During Thursday’s press conference at CinemaCon, Fox Studios chairman Jim Gianopulos unleashed a Dragon..or a sequel to Dragons. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (not a confirmed title), the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 hit will fly into theaters on June 20th, 2014.
The 3D sequel, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, who co-directed the first film, follows the further adventures of a now-teenage Hiccup and Toothless, the dragon still in training.
Also unveiled was a sneak-peek of Rob Minkoff’s (The Lion King, Stuart Little) Mr. Peabody & Sherman, based off the classic Jay Ward Studios duo made popular in the Rocky and Bullwinkle & Friends cartoon series. Ty Burrell (Modern Family, Incredible Hulk) voices the titular genius dog, Mr. Peabody, and Max Charles (The Neighbors) voices Peabody’s boy, Sherman, as they travel through time fixing anomalies created when Sherman uses the time machine without permission. Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be in theaters March, 2014.
To close out the presentation, Gianopulos and DreamWorks Animation offered a new look at Turbo, the studio’s summer release that involves a snail who gains super speed and begins a new career as a race..er..snail. Turbo hits theaters July 17th.
Gianopulos began the presentation by declaring that 20th Century Fox has become a “dominant player in animation,” with the acquisition of Blue Sky Studios, which unveiled a brand new logo, and the recent distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation. The Fox chairman highlighted the success of the Ice Age and Shrek franchises and called the animation side of Fox was a “cornerstone” to the greater success of 20th Century Fox.
Gianopulos proudly presented exhibitors with a full slate of live action and animated films, including a rough-cut look at Ben Stiller’s long in development, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Chris Wedge, the director of Ice Age and Robots, and co-founder of Blue Sky, presented footage of his new film, Epic, due in theaters next month, and the sequel to Rio. Both Gianopolus and Wedge then announced a new Peanuts film from Blue Sky Studios that will hit theaters in November, 2015, and will help mark Charles M. Schulz’s popular comic strip’s 65th anniversary.