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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Gulliver's Travels (1939) The Ur-Example featuring the first two American animated feature films. Both were based on well-known literary works. Disney spent almost five years developing Snow White. Fleischer Studios (Disney's chief competitor during the 30s) rushed Gulliver into production in early 1938, which included the studio's move from New York to Miami and the inclusion of West Coast talent (including Goofy, Grumpy and Sleepy's VA, Pinto Colvig). Snow White was a huge success and changed the history of animation. Gulliver also did well financially even if it got mixed notices, earning $7 million on a $700,000 budget, but the high expenses from the move to Florida and a string of unsuccessful new shorts series left the studio in a bad position.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Happily Ever After (1993) The original American animated classic and its unofficial sequel; the duel specifically is between Happily Ever After and Snow White's final theatrical reissue in 1993, as afterwards it arrived on VHS/Laserdisc. The latter project arose in the late 80's when its maker, Filmation, ran into troubled financial ground. Their solution was to make "sequels" to both Snow White AND Pinocchio. Unsurprisingly, when The Walt Disney Company caught on, they were very angry, and attempted to sue Filmation to stop production. The suit failed, but it still helped push Happily Ever After back and led to the Pinocchio sequel, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, to get released first, in 1987. A marketing firm chipped $10 million into Happily Ever After's marketing campaign. It's a Curb-Stomp Battle; the reissue of Snow White won out, and it continued success on video. The Pinocchio sequel in 1987 bombed, so Filmation sunk completely with only minimal impact from Disney; this led to Happily Ever After being their "Grand Finale". It also sucked hard at the box office since it came out when most of the crazes of the 1980's started hibernating, and the film had an 80's vibe. The company that helmed the $10 million marketing campaign for it, First National Film Corp, also sunk. Both "sequels" were also panned by critics, and completely annihilated ideas of trying to make theatrical "unofficial" sequels to Hollywood movies; the plans from Filmation to do a line of sequels was doomed, anyway, as by the time Happily Ever After hit theaters, Disney had done THEIR first sequel to a film in the Disney Animated Canon, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Lion King was preceded by The Return of Jafar, which led to them jumping on the sequel wagon until after Disney CEO Michael Eisner retired in 2005.
Dumbo (1941) Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941) The second, and last big battle between Disney and Fleischer. Both films were also the first animated features set in contemporary times. Mr. Bug was also the first one to have an original plot, instead of being an adaptation. Both studios were facing numerous difficulties at the time: Disney's Pinocchio and Fantasia had underperformed, and Walt faced a bitter strike during production, which led to numerous defections; while the Fleischers were still trying to recover the overhead costs from Gulliver while Max and Dave were becoming increasingly estranged. To say this was a Curb-Stomp Battle would be an understatement: Dumbo became a decent box office success and a hit with critics that kept Disney afloat during the 1940s, while Mr. Bug opened two days before Pearl Harbor, being a box-office bomb that sank the Fleischer Studio, whose namesake founders were bought out and then fired by Paramount.
The Cat Concerto (1946) Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) Both cartoon shorts feature Tom/Bugs playing Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 with a mouse inside the piano getting disturbed and sabotaging the performance. Both cartoons were shown to the Academy for Oscar consideration, and The Cat Concerto was shown first and the only one to get a nomination. Both shorts are critically well-regarded, but The Cat Concerto wins by virtue of getting nominated and winning an Oscar.
The Black Cauldron (1985) Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) Both are films released in 1985 that center around a young man from humble beginnings who goes on a "hero's quest" sort of journey to take down a powerful evil overlord, brings together a ragtag band of allies, and finds a magic sword that he uses along the way. Heck, both even have a floating ball of light as a character.   Neither was a success at the box office, and The Black Cauldron, while not killing Disney Animation outright as most feared, dissolved the careers of Disney CEO Ron Miller and the animators in charge of the project note  and, apart from a trailer from early printed copies of the 1985 The Classics VHS of Pinocchio, would not be mentioned by Disney again until a Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection VHS 13 years later), though both movies have attained cult followings. However The Legend of Orin got generally negative reviews, which included The New York Times calling it a Star Wars ripoff, and only one crew member who wasn't part of the cast or music department, Donald Ernst, stayed alive (he joined Disney and worked on Aladdin and Fantasia 2000), while The Black Cauldron managed to achieve a mixed to positive reception from critics. Starchaser also virtually faded into obscurity until The Nostalgia Critic reviewed it in 2012.
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) An American Tail (1986) Both animated movies featuring talking mice in the 1800s, released in 1986 within about four months of each other, with The Great Mouse Detective being released first. Not in direct competition, as the films have little in common but the species of their protagonists and the approximate time period. Still, Disney and Don Bluth's animation studio did have their eyes on one another. Before this, no other animation studio had been successful in dethroning Disney in the animated film department, and Spielberg and Bluth were attempting to accomplish just that. Understandably, Disney wasn't too worried... at first. Both films were successful at the box office, although An American Tail became the biggest box office success for an animated film ever for its time and one of the first to ever out-perform Disney at the box office. Disney re-released Lady and the Tramp and Song of the South (!!!) into theaters at the same time in an act of desperation and that did nothing to slow its momentum. But despite all this, even though it was beaten by An American Tail at the domestic box office, The Great Mouse Detective was not a box-office bomb since it was deemed an inexpensive and major success that help regain Disney's confidence after a long series of films having mixed reviews. It should be noted that this film is the one of the few films that actually saved Disney from going bankrupt, similar to what Cinderella and 101 Dalmatians did. The Great Mouse Detective and An American Tail are just as fondly remembered today for their own success that help boost their respective studios, but with The Great Mouse Detective having perhaps a slightly larger fandom. Although it still didn’t win at the box office against An American Tail, due to budget cuts that was caused by the expensive failure of The Black Cauldron, it should also be noted that The Great Mouse Detective was still also successful with critics and it did beat An American Tail for critical acclaim, most notably the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who gave An American Tail “Two Thumbs Down”.
Oliver & Company (1988) All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) Similar to the above, Bluth and Disney faced off again in 1988/1989 with films featuring dogs, little girls, and orphans. Charlie and Dodger look awfully similar, too. All Dogs Go to Heaven, released second, had to compete at the box office (and with the critics) against The Little Mermaid. Both received lukewarm reviews. Oliver & Company vastly outperformed All Dogs Go to Heaven at the box office, but All Dogs Go to Heaven became a hit on VHS and spawned a sequel and a TV series, while Oliver & Company remains one of Disney's least-remembered films.
Oliver & Company (1988) The Land Before Time (1988) Another Disney vs. Bluth faceoff (and the second encounter with Steven Spielberg, who also executive produced Who Framed Roger Rabbit earlier that year,) this pitted Disney's dog story against the tale of a troop of lost baby dinosaurs trying to find their way through a dangerous world to the "Great Valley". The Land Before Time was considerably darker than Oliver & Company, as it was an adventure film that included George Lucas as a maker, while Oliver & Company was a contemporary musical with Billy Joel and Bette Midler. Hard to say. While Disney stated they beat out The Land Before Time, Bluth, Spielberg, and Lucas still fared extremely well, and supposedly came out on top in the end, as their film eventually led to a lengthy series of Direct to Video sequels that ran from 1994 to 2007 and restarting in 2016, being THE film franchise with the most numbered sequels (none of these films involved Bluth; Spielberg's Amblin and MCA/Comcast/NBC/Universal were the copyright holders) and a TV series after that, though Bluth's partnership with Spielberg ended after The Land Before Time (he returned to MGM for his next film, All Dogs Go To Heaven). Oliver & Company did break records, and was one of the last steps to The Little Mermaid, which completely revitalized Disney Animation the next year, but got weak reviews (it's got a Rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and faded into the background in Mermaid's wake. It was the last film to go into the Disney Vault after its theatrical run (Mermaid was released on video under the Walt Disney Classics label before heading into the vault), and got reissued in 1995 before IT came to video, and it's not remembered much anymore.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) A Troll in Central Park (1994) Two young children who move to a new city befriend a mysterious creature who is a guardian of nature. This duel concerns the North American releases of My Neighbor Totoro and A Troll In Central Park, which came out around the same time. My Neighbor Totoro became one of the most cherished family films of all time and is considered by many to be one of the best animated movies ever created. Totoro is also fondly remembered by the 90's kids who saw in in theaters and on home video. A Troll In Central Park, however, not only got bad reviews from critics due to how saccharine it was, but it also had the misfortune of opening on the same day as Pulp Fiction, resulting in it becoming the biggest box office bomb ever by percentage of budget lost. Totoro is the champion in the duel.
The Little Mermaid All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) Yet another duel in the long rivalry between Disney and Bluth, but Spielberg is NOT involved this time. The Little Mermaid is the 28th Walt Disney Animated Classic and the first to be based off a fairy tale since Sleeping Beauty, the 16th classic, in 1959 (Bluth was involved with that film). It's a classic story of the mermaid (named Ariel in this version) saving the prince (Eric) from a shipwreck. Having already been fascinated with the human world, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula after having a fallout with her father (her subsequent interactions with the human world make up the third act of the movie). All Dogs Go To Heaven sees a dog murdered by a casino boss who he was partners with, but he is able to return from Heaven, but told if he dies again, it's off to Hell for him. He discovers his partner Carface had a girl who can talk with animals kidnapped, which motivates him to rescue her. Bluth's story, in keeping with his M.O., is much darker than The Little Mermaid (although Disney still has frightening moments such as Ariel's private grotto getting destroyed and the final encounter with Ursula and her death) since it involves Hell and murder. The first major duel in 1986 ended with Bluth winning out. The second one in 1988 had somewhat of a draw, but Bluth again getting the last laugh. This time, Disney is the one to prevail, creating a legendary musical from Little Shop Of Horrors composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, breaking the records from the previous two duels, and being enjoyed critically. This movie reinvigorated Disney Animation and started the Disney Renaissance. Bluth did come away with a clear silver medal when All Dogs Go To Heaven proved to be a success on home video as well (but not as big as The Little Mermaid, and he took 3 years for his next project, Rock-A-Doodle, which bombed both critically and commercially (he did himself no favors by driving several of his animators back to Disney), and ultimately did in his studio.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Two animated films based off of television animation classics. DuckTales (1987) is a movie-length adventure about Scrooge McDuck being in search for the Treasure of Collie Baba, and finds a lamp with a genie in it, a lamp that is coveted by the genie's old, ruthless master, Merlock. The events of the lamp endanger not only Scrooge's entire fortune, but his life and the life of his family. The Jetsons is an 80's cinematic update of the Hanna-Barbera classic, with George Jetson getting a promotion and moving to a new home, but discovering that his new mining operation is interfering with local life. The Jetsons movie is noteworthy for being the final voice role of the legendary Mel Blanc, who was able to record most of his lines before his passing. Neither film did well enough at the box office (for DuckTales, another Universal project, Problem Child, was partly to blame), and this led to Disney locking up plans for any more DuckTales movies, although they would try the Disney Afternoon film again with A Goofy Movie. DuckTales does come out ahead of having a better reception overall than The Jetsons and remaining visible. The Jetsons was intended to conclude the show's story, and it legally bombed both critically and commercially, doing just that; no more serious adaptations of the Hanna-Barbera franchise have materialized since.
Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988 U.S. Release) Beauty and the Beast (1991), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), Rock-A-Doodle (1991) Four animated films from 1991. Felix the Cat, an attempted revival of the classic series, was released first in August, and saw the classic cat save a princess and her kingdom from her evil uncle. Beauty and the Beast and American Tail were second; they opened the same day, being the third duel between Disney and Steven Spielberg. Beauty and the Beast is the 30th Disney Animated Classic, and is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale where Belle, the Beauty, meets the Beast, a cursed prince, in his castle when he captures her father, and exchanges places with her father to save his life. Eventually, the Beast and Belle do grow close, but have to deal with Gaston, who is also interested in Belle. Fievel Goes West is the sequel to the 1986 classic that had beat out earlier Disney Animated Classic The Great Mouse Detective at the box office, and sees Fievel trying once again to reunite with his family after he loses them AGAIN moving out west. Rock-A-Doodle is Don Bluth's fourth encounter with Disney, but was delayed into 1992 to avoid the box office firestorm surrounding his former comrades. It tells the tale of a young boy having to seek out the stray Chanticleer in order to save his farm from a flood and the Grand Duke of Owls in a fever dream after said flood in the real world knocked him unconscious. Felix the Cat actually finished first, back in the 80's, but wasn't released in the United States until 1991. Don Bluth also had the opportunity to direct Fievel Goes West, but the partnership between him and Spielberg broke after The Land Before Time. Beauty and the Beast is the second-to-last movie that Howard Ashman was part of (he died in Spring 1991), and the second major Disney project for Alan Menken. Beauty and the Beast destroyed all the other movies plus a few live-action films for Thanksgiving 1991, being critically and commercially successful to the point where several people said it was "just the way Walt made them". This also resulted in it winning several awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Film: Musical Or Comedy and becoming the first and only 2D animated film to be nominated for Best Picture (it lost to The Silence of the Lambs). And of course, the Walt Disney Classics VHS release of the film in Thanksgiving 1992 sold very well (Fun fact: That VHS actually made more money in America than the domestic screenings in theaters did, and got Walt Disney Home Video over the $1 billion in total revenue for its 12 years in operation). Fievel Goes West is a distant second, getting mixed reviews and winding up in the shadow of Beauty and the Beast, but still had a decent gross and kept its franchise and Spielberg's new animation studio, Amblimation, going (Amblimation faltered on its next two films, however, and was shut down in favor of Disney Studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation in 1997.) It's downhill from here; Rock-A-Doodle was poorly received critically, and the delay ultimately didn't make much difference; it still bombed, and began the short string of animated misfires that demolished Bluth's studio and forced him to move to 20th Century Fox. In addition, it also earned star Glen Campbell a lot of derision for playing Chanticleer for the rest of the decade; he never took another major cinematic role in a fiction film (he did make the I'll Be Me doc in 2014). Felix, which was completed and released first, was dead last, losing out to everyone and bombing badly when it opened the August before Disney and Spielberg, and it killed the visibility of the Felix the Cat franchise in the U.S. outside of a Spiritual Successor in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, whose first game came out the summer before these movies were released, around the time of the Classics VHS release of The Jungle Book (1967) and the repackaging of Robin Hood, Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, and The Sword in the Stone. Felix eventually fell into DreamWorks Animation's hands in 2014, but no plans besides marketing have been announced since 1991.
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) Aladdin (1992) Arabian knight stories that share similar story elements of an evil vizier with a pet bird, a young hero from humble beginnings who falls in love with a princess, said princess who longs for more that she feels her like as a royal is retraining her from getting. This is a weird case because of the elongated production history of The Thief and the Cobbler. It started production in the 1960's, but didn't come out until the 90's, a few years after Aladdin had already been released in theaters and then on video. Many believe that the makers of Aladdin were directly taking influence from The Thief and the Cobbler and ironically that film would ultimately try channeling Aladdin once control over the film was handed to the completion bond company, who removed helmer and Roger Rabbit alumni Richard Williams from the final version of the film. Aladdin definitely won this. It was a box office hit (being the top film of 1992), got critical praise, and still remains a family film staple. Not to mention all the spin-off material it's received and been a part of. Thief and the Cobbler, released under the title of The Princess and the Cobbler on its theatrical run, was panned and flopped. However the film has been gaining a cult following and greater appreciation ever since a group of animators started doing fan-edits titled The Recobbled Cut that attempt to bring the film closer to the original vision of its creator Richard Williams. His long ambition for the film and the ultimate failure to get it out sadly drove Williams underground until 2010.
Ferngully The Last Rainforest (1992) Aladdin (1992) 1992 released animated family fantasy musical films. Both films feature Robin Williams in the role of a major comic relief sidekick. The rulers in their respective films notably also have an uncanny resemblance as well. Aladdin wins out here. FernGully did fine, getting generally positive reviews and a moderate box office success. But Aladdin was a monster hit and got even better reviews, and it's also managed to stay in the general public consciousness at large better, in part to due with Disney's franchise marketing power with exposure in more pieces of media. FernGully though still maintains a cult following.
Thumbelina (1994) The Swan Princess (1994) 1994 animated musical films based on fairy tales with female protagonists. The Swan Princess goes between playing the story straight and being a parody. Neither of these films managed to break even, but Thumbelina raked in more money. However, since The Swan Princess ended up having Direct to Video sequels, it's safe to say that the latter wins, especially since Thumbelina was part of a series of bombs that downed Don Bluth's studio.
The Lion King (1994) A Troll in Central Park The Lion King dealt with two Don Bluth movies in 1994; Troll was the second, being released after him. The Lion King is the 32nd Disney Animated Feature and is the story of Simba being forced into exile and having to return to reclaim his throne. A Troll in Central Park also has a banishment; the titular troll, Stanley, was banished from the troll world for growing flowers and meets two toddlers in a musical.   Curb-Stomp Battle is an understatement; The Lion King actually had two releases in 1994, and both saw them make it the highest-grossing 2D animated feature of all-time. Warner gave no advertisement to Troll, which was hated by a few critics for being a Triple-G rated film, and it turned into one of the biggest box office bombs in history percentage-wise. To make matters worse, it's the last independent Don Bluth film to credit him, and he disowned it; he had already jumped to Fox by this point.
The Lion King (1994) The Swan Princess 1994 animated musical films where the main villain who plots to overthrow the father of the protagonist whose homeland the villain wants to rule and where the protagonist is banished from- The Lion King was first re-released on the same day as The Swan Princess and John Cleese was given the choice to voice either Zazu in The Lion King or Jean Bob in the Swan Princess which he chose. As mentioned above, The Lion King became the highest-grossing 2D animated feature of all time. The Swan Princess, on the other hand, was a huge box office bomb.
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994) Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994) Feature-length anime films based on popular fighting game franchises. Both films premiered in Japan in the summer of 1994. While Street Fighter II as a video game predated the original Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury had two made-for-TV anime specials that preceded The Motion Picture. Both films also feature a shower scene involving their respective heroine (Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui). However, Street Fighter II focused almost exclusively on the game's characters, while Fatal Fury had the heroes facing off against an original group of villains. Both movies were critically acclaimed by their respective fanbase, leaving their lasting appeal to the actual games' longevity. Aside from a brief hiatus in the mid 2000's, Street Fighter is still one of Capcom's cash cow franchises. Fatal Fury, on the other hand, was discontinued after the fighting game boom died out so that SNK could focus almost exclusively on their more popular King of Fighters series, since the company could no longer finance multiple fighting game franchises at the same time.
The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) Balto (1995) Each is a 1995 released non-Disney animated film that takes place in a snowy environment, centers around talking animals, has a hero who is a misunderstood but kind-hearted misfit, and the main villain is a popular person of his homeland who is arrogant and cruel.   Both films underperformed at the box office and were the last films of their studios (Steven Spielberg's Amblimation for Balto; that studio was replaced by DreamWorks Animation, and Pebble and Penguin for Don Bluth, who ordered his name off of it before heading to Fox), but Balto still made more than twice what The Pebble and the Penguin did. And it got mixed reviews from critics in contrast to the more "frosty" reception The Pebble and the Penguin got. And whilst that film seems to have something of a cult following, Balto is still the one that is the more fondly remembered. It also notably had strong enough sales on home video to merit the production of two direct-to-video sequels.
The Swan Princess (1994) Pocahontas (1995) Romance films involving female protagonists having animal friends and almost shot by the deuteragonist. Then Disney animator Richard Rich originally pitched the idea of Swan Lake which got turned down. However years after he got fired, it came into development until Disney could not reach an agreement with him. Therefore, Pocahontas was worked on instead. Pocahontas was a moderate box office success while the Swan Princess was a big box office bomb. It's safe to say Pocahontas is the winner.
Toy Story (1995) Pocahontas (1995) Disney films released on the same year, with different animation styles. While Pocahontas pioneered traditional 2D animation with the help of their more experienced animators in-house, Toy Story was done by then-newcomer Pixar and was produced on a smaller budget, all while pioneering new 3D computer animation to make the first entirely computer-generated animated theatrical film in history.   While Pocahontas was a moderate box office success, it received mixed reviews upon release and is considered to mark the decline of the Disney Renaissance. Toy Story, by sharp comparison, turned out to be an overwhelming success both critically and financially. It eventually got Three theatrical sequels, a number of spin-offs and an enormous amount of merchandising and it single-handedly jump-started the entire 3D computer animation genre, influencing both Disney and other animation-development companies to adopt the art form -eventually to the point of becoming the norm- for years to come.
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 films that both involve heaven and hell as well as the villain being dragged to hell at the end. MGM Animation produced All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 due to Don Bluth's independent studio shuttering. All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 received rude reviews and bombed at the box office, forcing MGM Animation to shift to direct to video. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame on the other hand received mixed to positive reviews and was a box office success.
Hercules (1997) Anastasia (1997) 1997 released animated films that center around a young orphaned royal who goes off to try and discover the truth about their past and family, complete with a big inspirational song they give upon starting. Having a romance with a snarker who at first intends to use them for their own gain until they truly fall in love with the lead ultimately turning down the chance to live in an up-scale/royal life in order to be with them, and the heroes contending with a powerful evil man that started within her family's inner-circle and currently resides in an "underworld" of some kind. Anastasia is often commented on for being done in a very Disney-esque style in terms of storytelling and animation. There is still a good number of people to this day that mistook it for one. Hercules, naturally, is itself a Disney film. So who did make Anastasia? Well, it was actually none other than ex-Disney animator turned competitor Don Bluth. Both were successes, and it's a close call. Anastasia turned out to be Don Bluth's first real success in years after a long string of flops as it garnered good reviews and made back more than double its budget. Hercules was the next in a string of films considered to be a Renaissance for Disney Animation had a bit bigger of a budget, but ultimately made a bit more than $100 million more at the box office. That being said, whilst Hercules still garnered generally positive marks, Anastasia did a bit better. Given that Hercules is also more remembered in the broad public consciousness, connected to the franchising power of its studio with things like its spin-off material, Hercules is probably safe to call the ultimate winner.
The Little Mermaid Anastasia (1997) Animated movies about young women forced to abandon their heritage to fool those around them into thinking they're nothing special (Ariel loses her voice and her flippers, Anastasia loses her memory). Both villains (Ursula and Rasputin) have dark, netherworld-like magic at their disposal. This is a case study of the ruthlessness of late '90s Disney; when Anastasia was set to be released in Nov '97, once Disney got word of its release, they announced that The Little Mermaid would be released for a limited engagement in theaters one week earlier. Disney owned the ABC television network and refused to allow commercials for Anastasia to air. Anastasia did moderately well, becoming Don Bluth's highest grossing film, though the competition from The Little Mermaid likely sapped some of its box office haul, so it's difficult to claim a winner here. A Disney spokesman brushed off allegations that Disney was trying to sink a rival film with the claim that they always release something animated during the holidays, though Fox executives pointed out that Disney spent more money advertising the re-release than they could expect to receive at the box office.
