Dreamworks, along with Pixar has been dominating the animation market for years now. I watched Dreamworks movies as a kid, and it's awesome to know that my little brothers can watch them today, too. But even though Dreamworks won't be going anywhere, anytime soon, they are about to go through a pretty big change.
Recently, Dreamworks laid off over 500 workers from its animation department, and shut down their northern California studio, PDI/Dreamworks. With this huge change in business, it's safe to say that Dreamworks will be affected. Whether that's in a good way or not has yet to be determined. It's impossible to know how good or how bad upcoming Dreamworks movies will be (except for Home, that looks terrible). But there might be a noticeable change in their formula. Well, formulas actually...
See, Dreamworks' movies aren't as easy comparable like Pixar's. There are different tones to their films. There is the comedic tone, where the film is heavily comedic and full of jokes, one-liners and visual gags. All of which have meanings that swoosh over children's heads. This tone can be seen in films like the Shrek franchise, the Madagascar franchise and The Croods.
Then there's the more serious tone, where the film has more mature and serious undertones and includes a little action or thrill. This tone is apparent in films like the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, Puss in Boots, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and The Prince of Egypt. These films can have some comedy in them, but they're not to be mistaken for the comedic films or the next kind.
Finally, there's the 'in-betweeners,' the films that have qualities of both the comedic and serious toned films. These films are mixed and matched, with most of them having a good mix of funny and serious. Films like Megamind, The Road to El Dorado, and Turbo are 'in-betweeners.'
So, with that in mind... I have a question for you, lovely MP Creatornity (Creator Community)! Well, two actually. First question! What is your favorite Dreamworks film? With so many, I'd love to hear which one you guys put on top. Second question! What tone do you prefer? Are you a Dreamworks comedy lover? A serious Dreamworks type of person? Or perhaps you favor a little bit of both?
Before you answer in the poll below, here's a list of all the Dreamworks movies, and what they're classified under. I did my best to classify them into their kind of tone, so hopefully I matched them correctly!
- Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
- Shark Tale
- Shrek (franchise)
- Madagascar (franchise)
- Over the Hedge
- Flushed Away
- Chicken Run
- Bee Movie
- The Croods
- Mr. Peabody and Sherman
- The Prince of Egypt
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
- Sindbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
- How to Train Your Dragon (franchise)
- Rise of the Guardians
- Kung Fu Panda (franchise)
- Monsters VS Aliens
- Puss In Boots
- Penguins of Madagascar (spin-off franchise)
- The Road to El Dorado
Now that you know all of the films which category they fall into; feel free to answer the two polls below! If you want, tell us all why you chose that movie and/or that category! This should go without saying, but you don't necessarily have to like the category that the movie you like is in. If you like Shrek, but prefer the more serious side, that's fine. Answer truthfully!