DreamWorks Animation shares are up more than 9% pre-market while Netflix is up more than 5% after striking what it calls its largest-ever original content deal. The studio will produce at least 300 hours of programming exclusively for Netflix that will run across its global markets over several years.
For many years, the use and growth of technology has facilitated animation’s development. From the early ages of the phenakistoscope disk (spindle viewer) or flipbook, to the invention of the zoetrope and current creations of graphic animation, technology has helped animation evolve from two — to three-dimensional format and even on to stereoscopic 3D.More recently, technology tools facilitating computer animation include for example the digital pen, tablet and digital sculpting tools.
If you didn’t get enough preshistoric, caveman family antics with DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods last month, then here’s some good news. The studio is moving forward with a sequel to the film which featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman, and they’re already in negotiations to bring them back. The studio also announced Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders (the team behind How to Train Your Dragon) are returning as writers and directors. It’s good news for the studio after layoffs followed the box office failure of Rise of the Guardians.