Mulan (1998) Quest for Camelot (1998) Two films released in 1998 about a young woman who feels held down by her society's sexist traditions. She goes out on an adventure to prove herself where she has to contend with a powerful barbarian warlord and his horde. Along the way she makes a group of allies. Including the likes of dragons, and a future love interest who starts out underestimating her but as times goes on comes to respect her. The climax has the lead villain infiltrate her land's castle where he manages to confront the king and taunts him. Before killing him however, the heroes intervene, leading to a final confrontation where the villain is killed in a large explosion. In the end the lead is honored as a hero by both the king and the people. Though Quest for Camelot was released first, Mulan went into production first. Ironically enough, both films originally started out as something far different than what they ultimately became. Mulan originally began as a short, straight-to-video film titled "China Doll" about an oppressed and miserable Chinese girl who is whisked away by a British Prince Charming to happiness in the West. Then Disney consultant and children's book author Robert D. San Souci suggested making a movie of the Chinese poem "The Song of Fa Mu Lan", and Disney combined the two separate projects. What ultimately became Quest for Camelot was originally entitled The Quest for the Grail, though not much else has been revealed concerning the story. When they started making the film based off of Vera Chapman's The King's Damsel it was originally intended to be darker along the lines of the source material. Quest for Camelot is not without its fans, but Mulan was definitely the winner. Mulan made far more at the box office and got strong reviews from critics. Quest for Camelot on the other hand was a box office bomb (it opened against Roland Emmerich's Godzilla) and got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, is divisive with audiences, became an Old Shame to some of the people involved (one of whom is Lauren Faust, who was livid at the final product), and was the first of a series of animated bombs for Time Warner that ultimately killed their animation department until The LEGO Movie (it also was unfavorably compared to not only Mulan, but Anastasia and The Little Mermaid, the latter of which was reissued for Thanksgiving 1997 on the back of Hercules). The attempt to take Disney's musical share impaled director Frederik Du Chau and writer Kirk De Micco's careers (the former was directly responsible for changing the idea into a musical); they didn't work on another movie for 7 years, but De Micco recovered in time for The Croods. Both this film and The King and I burned up the career of co-writer David Seidler as well; he didn't work on another theatrical film until 2010.
Mulan (1998) The Prince of Egypt (1998) The second stage of the beginning of the Disney/DreamWorks rivalry, but this is a musical duel and there are NO elements of They Copied It, So It Sucks! or Serial Numbers Filed Off anywhere; both are original ideas and take place in ancient cultures. Mulan is Disney Animated Classic #36, and as stated above, is their adaptation of the Chinese folktale of Fa Mulan taking on the guise of a man to fight in the war against the Huns. The Prince of Egypt takes place in, of course, Egypt, but this is an animated adaptation of the Biblical story of Moses from the Book of Exodus, and came complete with a disclaimer at the start of the film about that. Ironically, Jeffrey Katzenberg, who also was involved creatively with The Lion King, had attempted to get The Prince of Egypt going at Disney Animation, but his mentor Michael Eisner refused to greenlight it both because of the growing animosity between the two and because of Disney's long aversion to making anything involving God with the Disney brand on it; The Hunchback of Notre Dame did use God, but not on too visible a level (the failure of Dragonslayer prior to Eisner and Katzenberg joining Disney didn't help the idea either). Katzenberg had to wait until he formed DreamWorks to move forward with the film, which again, he was deeply involved in. An attempt by Eisner to screw the film over is one of the reasons for Antz's creation; that movie was meant to be the second DreamWorks film before it was moved up to 1998. This also led to Disney forcing lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who was attached to both films, to choose only one to work on at about the time Katzenberg bolted from Disney; Schwartz had a commitment to DreamWorks already and chose to honor it. Disney didn't follow up on a threat to remove Schwartz's credits from Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, where he replaced Tim Rice as Alan Menken's lyricist, but they did remove his songs from Mulan and Menken ultimately didn't work on that film. They were replaced Matthew Wilder and David Zippel. Menken and Schwartz would work together on Enchanted after Eisner got the boot from Disney himself). Both films were big box office successes and critically loved. However, Mulan has better reviews having a score of 86% from Rotten Tomatoes in contrast to The Prince of Egypt, which has 79% according to Rotten Tomatoes. The former was more commercially successful domestically making one and a half times of its $90 million budget, while the latter made only $101.4 million on a $70 million dollar budget, although it was both the highest-grossing 100% animated film until it was outgrossed by Chicken Run and 2D non-Disney animated film until being surpassed by The Simpsons Movie outgrossed it; while Mulan failed match the successes of the earlier half of the 1990s. although it made more money worldwide than The Prince Of Egypt.
A Bug's Life (1998) Antz (1998) The first example of Pixar and DreamWorks really dueling. Featuring ants as their main protagonists, the ant worker hero, who wants to stand out among the millions of other ants, falls for the ant princess, who seems an almost unattainable love interest. The ant hero goes on a long journey to a bug city, which is actually a pile of human garbage. And then he returns and gets the girl. Apart from the ants being protagonists, almost nothing else about the films was the same. A Bug's Life had a very cartoonish design, while Antz had a more realistic design of the insects. Antz had dark humor, dialogue and themes all around, while A Bug's Life was aimed at children. Just the same, thanks to the ants, they were both considered to be ripping each other off. (Fact is, Jeffrey Katzenberg, though responsible for getting Toy Story greenlit, had just been booted from Disney, was furious at them, and knew about the next Pixar project, which was ironically pitched to Disney only hours after Katzenberg was informed he was being "asked" to remove himself from the Disney lot and cut ties with the Mouse House; the competition was intentional.) This duel is the one that provides the Page Quote for the Dueling Works trope on TV Tropes (courtesy of Gene Siskel, who, along with Roger Ebert, laughed at the whole mess.) Both films were a success with both audiences and critics, as well as financially, but A Bug's Life won by bringing in $200,000,000 more than Antz thanks to appealing more to kids and better promotion.
Mulan (1998) The King and I (1999) Two animated films taking place in Asia, and another Disney/Warner faceoff. Mulan was released in 1998, and tells the story of the titular character disguising herself as a man to fight in a war. The King and I was released the following year, and is based off the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of an English teacher coming to Siam/Thailand and meeting King Mongkut, along with Kralahome. The latter film, which is directed by the one helmer from The Black Cauldron to still be working, Richard Rich, did some Disneyfication to that tale by making Kralahome an Evil Sorcerer and The Starscream, as well as giving everyone a sidekick and changing the ending. As mentioned above, Mulan made more at the box office and got strong reviews. The Thai were no less fond of the animated The King and I than they were of the other adaptations of the original novel/musical, but this one also attracted hatred from critics, audiences, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein estates thanks to changing the material in an ill-fated attempt to jump on the Disney Musical bandwagon (which was starting to run low on fuel after Quest for Camelot). The poor writing of the Kralahome villain and changing the ending, along with the film becoming part of the box office bomb chain that killed Warner Animation, convinced the estates to bar any more animated adaptations of the duo's work, which ended Richard Rich's main relevance in cinema. Both it and Quest for Camelot also burned up writer David Seidler's cinematic career for the next 11 years.
The Legend of the Titanic (1999) Titanic: The Legend Goes On (2000) Two So Bad, It's Good animated movies very loosely based on the Titanic disaster, and the movie. The fact that they both seem to consider the tragedy of the Titanic to be a "legend" is very telling. Both of them include talking animals and happy endings. The Legend Of The Titanic attempts more on the storyline part while Titanic: The Legend Goes On attempts to have more characters and subplots. Neither of them was critically successful. Commercial success outside Italy at least was very limited for both of them too. However, The Legend of the Titanic managed to get a sequel, but was bemoaned by The Nostalgia Critic and AniMat for being about as far from historically accurate as possible (everyone survives in this version) to a disgusting degree, plus the sequel was considered even worse, with both of these online critics considering it one of the worst animated projects they've seen (the other one wasn't safe from The Nostalgia Critic's wrath either; he reviewed that two years earlier, and gave it a few hard knocks for its rapping dog musical number and ripping off a multitude of Disney movies). While these reviews did at least bring the movies to more peoples' attention, they also made it clear how awful they are.
Titan A.E. (2000) Treasure Planet (2002) Final Bluth vs. Disney face-off. Fatherless boy tries to solve his daddy issues by going on a space voyage in search of a long-lost treasure, hidden on a Big Dumb Object, with a less-than-stellar crew of galactic Humanoid Aliens, one of whom is a Parental Substitute, but proves to be The Mole, using a starmap only he can read. The villain redeems himself in a Take My Hand! moment while trying to activate/deactivate the Forgotten Doomsday Device. More specific, you say? OK... Both films were heavily and deliberately marketed to single-parent Gen-X kids. Used Future, Schizo Tech and uplifting Grunge music pops up on occasion. Oh, and one is about Pirates in a Steampunk Alternate Universe, based on a classic novel. The other is about Space Pirates After the End, based on Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. Both got an Earth-Shattering Kaboom. Neither. The two films destroyed each other, with Treasure Planet being unfairly compared to the (poorly-marketed) Titan, nearly killing the entire genre of traditional animation in one of the worst case of Dueling Films ever. Fortunately, both were later Vindicated by Cable and have since become cult classics (Though Treasure Planet was far more popular among critics). Bluth was the biggest victim of this nuclear duel, as Titan A.E was his final film. Fox shut down his animation department and laid him off, and he retired from filmmaking altogether until starting campaigns to get a film version of his Laserdisc classic Dragon's Lair made.
The Road to El Dorado (2000) The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Both are animated buddy-comedy adventure films set in the Meso-America of Old, and both were released in the year 2000. A key location in both films is a sprawling golden city. Interestingly enough, one was made by Disney and the other DreamWorks Animation, so perhaps it could be considered a part of the over-arching rivalry between DreamWorks Animation and the union of Disney and its affiliate Pixar. El Dorado's breakneck production to get it ahead of New Groove led to the project becoming an Old Shame to animator Will Finn and prompted his defection back to Disney. Roger Allers, co-director of The Lion King who conceived The Emperor's New Groove (and contacted Sting in the wake of the success of The Lion King soundtrack) left the project due to an overhaul that also ended Sting's main involvement with the film. The Emperor's New Groove won with a sound victory. Though The Road to El Dorado has developed a sizable cult following, New Groove got noticeably better reviews from critics in contrast to the more mixed reception El Dorado received, was a box office hit (though it failed to recoup its budget domestically), and made more than double what El Dorado did at the Box Office, the latter not managing to recoup its budget and being billed a Box Office Bomb. The level of success New Groove attained also managed to garner a direct-to-video spin-off film and television series. Follow-ups were originally planned for El Dorado but the box office returns were not enough to facilitate it. It's the only other film besides another film DWA founder Jeffrey Katzenberg oversaw, The Lion King, where Tim Rice and Elton John collaborated.
