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Universal Pictures acquires DreamWorks Animation

Discussion in 'The toonzone - General Animation Discussion' started by sasq, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Huh, I thought I replied about this. Oh well, it's not like they can't un-acquire them.
     
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    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Well, that was unexpected.
     
  4. jaylop97

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    That's unfortunate to hear, I am kind of worried what Universal has in store for Dreamworks if they really do things like that.
     
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  5. CoolEric158

    CoolEric158 She rocks both ways.

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    Admittedly, I kinda get why Croods 2 was canceled. If it came out in 2018, it would've been five years since the last movie, and if it came out later, it would be an even longer time, and I think that wait would've been way too long, especially for a movie that hasn't really caught on and has stayed relevant today.

    But if DWA cancels Dragon 3 or Larrikins, I'm gonna riot.
     
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  6. ToonJay723

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    I don't think wait is the problem. Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Finding Dory came out years after the previous film, and they still did well.
     
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    I'm disappointed that The Croods 2 got canned. I was looking forward to it, but I can totally understand why they would have gotten rid of it.
    Yeah but Toy Story, Cars, Monsters INC, King Fu Panda, and Finding Nemo were much bigger movies that stayed relevant longer than The Croods.
     
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    Obviously that one would be way to big for Universal to stop.
     
  9. Dudley

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    I think Comcast will eventually launch a kids network of their own and just leave Sprout alone. Dreamworks may have a deal with Netflix, but the exclusive deal they have with the content they produce for that service isn't going to last forever. Eventually shows like Turbo FAST and Voltron can air on regular TV like it does overseas on foreign Dreamworks Channels.
    Not to mention Comcast also owns a Universal TV animation studio, so they can fill a network up with branded content like a Fast and Furious cartoon.

    As for losing Croods 2. I'm not the least big upset over it. The movie was nice, but I have a hard time seeing what they'd make a sequel out of. And it seems the studio had doubts on the project even before Universal bought it.
    At least there's still the Netflix cartoon.



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    That's what I had in mind. If they ever did launch a network for older kids, I wonder what the name would be.
     
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    Online streaming is the future and they're already on it so I don't see why they would go backwards and make shows for linear TV.
     
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    Linear TV is still a great way to increase viewership and get people to see your work. I think I read in a Kidscreen article that media companies prefer to use both traditional and digital outlets up increase their reach.
    Whether they're willing to launch a whole new channel, or just convert Sprout or any other channel they own into a general kids audience is what mains to be seen. It's likely cheaper to do the latter.


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    And it may be for the best, too. Besides, I think Universal Studios should produce its own animated TV shows (a mix of original shows and shows based on or inspired by their films) in addition to having Dreamworks.
     
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    Mr. Daniel Back (but just occasionally)

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    All I care about is How to Train Your Dragon 3. Which has been delayed till 2019. Other than that, unless Dreamworks changes it's mindset on how to make movies. Then my soft spot for Dreamworks will simply disappear.
     
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    I know it might sound strange but I do hope that all this wait does lead to a better result for HtTYD 3.
     
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    This is a pretty historical day, Captain Underpants, their last film with Fox, has been released.

    I wonder if Universal will distribute the DVD/Blu-ray.
     
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    And I thought that film was going to be released by Universal.
     
  18. John Pannozzi

    John Pannozzi Still Gritty after all these years

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    AFIK, the home video rights to ALL DWA films will revert to Universal within the next few years.

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    You mean that Fox will keep the rights to the movies released by DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount or just the films released by Fox?
     
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    I think "all" means every film made by DreamWorks Animation.
     

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