The 5 Best Dreamworks Animated Movies of All Time
Real Dreamworks fans know how underrated and overshadowed the animation studio used to be. They were great with their first film out of the animation studio, Antz. However, the company has been through a lot over the years. They've been restructured and acquired by Universal while some of our favorite projects were postponed or cancelled indefinitely. These things caused Dreamworks to drop off into obscurity while studios like Pixar, Disney and Illumination soared ahead in the box office.
Through the good and the bad, Dreamworks has released some box office hits and some serious duds. Remember The Boss Baby or Bee Movie? Probably not. But hits like Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda have had many fans in the seats and sequels to watch. We've combed through the Dreamworks movie library and handpicked the top five Dreamworks movies of all time, you can find most of these on cable TV providers like DISH and DirecTV as well as streaming service like Sling and AT&T Now. Keep reading to get nostalgic over some amazing movies and some movies you can add to your saved pandemic binge watch list.
1. Kung Fu Panda
Release Date: June 6, 2008
Kung Fu Panda is a story starring Po, a clumsy Panda who loves everything kung-fu; he has all the Furious Five action figures and even dreams of kung-fu. He works at his father's noodle shop, but still hasn't had the noodle dream. Po's really wants to go to the Dragon Warrior tournament and does but his father sends him there with the noodle cart. Po quickly finds himself in a heap of trouble trying to see past the closed gates.
The Kung Fu Panda franchise has 3 movies, five short films, 2 TV shows and a handful of games over the years. There are rumors about a Kung Fu Panda 4, but there is no confirmation or denial from Dreamworks regarding a fourth movie in the series.
Release Date: May 27, 2005
Madagascar is a story of four zoo animals who have spent their entire lives comfortably in captivity who suddenly are forced to adjust living in the wild in Madagascar. They would have continued their cushy life at Central Park Zoo, but Marty decided that zoo life wasn't a natural place for a zebra to be. He had aspirations of wide open spaces, fresh air and grass, so he escaped the zoo. When his friends Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo notice he’s missing, they leave Central Park Zoo to find him, only to be captured, crated and sent back to the wild together.
The Madagascar franchise has three movies, a spin-off movie, three TV shows, a collection of video games and even has a themed land at Universal Studios in Singapore. There was supposed to be a Madagascar 4 until Dreamworks unexpectedly removed the project from their schedule. It appears as though the movie has been unofficially cancelled since Dreamworks has been radio silent on the matter and has not released a statement about the movie.
Release Date: October 2, 1998
Antz is a story focused on the life and aspirations of worker ant Z. He's a characteristically anxious ant who wants nothing more in his life than to break away from his colony's societal norms so he can finally be noticed by the woman he loves; Princess Bala. His worker status and her princess status has Z in an impossible position where he’ll never be noticed if he remains as a worker ant.
There was only one movie in the Antz franchise. However after the first movie was released, there was a second movie in the making, but company changes at DreamWorks eventually got the sequel cancelled.
Release Date: April 22, 2001
Shrek is a story about an ogre named Shrek who purposely lived in the middle of nowhere to enjoy his peace, quiet and solitude. That was until a bunch of loud and annoying fairy tale characters moved into the area. Lord Farquaad banished them all from Duloc because they don't fit in with how he perceives his kingdom should be. In order for Shrek to restore his once quiet home back to normal, he must help the fairy tale characters return back home.
Shrek has four movies within its franchise and includes a fifth in production. Unfortunately for fans production of Shrek 5 is currently stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently without a release date.
5. How To Train Your Dragon
Release Date: March 21, 2010
In How To Train Your Dragon Hiccup gets sent to dragon fighting school, but he's not quite fitting in. While attending the school Hiccup makes an unlikely friend, Toothless the dragon and learns that everything they know about dragons is wrong. People don't have to fight them and they are trainable after all. This challenges the Viking way of life.
If you enjoyed the first How To Train Your Dragon movie, there's two more in the series; How To Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World. Unfortunately for fans of the franchise, the director has put all rumors to rest that there will be a fourth installment to the trilogy.
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