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000) Help! I'm a Fish (aka A Fish Tail) (2000) Traditionally animated films set in the sea about kids taking the form of sea creatures, and embarking on an adventure involving a greedy villain and their bodyguard shark who reside in their own fortress, and set to use a transformation macguffin to further their own objective of taking over the oceans. Return to the Sea came out as a direct-to-video Disney sequel. Help! I'm a Fish was released theatrically in Europe before being released on video elsewhere. Both also use musical sequences, Return to the Sea has most of it's songs sung by the characters, while Help! only has two songs sung by characters. Return to the Sea got mixed to negative reviews. While Help! was a box office disappointment, grossing just $5.6 million in Denmark alone against an $18 million budget, reviews ranged from more mixed to favorable and its single "Help! I'm a Fish (Little Yellow Fish)" became local hit single in Scandinavia and the UK.
The Road to El Dorado (2000) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Both are animated movies showing explorers finding these respective lost cities, and both have a Ms. Fanservice lead; Atlantis was released over a year after El Dorado Again, El Dorado was made by DreamWorks Animation (and featured the same screenwriting team from Aladdin and the same songwriting team from The Lion King) while Disney made Atlantis, but the two movies are in different genres since Atlantis is a straight action film (from Joss Whedon and the two men who directed Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hard to say. Atlantis: The Lost Empire was a box-office bomb, leading to a planned crossover with Gargoyles getting scrapped and the intended TV series's first episodes recut into a Direct to Video sequel. It also managed to crush the careers of its directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale; Trousdale found himself at DreamWorks Animation a few years later. The Road to El Dorado, however, bombed even worse, leading to that film not getting followed up on at all. El Dorado is the only other film besides The Lion King and its 2019 remake that Elton John and Tim Rice collaborated on, and they've never really been involved with cinema since. Both movies are in the same ballpark with critics, hovering just below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, but El Dorado has a higher audience score.
Recess: School's Out (2001) Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) 2001 movies where a group of elementary school kids save the world. Recess: School's Out was based on the Disney TV show and focused on the main six trying to stop a madman from getting rid of summer vacation, while Jimmy Neutron served as a pilot to its Nickelodeon TV series and focused on Jimmy and the rest of the kids in town to save their parents from being killed by aliens. Also, Neutron was in CGI, while Recess had traditional animation, and while Recess didn't have much competition, Neutron was competing with Monsters, Inc. Both movies were loved by critics and did well in the box office, though Neutron had a somewhat larger gross and was nominated for an Oscar (as it wasn't based on a TV show). Neutron followed with a TV series, while Recess followed with its show being Un-Canceled (as the movie was going to serve as the finale) and gaining two sequels (released Direct to Video).
Shrek (2001) Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Ice Age (2002)
Three kid-friendly animated comedy/adventure movies, released within the span of a little less than a year of each other between 2001-2002. In each, a team of odd-looking but lovable-when-you-get-to-know-them creatures endure many hazards on an adventure. In the latter two they strive to deliver a cute toddler to safety. Whilst in the first much of the plot is spent rescuing and transporting a princess to safety. In Shrek and Ice Age both films have a hardened and aloof lead in the form of a big gruff guy with a good heart deep down that starts to get followed around by a little chatterbox who starts off as an annoyance but he comes to befriend. Those two character types kind of showing up in Monsters, Inc to an extent but without the initial animosity. Shrek is set in a parody of an archetypical fairy tale world with elements that harken to real-world pop culture. Monsters takes place in an imaginatively detailed alternate world (Pixar showing its strengths), populated by fanciful "monsters". Ice Age stars actual (if now-extinct) species, residing in prehistoric Earth. Monsters, Inc. won the most critical acclaim with a 96% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Though neither of the other films slouched in that department. Shrek and Ice Age getting respectable 88% and 77% ratings respectively. All three were nominated for Best Animated Feature, but the only one to win the prize was Shrek. Making it the first film to win that category notably as it was just newly introduced at the time. Financially speaking, each was successful, though Monsters, Inc. made the most, though notably also had almost twice the budget of the other two to begin with. Notably though, Shrek made around 100 million more than Ice Age at the box office. Those two films wound up spawning successful strings of sequels. Monsters, Inc. got a prequel released in 2013 that turned out to be a hit. Ultimately, based on all that data, the order would seem to go Monsters, Inc. > Shrek > Ice Age.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Lilo & Stitch (2002) Both movies released in the summer of that year and tells about the male protagonist who escapes from prison and lives with the female deuteragonist. They were produced on $80-90 million budgets, which was smaller than the previous traditionally animated films from their respective companies. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron barely made back its budget, grossing only $122.6 million and getting generally favorable reviews at 69% from Rotten Tomatoes. It is part of a series of flops that downed DreamWorks' traditional film animation department and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's theatrical writing endeavors. On the other hand Lilo & Stitch was the most successful traditionally animated film since Tarzan, grossing $273.1 million and earning high acclaim worldwide, which led to a franchise with three film sequels and three television series. This was not enough to save Disney's main traditional animation department from closure. It is safe to say that Lilo & Stitch is the winner.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Treasure Planet (2002) 2002 movies about the fatherless protagonist who goes against his mother's wishes and meets the deuteragonist who lets his pet go live the homeland of the protagonist who he bids farewell to and the main villain redeems himself and bids farewell also. Both movies released during a time during plans to close the theatrical hand-drawn animation business in favor of computer animated features Spirit is the winner. Spirit managed to recoup its budget but it was not successful enough to save the hand-drawn animation business from closure. It stopped Jeffrey Katzenberg from writing a story for another theatrical film. However, it became a Cult Classic allowing it to spawn a T.V. series on Netflix. Treasure Planet was unable to make back its budget and was a box office bomb. This temporarily ruined the careers of Ron Clements of John Musker and made it one of the films that permanently led Michael Eisner to leave Disney. Musker and Clements would not direct another film until The Princess and the Frog seven years later. This film's underperformance led to the cancellation of a sequel. However, total revenue including DVD sales helped it to manage to recover its budget but not domestically. They both got 69% of positive reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. But, Spirit has a higher audience score from the same website.
Treasure Planet (2002) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) Both involve a character who goes along on a journey with pirates and the main villain does not get punished Ron Clements and John Musker save several attempts to make an adaptation of Treasure Island in outer space. However, when they pitched it a third time, it was put on hold by Jeffrey Katzenberg so Hercules could start development. After they got finished with that, they rushed to get what they wanted green-lighted. Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted to do an animated adaptation of Sinbad but Michael Eisner refused to let him when Aladdin was already released so he had to wait until DreamWorks was formed to work on it. Hard to say. Sinbad managed to recoup its budget but this was not enough to let DreamWorks make more hand-drawn animated movies that DreamWorks had to take a $125 million dollar loss that killed the hand-drawn animation department. However, it spawned a short film on DVD. Treasure Planet failed to recover its budget, so a sequel was canceled. This ultimately put an end to theatrical hand-drawn animation. Treasure Planet is more critically popular of the two.
Finding Nemo (2003) Shark Tale (2004) The Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie (2004) Films about underwater creatures. That's about the only similarity. Except that in a reversion of the two above, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon had the cartoonish and childish approach, while Pixar went for realistic graphics and a "darker" story (no matter how kid-friendly, it dealt with the Adult Fear of a father losing his son). Finding Nemo and The Spongebob Squarepants Movie by a long shot, thanks to them being critical darlings as well as box office smashes with the Spongebob movie helping continue the original cartoon. On the other hand, Shark Tale was hit with mixed-to-negative reviews labeling it as a mess of the negative cliches associated with DreamWorks Animation, but was still able to do decently at the box office.
Madagascar (2005) The Wild (2006) Both involve zoo animals escaping and going to Africa, one of whom is a lion character who doesn't really want to leave. Both also include a heaping amount of cartoon slapstick and Toilet Humour. It's worth noting that The Wild started production several years before Madagascar, so this might be an example of the above feud, carried on by Pixar's parent company (though Disney was barely involved with The Wild; it was created by a British animation studio and Disney distributed the film). Madagascar was a huge hit (which spawned its own franchise — two sequels and three TV spinoffs), and The Wild not so much.
Shrek the Third (2007) Happily N'Ever After (2007) Two "Fractured Fairy Tale" movies from 2007. Shrek The Third is, of course, the third installment in DreamWorks Animation's Shrek series, while Happily N'Ever After was done by Lionsgate. Both movies have John H. Williams involved with them.   Shrek won, but both films still took hits from people thanks to the "Fractured Fairy Tale" starting to run out of steam (one of the motivations behind the genre was Disney going through a Dork Age and a great deal of bitterness from DWA boss Jeffrey Katzenberg and other Hollywood notables towards then-CEO Michael Eisner, whose later years prompted a lot of snark and gave fuel to the "Fractured Fairy Tale"; when Eisner was ousted in 2005, that specific source of fuel was taken out of the equation and began the decline of the trend). Shrek The Third wasn't as well received as the previous two thanks to DWA now going through their own Dork Age with Eisner gone, which short-circuited an agenda of 5 Shrek movies; one more was produced in 2010, but it was still more serious because DWA wound up changing their M.O. with Kung Fu Panda in 2008. Happily N'Ever After fell to not only Shrek and DWA, but almost every other animated movie made at the time, getting blasted by critics (it has a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the lowest RT scores an animated movie has gotten on the site), and it became a severe Box Office Bomb and hexed Lionsgate and maker Vanguard Animation; Lionsgate never got far with animation, with Norm of the North and Rock Dog being their latest animated implosions, and Vanguard became recumbent a little while later.
Ratatouille (2007) The Tale of Despereaux (2008) An incident involving a rat, some soup, and interactions with humans has wild repercussions. Ratatouille is all about a rodent in the kitchen while Desperaux's soup-loving rat isn't the protagonist. Despereaux was based on a bestselling children's book and had the flashier voice cast, but it wasn't enough to translate to either box-office success nor excellent reviews; both of which Ratatouille handily received (as well as five Academy Award nominations, winning Best Animated Feature). Ratatouille easily wins the day.
Open Season (2006) Over the Hedge (2006) All-Star Cast CGI films about wild vs. tame/cosmopolitan animals. Season deals with a tame bear being introduced to the wild while Hedge deals with wild animals being introduced to the suburbs. Interestingly, both films have bears as the catalyst for their respective plots. Though both films were profitable and Open Season spawned three DTV sequels, Hedge made more money and was much better critically received. However, DWA backed off from further comic strip adaptations given low audience interest (as most people had no idea about the comic—the failure of 2010's Marmaduke, another UFS property, proved the studio just right).
Happy Feet (2006) Surf's Up (2007) All-CGI Cartoon about penguins doing rather human group activities. Happy Feet, released in late 2006, tells a tale about singing penguins, and one who prefers to dance instead. Surf's Up came in mid 2007 and features penguins surfing. The latter even had some ad posters proclaiming "Our penguins don't sing. They don't dance. They SURF." Happy Feet made more than triple the box office and spawned a (poorly performing) sequel. Also, while Happy Feet and Surf's Up were about equally successful with critics, Happy Feet won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, while Surf's Up squeaked by with a nomination the next year, but lost to Ratatouille. It would also get a DTV sequel about 10 years after its original release.
