History Creator / DreamworksAnimation

19th Sep '17 2:24:36 PM Mario1995
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* ''The Croods 2'' (2020)
* ''Spooky Jack'' (2021; with Creator/BlumhouseProductions)
18th Sep '17 5:33:33 PM Mario1995
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* ''Literature/WheresWally'' (a.k.a. ''Where's Waldo?'' in the U.S.)
22nd Aug '17 7:07:26 PM jameygamer
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** ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' (under license from Creator/BillCosby) [[note]] It's still unknown exactly how much this franchise is being affected by the multiple [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape accusations]] against Cosby, which even convinced Disney to effectively purge his image from their company. A planned revival of ''Fat Albert'' was cancelled due to the allegations and may result in DWA/Universal dropping the franchise altogether and joining Disney in purging any traces of Cosby from their studio. [[/note]]

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** ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' (under license from Creator/BillCosby) [[note]] It's still unknown exactly how much this franchise is being affected by the multiple [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape accusations]] against Cosby, which even convinced Disney to effectively purge his image from their company. A planned revival of ''Fat Albert'' was cancelled due to the allegations and may result in DWA/Universal dropping the franchise altogether and joining Disney in purging any traces of Cosby from their studio. [[/note]]Creator/BillCosby)
12th Aug '17 10:52:50 AM nombretomado
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Originally arch-rivals with [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] in [[TheNineties the 1990s]], they became arch-rivals with Creator/{{Pixar}} in [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]], and now they're kind-of sort-of arch-rivals with both studios in [[TheNewTens the 2010s]]. Disney alum Jeffrey Katzenberg produced more animated films through his studio alone than Creator/WaltDisney did when he was alive! While the quality of the films had been more inconsistent than Disney, the best of the bunch managed to reach for Disney and Pixar quality (with ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' sharing a director team with ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''). In fact, in 2011, DWA ''exceeded'' them in critical reception with ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' ([[RottenTomatoes RT]] 81%) and ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' (RT 84%) considered far and away superior films to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' (RT 39%) and both were nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar while the Pixar film was shut out. Furthermore, ''KFP 2'' out-grossed ''Cars 2'' in the box office worldwide. In short, Katzenberg's dream had come true.

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Originally arch-rivals with [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] in [[TheNineties the 1990s]], they became arch-rivals with Creator/{{Pixar}} in [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]], and now they're kind-of sort-of arch-rivals with both studios in [[TheNewTens the 2010s]]. Disney alum Jeffrey Katzenberg produced more animated films through his studio alone than Creator/WaltDisney did when he was alive! While the quality of the films had been more inconsistent than Disney, the best of the bunch managed to reach for Disney and Pixar quality (with ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' sharing a director team with ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''). In fact, in 2011, DWA ''exceeded'' them in critical reception with ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' ([[RottenTomatoes ([[Website/RottenTomatoes RT]] 81%) and ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' (RT 84%) considered far and away superior films to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' (RT 39%) and both were nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar while the Pixar film was shut out. Furthermore, ''KFP 2'' out-grossed ''Cars 2'' in the box office worldwide. In short, Katzenberg's dream had come true.
8th Aug '17 10:29:00 AM CosmicFerret
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Although ''Prince of Egypt'' had been a success, DWA's follow-up traditionally-animated films met with diminishing returns. ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' failed to recoup its budget (to date the ''only'' DWA film not to do so), and although ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' & ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' both turned profits, they suffered from poor critical reviews in part because of typical North American AllAnimationIsDisney prejudice -- as well as their returns looking absolutely pathetic on the heels of ''{{Shrek}}''. 2003's ''Sinbad'' in particular only made back its budget upon international release and performed poorly enough with critics to cause DWA to stop traditional animation completely.[[note]] Incidentally, ''Sinbad'' isn't completely to blame here. 2D animation in general was going the way of the dodo at this point. Disney themselves had had a string of mediocre to bad 2D films and -- combined with America's increasing acceptance of and preference for CGI due to Pixar's efforts -- shuttered their 2D feature animation operations less than a year after DWA did (Disney would restart traditional animation in 2009). [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] -- which also tried to compete with Disney in the 90's, took a financial bath with Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' in 2000 and shut down their animation studio as a result. Creator/WarnerBros, meanwhile, faced TroubledProduction after TroubledProduction and flop after flop; they stopped their forays into feature animation at the same time DWA and Disney went all-CGI and now only produce work for television (of their films, only ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' was VindicatedByCable).[[/note]]

