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->''There was this wonderful great mission statement that Creator/WaltDisney had: 'I make movies for children, and the child that exists in all of us'. And 14 years later at [=DreamWorks=] I can say 'We make movies for adults, and the adult that exists in every child'. And that literally has been our approach.''
-->--'''Jeffrey Katzenberg''', in a 2007 interview promoting ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie''

The studio that managed to finally destroy the long-held perception that [[AllAnimationIsDisney all feature film animation is Disney]].

[=DreamWorks=] Animation's story begins with Jeffrey Katzenberg -- one of the architects of the [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Disney Renaissance]] -- getting fired from Creator/{{Disney}}[[note]]As to exactly ''why'' he was fired... it was well known that he and Disney's then-CEO Michael Eisner did ''not'' get along; the final straw was when Eisner refused to promote him to the position of President of Disney that was vacated by the death of Frank Wells in a helicopter crash in 1994. Also, it's generally accepted that Katzenberg was the one who authorized the marketing team for ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' to violate Creator/RobinWilliams's contract, a move which hurt Disney in industry circles and started Williams's first of two feuds with the studio, which lasted until Katzenberg was shown the door, at which point his successor Joe Roth mended relations until ''Film/BicentennialMan''[[/note]], and co-founding Creator/DreamWorks with Creator/StevenSpielberg and David Geffen. Katzenberg used his portion of the studio to create a new animation subsidiary, merging with animation studio and partner Pacific Data Images (PDI)[[note]]a company that got their start doing AdBumpers for stations like Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{CBS}}, {{Creator/HBO}}, Creator/{{NBC}} and others and did the sequences for the Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Homer hides behind a bookcase that takes him into a computer-generated 3D world[[/note]]. After Spielberg's Creator/{{Amblimation}} shut down, most of its animators moved to [=DreamWorks=].
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!!1994-2004: Katzenberg's dream and humble beginnings
Katzenberg's ultimate goal was to compete directly with his old bosses on their home turf: feature animation. To that end, DWA came roaring out of the gate in 1998 with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', an animated epic telling the story of Moses and the Exodus -- similar to but distinct from Creator/CecilBDeMille's ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. A fine article about the environment in which ''Prince'' was made can be read [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,290103,00.html here]]. ''Prince'' performed extremely well at the box office, though still below Disney's films from that decade. The same year, DWA released the AllCGICartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', a blatant FollowTheLeader of Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' although ''Antz'' actually premiered first. More on that film and its repercussions further down this page.

In addition to its in-house films, DWA also benefited from a partnership with Creator/AardmanAnimations, with Creator/NickPark creating well-received stop-motion films like ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''.

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]]

Computer animation was another story entirely. ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' proved a surprisingly big hit with comparable critical acclaim to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', and it eventually showed DWA the path they would take to success. The premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in 2001 changed the animation game completely. Using Katzenberg's penchant for [[StuntCasting rampant celebrity casting]] and modelling the characters from their movies [[InkSuitActor after the actors voicing them]] to the max, this film finally put DWA on the map as a legitimate competitor in the feature film market, permanently opening the door Creator/{{Disney}} largely held shut for decades. It's a fact made undeniable with this film winning the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Feature Animated Film. The studio's success in animation led to Katzenberg leaving the [=DreamWorks=] venture entirely in 2004, taking the animation division with him, and DWA became its own, publicly-traded studio and remained so for over a decade. The live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio continued to release DWA's films up until [=DreamWorks=] was acquired by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, the film unit of Creator/{{Viacom}}, in 2006. As a result, DWA struck a separate distribution deal with Paramount thereafter, freeing them of any obligations with their former parent company.

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!!2004-2012: Brief creative slump, then rebound
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''.

Beginning in 2008 however, the studio [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] with a new crop of films arising with a greater focus on story, characters, and quality. So far, this new direction has been paying off handsomely in the box office worldwide. For instance, not only was the classic ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' released, but ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Escape 2 Africa'' marked the transition as that franchise moved from a hastily pre-emptive strike against Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' to become a gradually improving series with its own voice.

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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!!2012-2015: [=DreamWorks=] Animation expands to television, from Paramount to Fox, films fall ''hard''
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 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.

