NBC is set to air a pair of new DreamWorks Animation specials based on the popular movies Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar.
Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space reunites the voice cast from this spring’s movie hit, including Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson. The special, in which the monsters investigate strange Halloween goings on, is set to air Oct. 28 from 8-8:30 p.m. and repeating from 8:30-9 p.m.
The special is produced by Latifa Ouaou and directed by Peter Ramsey from a screenplay by Adam F. Goldberg.
The second special, Merry Madagascar, features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter and is set to air on Nov. 17 from 8-8:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 28 from 8-8:30 p.m. In the special, Santa’s sleigh crash lands on Madagascar, forcing the castaway zoo animals to fill in for him.
Merry Madagascar was written by David Soren, Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. The executive producer is Mireille Soria; Joe Aguilar is the producer and David Soren is the director.
“We are thrilled to have two new DreamWorks Animation shows on NBC this holiday season,” said Ann Daly, chief operating officer of DreamWorks Animation. “The creative teams from the hit feature films were reunited to make these new specials and we hope they will become annual holiday favorites for families.”