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Although ''Prince of Egypt'' had been a success, DWA's follow-up traditionally-animated films met with diminishing returns. ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' failed to recoup its budget (to date the ''only'' DWA film not to do so), and although ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' & ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' both turned profits, they suffered from poor critical reviews in part because of typical North American AllAnimationIsDisney prejudice -- as well as their returns looking absolutely pathetic on the heels of ''{{Shrek}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''. 2003's ''Sinbad'' in particular only made back its budget upon international release and performed poorly enough with critics to cause DWA to stop traditional animation completely.[[note]] Incidentally, ''Sinbad'' isn't completely to blame here. 2D animation in general was going the way of the dodo at this point. Disney themselves had had a string of mediocre to bad 2D films and -- combined with America's increasing acceptance of and preference for CGI due to Pixar's efforts -- shuttered their 2D feature animation operations less than a year after DWA did (Disney would restart traditional animation in 2009). [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] -- which also tried to compete with Disney in the 90's, took a financial bath with Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' in 2000 and shut down their animation studio as a result. Creator/WarnerBros, meanwhile, faced TroubledProduction after TroubledProduction and flop after flop; they stopped their forays into feature animation at the same time DWA and Disney went all-CGI and now only produce work for television (of their films, only ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' was VindicatedByCable).[[/note]]



Post-''Shrek 2'', however, DWA hit something of a DorkAge -- an impressive feat for a studio less than a decade old. In addition to the increasingly blatant StuntCasting, their films became notorious for being simply conduits for pop-culture references and toilet humor (and predictable plots). With the notable exception of 2006's ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', nearly every film DWA put out in the middle of the 2000's was savaged by critics -- though they still performed well at the box office (usually beating contemporary Disney CGI films). ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' holds the distinction of being the worst-reviewed [=DreamWorks=] animated film. ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' generally got mediocre reviews and, though it made a healthy enough profit to spawn two sequels, did not have as much financial success as the first two ''Shrek'' films. The studio arguably hit its [[DarkestHour nadir]] in 2007 with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' disappointing at least critically, and [[Creator/AardmanAnimations Aardman]] breaking away from [=DreamWorks=] after the release of ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway''.

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Post-''Shrek 2'', Post-''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', however, DWA hit something of a DorkAge -- an impressive feat for a studio less than a decade old. In addition to the increasingly blatant StuntCasting, their films became notorious for being simply conduits for pop-culture references and toilet humor (and predictable plots). With the notable exception of 2006's ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', nearly every film DWA put out in the middle of the 2000's was savaged by critics -- though they still performed well at the box office (usually beating contemporary Disney CGI films). ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' holds the distinction of being the worst-reviewed [=DreamWorks=] animated film. ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' generally got mediocre reviews and, though it made a healthy enough profit to spawn two sequels, did not have as much financial success as the first two ''Shrek'' films. The studio arguably hit its [[DarkestHour nadir]] in 2007 with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'' ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' disappointing at least critically, and [[Creator/AardmanAnimations Aardman]] breaking away from [=DreamWorks=] after the release of ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway''.
1st Aug '17 1:41:04 PM creader
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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: A lot of the films with romance as main plot or sub-plot will often have one of the female characters falling for a decent guy.

