31 January 2007

Aardman Flushed Away By Dreamworks

Following up on the story from a couple days ago, as part of Dreamworks' strategy of making only 2 pictures a year rather than the 2 a year it had been making (dur), Dreamworks is severing its partnership with Aardman Animation. Aardman was the studio behind Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit, and Flushed Away. While Aardman's films gained critical acclaim they failed to generate Shrek-sized dollars. So, out with the witty humor, and in with the "hip" pop culture zingers.

One victim of this is the planned Crood Awakening, a story set in the prehistoric era about a man's position as Leader of the Hunt being threatened by the arrival of a prehistoric genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions ... like fire. Instead, we get Madagascar 4. Variety has the details.

1 comment:

j said...

I'm sure Aardman will land on their feet, no? I mean I saw all, no, only one of those films you mentioned, and that was Chicken Run at the dollar movies.