DreamWorks Animation Inks Co-Production Deal with ‘The Legend of Korra’ Creators
DreamWorks will team up with Studio Mir for a series of cartoon shows for TV. Read on to learn more about this story.
DreamWorks Animation — the studio that brought “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “How to Train Your Dragon” — is teaming up with South Korean Studio Mir, which made the popular martial arts TV animation “Legend of Korra,” to co-produce a series of cartoon shows for TV.
On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, Studio Mir announced that it has sealed the deal with the animation giant to produce four cartoons series, spanning over the next four years with each having 78 episodes. This is the largest international partnership of its kind for the Asian country.
“The animation industry here in Korea is growing very rapidly and is becoming a very important force in the country and also in the rest of the world,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg via The Hollywood Reporter, who went to Korea last year to discuss the collaborations with president Park Geun-hye.
“The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful because we will be working as equal partners,” explained thr founder and executive producer of Studio Mir, Yoo Jae Myung, who closed the deal with DreamWorks Animation’s television production head Mark Taylor and director Joaquim Dos Santos who went to Korea from Aug. 11 to 14, 2014.
Details regarding the project have yet to be revealed, but according to the Studio Mir’s spokesperson, the animation will be in 2d.
Studio Mir was best known for their animation “Legend of Korra,” a sequel of sorts to the animation series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which aired on Nickelodeon. “The Legend of Korra” has been a critical and commercial success and obtained the highest audience total for an animated series in the United States in 2012. It was praised by critics for its high production values and for addressing difficult sociopolitical issues, such as social unrest and terrorism. The series has run for three seasons: “Book 1: Air,” “Book 2: Spirits” and “Book 3: Change,” which aired its last episode on Aug. 22, 2014. Studio Mir’s other works include ”The Boondocks,” an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network and the short animation opening for the movie “Think Like a Man.”
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