IMAX Corporation will release DreamWorks Animation's first three 3D films around the world in IMAX 3D in the company's first multiple film deal with a Hollywood studio.

Monsters Vs Aliens will open in March 2009, How To Train Your Dragon in November 2009 and Shrek Goes Fourth in May 2010. A fourth DreamWorks Animation title, Kung Fu Panda, will be released in IMAX's 2D format in June 2008.

The IMAX 3D titles are expected to be among the first presented with IMAX's digital 3D projection system, which is due to launch in June 2008. The films will be simultaneously released in conventional digital 3D theatres through the exclusive distributor Paramount Pictures.

'3D cinema has an opportunity to revolutionise the way people experience movies,' DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. 'We believe the immersive quality of IMAX will provide our audiences with a unique way to experience our films and we are delighted to include IMAX as a key part of our 3D strategy.'

'DreamWorks Animation envisions 3D as the future of CGI animation, and we are excited to help them implement their approach to delivering outstanding content in the years ahead,' IMAX co-chairmen and co-CEOs Richard L Gelfond and Bradley J Wechsler said.

'Further, we are so pleased that the timing of the roll-out of our digital projection technology can take advantage of DreamWorks Animation's 3D content - content that will look, sound and feel amazing when it is presented in IMAX.'