Universal’s DreamWorks Animation will sneak-peek extended footage for its upcoming feature “Abominable” (September 27) and premiere its latest short “Marooned” at the 43rd Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 10th-15th). The animation powerhouse’s president Margie Cohn will additionally offer a first look at the new “Fast & Furious” animated series, and present an exhibition of artwork from the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy at the Manège du haras. The third installment in the series, “The Hidden World,” has passed $509-million worldwide.
Following a strong CinemaCon promo, DreamWorks will preview its upcoming feature slate on June 11, headlined by “Abominable,” a co-production with Pearl Studio, written and directed by Jill Culton (“Open Season”), about teenager Yi (Chloe Bennet of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) venturing to the Himalayas to reunite a Yeti with its family.
“Marooned,” about selfish robot C-0R13, stranded on an abandoned lunar outpost, marks the latest in DreamWorks’ new shorts program. It’s directed by Andrew Erekson (story artist on “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”) and produced by Jeff Hermann (“Bilby,” “Bird Karma” shorts).
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DreamWorks Animation worked with the Art Ludique team at Annecy to select, in collaboration with “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise director Dean DeBlois and artists from the trilogy, the most impressive and representative artwork. 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.
On the TV side, the June 13th program will tout a panel moderated by Peter Gal (DWA’s Chief Creative Officer of TV) and showcase footage from “Fast & Furious” and “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” Panel participants include executive producers Noelle Stevenson (“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”), Tim Hedrick (“Fast & Furious”), and Rad Sechrist (an upcoming project).
Meanwhile, “Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny,” recently launched on Prime Video, has been selected for official competition at the Annecy festival in the TV films category.