Top 10 Animated Dreamworks Movies



Top 10 Animated Dreamworks Movies

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script Written by Matthew Thomas.

Disney and Pixar are not the only movie studios to have their animation game down. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 animated DreamWorks movies.

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Top 10 Animated Dreamworks Movies

Disney and Pixar are not the only movie studios to have their animation game down. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 animated DreamWorks movies.

For this list, we’re choosing the best and most memorable feature length films produced by DreamWorks Animation based on a mix of their overall popularity, critical and commercial success and more.

#10: “Over the Hedge” (2006)

If you haven’t seen “Over the Hedge” and you have any love for the animated, we highly suggest you seek this film out. Focused on a small group of woodland animals whose habitat has been encroached upon by a housing development, this comedy sees them soon discover that their new surroundings are actually rich in food and resources. Hilarious and cute throughout, while also imparting great morals about the importance of family, loyalty and the balance between nature and society, this film does it all.

#9: “The Prince of Egypt” (1998)

In the long tradition of Hollywood tackling Biblical stories, DreamWorks took the Book of Exodus and the story of Moses’ life to craft this visionary film. Nabbing an Academy Award for Best Original Song and earning a spot as the second non-Disney or Pixar animated feature to surpass the one hundred million dollar threshold at the American box office, this epic musical’s actual animation is also breathtaking. Bringing one of the widest known stories in the world to the big screen in a new and fantastic way was definitely a stroke of genius on the studio’s part.

#8: “The Road to El Dorado” (2000)

Another period piece focused on two Spanish con artists, “The Road to El Dorado” is paved with entertaining scenarios and captivating characters. Two friends who set out to find the legendary kingdom of El Dorado, Miguel and Tulio’s propensity for finding amusing ways to escape new and ever increasing dangers along their path ensures that they find a way into your heart. Made all the better by the inclusion of several new Elton John tunes, this film, with its simple laughs and bright story, certainly earned its way onto this list.

#7: “Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted” (2012)

There have been very few times in the history of filmmaking where a sequel exceeds the original in later parts of a series, but “Madagascar 3” pulled off that trick quite nicely. Taking the zoo animals we came to know and love in the first two films and dropping them in the middle of a traveling circus allowed them to introduce many new and interesting characters to the franchise. Energetic, colorful and funny, “Europe’s Most Wanted” also has that “Afro Circus” song which may just be our favorite moment in any of these family films because we just can’t seem to get it out of our heads!

#6: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005)

When the decision was made to make a feature film of the critically acclaimed and much loved “Wallace & Gromit” short films, it was DreamWorks that got the honor of coproducing it with Aardman Animations. Taking an unusual inventor and his mute but arguably superiorly intelligent dog and setting them against a mutated rabbit to save their town’s vegetable supplies, this stop-motion animated flick packs the punch of the source material while expanding upon it. Awarded an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, it’s fair to say this film did the series proud.

#5: “Antz” (1998)

Released uncomfortably close to “A Bug’s Life,” “Antz” had some hefty competition from Pixar, which we have to assume gave the people who came together to create this movie even more motivation. The adventure comedy focuses on a worker ant that ends up taking on the role of a soldier ant despite being smaller in size and pessimistic in nature. Everything changes when he discovers skills he never knew he had. Imparting lessons about preconceived notions as well as what you can accomplish if you believe in yourself, “Antz” is a positive tale that nearly anyone can relate to.

#4: “Kung Fu Panda” (2008)

When we were putting together this list, this Panda and his tale of self-discovery kicked a lot of ass and took a lot of names, and any ideas we may have had about not including it came to end with a resounding “Skadoosh!” Sharing a lot of themes with the aforementioned “Antz,” “Kung Fu Panda” has, at its center, a lethargic panda with delusions of martial arts in his heart that overcomes the odds and becomes a powerful warrior. An action comedy that garnered a greatly beloved sequel, Po and his friends’ tales will not be quickly forgotten.

#3: “Chicken Run” (2000)

An animated family film that doubles as a prison-like escape adventure, “Chicken Run” deserves a hallowed place in history as a standalone film that should be near the top of any animated movie heap. The first coproduction between DreamWorks and Aardman Animations, this stop-motion comedy stands head and shoulders above the rest thanks to its charm, wonderful action scenes and entertainment value. It was also a critical and commercial success.

#2: “Shrek” (2001)

Of all the characters that were created by the DreamWorks animation studio, it would be very difficult to argue that Shrek is not the most renowned. It may have been the concept of incorporating so many fairy tale characters that brought them to the game, but it was their original characters that earned this film’s place in kids’ hearts worldwide. Meanwhile, incorporating the vocal abilities of talented actors like Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and many others certainly helped them to continue the franchise with box office bonanzas like “Shrek 2.”

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- “Flushed Away” (2006)
- “Rise of the Guardians” (2012)
- “Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009)
- “Puss in Boots” (2011)
- “Megamind” (2010)

#1: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)

“How to Train Your Dragon” could easily serve as a perfect recipe for how to create an entertaining animated film: Mix together endearing characters, a unique story and seemingly insurmountable odds; send to animators for several months and let cool until release. Then sit back and watch your beautiful work of animation receive richly deserved accolades, the opportunity to make another near perfect sequel and most importantly, encourage the imagination and help craft the morals of millions of children.

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The real question though: where is the Bee Movie?
Not even an honorable mention for Home? What drug do you guys take?