There's another of those multiverse level conflicts going on in the worlds of DreamworksA far more chaotic world compared to some others, it's counterpart to the Friends on the Other Side is The Order of Chaos, established by the Greek goddess Eris. Using monsters and various other underlings to spread mayhem and misery, she's able to feed on that conflict and further fuel the war. But there is hope for the worlds. God, the father of Abraham, Issac and Jacob has founded the Order for Peace to stop Eris's legions wherever they might be, and on a plethora of worlds, the two gods clash for dominance. The Order of Chaos Eris: Goddess of Chaos and disorder, and the great evil in the dreamworks multiverse. She use to do all her evil on her own, as her divine powers could easily summon monsters, freeze seas and manipulate mortals however she wanted. However, one day while she was trying to send a world into chaos, she ran into a problem. God was also at work in the world, and despite being less directly active, Eris found herself needing a council of villains to do her bidding in a way that God could not interfere, and thus founded the Order of Chaos in order to circumvent this problem. The Order for Peace God: God of the Israelites. I am that I am. The God. God may not directly move in the world as much as Eris does, but he does strongly believe in stopping her schemes to destroy the peace and harmony that ought to be in the world. Reserved enough to not fight all the battles of men and monsters for them, God founded the Order for Peace as a way for others to learn and grow from each other, and halt the evils of Chaos while finding other ways to use it for good. God never shows up in person to meetings. He usually appears either as a pillar of fire, or as a burning bush, as it is A Form You Are Comfortable With.
Dreamwork's new films (How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, etc) as well as their new logo are signaling their tone for the new decade. Darker and Edgier with great story and heart. This will cause the rise of Dreamworks and the subsquent fall of Pixar.Remember in the late 80's when Disney's movies were bombing and Don Bluth's films were sucessful, and how everything went vice versa during the 90's? The same thing is going to happen with Pixar and Dreamworks. Pixar has been the lead for about 15 years now, and Dreamworks has been inferior to them for about the same amount of time. Toy Story 3 is (in this troper's opinion) The strongest and most successful Pixar film, and when you're at the top, there's only one way you can go. Case in point, Pixar's last film is Cars 2, a sequel to their least successful film, which has done even worse by the company's standards. Pixar is also making a Monsters, Inc. sequel or spinoff, which is what took Newt's slot. In 2010, Dreamwork's films have been considerbly darker and more fleshed out, such as in HTTYD and to a lesser extent Shrek 4. This might just signal a role reversal, and Pixar might just reach its low point, its apocalypse; Its Pixar-calypse if you will if Brave doesn't measure up artistically in 2012. Dreamworks might just be on the road to genuinely good movies...
Dreamworks is trying to become known as the animation studio that does right by its female characters.They know people get annoyed with Pixar for never having a female lead and Disney for being all about its princesses, and are trying to capture that audience. In the last few movies that weren't sequels we've got a movie that's totally on the side of its female leads who are chickified by no one. For instance, Megamind as a fearless reporter who immediately shoots down her Nice Guy and for getting legitimately upset at her love interest for lying to her, How to Train Your Dragon has a tough and clever viking girl who bows to no one, Monsters vs. Aliens has the only superheroine origin movie we're likely to see on the big screen in a long time (even if it's disguised by calling her a "monster"), and the Kung Fu Panda series has yet another tough and smart fighter who also manages to be a catgirl who isn't sexualized, but is no less an Amazonian Beauty in her own way. Also, The Croods have a family of thick heavyset women and proud of it. DreamWorks Animation's streak of less-than-sound movies began when it was spun off in 2004, and Jeffrey Katzenberg was no longer under Steven Spielberg and David Geffen's supervision. When it merges back with the live-action studio, it will begin making good movies again.
Dreamworks Animation will finish establishing their identity very soon.Think about it. Different studios tend to be known for different styles and story types. In it's earlier years, Dreamworks was kind of all over the place in those terms. A lot of their earlier films were basically taking elements of the most recent popular Disney film and throwing in some pop culture references. But in more recent years, particularly starting with Shrek, they've been moving away from that and started making movies with a common theme of having unconventional, "misfit" protagonist. Their past few films have had noticeably darker themes and moments as well. This has obviously been working for them, since their most recent movies have not only received more critical acclaim, but get more money at the box office and leave better impressions of the audience. With their next few movies, Dreamworks Animation will seal the deal on their studio identity: Darker and Edgier movies with non-conventional protagonists, practically the opposite of Disney. This establishment will create more tone consistency in their films, which may contribute to improvement in quality.
All films of Dreamworks Animation take place in the same universe