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DreamWorksTV spotlighted a deleted scene from Kung Fu Panda 2 yesterday. Check it out!

Weekly Stream -Terminated-

As of May 22nd, the MPAS Fandom Weekly Stream has been terminated due to its lackluster performance in terms of attendance. Keeping these running and only having at most two people join is a waste of my time. If you would like for me to keep it going, send me a message or let me know in some way and we’ll work something out. Thank You to the people who were able to join every week, I really do appreciate it. 

I might start these up during the middle of the summer when more people would be able to attend. If you like that idea, let me know and I’ll make it happen. 


Steven Paul

ANNOUNCEMENT

PLEASE support Dreamworks Animation and watch Home in theaters.

“Why?” you ask. “The movie looks somewhat interesting, but not enough to buy a ticket for.”

Well, I’ll tell you why.

At the beginning of this year, Dreamworks Animation had to cut 500 jobs in their department - over 20% of their total employees - and cut their output from 3 to 2 movies per year, due to their continued misses in the box office. In fact, Home is the ONLY Dreamworks movie to be released this year.

Movies like Rise of the Guardians and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, while good movies, were unsuccessful in the box office.The the stock value of Dreamworks has drastically decreased, and competitors such as Disney and Warner Bros are providing difficult competition.

Now, why should you support Dreamworks?

Dreamworks is one of the few animation studios to truly put themselves out there and create something new. Disney, whom everyone idolizes - and yes, I love too - plays it safe with princess movie after princess movie, love interest after love interest, skinny, big-eyed heroine after skinny, big-eyed heroine. Disney adapts pre-created stories, and everyone in their movies fits the Eurocentric definition of beauty.

Dreamworks breaks the mold.

Dreamworks makes movies about people who don’t fall in love. The stories are wacky, weird, but infinitely more original. While Disney opts for retellings of famous legends and stories, Dreamworks makes movies like Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, Spirit, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, and The Croods. Maybe these don’t sound “groundbreaking” just to hear the titles, but think about it - Dreamworks makes movies where the villain is the main character (Megamind), where the “nice guy” isn’t the “good guy” (Megamind), where characters challenge societal and cultural beliefs (How to Train Your Dragon), where characters who people write off as “inept” are able to overcome their odds without changing their individual identity (Kung Fu Panda), and so much more.

Dreamworks also creates a diverse and varied cast for every film because Dreamworks is not afraid to depict characters who do not fit modern Eurocentric definitions of beauty. Dreamworks depicts women with varying weights, body types, noses, hair, any sort of physical feature. Women are depicted as they are in real life - different. The men follow suit. The body positivity that Dreamworks promotes through its films is practically unseen in Disney Animation, where all women have the same nose and look like they wear a corset at all times.

(You want proof of Dreamworks’ body positivity? Here)

Also - and, admittedly, Disney beat them to it - a female black lead? In animation? CAN YOU NAME MORE THAN TWO ANIMATED FILMS WITH A FEMALE BLACK LEAD? This representation is INSANELY important, and if we do not show our support by watching the movie in-theaters, we could be risking the opportunity to see more diversity in the media!

If we lose Dreamworks Animation, we lose one of the most diverse animation studios in the game. We lose more than just “this year’s animal movie” or “that movie where the girl looks weird”. We lose SO MUCH diversity in story-telling, we lose body positivity, we lose unique stories within the media, and the field of animation itself will suffer terribly for the loss of one of the biggest franchises supporting it in this nation. We CANNOT lose Dreamworks.

PLEASE, go see Home. PLEASE, support Dreamworks. 

Guys. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW! 

STOP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING AND TAKE A GIANT GROUP OF FRIENDS AND GO WATCH THIS FILM IN THEATERS! DREAMWORKS ANIMATION IS IN THE RED ZONE AND IF YOU GUYS CAN’T GET THAT LITTLE PIECE OF INFORMATION IN YOUR HEAD THEN EXCUSE ME IF I MAKE IT SIMPLER FOR YOU! :

HTTYD2 + BOX OFFICE DISAPPOINTMENT = NO HTTYD3 AND NO DREAMWORKS ANIMATION IF THIS STREAK CONTINUES. 

SERIOUSLY, GET A HUGE GROUP OF PEOPLE TOGETHER AND GO WATCH THIS AMAZINGLY WELL DONE FILM AGAIN IN THEATERS NOW! 

DO NOT PIRATE THIS MOVIE AND DO NOT PIRATE ANYTHING ELSE FROM THEM OR ELSE WE’LL HAVE TO LIVE WITH DISNEY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES AND I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I REALLY DON’T WANT TO JUST HAVE DISNEY IN MY WORLD OF ANIMATION TODAY. PLEASE GO SUPPORT THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW AND SUPPORT THIS AMAZING COMPANY. IF YOU WATCH THIS MOVIE ILLEGALLY, THEN YOU’RE JUST AS BAD AS THE PEOPLE WHO PIRATE THE MOVIE IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THAT MEANS THAT IT’S NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY TO GO SEE IT! 

NOW! 

SUPPORT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION AND GO SUPPORT THEM NOW! 

Have you heard? Dreamworks Animation and Studio Mir, the company behind Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, announced Thursday they will work together to produce up to four new animated television series in the next four years. 

This is huge both because a Korean company has never partnered on such a large scale with an American animation group, and because these shows will be created in 2D animation. I’m ecstatic!

It’s great to see that Korean animation is being taken seriously enough to be treated as a creative equal rather than just as a source of cheap production. Studio Mir’s work is undeniably beautiful, and if Mir’s talent can be combined with the storytelling prowess exhibited in How to Train Your Dragon 2, I will be a very happy customer. 

An article inthe Korea Herald had the following to say: 

“The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful since we will be working as partners,” Studio Mir founder and executive producer Yoo Jae-myung said.

“This has never been done before by a Korean studio.”

 A Studio Mir spokesman said details regarding the titles of the cartoons could not be revealed, but that they would be in 2-D.

This is great news for both companies, since each has had some fairly concerning press in the past few weeks, between the financial troubles of Dreamworks Animation (now under direction of new chief financial officer Fazal Merchant) and the on-again/off-again nature of Korra Book Three, now safely on Nick.com

Speaking of The Legend of Korra, Studio Mir uploaded a lovely picture on Facebook yesterday thanking fans for their support of Book Three. 

- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)

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Dreamwork’s Me And My Shadow (2018). Property of 20th Century Fox. Not to be duplicated.The concept of the movie is that there is a secret world for shadows. The main shadow, Stan, is attached to the world’s most boring man, Stanley Grubb. When an unknown shadow commits a crime that gives shadows the ability to take control of their human, Stan is the only one that finds out. So to prevent Stanley’s life from getting endangered, him and Stan go on an adventure throughout the shadow world to investigate who did it. Along the way, they meet other shadows that help them along the journey. One of those shadows are a shadow flashlight named, Wesley, who is said to be Stan’s friend in the shadow world. Also along the journey, Stanley and Stan must face off against dangerous shadows who most likely works for the evil shadow who committed the crime. Heidi is the love interest for Stanley. At one point in the movie, they go on a date. The picture of their date is posted, it’s the one when Stanley’s tie is in his cup of tea. When the villain is exposed, he traps Stanley and Stan, and the shadow villain and all the shadows all head out to the human world to cause mayhem and turn the humans into shadows. Stanley and Stan must find a way to escape the shadow world and save the world.