Kung Fu Panda (2008) WALL•E (2008) Another DWA vs. Pixar duel. KFP is a wuxia-style animated film about Po Ping, a restaurateur panda voiced by Jack Black who unwittingly is chosen to be the Dragon Warrior, which forces him to learn kung-fu as well as confront escaped prisoner Tai Lung, a previous Dragon Warrior. WALL*E takes place in the future where mankind has abandoned a trash-ridden Earth and left robots named WALL*E units to clean up. After 700 years, only one WALL*E unit is left, and he has gained sentience. He falls in love with a visiting examination robot named EVE, and it leads to an adventure out of this world.   Everybody's a winner! Both films did very well at the box office, further built their respective studios' reputations, and were major steps in moviemaking. KFP proved to be very popular in China, helping to open that market to filmmaking, and began the revival of the idea of adventure animation after several false starts going back to Katzenberg's time at Disney with Ducktales The Movie Treasure Of The Lost Lamp and The Rescuers Down Under. WALL*E was a better critical success, and it getting snubbed for the Best Picture Oscar nomination prompted an outcry that led to the AMPAS expanding the Best Picture nominee list; both of Pixar's next two films were nominated for Best Picture as a result (the ONLY animated film to get a Best Picture nominee with the original 5 nominee format was Beauty and the Beast).
Prep and Landing (2009 TV special) Arthur Christmas (2011) Stories sharing a similar concept of Santa Claus and his elves using advanced technology and secret agent techniques to deliver all those toys though soon, one child's Christmas has to be saved. The original special and Arthur Christmas were put in development close to the same time, though as a film, Arthur Christmas took longer. While Prep and Landing focused primarily on the elves and hid the faces of the Clauses, the story of Arthur Christmas focuses on the Claus family relationships. Prep and Landing was successful enough on ABC to receive a follow-up short and a sequel. Arthur Christmas, on the other hand, had trouble at the box-office when faced with The Muppets and Breaking Dawn; however, it was blessed with rave reviews.
Despicable Me (2010) Megamind (2010) Animated movies released in the same year about an Evil Genius Villain Protagonist who eventually tires from being the bad guy, also having an obvious-named companion. Despicable Me has also been called Penguin: The Movie due to the main character's visual similarities. Megamind has been referred to as Gallaxhar: The Movie, again, for similar looks. Despicable Me got both better reviews and almost twice the box office with $543 million in total on around half the budget ($69 million vs. $130 million for Megamind). The film's surprise success put Illumination Entertainment on the map, and it would go on to spawn two sequels and a spin-off series. Megamind meanwhile, brought in $321 million and got good-but-not-great reviews (but it has become a Cult Classic and is considered one of DreamWorks' better films). The ultimate winner of this one is Universal, who backed Despicable Me and bought DreamWorks in 2016.
Alpha and Omega (2010) Rio (2011)

Newt (Cancelled)
All three films involve two animals of the same species, opposite genders, and opposite personalities being put together for the purposes of repopulating their species. Alpha and Omega came out in Fall 2010 (and was the final film for its late star, Dennis Hopper), Rio in 2011, and Newt would have come out in 2012. Pixar canceled Newt so that they could avoid this problem, though considering Pixar leaked details on Newt shortly before Blue Sky announced Rio, it's completely possible that the whole project was just intended to induce the other studios into copying it so they wouldn't have to worry about them copying the other movie they were working on. Alpha and Omega (from Lionsgate) is about two wolves (Kate and Humphrey) who are captured and released far from home to increase the wolf population in the area. They work together to get home. Rio (from Blue Sky Studios) is about two birds (Blu and Jewel). Blu thinks he is the Last of His Kind and travels to find Jewel. Newt was about two newts (Newt and Brooke) — he's extremely sheltered, she's tough and street, er, wilderness-smart and they don't like each other — and their need to save their species. Unfortunately, Pixar decided to drop out after Pete Docter retooled the film into another idea. Rio is definitely the winner — it brought in five times as much as Alpha and Omega, and had much better reception, while Alpha and Omega fared poorly with critics, although it has a small following and a string of Direct to Video sequels.
ParaNorman (2012) Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)
Battle of the animated horror movies 2012! Norman sees dead people (and zombies), is in color, and produced by the makers of Coraline while Victor brought his dog back to life, is Deliberately Monochrome, is a remake of director Tim Burton's live-action Short Film, and includes lots of nauseating and gruesome scenes. Transylvania is CGI, set in a hotel for famous monsters, stars Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez (as well as much of Sandler's Production Posse), and is the film debut of Genndy Tartakovsky. Hotel Transylvania garnered the worst reviews of the three but did the best at the box office, while both ParaNorman and Frankenweenie received good-to-great reviews but were seen as disappointments commerciallynote . Frankenweenie had a substantially smaller budget than ParaNorman, though, so it takes silver, and meanwhile, Frankenweenie holds the highest out of the three for the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)note 

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012)
Animated movies where piracy and sea navigation are important plot points. Tintin and Ice Age are CGI, while Pirates is a stop-motion film by Aardman Animations. In terms of box office, it's Ice Age in first, Tintin in second, and Pirates in last. In terms of critical acclaim, however, the order is flipped — it's Pirates in first, followed by Tintin in a close second, followed by Ice Age in a distant third.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Cars 2 (2011) Kung Fu Panda 2 is the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's 2008 hit about the Acrofatic panda, played by Jack Black, training and having to confront Lord Shen, who wants to destroy kung fu. Cars 2 is also a sequel, to the Pixar hit from 2006, but it took a different turn by having its characters caught up in a spy scheme.   Surprisingly, DWA and Kung Fu Panda 2 came out on top clearly both critically and commercially, being very successful on a smaller budget. It built DWA's franchise further, and had a third installment released in 2016 (although Jeffrey Katzenberg's studio would wind up in dire straits starting the next year, straits that eventually ended his 22-year career with the studio on a major basis). Cars 2, while it earned a little bit of praise, got hit by a severe case of Sequelitis; it became the first Pixar film to get a Rotten rating on RT (39%), breaking the studio's streak, although it was still financially successful and helped build the franchise, inspiring the Planes spinoff below. Pixar/Disney supremo John Lasseter remained proud of the movie, but his colleagues and rivals didn't share that sentiment, and it began a very small Dork Age for Pixar for its next two movies, although they have recovered with Inside Out. A third Cars movie has since been released.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Brave (2012) A summer battle between the three main CGI animation studios in 2012 Ice Age and Madagascar were established franchises for Blue Sky and DreamWorks respectively, while Pixar attempted to change its game after Cars 2's underwhelming response by turning to one of its parent's most famous franchises. Continental Drift was the most successful financially (ironically, it bombed in the domestic market) while getting the worst reviews. Europe's Most Wanted, however, is the big winner as it was better regarded than Madagascar 2 (itself considered an improvement over the first film), and was DWA's last financial success until Home (not counting How To Train Your Dragon 2). Meanwhile, Brave got a more subdued reaction, becoming very divisive (however, it grossed more domestically and won an Oscar).
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Rise of the Guardians (2012) Animated films released in the 2012 Christmas season. Disney's film revolved around video game characters while DreamWorks' film centered on mythological characters.   Ralph became the better received of the two, while Guardians started off two years of flops for DreamWorks, which had been struggling for some time.
Foodfight! (2012) Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Two animated movies with guest star mascots; grocery store mascots for Foodfight and video game characters for Wreck-It Ralph. Foodfight is from Threshold Animation and Lawrence Kasanoff, and features a dog detective trying to figure out why grocery store mascots are disappearing after "Brand X" is introduced into his supermarket. Wreck-It Ralph is the 52nd animated masterpiece in the Disney Animated Canon, and has the titular character, who is hated in his game, do a game jump to change his image, setting off a chain of events that both threatens and changes the nature of his home arcade forever. Both films were in development for a while, but Foodfight! went through true Development Hell after Lawrence Kasanoff started the project in the wake of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation's implosion. This included a robbery that led to the loss of crucial animation discs and the staff not liking the production. Wreck-It Ralph was also in gestation since the 1980's, but when it entered production, it sped along like Sonic The Hedgehog (who was in the movie) to the point where it finished ahead of schedule and was moved up from a March 2013 release date to November 2012 (as a footnote, DreamWorks Animation's The Croods was supposed to open in 2012, but was moved to early 2013). This is a rather lopsided duel; Wreck-It Ralph was critically acclaimed by the video game and movie communities and was a box office success, paving the way for Frozen and director Rich Moore's next film Zootopia. Foodfight!'s production had already caused the film to become infamous before it was completed, and it only got a limited release in 2011 before the insults about the film's stiff animation and D-grade story cost the production a lot of money and sentenced it to Direct to Video in 2013; this included The Nostalgia Critic joking that Pixar's John Lasseter (who is the executive producer of Wreck-It Ralph) and DWA's Jeffrey Katzenberg sent the terrible animation from the film and packaged a Take That! with it (a "Go Fuck Yourselves" letter from Lasseter, and a Mooning and Flipping the Bird photo from Katzenberg). The staff of the film were no less amused about the final product and Kasanoff's direction than anyone else were, and it subsequently sent Kasanoff's career and the career of head writer Sean Derek to the landfill.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Turbo (2013) Animated films released about 9 months apart, both of which feature characters trying to change their perception. Wreck-It Ralph is the 52nd classic in the Disney Animated Canon, and concerns the title character trying to earn a medal to impress the "Nicelanders" in his game thanks to his status as a villain, and it leads him to "Sugar Rush" and befriending a "glitch" there. Turbo is from DreamWorks Animation and focuses on a snail trying to become a racer. In addition to the "outcast" trying to change how people view them concept, both films are connected directly to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise; Sonic is a guest video game character in Wreck-It Ralph and his character was an inspiration for DWA to try to replicate his success with Turbo (plus Jeffrey Katzenberg was indirectly connected to the Sonic franchise at both Disney and DreamWorks. On top of that, both films feature a major character named Turbo (he's the Big Bad of Wreck-It Ralph, and both films were scored by Henry Jackman. Wreck-It Ralph wins; it was a big critical and financial success, actually being called the "best video game movie" ever made (it didn't have much of a bar to clear for that title; this trend actually started with the Super Mario Bros. movie, which Disney also distributed and which Katzenberg brought the rights to in an ill-fated attempt to get in bed with Nintendo as well as Sega). Wreck-It Ralph became the final step for Disney Animation prior to Frozen, which completed their rescue, and director Rich Moore would go on to co-direct Zootopia. Turbo wound up becoming a Box Office Bomb, losing DWA over $13 million plus $2 million more when it didn't sell well enough in the Blu-ray market, and Katzenberg attempted to try to offset that by saying it was still profitable; this earned him a penalty Boss Battle with his shareholders in court; this continued the chain of misfires that ultimately led to Katzenberg not only selling DWA to Universal but retiring from the firm. DWA, however, did create a follow-up Netflix series, while Wreck-It Ralph had a sequel release in 2018.
Turbo (2013) Planes (2013) Unlikely, hugely ambitious novice enters a big race. Turbo is about a snail competing against race cars and human drivers; Planes is a spinoff of Cars and features a crop-duster who wants to fly with the pros. Turbo got mixed reviews from critics and failed to make a big profit at the box office, plus it got DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg sued by his stockholders when he stated it would still be profitable (this helped convince him to sell out to Universal and divorce himself from said stockholders by retiring from DWA). This didn't stop DreamWorks Animation from adapting Turbo into a Netflix original series. Planes was vice versa; it was thrashed by critics, but was a huge success at the box office, and got a sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, the next year.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (2013) DokiDoki! Pretty Cure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope Tied to the Future (2013) Theatrical releases of Magical Girl films based on popular TV series that were themselves Dueling Shows, released on October 26. Rebellion is The Movie and acts as a sequel to the original, Precure is strictly a Non-Serial Movie. Precure is Shoujo, while Rebellion is distinctly Seinen, leading to a pronounced difference in tone. Both movies also include a Lotus-Eater Machine. Rebellion took this home easily, grossing nearly double Precure's total, netting a foreign release, and being artistically praised by fans but sparking a few thousand flamewars. Precure was hardly a failure, but it didn't make nearly as big a splash, even in its own fandom.
