upcoming 3D, CG film titled Boo U. His character, a ghost, of course, is sent back to school to learn how to better scare people. I wonder if that place is Casper’s Scare School…?

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