Hi everyone, this is the first in a four-part series where I am going to rank the Dreamworks, Pixar, Pixar short and Disney animated classic films. Obviously this is very difficult, and it's all my opinion, so please don't go crazy in the comments, but feel free to share your own list of favourites!
Dreamworks Animation has been around for abut 18 years, and in that time they have released 31 feature films, and 15 of these are in the top 50 highest grossing animated films of all time. They have won 3 oscars, and have made over $13 billion worldwide. Here comes the ranking!
There isn't much to say about this one. Was it a rip-off of A Bugs Life? Maybe, maybe not. But was it a bad film? Definitely.
30. 'Shrek Forever After'
That was probably the funniest part of this film, which was trying to continue a truly dead franchise by completely changing it. Really messed around with our favourite characters in a "What if?" Marvel comics style.
29. 'Kung Fu Panda 2'
While the idea of a Panda who has mastered Kung Fu is just amazing in theory (holds up sarcasm sign) this franchise never really worked like it was meant to... or maybe this is what they planned. Nevertheless, this film involved a peacock firing a catapult at a panda, and was not good.
28. 'Shrek the Third'
The Shrek franchise was dead in the water after this film, and tried to go on which was why the fourth film was so bad, but this one wasn't much better honestly.
27. 'Puss in Boots'
After the disappointment I felt at seeing the third and fourth Shrek films, I had extremely low hopes for a spin-off, even though it starred one of my favourite characters. Maybe that was why I enjoyed it more. That's the thing about low expectations, they are easy to exceed.
26. 'Kung Fu Panda'
When this film first came out, I greatly looked forward to seeing it. This was the opposite effect of Puss in Boots for me, as I had high expectations, and that made it easy for this film to disappoint me. It did seem like an amusing idea to the twelve year old I was, but even then I knew it wasn't any good.
This film didn't seem promising from the beginning, despite the fact that I really like Ryan Reynolds (bring on Deadpool), and despite having low expectations, it still wasn't able to match them. Poor all round, but I guess that Dreamworks more recent films have been more child friendly than family friendly like they used to do more of. It's a shame, because they made some great ones for the whole family back in the day, as you're about to see...
24. 'Bee Movie'
Frankly, this film had such low expectations for me that it was able to meet them... kind of. I mean, I guess it wasn't that bad, but I'm not sure why they really thought a hive of bees would make a good subject for a film. The whole putting them in court thing was certainly a crazy plot twist that, in my opinion, did not pay off.
23. 'Shark Tale'
Yes, Shark Tale didn't quite tickle my fancy. The cast was extremely star studded, but the animation was a little strange, and the plot itself was, while full of puns (Money Sharks?) a little boring unfortunately. Though it did teach me the song "Can't touch this" which gives it brownie points.
22. 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'
I can happily watch the Madagascar films, but the second installment was definitely the weak spot in the series. It was enjoyable enough, but I didn't feel it was of the same quality of the first or third.
21. 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'
Yeah, this film was always going to be a roll of the dice for Dreamworks, and while it was certainly innovative, it was a bit boring. The way the main character doesn't speak except for narration through Matt Damon (you said that in the Team America way, didn't you?) is a little irritating, and the whole story is a little bizarre as well.
20. 'Penguins of Madagascar'
At this point I really enjoyed all of the remaining films, but they still need ranked, and Penguins of Madagascar, despite making me cry laughing at the brilliance of two scenes, barely made me smile the rest of the time. The chase scene in Venice and the Plane scene were both amazing, but the rest, especially the finale, was very disappointing.
19. 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'
Madagascar 3 brought the franchise back after the less than impressive second installment, and even managed to get the green light for the Penguins to finally get their own film, however even that doesn't earn it a higher spot on this list, because we are getting into tough territory now folks!
18. 'Mr Peabody and Sherman'
This was a delightful film. Between the inconceivably intelligent Mr Peabody and the bumbling (and slightly annoying) Sherman, as well as the host of other historical characters (especially Patrick Warburton's Roman Soldier!) this film was really enjoyable, and yet still only makes 18!
Well, the most recent Dreamworks film was quite enjoyable, but it again felt quite turned towards kids for a lot of the humour. Rihanna's voice talents alongside Jim Parson's saved some grace, and the excellent soundtrack definitely helped, bringing us back to a time when Dreamworks did original songs.
