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Ranking DreamWorks Animation’s Films

Here is our ranking to DreamWorks Animation’s films.

DreamWorks Animation started out as a company called PDI DreamWorks, which produced their first full length animated motion picture ‘Antz’ in 1998. They retitled the company as DreamWorks Animation in 2004 with the release of ‘Shrek 2’ in 2004.

Since then, DreamWorks Animation has made their own stamp in the animation sphere and a fierce competitor to rival studios such as Pixar, Disney and Blue Sky Studios. The company has produced successful franchises, such as ‘Shrek’, ‘Madagascar’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

As of 2016, DreamWorks Animation have produced 32 feature films, although unlike other ranking films, we haven’t reviewed every film produced by the studio, so here is our countdown in ranking the DreamWorks Animation’s films that we’ve seen thus far.

1) Rise of the Guardians (2012) – 100

Rise of the Guardians is DreamWorks Animation’s best, and underappreciated, gem in their library, filled with beautiful visuals and developed characters.

2) Shrek (2001) – 94

Once upon a time, a not so handsome ogre named Shrek, lived alone in his perfect little swamp. But one day, a talking Donkey came knocking at his door, destined to make waffles and staying up late. However, fairy-tale creatures invade Shrek’s swamp, and must rescue the princess, named Fiona, as part of Lord Farquaad’s deal, in order to get the fairy-tale creatures away from Shrek’s home.

3) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) – 94

Wallace & Gromit leap their way to the big screen in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. An inventive feature that is faithful towards their small screen adventures.

4) How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – 90

The film is set in the medieval times where Hiccup is always a joke around his kingdom and an embarrassment to his father. While he isn’t buff, like the other Vikings, he makes up for it with his brain, as he is smart and highly knowledgeable. After trying to capture a dragon, a Night Fury to be precise, he discovers something amazing, which will turn the whole island upside down on everything they know about dragons.

5) Shrek 2 (2004) – 89

Once upon a time, Shrek and Princess Fiona lived happily ever after. However, Prince Charming was late to the rescue party, and finds out that the princess is married to an ogre. After Shrek and Fiona’s honeymoon, they are invited to Far Far Away to meet Fiona’s parents, the king and queen of Far Far Away, however, not all is what it seems, which involves potions, horses and a cat assassin in boots.

6) Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – 89

The plot revolves around Po the Panda, as he now goes from student to teacher, teaching his friends on his mastery of kung fu and skills of awesome. However, when Kai, former friend of Master Oogway, master of all chi, gets Oogway’s chi, making him return to the real world, away from the spirit realm that he was banished in for all eternity. Now after power and revenge, he attempts to seek out on a mission to get the dragon warrior’s chi.

7) Kung Fu Panda (2008) – 88

The film is about Po the Panda, the ultimate fan of the Furious Five, but when Oogway sees a vision of an evil presence named Tai Lung striking fear and trouble in the valley, once more, it is up to the dragon warrior to save the day. The only problem, the dragon warrior is a panda.

8) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) – 88

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ takes place five years after the first film and now Hiccup and his friends are now young adults, with Berk now opened to dragons, and nearly everyone has dragons of their own. But, a dragon army is being created and it’s up to Hiccup to stop them.

9) Chicken Run (2000) – 86

‘Chicken Run’ is an Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation, which tells the story of an optimistic chicken named Ginger, who has the dream to escape the chicken farm, but after plenty of failed attempts of escaping, she is greeted by a rooster named Rocky (Rocky Road for short) who can “fly”, so with the two, they attempt to get all the chickens to fly over the fence, while the farmer attempts to build a pie machine that creates chicken pies.

10) The Prince of Egypt (1998) – 85

The film is about Moses, who learns the truth of his identity, and that his whole life has been a lie, living as the king’s son. Moses goes on a journey, where he meets God who instructs him to free the slaves of Ancient Egypt.

11) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) – 84

The film sees Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman escape from Africa, and see themselves at Monte Carlo, after trying to get the penguins and the monkey’s to get them back to New York, they run themselves into trouble with a woman from animal control. While trying to escape from her, they see themselves joining a circus of several of animals, including a jaguar, a tiger and a sea lion.

12) Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – 83

The sequel sees Lord Shen, a peacock warrior, who seeks out to rule his village, but cast out, he seeks his revenge, and removing kung fu with a firework weapon, leaving Po, a.k.a. the dragon warrior, and the furious five to stop Lord Shen.

13) The Croods (2013) – 83

‘The Croods’ is produced by DreamWorks Animation and tells the story of a family of caveman named the Croods, and have survived by hiding in caves. However, when the end of the world starts, their home is destroyed, and must survive the new world in order to make it to Tomorrow, along with Guy and his talking Belt.

14) Puss in Boots (2011) – 80

Puss in Boots is a rare prequel that delivers on wit, a well told story and the further development on the series fan favourite ogre assassin.

