2010 Animation Sneak Peek
How can you top the great 2009? How about finales for both Toy Story and Shrek along with a new feature by Sylvain Chomet? The year has already kicked off auspiciously with How to Train Your Dragon from DreamWorks, which has two more releases in 2010. Although 2010 may not have the breadth and depth of 2009, there are still plenty of delights, so get ready to don those 3-D glasses a lot, and check out some trailers on AWNtv!
Shrek Forever After (Paramount, May 21)
Shrek's tired of being domesticated and longs to be a real ogre again, but he's tricked into signing a pact with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) and gets his wish: But he's also never been born! It's a Wonderful Shrek, as we'll soon see in this twisted version of Far Far Away; this time directed by Mike Mitchell (Sky High and story artist on Shrek the Third and creative consultant on Kung Fu Panda). Looks like cloth, hair and global illumination advances at PDI have made this the richest-looking Shrek, too.
Toy Story 3 (Disney, June 18)
Andy's going off to college, and Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang find themselves in over their heads at daycare, so The Great Escape is on to find Andy. But Woody and Buzz especially must confront life without Andy in what looks to be a heartfelt conclusion to Pixar's legendary franchise. Lee Unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo) gets his first solo shot at directing. Newcomers Ken (Michael Keaton), Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Ned Beatty) and Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) are among the newcomers.
Despicable Me (Universal, July 9)