On the business side, the company's distribution contract with Paramount was not renewed at the end of 2012 as that company began getting back into animation itself after the success of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''. DWA went to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox as its distributor from 2013 to 2017, which meant a balancing act with Creator/BlueSkyStudios' own animated films. Considering that DWA planned 12 films in four years, that had been quite a scheduling challenge. However, in that year they suffered their first serious box office sting in nearly a decade when ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', their last film under the Paramount deal, underperformed financially despite warm critical reception, which caused the studio to lay off 25% of their worldwide staff at the end of the year.

In 2013, the studios' next film and their first at Fox, ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'', proved a big sustained worldwide hit (with some decent critical reception), and the studio scored a great exclusive big time content deal with Creator/{{Netflix}} to help earn a steadier income so they didn't have primarily risk their solvency on feature films, though at the expense of their previous deal with Creator/{{HBO}}. Unfortunately, their next two films, ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'', were box office disappointments despite having good critical reception (and both movies generating Internet-exclusive animated series).

In 2014, DWA acquired the distribution rights to all of its pre-2013 theatrical films from Paramount. The rights are currently licensed to 20th Century Fox in conjunction with the current distribution deal (which explains why Fox distributed recent DVD and Blu-ray rereleases of ''Shrek'', ''Madagascar'', ''Shark Tale'', ''Over the Hedge'' and ''Bee Movie'').

The studio's sole success in 2014 was the highly promising ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', which surpassed the total grosses of their four previous films (as well as its predecessor). Their follow-up ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' once again underperformed (although it grossed more than ''Turbo'' and ''Mr. Peabody & Sherman''); these combined disappointments led [=DreamWorks=] [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-dreamworks-layoffs-20150122-story.html to announce in early 2015]] that they would be laying off 500 employees and reevaluating their core animation business - this included a smaller film schedule as well as the shuttering of Pacific Data Images. Around this time, Katzenberg sought to find a better partner for the studio, having tried to negotiate with two companies in 2014 for a sale. The Japanese corporation [=SoftBank=] and later the toy company Creator/{{Hasbro}} were interested in taking control of the studio, but both companies pulled out of negotiations after Katzenberg demanded a higher-than-average asking price from both companies (Softbank invested in Creator/LegendaryPictures instead, and Hasbro pulled out because they also had made a deal with Disney, who were not all that fond of the idea in the first place). This made any prospect of a sale unlikely for the next two years.

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.

Their sole release for 2015, ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', resulted a moderate success at the box office (it made back its budget domestically, which the studio's previous flops failed to do) and was fairly well-received by the public, but has received the lowest critical score for a DWA film since 2007.

The studio seemed to have entered a second DorkAge, ironically characterized by having good critical and audience reception (although not on the same level as their 2008-2011 output) but below-average box office grosses, the complete opposite of their 2004-2007 output.

In August 2015, [=DreamWorks=] Animation did something nobody expected: they [[http://variety.com/2015/tv/asia/dreamworks-animation-launches-tv-channel-in-thailand-1201551924/ launched]] a WesternAnimation network in Asia - The [=DreamWorks=] Channel, in partnership with CTH Thailand and apparently, HBO. The channel broadcasts in HD and airs mostly content from their [=DreamWorks=] Classics library, along with several series that had not yet been licensed out to other networks in the region (i.e. ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', which is a Creator/{{Netflix}}-original and [[NoExportForYou thus not available in the region outside of Japan]] [[SubvertedTrope otherwise]]), and they soon liberated the airing rights to ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' from the latter in the region so that they could have it on their own network, though they expressed no interest in liberating ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' from Nickelodeon[[note]]An understandable move. While Madagascar was a CashCowFranchise for the company, and the ''Penguins'' SpinOff initially was, the spinoff's movie ''tanked hard'', plus Nick also has a share in the creative rights of the Penguins TV show[[/note]]. Initially only available in Thailand, the channel was made available to and was quickly picked up by other Pay TV providers in South-East Asia in September 2015.

Incidentally, their decision to launch a western animation channel in Asia comes a year after [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork pulled out of the Joint Venture]] that is [=KidsCo=] in Asia. NBCU claimed it was due to [[BlatantLies "growing challenges in the international children's television industry"]], but most pin the blame on the company's purchase of the U.S-based preschool network Creator/{{Sprout}} from Creator/{{PBS}}.

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!!2015-present: Katzenberg's last stand, [=NBCUniversal=] takes over, beginning of new era
Unwilling to give up on his studio, Katzenberg appointed Bonnie Arnold, the producer of the ''How to Train Your Dragon'' series, and Mireille Soria, producer of the ''Madagascar'' series, as co-presidents of the studio's feature animation division. Hoping to get the studio out of its ongoing slump, the studio green-lit ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', which was released in January 2016 and was the first film produced by their Chinese studio, Oriental [=DreamWorks=]. Despite being well-received and being a box office success, its financial impact was soon overshadowed by Disney's ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' two months later; it would prove to be the last effort by Katzenberg to keep the studio independent.

