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A well-deserved rest for Po after one too many stairs.
DreamWorks Animation became a major animation studio that not only branched out independently from its own parent company, but developed its own animated media, with their own logo jokes.

A popular way to open a DreamWorks Animation movie is to pan down from the scene with the boy in the moon, so even logos that are otherwise normal will have the sky altered to match the opening scene.

DreamWorks Animation

  • Shark Tale: The boy casts his line and the action switches to the worm at the end, which segues into the movie proper as the worm falls into the water screaming.
  • Bee Movie: Barry B. Benson scares away the boy and takes his place on the moon.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The penguins knock out the boy and take his place, seen here.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: A UFO abducts the boy with a tractor beam. Furthermore, the logo appears in grainy black-and-white and in the 3D version appears flat.
  • Kung Fu Panda: A leopard in a coolie hat in a Ninja Run, skips across a body of water, fishing pole in hand, leaping up onto the crescent moon to take the boy's place, seen here.
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 has Master Oogway who died in the first film go to the moon and take the boy's place, seen here.
      • The inbetweenquel feature "Secrets of the Scroll" has Oogway watching from heaven, as seen here.
    • In Kung Fu Panda 3, Po wears himself out climbing a long flight of stairs to get to the moon, and ends up flopping across it, exhausted. It also ties in with him achieving transcendence in the third film and visiting the spirit realm, like Oogway did.
  • Some Chinese releases use an Oriental DreamWorks logo, where the moon is formed from a paint stroke and a panda (inspired by Po) sits on the moon, seen here.
  • Shrek: The "S"s in the DreamWorks logo turn green and grow ogre ears reflecting Fiona's nightly transformation. note . The series' leitmotif, "Fairytale", also replaces the normal logo fanfare; said score track would later become the normal DreamWorks Animation theme.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: a Night Fury flies around in the background. This otherwise introduces the new vanity plate for DreamWorks Animation (which exploits the 3D with a more elaborate fishline-swinging). The usual pan down opening shot is inverted as the scene transitions by the night fury flying in front of the logo, revealing it to be a reflection in the water, which then follows a pan up to the opening scene.
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  • Puss in Boots: The animation is accompanied by lively Spanish music, including the sound of a whip-crack which coincides with the boy casting out his fishing line.
  • Rise of the Guardians: Jack Frost takes the boy's place in the crescent moon, his staff in the place of the fishing rod. He lazily knocks the snowflake off towards the screen, causing the camera to zoom out, and the 'DreamWorks' title then freezes up with frost and explodes into snowflakes.
  • The Croods: The logo is a cave painting.
    • The Croods: A New Age: Belt is sitting on the moon, and strikes a light to illuminate it out of darkness.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Sherman sits on the crescent moon, casting the fishing line.
  • Home: The boy is sucked up into a Boov transport and is then replaced by a Boov who then casts the fishing line.
  • Trolls: The logo turns into a scrapbook page with the fishing boy getting a Troll hairdo, as Poppy and the Trolls sing an a capella version of the "Fairytale" theme.
    • Trolls: World Tour: The logo is another scrapbook page, with the fishing boy turning into a Rock Troll and playing a riff on his guitar. There is also a 25 Years Commemoration logo with this feature.
  • The Boss Baby: The entire logo is structured into a baby mobile, and the "Fairytale" track sounds like a tinkly lullaby. The sky also resembles the regular logo not used by DreamWorks Animation.
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: George and Harold can be heard humming along to the "Fairytale" music.

DreamWorks Animation Television

  • Madagascar spinoffs:
    • For the prequel series All Hail King Julien, Julien sits in a straw moon hanging above the jungle and uses Mort to catch a shark, seen here.
    • Another prequel series, Madagascar: A Little Wild has a snapshot of a young Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman posing in front of the original DreamWorks blue/purple sky logo.
  • How to Train Your Dragon spinoffs:
    • Dragons: Riders of Berk: Hiccup and Toothless are sitting in the moon together, Hiccup is reading a book while Toothless has a fishing line tied to his tail. Toothless then fires on the camera, which Match Cuts with the opening, depicting Hiccup and Toothless flying out of the moon.
    • The spinoff series Dragons: Rescue Riders features Dak falling off the DreamWorks moon and the dragon Winger catching him on his back.
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Puss sits in the moon instead of the boy. He catches a fish which he tosses directly into his mouth, seen here.
  • The prequel series Dawn of the Croods has the entire family piled onto the moon as it rocks them to sleep, seen here.
  • The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: The WABAC drops Sherman off on the moon, who then fishes up "DreamWorks Television Animation", on which Peabody is sitting on, seen here.
  • Dinotrux: Revvit carves a DreamWorks logo into the ground that features Ty Rux and him fishing on the moon, seen here.
  • Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Oh is in the moon in place of the boy, he fishes up the controller for his saucer, and activates it, flying off into the opening proper.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Voltron cuts a chunk out of the moon leaving only the crescent shape remaining, standing behind it where the boy would normally go.
  • The Tales of Arcadia series:
    • Trollhunters: The Amulet of Merlin opens into the crescent moon, Jim steps out of the crescent where the fishing boy would go and holds his sword high, seen here.
    • 3Below: The DreamWorks logo is formed from an Akiridion interface, and Luug the dog appears in it and barks.
    • Wizards (2020): The Heart of Avalon device forms the crescent moon, and Archie flies into it and perches on it.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: the logo appears from Light Hope's hologram and features She-Ra in her classic "sword aloft" pose, seen here.
  • Spirit: Riding Free: A horse steps on a twig lying in the dirt, its hoof-print making a vaguely moon-shaped impression with the silhouette of Lucky sitting in the place of the fishing boy; the twig serving as her fishing rod.
  • Trolls spinoffs:
    • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Poppy stands on a cloud (Cloud Guy), forms her hair into a crescent, and uses a stick attached to a piece of string to cast Guy Diamond and the logo up. Then, he puts glitter onto the logo.
    • Trolls: Trollstopia: The Trollstopia ambassadors put together the logo via scrapbook, with Poppy putting the finishing touch by giving the fishing boy a troll hairdo.
  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business: The DreamWorks Animation logo is shoved aside and replaced by Ted Templeton Jr. on a swivel chair shaped like the moon. He tells his secretary to hold all his calls, and goes to sleep on the chair. Seen here.
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Harold and George are coloring a Captain Underpants page that has the titular superhero standing on the moon, taking the place of the boy, and the camera zooms in on the page that comes to life by Captain Underpants attempting to fly only for his underpants to get caught by the tip of the moon while flutes play a heroic jingle. Seen here.
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle: Bullwinkle does his magic trick and pulls Rocky out of a hat, who flies up to the DreamWorks Animation logo, seen here.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Mandu munches on a bag of cheese snacks at the end of the fishing line, which draws him to the logo, where Wolf is sitting in place of the fishing boy. Seen here.
  • Cleopatra in Space has Cleopatra and her cat Khensu on the moon, who take off on an anti-gravity bike. The writing also appears in hieroglyphics briefly.
  • Harvey Street Kids: The three main girls sit on the crescent. Dot fishes up a flag and hands it to Audrey, who gets thrown to the top of the crescent by Lotta, plants the flag on the top of the crescent, and hangs off of it.


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