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: A lot of the films with romance as a main plot or a sub-plot will often have one or more of the female characters falling for a decent guy.
26th Jul '17 8:50:20 PM nombretomado
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To bolster the company's revenues with meat and potatoes stuff, DWA acquired Classic Media, whose library contains rights to many classic cartoons, including most of the Creator/{{Filmation}} library (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]''), the Gold Key properties that aren't owned by Random House, most of the old FamousStudios/Paramount characters, including the properties acquired by Creator/HarveyComics like ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' with their original ones like ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' (excluding most of the Harvey superheroes, which are in the hands of their creators or their estates), the Entertainment Rights catalog including the intellectual property of Woodland Animations (''WesternAnimation/PostmanPat'' and ''WesternAnimation/CharlieChalk'') and other British studios, the Creator/RankinBass Christmas specials and most of their pre-1974 material (all the post-1974 R-B content, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', is held by Creator/WarnerBros, as they acquired R-B alongside Lorimar-Telepictures in 1989), and Creator/JayWard[='=]s library, including ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', among others.

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To bolster the company's revenues with meat and potatoes stuff, DWA acquired Classic Media, whose library contains rights to many classic cartoons, including most of the Creator/{{Filmation}} library (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]''), the Gold Key properties that aren't owned by Random House, most of the old FamousStudios/Paramount Creator/FamousStudios/Paramount characters, including the properties acquired by Creator/HarveyComics like ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' with their original ones like ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' (excluding most of the Harvey superheroes, which are in the hands of their creators or their estates), the Entertainment Rights catalog including the intellectual property of Woodland Animations (''WesternAnimation/PostmanPat'' and ''WesternAnimation/CharlieChalk'') and other British studios, the Creator/RankinBass Christmas specials and most of their pre-1974 material (all the post-1974 R-B content, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'', is held by Creator/WarnerBros, as they acquired R-B alongside Lorimar-Telepictures in 1989), and Creator/JayWard[='=]s library, including ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', among others.
5th Jul '17 3:29:35 PM Mario1995
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Meanwhile, [=DreamWorks=] continued to search for new ways to expand its entertainment offerings. In September 2013, DWA acquired the archives of UK animation studio Chapman Entertainment, giving it the rights to shows such as ''WesternAnimation/FifiAndTheFlowertots'' and ''WesternAnimation/RoaryTheRacingCar''. In June of 2014, it acquired all of the trademarks, associated copyrights and programming content of the WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat character from Felix the Cat Productions, run by the Oriolo family. These acquisitions, while profitable, failed to change the direction of the studio considerably.
29th Jun '17 11:05:52 AM Pichu-kun
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* ShiftedToCGI: The first several animated films were mainly traditionally animated {{Disneyesque}} works. Starting with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', the studio switched to exclusively making {{All CGI Cartoon}}s. They don't have an interest in going back to 2D films. Dreamworks is a considered a (if not ''the'') major reason why traditionally animated theatrical films stopped being popular in the early-to-mid 2000s.



* StrictlyFormula: They have been accused of enforcing this trope in most of their CGI-animated movies during the 2000s: in the beginning, the main character is a grumpy or antisocial outcast (or at the very least is "different"). Throughout the film he becomes a better person. In the end, he saves the day and everyone accepts him for who he is. Add bonus points for pop culture references, fart jokes and the occasional DreamWorksFace, and you're good to go.

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* StrictlyFormula: They have been accused of enforcing this trope in most of their CGI-animated movies during the 2000s: in the beginning, the main character is a grumpy or antisocial outcast (or at the very least is "different"). Throughout the film he becomes a better person. In the end, he saves the day and everyone accepts him for who he is. Add bonus points for pop culture references, fart jokes jokes, and the occasional DreamWorksFace, and you're good to go.
28th Jun '17 4:17:43 PM Mario1995
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** ''The Daydreamer'' (copyright only; currently licensed by Creator/StudioCanal)

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** ''The Daydreamer'' (copyright only; currently licensed by Creator/StudioCanal)[=StudioCanal=])



** ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty'' (copyright only; currently licensed by Creator/StudioCanal)

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** ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty'' (copyright only; currently licensed by Creator/StudioCanal)[=StudioCanal=])
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