DreamWorks Animation’s opening has always been the moon child casting out his fishing rod from the crescent moon he sits on. However, the iconic moon child has gained an upgrade, featuring the past iconic movies the company has produced throughout the years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new curtain raiser is set to debut on November 26 ‘Caturday’ in the early screenings of the Shrek franchise spinoff, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. You can check out the new theatrical opener below:
Ahead of its December premiere, the moon child is seen to be using the crescent moon as his surfboard to feature the iconic DreamWorks films, starting with one of their latest, The Bad Guys, which soon followed their older ones like How to Train Your Dragon’s Toothless, Kung Fu Panda’s Po, Boss Baby, and Poppy from Trolls.
This marks a new era for the animation studio, which production designer Kendal Cronkhite elaborates on The Hollywood Reporter, describing the moon child as basically a ‘new child’ taking you through your dreams with the iconic characters. Read her full comment below:
“We make dreams come to life on screen, so the idea was basically that you go into the dreams of a new child. They are taking you through this dreamscape and reintroducing you to these iconic figures that we’ve created over all these years. The child is surfing, floating, and flying through these kinds of galaxies, and bringing all those very different-looking film characters together in one piece.”
You may have also noticed a distinct melody that overtakes the theme of the opening: the music they used in all Shrek movies. There is no question as to why they used Shrek as the overarching theme, seeing as it became a symbol that “you don’t have to play by the rules” which, as DWA president Margie Cohn says is “a great banner for the brand.”
Cronkhite adds that they have renamed the long known ‘moon boy’ into ‘moon child’ to strip out “all kinds of gender-specific things”, thus emphasizing even more their definition of what kid dreams are like.
“At the studio, we like to say all dreamers are welcome here and when you think about who is the iconic dreamer, it’s that moonchild. People wish upon stars, people look to the sky for inspiration. Having them come off the moon and surf through the sky, visiting new and familiar friends, you set the stage for the entertainment to come.”
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is set to premiere on December 21, 2022.