Megamind was a lot of fun! Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt were hilarious, as was Jonah Hill. It worked really well, and unfortunately took a bit of a box office hit for sounding like a similar premise to Despicable Me, which came out around the same time. Still, it made me laugh from start to finish!
Taking us back to when Madagascar films were actually set on Madagascar. The first film started this franchise, and for that it deserves a place in the top 15. It was pretty good, let's face it, we all danced along with King Julian when he told us how he likes to move it, move it.
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14. 'Flushed Away'
Flushed Away was a special kind of film, and it was very well done. The animation was very reminiscent of Wallace and Gromit, and let's face it they had Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis in the cast. That makes anything great! Plus those slugs made me cry laughing the first time I saw it!
13. 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'
This sequel definitely did justice to the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. It expanded on the first film in unexpected and fantastic ways, and left the way open to a third film (which is coming, by the way!) Also, let's face it, Toothless is one of the most lovable characters ever!
12. 'Shrek 2'
As a child the scene where Shrek storms the castle with his friends and Mongo was one of my favourite things to watch over and over. Why? Because this film was just amazing. It was a great sequel, and the franchise wouldn't have died so quickly if the third and fourth films were as good as this!
11. 'Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit'
Just slipping out of the top ten, but nevertheless a fantastic and lovable film, Wallace and Gromit's first feature length adventure made me laugh many, many times.
10. 'Monsters vs Aliens'
How good was this!? It was so inventive and intelligent, and the characters themselves (especially BOB!) were just perfect! The story was just sensible enough to keep you in the loop, all the while the characters made you split a gut. I mean, who could dislike Insectosaurus??
9. 'How to Train Your Dragon'
This was a heartwarming film, and it has, in my opinion, one of the best theme tunes ever. It's really beautiful, and the story was perfect from beginning to end. There's nothing else to say, except I love this film so much and it's still only ninth! That's how high the quality is getting folks.
8. 'The Croods'
The Croods was brilliant. There's nothing else I can say. The gags were perfect, the nods to modern day life were hilarious, and the scene where the kid runs through the grass and sets it all on fire did make me cry laughing.
7. 'Over the Hedge'
I don't know how I can keep improving on the compliments I give these films, but I'll try. Over the Hedge is absolutely incredible. It takes a ragtag bunch of animals and uses as many stereotypes as possible to make you laugh from beginning to end. The cast could hardly fit any more stars in it, and Hammy is... well he's Hammy.
6. 'Chicken Run'
Chicken Run is just a classic by now, in terms of Dreamworks films anyway. But it never gets old, and that's in part to the genius way it was handled. It's such a simple story, and yet the way they go about telling it is how it became a real family film instead of a kids film!
5. 'Rise of the Guardians'
When I heard this was about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy joining with a bunch of other imaginary holiday characters to fight the Boogeyman, I laughed a lot and almost refused to watch it. But I am so glad I did, because it was stunning. This was such a heartwarming film, and was told perfectly! It appealed to kids and adults in such different ways, but equally spread itself across the audience. It reminded you of what it was like to be a kid, that's what these type of films should do.
4. 'The Prince of Egypt'
I'm not religious, like not even a little, but this was a great film. The songs in it were just amazing, as the oscar attests. The story was told in such a way that you almost don't think of it as a bible story, more a story of freedom and standing up against tyranny.
3. 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas'
Come on guys, this was just simply perfect. How can you not love Sinbad? It threw a whole bunch of Greek mythology things together into a film, and that never turns out badly (almost never). Brad Pitt was perfect for this role, and the story was both heartwarming and hilarious. This film came out in a period of growth for Dreamworks, and helped keep it firing towards the big hitter it is today!
Who can forget when this glorious, iconic franchise was at the top of it's game? This story started Dreamworks longest running and most profitable franchise. This story spoke to absolutely everyone. This story can barely be beaten by any Dreamworks film... but it was beaten by one.
1. 'The Road to El Dorado'
Who can refuse a God first place on a list when they ask for it? Not me! I grew up with The Road to El Dorado, from when I was a baby, and there is no, and probably never will be a Dreamworks film that beats it for me. Everyone has their opinion and I really hope to see a lot of opinions in the comments, but this isn't a matter of the best storyline or the biggest actor, for me it's about my childhood and what came through that with me, and that was my love of this glorious film.
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