Monsters University (2013) Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Family-friendly animated movies about monsters, based on decades-old franchises. Note that this "duel" mostly applied to the Japanese market; Genesect only got a very limited theatrical release in the West. Monsters University, is, well, Pixar. As such, it's a CGI movie directed towards family audiences: children, their parents, and fans who grew up with its prequel, Monsters, Inc., revisiting and building on the characters from said movie. Genesect, on the other hand, is traditionally animated, is the 16th movie in its long-running franchise, and was strictly marketed to children. It revisited its past by featuring Mewtwo, an iconic character from the early movies, but said Mewtwo turned out to be another member of the species rather than the original character. While both were nominal successes, MU won the box office and critics' approval. Genesect ended up becoming the second lowest-grossing Pokémon movie in the series, but is more notable for the backlash surrounding the Mewtwo character.
Escape from Planet Earth (2013) Home (2015) CGI movies about an alien arrival on Earth, told from the aliens' point of view. Escape From Planet Earth is made by Rainmaker and tells the story of an alien astronaut coming to Earth and being captured by the military. Home is a Dreamworks production about aliens in need of a new home, leading ot them conquering Earth, though not maliciously. Both made money at the box office, but of the two Home made considerably more. Home was also better liked by critics.
The Nut Job (2014) The Nut House (Cancelled) Heist movie with squirrels who are trying to get nuts. The Nut Job was first announced in January 2011, based on a 2005 short film called Surly Squirrel and fronted by Toonbox, who had never done an animated movie before. Vanguard Animation, creators of Space Chimps and Happily Never After, announced The Nut House nine months later. Vanguard closed in 2012 with Nut House and several other projects still in the pipeline. The Nut Job was released in 2014 and was successful at the box office, but poorly-received by critics.
Mort and Phil vs. Jimmy The Joker (2014) Asterix: The Land of The Gods (2014) Forgein animated films based on comic books series from their respetive state. Asterix already has a film series that contains films both live-action and animated while Mort and Phil only has one live-action film. Asterix was a critical and box office success, while Mort and Phill made back less than half its budget.
The Boxtrolls (2014) The Book of Life (2014) Battle of the animated horror movies 2014!   While The Boxtrolls was more successful commercially, it did not receive the amount of acclaim that Laika's previous films did. The Book of Life did slightly better among critics and has since become one of Fox's most beloved animated films (With an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes).
The Book of Life (2014) Coco (2017) Day Of The Dead-themed CGI movies.   Coco. While Book was critically successful, it flopped at the box office. Coco was critically acclaimed and went on to become the highest-grossing animated film in Mexico. Comparing weekend box offices (Book of Life: 17 million, Coco: 21 million), Coco outgrossed.
Penguins of Madagascar (2014) Big Hero 6 (2014) Animated films released during the 2014 holiday season. Both DreamWorks and Disney held high expectations for their films: The former wanted to shake off two years of financial failures while the latter wanted to keep a two-year lucky streak going. Both films flopped in the United States, opening against The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies at the peak of the "fantasy literature" craze. However, Big Hero got one week at #1 and it did not have the financial consequences Penguins had since it did extremely well overseas and eventually earned a profit of roughly $187.34 million, keeping Disney Animated Canon's winning streak very much alive, continuing with Zootopia. Big Hero 6 also spurred talks of a sequel and rumors of its world being included in Kingdom Hearts III, which would continue the film's story, were circulating and eventually became true, and it got a tv show three years later. Penguins did not make a profit; when DWA was forced to report a $50m+ loss, along with a letter about merger talks with Hasbro surfacing and sinking said talks due to them being unsteady and violating an agreement, it resulted in their shares plummeting and forcing DWA to lay off 500 more employees, including the CCO and COO. It continued the financial issues and was the third-to-last DWA film released during Jeffrey Katzenberg's career there; he sold out to Comcast in a year-and-a-half and mostly cashed out his involvement with DWA. Penguins' failure has also put a dent in the Madagascar franchise (a fourth movie was cancelled) and will likely ice over most additional Penguins material.
Penguins of Madagascar (2014) Minions (2015) Spin-offs of popular tent-pole animation franchises centering on beloved minor characters who had previously been centerpieces of the advertising campaigns of the franchises' main films. In both cases, the characters become wrapped up in larger organizations with plans for world domination. Penguins is a spin-off of the Madagascar franchise, and is DreamWorks Animation's second spin-off (after Puss in Boots). Minions is a spin-off of Despicable Me. While Penguins follows the events of Madagascar 3, Minions is a prequel to Despicable Me. Though it had a decent critical reception, Penguins became a massive box-office bomb, performing worse domestically than Turbo and continuing the downward spiral for Dreamworks (They shuttered PDI and laid off 500 employees including their Chief Creative Officer and Chief Operating Officer after that movie). It eventually ended Jeffrey Katzenberg's involvement with DWA when he was successful in selling the studio to Minions' distributor Comcast/Universal within 18 months of this film's release. Minions, on the other hand, opened to a massive $115 million, the second-biggest opening weekend for an animated film in history, and earned more in two days than Penguins did in its entire run, eventually going on to gross more than a billion dollars (it's the only animated film that's not of Disney or Pixar origin to be in the billion-dollar club). It's worth noting that Minions also had a significantly smaller budget than Penguins. Despite its cooler critical reception, it's safe to say that Minions has won this duel.
Home (2015) Inside Out (2015) DreamWorks and Pixar faced off again in 2015 with both films having girl leads on their way to adolescence. Both studios wanted to come clean after some unpleasant years: Since late 2012 DreamWorks had doubled as a minefield (with five of six films bombing, four of them consecutively), while Pixar was still reeling from the shadow of Toy Story 3, aside from not releasing films in 2014 (the first year that happened since 2005). Both films opened beyond expectations and did their part: Inside Out was not only a financial hit, but it also restored whatever was in doubt of Pixar's reputation, while Home became DW's first film to make money since Madagascar 3. However, its style reminiscent of earlier studio films led to a mixed critical reaction, jeopardizing Katzenberg's position in the company. Inside Out wins this duel.
Inside Out (2015) The Emoji Movie (2017) Two movies revolving around personifications of emotions traveling to places inside their world to stop a problem that the human character they belong to created. Inside Out is an original idea that took 5 years to develop, and was pitched after one of Pixar's movies in development, newt, was cancelled. The Emoji Movie is based off the popular emoticons of the same name found on smartphones. Inside Out was the clear winner. It became Pixar's biggest hit since Toy Story 3, setting multiple records at both the box office and on home video and becoming a major Cash Cow Franchise for them. The Emoji Movie, however, was hated by critics and is the third lowest-rated animated film on Rotten Tomatoes to be released in theaters, only beaten by Norm of the North and Happily N'Ever After. It also grossed $24 million, or half of its $50 million budget, on its opening weekend, and, unheard of for a major studio, grossed more domestically than overseas for six weeks.
The Boy and the Beast (2015) The Good Dinosaur (2015) Animated films in which an animal befriends and becomes the caretaker of a young boy. It's worth noting that while in The Boy and the Beast's home country, the films were released months away from each other, both films were released in American theaters around the same time. The Boy and the Beast won critics-wise, as it had a better critical reception than The Good Dinosaur, to the point where many visitors of the Tribeca Film Festival said it was the best film shown at the festival. The Good Dinosaur, on the other hand, had a poorer critical reception, with many people saying it wasn't on par with Pixar standards. It also suffered in the wake of one of the contenders for Pixar's ultimate masterpiece, Inside Out, and more importantly, it's their first feature film in their 20-year movie catalogue to bomb at the domestic box office.
Fly Out, PriPara!: Aim For It With Everyone! Idol Grand Prix (2015) Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Go Go! Splendid Triple Feature (2015) Films based on popular Shojou anime franchises aimed at children released around the same time. While the PriPara film is a Clip Show presented in 3D and was a limited release, the Go! Princess Pretty Cure film is comprised of 3 seperate short films with original stories and was a wide release. The Go! Princess Pretty Cure film, despite having competition from Pan, made it to #4 and was one of the highest-grossing Pretty Cure films. The PriPara film, on the other hand, never made it to the top ten and had poor critical reception from fans who claimed that the film was nothing but Filler and had ads in the middle of the film for PriPara tie-in products.
PriPara The Movie: Everyone's Yearning! Let's Go☆PriPari (2016) Popin Q (2016) Anime films of the Idol Singer genre where young girls have to save another dimension from danger. PriPara is based off a pre-existing arcade game and anime, while Popin Q is an original project. However, the manga versions of both franchises were serialized in Pucchigumi. PriPara wins in this duel by reaching #7 at the box office and becoming the most successful PriPara movie of all time. Popin Q, however, was outgrossed on opening weekend by the third Yo-Kai Watch film and was pulled from theaters after two weeks due to how big of a bomb it was. The winner is PriPara.
Norm of the North (2016) Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) January 2016 released computer animated family-oriented films that center around bears voiced by well-known comedic actors venturing off to a new place where they don't exactly fit in on a quest to save their ancestral homeland. Kung Fu Panda 3 is the latest installment of a DreamWorks Animation series popular with both audiences and critics. Norm of the North, which was made by Lionsgate, is most known for being best summarized as "Rob Schneider is... a polar bear!" Both movies ironically feature The Legend of Korra alumni in them (Korra's voice, Janet Varney, made a cameo in Norm of the North while the actor who voiced Korra's mentor Tenzin, J. K. Simmons, plays the Big Bad of KFP3). Norm of the North has become notorious for being one of the few animated films, if not the only animated film, to score a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, before a few positive reviews removed the goose egg ("improving" Norm's score to a 9%). It also failed to make back its budget domestically (it got halfway there the first week before KFP3 took over the box office and promptly obliterated any chances of a profit in the U.S.) and it is already being considered an early contender for the worst film of 2016 (it managed to escape a trip to the Razzies, which did not nominate a single animated film in 2016 for an "award", but it still has a chance of melting any further animation plans from Lionsgate, who has already flunked out on other animated movies such as Happily N'Ever After, and liquidating the intended franchise and director Trevor Wall's career after one movie). Kung Fu Panda 3, on the other-hand, in its lead up has been garnering quite strong reviews and has fared very well at the box office, giving an extra dose of chi to the studio run by Jeffrey Katzenberg after Home saved the studio from going under. However, investors had been too much fed up with Katzenberg, who in order to cope with years of losses sold the studio to Universal (with Katzenberg leaving practically in disgrace afterwards), which may or may not eventually absorb the studio into subsidiary Illumination Entertainment.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Zootopia (2016) Two animated movies with anthropomorphic characters. KFP3 from DWA continues the tale of Po Ping the Dragon Warrior as he now has to train a valley of pandas in Kung-fu to protect themselves from threats. Zootopia is the landmark 55th Walt Disney Animated Classic that takes place in modern times, as Judy Hopps, a police rabbit, becomes acquainted with Nick Wilde, a fox and con man. Zootopia is the third Disney Animated Canon film to use anthropomorphic animals in their own world after Robin Hood and Chicken Little met with mixed success and is helmed by Wreck-It Ralph's director, Rich Moore. KFP3 came out at the end of January, while Zootopia was released in the U.S. in March. Both films have J. K. Simmons, aka, J. Jonah Jameson/Tenzin/The Farmers Insurance University professor, in the voice cast (he plays the Big Bad of KFP3, Kai, while he plays the mayor and a superior of Judy Hopps in Zootopia). KFP3 had already crushed Norm of the North by this point. KFP3 earned strong reviews and an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was a financial success worldwide. This wasn't enough to not convince Katzenberg or the investors to keep the firm independent or even take it back to private when Comcast came knocking, and he resigned from DWA as part of the sale). Zootopia currently has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes at release date, the highest RT score a Disney Animated Classic got in 55 years; the next most recently released film to have a rating along the lines of 98% was 1961's 101 Dalmatians. It also won the Oscar for best animated film while Kung Fu Panda 3 was not even nominated. It also managed to beat the opening weekend records that the last two Disney Animated Classics Frozen and Big Hero 6 set, as well as bulldozing Gods of Egypt and London Has Fallen, and overtaking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, becoming the fourth animated film, the third released by Disney, and the second from Disney Animation to reach the billion-dollar gross club (Frozen is the other Disney Animated Classic to be in that club, while Pixar's Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory are their entries; the one non-Disney film in the club is Universal's Minions).
