Having finally stopped flogging their twitching Shrek franchise – briefly returning to form with Shrek Forever After (my opinion) – and putting an emphasis on character over caricature, it appears DreamWorks are once again stepping out of their comfort zone for Me and My Shadow. Scheduled for release in 2013, the original 3D tale will seamlessly combine CG with traditional animation, a first for the studio. According to co-president of production Bill Damaschke:

“The way ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ combined hand-drawn and live-action, this does the same, but with CG and hand-drawn. It will be super-challenging but very cool.”

The story will revolve around Shadow Stan, an increasingly frustrated character who laments being tied to the decidedly less ambitious Stanley Grubb. Pushed to breaking point, Shadow Stan breaks ranks and takes control of Stanley, thereby breaking the Shadow http://onhealthy.net/product-category/skin-care/ World’s prime directive: they lead, we follow.

Despite not having released a hand-drawn feature since 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, DreamWorks Animation have estimated that around half of their studio has significant experience with traditional 2D animation, which will be required for creating the Shadow World.

After all, with How to Train Your Dragon and Mastermind showing an affinity for the third dimension not yet matched even by Pixar, the scenes taking place in the human world will prove little challenge.

The most tantalising piece of information, for me at least, is the involvement of Mark Dindal who previously co-directed The Emperor’s New Groove for Disney. Should Me and My Shadow prove at least half as charming, witty or dynamic as its director’s last hand-drawn feature, we really are in for a treat.