Dreamworks Animation Announcement

October 02, 2019

DreamWorks Animation, Opus Publishing, today announced the completion of The Official DreamWorks Animation Opus, a large-format, limited edition book that celebrates the creative achievements of one of the world’s most acclaimed animation studios and documents its growth into the global family entertainment brand it is today.

For nearly the past four years the Opus team has, in official collaboration, worked closely with DreamWorks Animation in California, discovering previously untold stories and unearthing artefacts from the DreamWorks archive that shed new light on the development paths of their films and characters. Countless conversations with the directors, producers, writers, artists, designers, executives and actors allow The Opus to tell the story through the voices of the protagonists who helped create and immortalize such beloved animated feature films and franchises as The Prince of Egypt, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and many more.

For the very first time, the studio’s entire 36-movie filmography is captured in the same giant publication, with more than 100 personal contributions from the filmmakers and creators who fashioned these animation masterpieces. Collectively they recount the stories, challenges and memories behind the key moments that made each film unique and give the reader a fascinating insight into how and why these iconic movies developed in the way they did.

Breathtaking visual development art and film stills are reproduced on an unprecedented, cinematic scale. Images frequently appear at nearly one metre wide, and several gatefolds span nearly two metres in width when opened out. The Official DreamWorks Animation Opus celebrates everything about the studio, from the founders of the company to the groundbreaking television division to the creative minds who embrace and shape the pioneering advances in technology that allow DreamWorks to continually push the boundaries of storytelling.

The Limited Marquee Edition runs to more than 850 sensational pages — each measuring 18 inches x 18 inches (45cm x 45cm) — and weighs in excess of 30kg (66lb), making it the largest book ever created to celebrate a movie studio. The Opus will be leather bound, and presented in a beautiful, hand-made clamshell case specially designed to reflect the DreamWorks Animation legacy. The Signed Limited Marquee Edition is limited to only 100 special copies and each copy will be numbered and signed by numerous cast members and directors from nearly all of DreamWorks Animation’s most beloved stories. Cameron Diaz (who provided the voice of “Fiona” in the Shrek series of films) has graciously provided a foreword to The Opus. The 100 signed copies will also be adorned with a bespoke, silver, moon boy medallion, custom-made in England and recessed into the leather front cover. There is also an Unsigned Limited Marquee Edition available, which is limited to 200 numbered copies.

“Working with Opus on such a beautifully crafted and expansive book honoring DreamWorks Animation’s 25-year artistic legacy has been incredibly gratifying,”  said DreamWorks President Margie Cohn. “We are thrilled to share it with fans worldwide.”

Chief Designer and Editor of the project, Gary Maddison, said, “We felt honoured and excited when we were awarded the opportunity to tell the story of DreamWorks Animation, and four years later we’re really looking forward to sharing the end result. It’s a new genre for Opus, but we’re very proud of the outcome, which celebrates a quarter of a century of animation excellence, with truly fascinating insight from the filmmakers. It has been an amazing project to work on, and I’ve really enjoyed dealing with content from such talented and creative people. To be honest, the most difficult part of the project was choosing what to leave out!”

To date, the following talent from the 25-year history of DreamWorks Animation, along with Jeffrey Katzenberg, have signed the limited-edition pages, with more to come.

Actors: Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel,  Jack Black, Gerard Butler, Nicolas Cage, James Corden, Cameron Diaz, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jeff Goldblum, Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Andy Serkis, Ben Stiller.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Lorna Cook, Eric Darnell, Dean DeBlois, Walt Dohrn, Steve Hickner,  Vicky Jenson, Tim Johnson, Tom McGrath, Rob Minkoff, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Peter Ramsey, Chris Sanders, Conrad Vernon, Simon Wells.

To register your interest for The Official DreamWorks Animation Opus at: www.thisisopus.com/Dreamworks