In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a month or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their attitude towards the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, fingers will be crossed and fans will be watching closely on how this situation plays out.

Katzenberg's successor as CEO, former Warner Bros. animation president Christopher [=DeFaria=], was appointed to the board five months after the completion, on January 10, 2017. Given his mixed track record at Warner with films ranging from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' to ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', it's safe to say that time will tell whether or not [=DreamWorks=] has a bright future ahead.

The acquisition also meant that Universal would have two animation studios under their belt, already owning Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, the feature animation wing of Universal headed by Chris Meledandri, who also happens to be a Disney veteran from the early 90's. This puts Universal in a structure similar to Disney, who owns both their own animation studio and Pixar. Both Illumination and DWA are also technically sisters with Focus Features's arthouse stop-motion animation firm, Creator/{{Laika}}; however, the latter is wholly owned and operated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and son Travis (Knight's partner, Mark Parker, is currently a Disney board member), and neither Katzenberg nor Meledandri have ever had any involvement with them. Similarly, Universal Animation Studios, Universal's 2D animation arm that primarily operated during the 1990s (bringing us cult classics like ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''), and still occasionally churns out a DTV sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also still operates independently (though as a husk of its' former self).

See also Creator/DreamWorks, who despite the having the same name and being founded by the same group of people, has been a separate entity since 2004. With the buyout of the animation company, both sides of [=DreamWorks=] have once again been united under one roof, since the live-action [=DreamWorks=] is now part of the Amblin Partners group, which is in a deal with Comcast/Universal that started after the release of Disney/Amblin's ''Film/TheBFG''.

