Twentieth Century Fox will release twelve films from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. over a four year period beginning in March.

Among the films from the Glendale-based studio are sequels to its “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises. New original films to be released by Fox include “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” in November 2013, “Happy Smekday” in November 2014 and “Bureau of Otherwordly Operations” in November 2015.

Having met the creative and leadership teams behind the DreamWorks Animation’s films, Fox is confident about the studio’s future slate, said Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman.

“We are truly excited about our new partnership and bringing these extraordinary films to audiences around the world,” Gianopulos and Rothman said in a prepared release.

The first DreamWorks Animation film Fox will distribute is “The Croods” on March 22.

In August, DreamWorks Animation and Fox announced the studios had reached a five-year distribution agreement for worldwide theatrical, home video, international television and certain digital businesses. DreamWorks Animation retains the rights to distribute its product in domestic television windows.

Fox replaced Paramount Studios, which has released DreamWorks Animation content since 2006.

Mark R. Madler