15) Over the Hedge (2006) – 76

The film sees RJ the racoon who steals a bear’s long list of food, only to end up being caught in the act and losing the food. Vincent the bear gives RJ a week until the full moon emerges to get all of his food back, which leaves RJ to enlist a group of “foreigners” which consist of a turtle, a squirrel, a skunk, a family of porcupines and a duo of opossums, to go over the hedge and steal the food that RJ needs to fulfill Vincent’s deal.

16) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) – 75

Your favourite zoo animals are back, this time no longer in Madagascar, but now see themselves lost in Africa, after a plane crash. While the plane gets fixed, the gang of Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman explore Africa, but in the midst of exploring, Alex finds his parents, after being separated since he was a small cub.

17) Antz (1998) – 72

‘Antz’ follows Z, an ant who lives under New York City in a massive colony filled with ants. The colony is split into two sectors, one being the workers and the other being soldiers. Z meets up with a princess named Bala, and instantly falls in loves with her. Wanting to see her again, he switches places with his friend Corporal Weaver.

18) The Road to El Dorado (2000) – 71

‘The Road to El Dorado’ is an adventure based film, with the film’s two main leads, Tulio and Miguel. These two brothers set sail for an adventure of a lifetime, after winning a map titled “El Dorado” after rolling a lucky seven.

19) Madagascar (2005) – 68

‘Madagascar’ sees Marty’s big “1-0” birthday in New York Central Zoo, and reveals his birthday wish to go to the wild, and while Alex, Gloria and Melman rescue Marty from going to the wild, they end up in Madagascar.

20) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) – 68

The movie is about Mr. Peabody adopting a little baby named Sherman and the two travel into various times of the past while using the WABAC.

21) Shrek Forever After (2010) – 56

Once upon a time, Shrek and Fiona lived happily ever after, however, the story doesn’t end there because Shrek is tired of his parenting life, and wants to feel like a real ogre again, back to the good old days in the very first ‘Shrek’ story. Making a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (who has changed his appearance from the previous film) he gets to be an ogre for a day, only to realize, he has given the day he was born to Rumple, giving him 24 hours until his day comes to an end. Will Shrek and Fiona get their happily ever after, again?

22) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) – 50

As Dreamworks Animation’s final traditionally hand-drawn film, it is a shame that ‘Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas’ doesn’t have more of an impact. A far cry from the gorgeous visuals of ‘Prince of Egypt’, ‘Sinbad’ attempts to combine 3D CGI with 2D drawings and the result is a film that looks and feels rushed, almost direct-to-video quality. Combined with a lacklustre protagonist, skeletally characterised antagonist and stereotypical femme fatale, all that ‘Sinbad’ amounts to is a good idea that’s been terribly executed.

23) Penguins of Madagascar (2015) – 50

The film essentially begins where ‘Madagascar 3’ concludes as we see the likeable and cute gang of penguins, which includes Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. But the penguins are accidentally caught in the villain’s plans, so it’s up to the penguins of Madagascar (see what I did there) to save the day.

24) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) – 40

This movie is about horses. Do you like horses? Yes? Good. You will like this movie. No? You probably won’t like this movie. But on a serious note, ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ has many more flaws than what it’s about. Horse movies can be good movies, whether you like the animals or not. Sadly, ‘Spirit’ is not a good horse movie; it’s not sure what it wants to be.

25) Turbo (2013) – 40

Turbo is a simple underdog story, that’s simplistic and predictable. It has a nice message about following your dreams – no matter how big, but feels generic. 

26) Shrek the Third (2007) – 30

‘Shrek the Third’ sees our favourite trio Shrek, Donkey and Puss to find Arthur, a.k.a. Arty, to become the new king of Far Far Away. However, while in the process of finding Arty, the villains rise to get their happily ever after, therefore, Far Far Away is in ruin, ruled by fairy-tale villains.

27) Bee Movie (2007) – 18

‘Bee Movie’ is about a bee named Barry B. Benson, who is separated from the Pollen Jocks, and ends up meeting and becoming friends with a florist named Vanessa Bloome (oh, the puns, the film is full of them). While maintaining this friend-relationship? Barry sees the humans profiting from honey, stealing what the bees make. I couldn’t make this up, as much as I could try.

28) Home (2015) – 14

‘Home’ is about an alien race called the Boov which they invade Earth and relocate the humans, as the Boov run Earth, but Oh (Parsons) is unique, so he wants to have a party to fit in, and sends an email to everyone in his contacts list, which in that list includes their enemy who keeps destroying their planet called the Gorg. Why are they on the Boov’s contacts list? To tell a story, I guess! But Tip (Rihanna) is the last human left in the alien populated Earth, and seeks out to find her mother.

29) Shark Tale (2004) – 7

‘Shark Tale’ is about Oscar, who has a cool job working at the Whale Wash, is in debt and owes money to his boss Sykes as he owes five thousand clams, but instead he blows it on a seahorse race, and loses the money and the race, now tied up, he stumbles across a shark, only to get knocked out by a mysterious anchor (why the anchor was there, we will never know) and lies his way as he calls himself the sharkslayer.

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