DreamWorks Animation just announced a huge slate of upcoming projects, and true to company form, it’s littered with sequels. Among them, I’d have to say the Kung Fu Panda follow-up sounds the best. First, it has a truly awesome subtitle: The Kaboom of Doom. Second, the original was the first DreamWorks film in ages to truly feel fresh. Not only was it visually stunning, but it had rousing action scenes, a heartwarming and only slightly saccharine message and, best of all, a truly memorable character: Po, the pudgy Panda perfectly matched with the voice of Jack Black. And oh yeah, it was actually pretty darn funny. Sample quote: “It is said that his enemies would go blind from over-exposure to pure awesomeness!” So, bring it on, DreamWorks.
I also don’t mind a third Madagascar (the first two are light and breezy and completely harmless), but a fourth Shrek? And a Puss in Boots spinoff, to boot? (Zing?) The green ogre has overstayed his welcome — by far. What was once lively and original has become a pale mockery of itself. I honestly could not tell you the plot of the third Shrek, minus some vague recollections of a punkish prat character voiced by Justin Timberlake.
Lest you say the company keeps repeating itself, DreamWorks did announce some new projects as well, the most promising of which is called Guardians and involves Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy banding together to save the world. Think of it as The Incredibles, only with Holiday mascots. It sounds fun.
So, PopWatchers, which sequel are you most excited about? What franchise does DreamWorks need to put the kibosh on? And with Pixar’s gloriously-reviewed Up opening tomorrow, all of these projects sound totally uninspired in comparison, no?