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!!List of subsidiaries and acquired franchises owned by [=DreamWorks=] Animation:
* Oriental [=DreamWorks=] (45%)
* [=DreamWorks=] Classics
** Chapman Entertainment
** Felix The Cat
* The [=DreamWorks=] Channel (partnership with CTH Thailand and HBO)
* Portley Ltd
* Troll Dolls (Except in Scandanavia)
* [=AwesomenessTV=] (75%)
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!![=DreamWorks=]' filmography:
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' (with Pacific Data Images; 1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' (2000)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' (with Creator/AardmanAnimations and Pathé; 2000)
* ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' (2000)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2001)
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' (2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' (short; with Pacific Data Images; 2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' (with Aardman Animations; 2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'' (with Aardman Animations; 2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' (2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' (2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' (with Pacific Data Images and Creator/MovingPictureCompany; 2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2012)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians Rise of the Guardians]]'' (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' (2013)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}'' (2013)
* ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' (2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' (with Pacific Data Images; 2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' (with Oriental [=DreamWorks=]; 2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'' (2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'' (2017)
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'' (with Scholastic Entertainment and Mikros Image Canada; 2017)
[[/index]]
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!!Films in development:
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon3'' (2019)
* ''Everest'' (2019)
* ''Trolls 2'' (2020)
* ''Shrek 5'' (TBA)
* Untitled ''Shadows'' Project (TBA)
* ''Flawed Dogs'' (adapted from [[Literature/FlawedDogs a novel]], TBA)
[[/index]]
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!!Television work:
* Bumper work for {{Creator/ABC}}, {{Creator/CBS}}, {{Creator/Cinemax}}, {{Creator/HBO}}, {{Creator/NBC}}, Rede Globo, {{Creator/VH1}} and others (1983-early 90s, PDI)[[note]]All instances made before the partnership with Dreamworks[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E6TreehouseOfHorrorVI Treehouse of Horror VI]]" segment "Homer[--[[superscript:3]]--]" (1995; PDI, with Creator/RoughDraftStudios)[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonSushi'' (PDI; One segment: Gabola the Great)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Toonsylvania}}'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvasionAmerica'' (1998; with Creator/{{AKOM}})
* ''Advertising/ItsThinking'' (1999; PDI, advertising campaign for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast)
* ''WesternAnimation/AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' (with Creator/ColumbiaPictures and Creator/DiCEntertainment)
* ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/NeighborsFromHell'' (2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens2013''
* ''WesternAnimation/TurboFAST'' (2014; with Creator/{{Titmouse}})
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse'' (2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' (2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoTrux'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/DawnOfTheCroods'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' (2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeAdventuresWithTipAndOh'' (2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' (2016)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy Toyland Detective]]'' (2016)
* ''[=VeggieTales=] In The City'' (2017, continuation of ''[=VeggieTales=] in the House'')
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiritRidingFree Spirit: Riding Free]]'' (2017)
* ''All Hail King Julien: Exiled'' (2017, continuation of ''All Hail King Julien'')
[[/index]]
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!!Live Action work (Through PDI; either prior or after the merger):
[[index]]
* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''
* ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield''
* ''Film/TheArrival''
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''
* ''Film/BatmanForever''
* ''Film/BatmanReturns''
* ''Film/{{Bushwhacked}}'' (uncredited)
* ''Film/CarlitosWay''
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}''
* ''Film/DennisTheMenace''
* ''Film/DoubleDragon''
* ''Film/{{Eraser}}''
* ''Film/{{Evolution}}''
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision''
* ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' (Dream Demon Animation)
* ''{{Film/Ghost}}'' (uncredited)
* ''Film/HeartAndSouls''
* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''
** ''Ride/MuppetVision3D''
* ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' (uncredited)
* ''Film/TheMexican''[[/index]]
* The videos for Music/MichaelJackson's ''Black or White'' & ''Ghosts''[[index]]
* ''Film/MinorityReport''
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers''
* ''Film/TheRiverWild''
* ''Film/RoboCop3''
* ''Film/RookieOfTheYear''
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''
* ''Film/SupermanIII'' (The video game sequences, done alongside {{Creator/Atari}})
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}''
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''
* ''Film/TrueLies''
* ''Film/{{Toys}}''
* Various commercials for companies like Budweiser, Coca Cola and Exxon.
[[/index]]
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!![=DreamWorks=] Classics properties:
* Creator/{{Filmation}} properties:
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''
** ''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]]
** ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''[[index]]
** ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' (under license from Creator/{{Mattel}})
** ''Series/TheSecretsOfIsis''
** ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' (under license from Creator/{{Mattel}})
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat''
** ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic''
** ''WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' (with Creator/FilmRoman)
** ''Anime/BabyFelixAndFriends''
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' (select films are under license from Creator/{{Toho}})[[index]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' (license acquired from Toho after Creator/HannaBarbera's rights expired in 2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/GuessWithJess'' (with Creator/{{Nelvana}} and Creator/TheBBC)[[/index]]
* The [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 2002]] ''He-Man'' series (under license from Mattel)
* ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter''
* ''Series/LambChopsPlayAlong''
* ''Franchise/{{Lassie}}''
* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger''[[note]][[Film/TheLoneRanger You read that right: Disney had to pay their rival a licensing fee here. The film was so long in development that the first payment happened before Dreamworks purchased Classic Media;]] [[EnemyMine Any ideas of Disney and Dreamworks needing to negotiate further development and licensing deals with each other regarding that series]] vanished when ''The Lone Ranger'' wound up becoming the biggest BoxOfficeBomb of 2013, which did producer Jerry Bruckheimer, [[CreatorKiller director Gore Verbinski,]] and [[StarDerailingRole stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer no favors.]][[/note]][[index]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy]]''[[/index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Olivia}}''[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PostmanPat'' [[/index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet''
* ''[[ComicStrip/RupertBear Rupert Bear, Follow The Magic...]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (TV distribution, under license from Creator/{{Hasbro}})
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''[[index]]
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' (under license from Creator/WorldEventsProductions)[[/index]]
* Bullwinkle Studios properties (with Creator/JayWard Productions):
** ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''
*** ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''[[index]]
** ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''[[/index]]
* Chapman Entertainment properties (excluding ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'', owned by Creator/HITEntertainment):
** ''WesternAnimation/FifiAndTheFlowerTots''
** ''WesternAnimation/RoaryTheRacingCar'' (with Creator/HITEntertainment)
** ''WesternAnimation/LittleCharleyBear'' (with Annix Studios)
** ''WesternAnimation/RaaRaaTheNoisyLion'' (with Mackinnon & Saunders)
* Creator/HarveyComics properties:
** ''WesternAnimation/BabyHuey''
** ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost''[[index]]
*** ''WesternAnimation/CaspersScareSchool''[[/index]]
** ''WesternAnimation/LittleAudrey''
** ''ComicBook/RichieRich''
** At least 223 ''WesternAnimation/{{Noveltoons}}'' shorts produced by Creator/{{Paramount}}'s Creator/FamousStudios from 1950 to 1962 (all other ''Noveltoons'' remain with Paramount, though [=DreamWorks=] retains all of the character rights and elements)
* Creator/GoldKeyComics[=/=]Creator/DellComics properties (merchandising and media assets only; publishing assets owned by Random House):
** ''ComicBook/DoctorSolar''
** ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' (only Gold Key property owned by DWC outright)
** ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter''
** ''ComicBook/{{Turok}}''
* United Productions of America (UPA) properties (excluding the UPA shorts produced for Screen Gems[=/=]Creator/ColumbiaPictures, owned by Creator/{{Sony}} Pictures):
** ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo''
** ''WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing''[[/index]]
* Big Idea properties:[[index]]
** ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Veggietales}}''
[[/index]]
* Pre-1974 Creator/RankinBassProductions properties:
** ''The Daydreamer'' (copyright only; currently licensed by [=StudioCanal=])
** ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'' [[note]]Merchandising rights to Frosty are co-owned by DWC and Creator/WarnerBros[[/note]]
** ''WesternAnimation/HereComesPeterCottontail''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheJackson5ive'' (with Creator/{{Motown}})
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleDrummerBoy''
** ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty'' (copyright only; currently licensed by [=StudioCanal=])
** ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' (program rights only) [[note]]Merchandising rights to Rudolph are owned by The Rudolph Company[[/note]]
** ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown''
** ''WesternAnimation/TalesOfTheWizardOfOz''
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!!Tropes for [=DreamWorks=] Animation:

