Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DreamWorks' Rescuer?

Someone is looking to team up with DreamWorks... And this time, it's someone really big and located on American soil... An entity pretty much everyone knows...


That's right, the animation studio that's trying very hard to stay above water may join forces with a toy and multi-media giant, with Katzenberg manning the whole shebang.


Okay, this may or may not happen. Talks are one thing, but we saw the SoftBank acquisition plans fall through, among other things. Deadline says the company is "deeply engaged" in negotiations with Hasbro, it's also being reported that they want to do something big with Hearst! You know, the corporation that owns several magazines (like Popular Mechanics, Harper's BazaarCar and Driver, Cosmopolitan, among many others), TV networks (Everything A&E, ESPN networks, both co-owned by them and Disney), King Features Syndicate, the Fleischer properties (!), and XM Satellite Radio?

DreamWorks, I feel, needs a pick-me-up. Sure, they are expanding their bottom line with Netflix deals, theme parks, and AwesomenessTV... But they could use a real safety net. Every time a DreamWorks movie flops, Wall Street eyes them like vultures and tons of people insinuate that the studio will be no more. It isn't a question of quality, as recent money-loser Mr. Peabody & Sherman did get good reviews, it just didn't look good to audiences. Turbo, despite the reviews saying it was an okay flick, didn't look good audiences. Neither did Rise of the Guardians, which got good reviews. These films also cost an astronomical amount of money, too!

The originals they have lined up are also gambles, though the sequels are guaranteed successes. Joining forces with Hasbro would also unlock the door to several huge-selling properties. Do we really need to name them? Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, the list goes on and on and on...

Hasbro (along with Allspark Pictures) is also working on a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie that's set for a 2017 release, and I assume they have other animated films in the works. Now if they merge this year, will that particular movie be a DreamWorks co-production? Will it have the studio's logo attached?

The announcement brings so many other questions, but I think it would be great for DreamWorks to become part of a giant. Will it happen? Or not?


  1. It would be really cool if Hasbro bought DreamWorks Animation.

  2. Wow. But what's this going to mean for all of Hasbro's deals with Disney?