DreamWorks Animation, the renowned animation studio behind hits like Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon, has announced it will be cutting approximately 70 positions, equating to about four percent of its staff. The decision comes amidst a challenging period for the company, as it grapples with a downturn in the business, escalating production costs, and strikes.
The job cuts will impact various roles across different departments including feature, television, technology, and corporate functions. This move is part of the studio’s ongoing efforts to reduce costs and streamline operations in the face of these challenges.
However, DreamWorks Animation is pinning its hopes on the upcoming release of its highly anticipated movie, Trolls Band Together, the third installment of the popular Trolls franchise. Scheduled to hit theaters on November 17, the film aims to reinvigorate the studio’s fortunes. Adding to the excitement surrounding the film, *Nsync, the American boy band, will reunite after 22 years to perform a song for the movie.
Trolls Band Together boasts an impressive voice cast, including talented actors such as Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Camila Cabello, and Eric André, among others. With such star power, DreamWorks Animation is counting on the film’s success to help turn the tide.
Additionally, DreamWorks Animation has recently joined forces with Netflix for its upcoming animated feature, Orion and The Dark. Set to be available for streaming in 2024, the film, written by the acclaimed Charlie Kaufman, promises to captivate audiences with its unique storytelling.
Leading the project is director Sean Charmatz, with Peter McCown taking on the role of producer. Walt Dohrn and Bonnie Arnold serve as executive producers, further enhancing the film’s credibility.
Orion and The Dark boasts an exceptional voice cast, featuring Jacob Tremblay as Orion and Paul Walter Hauser as Dark. With such talented individuals on board, the film is likely to generate significant buzz and anticipation among animation enthusiasts.
As DreamWorks Animation navigates through these challenging times, there is much anticipation surrounding the success of Trolls Band Together and the forthcoming Orion and The Dark. With hopes pinned on these projects, the studio remains dedicated to delivering world-class animation that will continue to captivate audiences worldwide.
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