* AdvertisingByAssociation: Their movies are often advertised this way, referencing previous Dreamworks {{All CGI Cartoon}}s, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' being usually one of them.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude
* [[ArchEnemy Arch-Competitor]]:
** [=DreamWorks=] was created to be this to Disney, but in the 2000s it became much more famous for its rivalry with Creator/{{Pixar}}.
** Throughout the mid-late 2010's, they also became this to Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, who shares very similar tropes to [=DreamWorks=]. When Universal snapped up [=DreamWorks=], both became sister studios (''à la'' Disney/Pixar).
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: The modern logo features the full moon waning into a crescent revealing the boy. In order to maintain the original "D" shape of the moon, this happens the opposite of how it would in real life; the moon always waxes and wanes from the right, not the left.
* {{Balloonacy}}: How that kid in the logo gets to the moon.
* BeYourself: Often very important in pushing the main characters before the climax.
* DancePartyEnding: Popularized it in animated films.
* {{Disneyesque}}: All their hand-drawn animated films.
* DreamworksFace: TropeNamer and [[TropeCodifier Codifier]].
* DuelingMovies: A lot of their movies during the 2000s shared superficial similarities with [=Disney/Pixar=] movies that happened to be released roughly within a year of each other. (''Antz'' to ''A Bug's Life,'' ''Finding Nemo'' to ''Shark Tale,'' etc.)
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Prince of Egypt'', ''The Road to El Dorado'', or ''Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'' -- if nothing else, for being cel animated instead of CGI. Both ''Egypt'' and ''Spirit'' also had a more personal involvement from Katzenberg himself (he wrote the story for ''Spirit''), but after the latter's fall at the box office and him creating the infamous ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' (which was disowned by the end of the 2000's), he backed out of taking direct credits.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Takes this trope ''beyond'' Pixar levels in almost all of their films.
* TheManInTheMoon: In the new logo animation, that kid in the logo is part of the moon.
* NoRespectGuy: A common theme in [=DreamWorks=] movies are main characters who are treated as [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]] for being different or for seeing things in an unorthodox way, despite being relatively pleasant or rational in comparison to the other characters.
* 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.
* 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.
* SpamAttack: As early as 2004, [=DreamWorks=] had built a reputation for releasing animated movies quickly and frequently, with a release schedule of about two films a year. In 2009 they announced a plan to release three or four animated theatrical movies a year, twice as many per year as Disney and Pixar combined. In 2015 they abandoned this plan, only releasing one film in that year, and scheduling two movies per year for 2016 and beyond.
* 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.
* ToiletHumor: [=DreamWorks=] has played with this trope very frequently, even dwarfing that of Pixar's use. They eventually started falling out of love with it by the late 2000's when audiences grew sick of it, though it still pops up occasionally.
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