aNb Media News, February 25, 2014

Shrek Theme Park to Open in London in 2015

ShrekMerlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to create a themed visitor attraction based on the Shrek franchise.

This attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and other favorites from the franchise, will see an initial rollout of six attractions over nine years. The first attraction will open in London in the summer of 2015.

The attraction will be sited at County Hall alongside Merlin’s other attractions in the South Bank cluster: the EDF Energy London Eye, the London Sea Life Aquarium, and The London Dungeon. The 20,000-square-foot experience will be based on a new adventure being written by the DreamWorks team. In addition to characters from the Shrek franchise, additional DreamWorks franchises will be included such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. In addition, there will be a rotating exhibit area supporting DreamWorks Animation film and DVD releases as well as a branded retail outlet. The Shrek attraction will become part of Merlin’s midway rollout program as the sixth brand alongside LEGOLand Discovery Centers, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, The Dungeon, and The Eye Brand.

Everything Is Awesome! LEGO Movie Gets Sequel

The LEGO Movie, which was released on February 7, has made nearly $185 million in three weeks domestically. Warner Bros. has announced a sequel for May 26, 2017. The storyline and cast has not yet been announced. In case you haven’t heard the film’s song, listen to “Everything Is Awesome!” from The LEGO Movie here.

Kardashian Kids Launches at Babies “R” Us

Reality stars, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian, in collaboration with Jupi Corp., will debut designs for baby girls up to 24 months exclusively at Babies “R” Us on March 15. The Kardashian Kids collection features motifs including butterflies, shimmering stars, and a unique take on the Kardashian’s signature animal print.

The line ranges from newborn onesies, snuggly caps, and blankets to two-piece sets, jackets, and dresses. Visit to see the line beginning March 15. It is expected to retail from $15 to $30.

The Passing of John Henson, son of Muppets Creator

It was widely reported last week that John Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, died last week at age 48. Henson sometimes performed as Sweetums, a large, hairy Muppet who towered over other puppets and humans. Read his obituary in the L.A. Times here.

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