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DreamWorks Animation grooming Lassie for a return to the spotlight

July 16, 2013
  • Jonathan Mason and Lassie star in the movie Lassie (2006).
Jonathan Mason and Lassie star in the movie Lassie (2006). (Samuel Goldwyn…)

She's an American icon with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But it has been four decades since she had her own prime-time TV show, on which her courage, loyalty and knack for saving the day endeared her to millions of baby boomers.

Can Lassie really come home again?

Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation, creator of the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movies, plans to put the charismatic collie back in the public eye, along with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and other decades-old characters.

PHOTOS: Lassie, a canine icon

Lassie, who will celebrate her 75th anniversary in December, is still the world's most famous dog. Introduced in a 1938 Saturday Evening Post short story, and then popularized in a bestselling novel, the fictional dog became the star of the 1943 motion picture "Lassie Come Home," opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall, after catching the eye of MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer. Six more films followed.

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-- Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

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