A limited edition book celebrating the creative achievements and 25 year legacy of DreamWorks Animation is readying for launch, signalling the culmination of a four-year project between the animation studio and Opus Publishing.
The Official DreamWorks Animation Opus is a large-format book that documents the journey of the studio and its growth into the global family entertainment brand that it is today.
Over the past four years the Opus team has, in official collaboration, worked closely with DreamWorks Animation in California, to uncover previously untold stories and unearth artefacts from the DreamWorks archive that shed new light on the development of its 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 animated feature films and franchises as The Prince of Egypt, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and more.
This will mark the first time that the studio’s 36 movie filmography will be captured in the same publication, with more than 100 personal contributions from the filmmakers and creators who fashioned them.
Collectively they recount the stories, challenges and memories behind the key moments that made each film unique and give the reader insight into how and why these movies developed in the way they did.
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 television division and creative minds who have embraced technologies that allow DreamWorks to push the boundaries of storytelling.
The Limited Marquee Edition runs to more than 850 pages. The Opus will be leather bound, and presented in a 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 provided a foreword to The Opus.
“Working with Opus on such a beautifully crafted and expansive book honouring 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.”