Zootopia (2016) Sing (2016) A young woman has a dream but her gigantic family isn't terribly supportive. A young man wants to be more than the a criminal everyone expects him to be. Meanwhile, a rodent gang leader plots in the background. Everyone wants to do something that goes against their perceived nature, whether they're an aggressive rabbit, a heroic fox, a humble hard-working pig, or the son of a gangster who wants to do honest work. Zootopia's Judy the rabbit is the main character in a Disney movie that isn't really a musical while Sing's Rosita the pig is just one of a huge cast in a Jukebox Musical on steroids. Zootopia opened big, while Sing is "the number one comedy" (not "animated film" but comedy) in December. Zootopia crossed 1 billion dollars worldwide while Sing grossed a respectable 467.7 million to date (Sing 's budget was 75 million while Zootopia costed 150 million). Zootopia wins critically as it has a very high Rotten tomato score at 98 percent compared to Sing 's decent 73 percent. Zootopia has also received more award nominations and wins than Sing.
Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (2016) The Good Dinosaur (2015) Animated films that take place in prehistoric times released during the same time period in Japan.   The Good Dinosaur's Japanese run got a decent reception, but it still became the first Box Office Bomb from Pixar. Nobita and the Birth of Japan, meanwhile, was loved by Japanese critics and became the most successful Doraemon film of all time (not counting Stand By Me Doraemon). Doraemon wins in this duel.
Ratchet & Clank (2016) The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Animated films adapted from video games. Ratchet and Clank is an adaptation of the first game in the series, while Angry Birds shows the beginning of the animosity between the birds and pigs. Both films also have an All-Star Cast, though Ratchet and Clank has Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and Dr. Nefarious voiced by their usual voice actors from the games, and other characters having celebrity voice actors. The Angry Birds Movie is the winner, having earned an overall better critical reception on RT (43% compared to Ratchet and Clank's 16%) and also being more commercially successful (it made $349.8 million on a $73 million budget, while Ratchet and Clank failed to make back its $20 million budget). The people behind R & C blamed Disney for their film failing when Zootopia went on an unprecedented box office rampage that lasted months and plowed the film down in its wake resulting in an 8-figure writedown for those people, Rainmaker, and distributor Gramercy Pictures being sent back into the graveyard it was resurrected from months earlier. Angry Birds also had its sequel greenlighted.
Finding Dory (2016) The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Animated films about smaller animals in captivity. Dory is the sequel to Finding Nemo and now sees the trio of Nemo, Marlin and Dory go on a wild trip to an aquarium to find Dory's parents. Pets is from Comcast/Universal/Illumination and sees two dogs who don't get along having to find their way home after a group of stray cats cuts their collars and leaves them stranded in New York. Both films have Albert Brooks in them; he voices Marlin in Dory and a hawk named Tiberius in Pets Dory has a slight advantage here, making about $200 million more than Pets. Pets however had a much lower production budget than dory (the former cost 75 million while the latter cost 200 million). In the critical game, Dory wins by being in the 90s on RT, whereas Pets is in the 70s (but is still Certified Fresh.)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Moana (2016) Two more animated movies. Pets is about a pair of stray pets in New York while Moana is about a Polynesian princess. The two movies combined have both of the leads of Central Intelligence in them; Kevin Hart, who was the secondary lead in that film as accountant Calvin Joyner, voices the Big Bad of Pets; his co-star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who played Formerly Fat CIA agent Robbie Wheirdicht/Bob Stone, plays Maui in Moana, which has attracted some negative attention for being "fat". Pets did major business in its opening weekend as did Moana. Commercially, Secret Life of Pets was a huge hit managing to gross $875 million worldwide. Moana so far has grossed $451 million. Critically, Moana has been received better by critics, though Pets also got generally positive feedback, and Moana has received more award nominations than Pets.
The Jungle Book (2016) The BFG (2016)

Pete's Dragon (2016)

The release of The Little Prince (2015) on Netflix (2016)
2016 updates of classic animated/live-action children's movies based on classic children's books (Jungle Book, BFG) and Disney movies (Jungle Book, Pete's Dragon; BFG also aired on the Disney Channel)   Jungle Book opened to great reviews and became a monster at the box office right after Zootopia did, doing director Jon Favreau's career well. BFG was mostly positive, but got minimal advertising and opened two weeks after Finding Dory; it's one of the lowest grossing films in Steven Spielberg's career and is the second Roald Dahl Acclaimed Flop for Disney after Tim Burton's James and the Giant Peach 20 years prior. Pete's Dragon also flopped domestically even though it got very good reviews as well, but however it became a hit overseas. Little Prince got good reviews and had a limited theatrical release early in the year.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Moana (2016) 2016 Animated movies with non-Western Fantasy settings, both featuring The Hero's Journey of a partially orphaned child who must overcome great odds for the sake of family. A demi-god with incredible powers is a major protagonist of both films. The main protagonist in both films is voiced by a newcomer to animation. Both have had lots of advance buzz. Kubo opened with critical acclaim but was not financially successful. Moana opened to big success on Thanksgiving (surpassing Frozen's box office take), keeping Disney's track record and was also critically acclaimed. Moana is the winner here.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Sausage Party (2016) Those whose lives humans hold in their hands grapple with the truth about their existence and the idea of freedom. Pets is a kid's movie while Sausage Party IS VERY MUCH NOT. Ironically the peppy, naive lead in Pets is a comic who is neither nor terribly kid-friendly while Sausage's lead has voiced several kids' movies. Also, the former film may or may not have done a Shout-Out to the latter film. Both opened to quite good reviews. And while Sausage Party's gross pales in comparison to Pets (domestic: $97m v $367m), it's still very impressive considering it was made in a $19m budget and was released with an R rating.
Sausage Party (2016) Trolls (2016) Animated movies involving creatures who are eaten by others, causing several main characters to go on a adventure to stop this so that they can save their kind. While sharing slightly similar plots, these films are different in many ways. Sausage Party is not a kids' movie while Trolls is. In Sausage Party, the food at the store is unaware that they will get eaten (but as seen in a flashback, the foods at Shopwells were aware of this before Firewater invented The Great Beyond legend), while in Trolls, the Trolls are well aware about the Bergens wanting to eat them. Also, unlike Sausage Party, which treats all of the humans as villains, not all of the Bergens seen in Trolls are evil, namely Bridget. The two movies also have different ways of dealing with the people who eat them: in Sausage Party, the food kills the humans, while in Trolls, the Trolls teach the Bergens that there are other ways to find happiness besides eating the Trolls, a lesson they learned from Bridget experiencing happiness as a result of her love for Prince Gristle. Both films contain at least one original song ("The Great Beyond" for Sausage Party and "Get Back Up Again" and "Can't Stop the Feeling!" for Trolls), and have a scene near the end of the film involving two of the main antagonists being set on fire and sent away in a wheeled object. While both movies received mostly positive reviews, Trolls made more money at the box office ($153m vs. $97m) and was more successful and quickly became a Cash Cow Franchise for Dreamworks, making Trolls the winner.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Coco (2017) During a holiday when the spirits of the dead visit their living loved ones, a boy with a talent for stringed instruments meets his long-lost relatives. Kubo is set in ancient Japan and isn't a musical, Coco is set in modern-day Mexico and is considered Pixar's first "true" musical. Coco. Both received stellar reviews, but Kubo was not a financial success while Coco broke several box office records, including the 4th biggest Thanksgiving opening weekend ever and the highest-grossing animated film in Mexico.
Storks (2016) The Boss Baby (2017) Two movies about babies that involve a baby factory, animals, an imaginative young boy and an evil corporation getting in the way of the protagonists. Each movie has a cast member from Friends: Jennifer Aniston for Storks and Lisa Kudrow for Baby. Storks is an original idea, while The Boss Baby is based on a book. Storks made 182.4 million dollars at the box-office, got mixed reviews, and opened at #2. The Boss Baby got mostly negative reviews, but it still topped the box office during its first and second weekends, and was so successful that it had a sequel announced weeks after it hit theaters, a Netflix original series made a year after its release, and was still playing in theaters when DreamWorks' next film came out. The Boss Baby wins this duel.
Trolls (2016) Moana (2017) Animated musicals where an adventurous girl and a boy who's not that much of a risk-taker have to go on a quest to save the place where they live from danger. Both stories are also takes on much older concepts: Trolls is the second attempt at making the classic dolls relevant to a new generation of children (with the first being a DIC cartoon in the mid-2000's, while Moana is an original story that uses elements of Polynesian mythology. Both were pretty successful, but in terms of of box office, Moana is the winner, while Trolls became one of the biggest Cash Cow Franchises of The New '10s, to the point where merchandise for the movie was the second best-selling of any licensed property the year it came out, and still continues to do well for Dreamworks, to the point where they've made a TV show and an experience in New York City. The merchandise for the franchise also keeps selling well, while Moana 's merchandise sales began dropping once the movie was overshadowed by newer Disney films.
Trolls (2016) Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Animated movies about small peaceful creatures going on a huge adventure. Trolls has based on a toy series of the same name after DreamWorks purchased the rights while Lost Village as made as an apology by Sony for the live-action Smurf movies. Trolls came out to be victorious in this duel mainly because of critical and commercial success, causing DreamWorks to make it their next franchise. Smurfs on the other hand received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and flopped at the box office against Beauty and the Beast. The movie ended up being Sony's version of Ice Age 5: Collision Course (which also received negative backlash from critics and flopped in the box office).
Trolls (2016) Uglydolls (2019) Animated, musical films that are adapted from popular toylines in which the protagonists venture off into a world outside of their home. Trolls was based on the popular dolls by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam, while Uglydolls is based on a designer doll line that began in 2001. Both movies also share two similarities: the first being that the toy line for both films was produced by Hasbro, and the second being that they have follow-up series on a streaming video service, with Trolls having Trolls: The Beat Goes On! on Netflix and Uglydolls getting an animated series on Hulu. Trolls became a Cash Cow Franchise for DreamWorks, with various spin-offs ranging from a merchandise line to a museum in New York City based on the characters. Uglydolls, however, in addition to being critically panned, was overshadowed by Avengers: Endgame and made only eight million dollars at the box office in its first weekend, though The Merch of the movie sold pretty well in stores. Trolls is the winner.
Sing (2016) Rock Dog (2016)note  Animated movies with All Star Casts involving anthropomorphic animals and music, with one of the main protagonists being a rock star. Unlike Sing, which has an original screenplay, Rock Dog is an adaptation of a Chinese comic called Tibetian Rock Dog. Ash, the rock star in Sing, is not the main character, unlike Bodi in Rock Dog, who is the main character. Sing was a critical and financial success. Rock Dog currently has a 46% Rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared to Sing's 73% percent Fresh rating, and it opened at Number 11 at the box office on its opening weekend in the United States. This makes Sing the winner of this duel. Both films would go on to receive sequels in 2021, however Rock Dog 2 would be Direct to Video.
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Animated superhero movies that are based off well-known properties and are comedic takes on the superhero genre. The LEGO Batman Movie is an adaptation of the Batman franchise, which has had many movies, while Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is the first movie adaptation of the Captain Underpants book series. Prior to this movie, this series was adapted into internet shorts set to songs based on the books. The LEGO Batman Movie was a hit at the box office, where it topped the chart for two weeks in a row and made $180 million dollars domestically, and with critics. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie did decently and made back its budget, got a 7.6 on IMDB and an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it sold more merchandise than Dreamworks' previous film. The LEGO Batman Movie is the winner.
Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (2017) PAW Patrol: Big Screen Tails (2017) Compilation Movies based on popular preschool shows from Channel 5's Milkshake! block. It should be noted that this duel only applies to the United Kingdom, as they were the only countries to get these movies, though the Peppa Pig movie was shown in Australia as Peppa's Australian Holiday. My First Cinema Experience opened at #3 at the box office and made 4 million dollars during its' run. PAW Patrol: Big Screen Tails had the misfortune of opening up on the exact same weekend as My Little Pony: The Movie, which adapted a show that is wildly popular in the United Kingdom. This resulted in Big Screen Tails only making a total of $202,887. Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience wins the duel.
Leap! (2017) Next Gen (2018) and Wonder Park (2019) The story of a girl going on a quest to find herself. Next Gen is the only one of the 3 not to be released in theaters. Leap did not play well with critics, but it ended up as a box office success. However, it was not advertised well. Next Gen did have a lot of positive reactions to critics and audiences. Wonder Park ended up as a critical and commercial failure, but is getting a TV show on Nickelodeon despite its performance. Out of all the 3, Next Gen wins this match.
Leap! (2017) The Donkey King (2018) Mainstream animated blockbusters not made in Hollywood. Leap contains voice-overs from Corus Entertainment whil Donkey King has voice-overs from 4kids Entertainment. Leap is view as unfavorable to critics but ended up a box-office success. The Donkey King on the other hand had received praise from critics and ended up as Pakistan's most successful animated film at the box-office. The Donkey King wins this duel.
The Star (2017) Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) Animated movies that tell stories about Christmas traditions. Olaf's Frozen Adventure was originally made for TV, but ended up being released in theaters as a double feature with Coco instead, due to there being no Pixar short being made to go with it. Both received negative reception from viewers note . While Coco made $300 million during the time the Frozen short was played and the TV airing of the special got 7 million viewers, The Star only made $53 million dollars worldwide. Olaf's Frozen Adventure is the winner.
The Star (2017) Ferdinand (2017) Two movies based on popular stories about talking animals who are misunderstood by humans and try to do something to impress them. The Star is based on the Book of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible, while Ferdinand is based off the children's book by Murno Leaf. Ferdinand is the likely winner. Ferdinand received positive reviews, with a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, and made $296 million worldwide against a $111 million budget and received an oscar nomination for best animation feature. The Star received a more mixed critical reception, with a 44% on the same site, and grossed significantly less money that Ferdinand ($53 million worldwide) though it did only have a $20 million budget.
Coco (2017) Ferdinand (2017) Hispanic-themed All-CGI Cartoon s. Coco is set in Mexico during Dia de los muertos, while Ferdinand is set in Spain and involves bullfighting. Coco is the clear winner, as it received critical acclaim, with a 97% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has made $507.9 million worldwide against a $175-200 million budget so far. Ferdinand also received positive reviews to a lesser extent, with a 73% on the same site, but didn't make as much money, grossing $296 million worldwide on a $111 million budget, as it was released at the same time as The Last Jedi.
Batman and Harley Quinn (2017) Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018) Both are DVD action-comedy movies that serve as revivals for cancelled action shows. Batman And Harley Quinn is, according to producer Bruce Timm, meant to be in continuity with his work on Batman: The Animated Series, which had its last project released in 2003. The Scooby/Batman movie is a revival of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which ended in 2011. The Scooby/Batman movie wins this duel. It has a greater use of its characters and a much better balance of action, comedy, drama, and character development,thus leading to its positive reception. The Batman/Harley movie got more mixed reviews, with the common complaint being trying too hard to appeal to the show's adult fans that it ends up looking immature. The matter of when the movie takes place is also an issue. The Scooby movie also sold more copies than the Harley movie.
Gnome Alone (2018) Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Animated films about garden gnomes. Gnome Alone is an original story, while Sherlock Gnomes is the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet. Also, Gnome Alone was supposed to come out in October 2017, but got pushed to the beginning of March, putting its release date just a few weeks before Sherlock Gnomes. Gnome Alone's release got cancelled at the last minute, possibly due to fearing competition from Black Panther (2018) and was released to Netflix in October of 2018 to mostly negative reviews. Sherlock Gnomes did decently at the box office, making a worldwide total of $90 million dollars, but got mixed reviews, making it the winner.
Frozen II (2019) Trolls: World Tour (2020) Sequels to musical films that were aimed at an audience of young girls and became cash cows for their companies that revolve around the protagonists going on an adventure outside of their home. Both sequels got greenlit after the surprise successes of both movies. Frozen II grossed $130,263,358 in its' domestic opening weekend and $358,500,000 worldwide, making it the third-biggest opening for an animated film domestically and the highest-grossing animated film opening of all time worldwide. It also had the largest-grossing Thanksgiving weekend out of any movie, and was Disney's fourth film that year to gross a billion dollars worldwide. Trolls World Tour's theatrical release wound up being cancelled due to theaters being shut down as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and was instead made a streaming release, where it became the most successful video on demand premiere of a film of all time, beating Avengers: Endgame with a gross of 95 million dollars, around 50% more than the original film's opening weekend. It also outgrossed the original movie in just video on demand sales alone. Despite these records, Frozen II made more money at the box office, crowning it as the winner.
Isle of Dogs (2018) Dawgtown (2021) Ghetto-busting animated movies aimed at teenage and adult audiences and focusing on dogs trying to escape from oppressive dystopias Isle of Dogs was funded and distributed by 21st Century Fox and directed by Wes Anderson, while Dawgtown is an independent movie being crowd-funded over the internet, with an eye on a 2021 release date. Isle of Dogs has performed spectacularly well even in limited release, even cracking the top 10 in its third weekend before its wide release. Dawgtown TBD.
Smallfoot (2018) Missing Link (2019), Abominable (2019) Wide-release animated movies from studios with renowned history that deconstruct the Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti's popular image. In all three movies, the beasts are depicted as gentle, intelligent, and curious while all of the villains are human. On top of that, Missing Link and Abominable are both journey films with the Himalayas as the destination. Missing Link is from Laika and is animated with stop-motion. The other two are CGI, with Smallfoot by Warner Bros. and Abominable by DreamWorks. Of the three films, Missing Link has the highest critical score on Rotten Tomatoes but ended up being an Acclaimed Flop, Smallfoot has the lowest critical and audience scores but more than made back its budget, and Abominable has the highest audience score, but is slowly becoming Overshadowed by Controversy due to its use of the controversial Nine-Dash Line map and the general political turmoil going on in China at the time of its release (which will not be discussed here). So far, Smallfoot is the highest-grossing of the three, making it the winner.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Playmobil: The Movie (2018) Animated films based on famous construction toys The LEGO Movie 2 was the fourth movie in a well-established franchise, while Playmobil: The Movie is the first-ever film adaptation of its toy line. The LEGO Movie 2 wins. While it certainly didn't perform spectacularly in theaters (in fact, its low gross may have ended the LEGO movie series), it at least recouped its budget and was positively received by critics and audiences, which is more than can be said for Playmobil: The Movie.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Doggone Trouble (2019) Animated pet movies centering around a dog suffering though an idenity crisis. Both films feature people who previously worked on The Emoji Movie in their voice cast. Pets 2 became Illumination's first critical and commercial failure, resorting with luke warm reviews from critics and dissapointing box office results. Like Smurfs: The Lost Village, it ended up to be the Illumination version of Ice Age: Collision Course (which also suffered the same fate). As for Dogggone Trouble, upon its’ Netflix release in the United States and other countries, got poor critical reception, but managed to crack into the Netflix Top 10 for a while. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the winner.
SCOOB! (2020) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) Stylized CGI films adapting popular cartoons that tell the story of how the main character met their pet. Both films were originally going to be released within a week of each other, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, both movies got released to streaming, though Sponge on the Run also will appear on Viacom's streaming service CBS All Access. SCOOB! got mixed reception from critics, and currently stands at a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the VOD sales were decent. Sponge On The Run got a better reception from critics with a 70% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the winner.
Looking For Magical Doremi (2020) Sailor Moon Eternal (2021) Films based on popular 90's Magical Girl series created by Toei Animation. Looking for Magical Doremi is an original story following three women who are fans of Magical Doremi, while Sailor Moon Eternal serves as a continuation of Sailor Moon Crystal. Looking for Magical Doremi opened at #4 on its' opening weekend and was critically acclaimed by both viewers and critics, and even won the Best Animation Film Award at the 75th Mainichi Film Awards. Sailor Moon Eternal, on the other hand, opened at number 9, being overshadowed by Gintama THE FINAL and the box-office phenomenon Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train. Looking For Magical Doremi is the winner.
PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021) The Loud House Movie (2021) Film adaptations of popular Nickelodeon cartoons. Both films were released on the same exact day in the United States, and both also appeared on streaming services (with PAW Patrol being released on Paramount+ alongside its' theatrical release and The Loud House being released on Netflix). The Loud House was Not Screened for Critics, but it has gained a mixed reception from general audiences. It, however, appeared on Netflix’s Top 10. PAW Patrol currently has an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, with general audiences stating it did a better job of adapting a Nickelodeon show in a movie format than The Loud House. PAW Patrol is the winner.
PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021) My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021) All-CGI Cartoon adaptations of popular Merchandise-Driven TV shows. Not counting the theatrical releases of the PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups and Ready, Race, Rescue! specials and Compilation Movies outside of America, this will be the first actual theatrical movie for the PAW Patrol franchise. The My Little Pony film is the first All-CGI Cartoon for the My Little Pony franchise, not counting television ads and video games, and will stream on Netflix as opposed to a theatrical release. Both films will also be distributed by Paramount Pictures. TBD.
The Addams Family 2 (2021) Encanto (2021) Animated films about eccentric families, with one girl in the family not feeling like she belongs in the family because of one trait she has. The Addams Family 2 is based on the comics by Charles Addams, while Encanto is an original movie. Wednesday feels like she doesn’t belong because she might not be an Addams genetically, while Mirabel feels like she doesn’t belong because she lacks magic. The Addams Family 2 got a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, but still did decently at the box office. Encanto TBD.

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