Every Dreamworks Animation Movie Ranked

Dreamworks SKG was founded in 1994 by legendary film director Steven Spielberg, former Disney animation executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and music producer David Geffen with the intention of assembling some of the most talented minds in the industry and offering the best possible competition to animated cinema’s long-standing powerhouse, Disney. Since their debut release ‘Antz’ in 1998, Dreamworks have released a further 34 movies in theatres (as of June 2017) and have grossed upwards of $13.729billion at the international box office. Now owned by NBC Universal, the same umbrella corporation that owns Illumination Entertainment (the guys behind ‘Despicable Me’), Dreamworks have slated a sequel to ‘Trolls’ and a third instalment of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ for the coming years, asserting their intentions to stay as close to the top of the animated film industry as they’ve ever been. In this edition of Ranked, we’re going to list each and every one of their thirty four releases from worst to best. Every film will be included, and opinions challenged. Feel free to sound off in the comments!


35. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Budget: $60million
Worldwide Box Office: $80.8million
Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes

It seems that nobody can remember this one. Even Brad Pitt, the movie’s star, has forgotten about it, stating in the build-up to the release of ‘Megamind’ that he wanted to be a part of the 2010 movie so that his children could enjoy him playing a part in an animated film. Hmmm…


34. Shark Tale (2004)

Budget: $75million
Worldwide Box Office: $367.3million
Starring: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, Ziggy Marley

Hugely successful, but disastrously awful. Shark Tale’s animation was almost completely lifeless, and was especially embarrassing in comparison to Pixar’s immaculately presented ‘Finding Nemo’ from the previous year. Some people do have fond memories of this film, but we’ll put that down to nostalgia and Christina Aguilera’s rendition of “Car Wash”.


33. Shrek the Third (2007)

Budget: $160million
Worldwide Box Office: $799million
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake

Shrek was outstanding and Shrek 2 was a worthy follow up, but Shrek the Third lacked all the magic of its predecessors and left a disgusting taste in many a Shrek fan’s mouth: the taste of disappointment. Whose idea was it to make a children’s animated film about a middle-aged married couple with children anyway?!


32. Shrek Forever After (2010)

Budget: $165million
Worldwide Box Office: $752.6million
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Walt Dohrn, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, Lake Bell

After the franchise’s third movie, we expected this nonsense. That’s it… the only reason Shrek Forever After is above Shrek the Third on this list is because it didn’t have to follow a gem like Shrek 2 and thus didn’t leave us all disappointed in the franchise’s sudden drop in quality. It owes its standing above other films to one thing: a familiarity with once engaging characters.


31. Bee Movie (2007)

Budget: $150million
Worldwide Box Office: $287.6million
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Rip Torn

‘Bee Movie’ is more often remembered as a meme and a source of mockery than as a movie. That’s all you really need to know.





30. The Boss Baby (2017)

Budget: $125million
Worldwide Box Office: $456.7million
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire

Based on a picture book with not enough content to transform into a meaningful silver screen story, The Boss Baby feels like an overly long joke that doesn’t quite pack the punch you thought it would, yet still leaves you quietly chuckling away to yourself. This makes it one of the “not so bad it’s unwatchable” movies in this list.


29. Home (2015)

Budget: $135million
Worldwide Box Office: $386million
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

It’s arguable that this movie’s lack of popularity can be owed to the state that Dreamworks was in at the time of its release, because with Rihanna at the centre of the picture and the ever popular Jim Parsons playing her alien friend, it seemed to have the perfect formula for success. As it turns out, the movie was pretty good too, but “pretty good” doesn’t push a movie up this list.


28. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

Budget: $95million
Worldwide Box Office: $76.4million
Starring: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Elton John

A box office bomb with more heart and fun than such figures would suggest, The Road to El Dorado simply wasn’t spectacular enough to grab audiences back to classic animation following the advent of popularity in computer animated movies around the turn of the century, and can be best remembered as being part of the spate of films that waved goodbye to an art form that would be scarcely seen ever again in mainstream western animation.


27. Madagascar (2005)

Budget: $78million
Worldwide Box Office: $532.7million
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter

Madagascar seemed a lot more like a vicious ploy to print money than many of Dreamworks’ early releases given its marketable characterisations and even more marketable stars, yet it can still be fondly remembered for featuring a story of morality that was accessible to children and thought-provoking enough for adults to at least appease some of the parents who’d sat through countless mindless family movies. Chuck in some of Dreamworks’ typically risque jokes and Madagascar earns its place above the other movies we’ve listed so far, despite being ranked the lowest of its four-film-strong franchise.


26. Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Budget: $132million
Worldwide Box Office: $373million
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Werner Herzog

A spin-off that went largely under the radar on its way to collecting over $370million at the box office, Penguins of Madagascar was actually a pretty fun movie, not least because of its cast that included the likes of Benedict Cumberbath, John Malkovich and Werner Herzog (of all people). Even if the story doesn’t do it for you, you can at least enjoy working out which characters these famous names provided their voices for.


25. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Budget: $150million
Worldwide Box Office: $603.9million
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin, Will. I. Am

Madagascar 2 admirably highlighted the more successful elements of its predecessor to create an even better film the second time around. This time in Africa,  Stiller’s Alex was reunited with his roots and, perhaps inevitably for an animated film, a series of strange happenings occurred, paving the way for funnier jokes and more spectacular set-pieces than in the original movie.


24. Turbo (2013)

Budget: $135million
Worldwide Box Office: $282.6million
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez

Turbo is a superhero movie about a super-fast Snail. It has all the tropes of its sub-genre, from acquiring powers via an unfortunate accident to coming of age courtesy of the journey said powers send him on, and while this may be quite tiresome in the ordinary live-action format, it felt somewhat more original in the animation realm and we can’t forget that these movies are still very popular.





23. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Budget: $38million
Worldwide Box Office: $62.7million
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal

Dreamworks’ licensing of the Captain Underpants IP made many a fan’s dreams come true and seemed to deliver much of the goodness that those fans expected. It wasn’t a huge hit in the US by any means, but it was developed with a relatively small budget and starred only a handful of recognisable names, gifting the film a more neat and intimate feel than many of its contemporaries.


22. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

Budget: $175million
Worldwide Box Office: $381.5million
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Julie White, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski

The title is descriptive of all you need to know about this movie, but just in case you haven’t bought in yet, there are performances by comedy legends like Hugh Laurie, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Jeffrey Tambor, John Krasinski and Amy Poehler to look forward to, with some some A-list accompaniment in Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Kiefer Sutherland. However, be warned, this movie could’ve been so much more!


21. Flushed Away (2006)

Budget: $149million
Worldwide Box Office: $178.1million
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Shane Richie, Kathy Burke, John Motson

Flushed Away is a movie that seems to have been forgotten in the annuls of Dreamworks’ history, leaving a particular generation of viewers to mourn pop culture’s loss in appetite for what is a solid, claymation-inspired yet fully animated picture with possibly the most stacked cast of respected actors in Dreamworks history. Flushed Away isn’t going to blow your mind, but it’s worth a watch.


20. Trolls (2016)

Budget: $125million
Worldwide Box Office: $344.6million
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, Ron Funches

We all remember that Justin Timberlake song, right? The one about the… oh, nevermind, let’s not get that stuck in your heads (again..). Trolls is, clearly, best remembered for its Oscar nominated original song, yet beneath that is an very fun and lighthearted movie that doesn’t require you to question your own existence but will sure cheer you up on a dreary weekend afternoon.


19. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Budget: $80million
Worldwide Box Office: $122.6million
Starring: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

This movie is brought to you by Bryan Adams! Not really, but the soundtrack’s almost unapologetic Bryan Adams love-fest does detract from a very beautiful animated movie that goes against the genre’s trope of talking animals to instead tell its tale through voiceover narration and snippets of human interaction. It’s a brave and at some points mesmerising Dreamworks offering that fails in the popular vote due to its obvious lack of comedic sidekicks and obnoxious but lovable lead character/s.


18. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Budget: $145million
Worldwide Box Office: $746.9million
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short

Madagascar 3 may be the only movie in the history of the movies that managed to be the best of a trilogy despite being its third instalment (not counting the Star Wars prequels of course – disagree? Let us know.) Part of this was to do with the vastly improved visuals which finally transported the creatures into their decade, and part of it was focusing on a generally more entertaining and visually pleasing premise: circus acts.


17. Megamind (2010)

Budget: $130million
Worldwide Box Office: $321.9million
Starring: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, JK Simmons

The story in this one is simple yet fresh, and sees Ferrell’s wannabe villain accidentally turn into a good guy over the course of the film, dictating some hilarious exchanges in dialogue between the movie’s central stars. Though, with some original character design unlike much of Dreamworks’ back catalogue, and with Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt squaring off in the voice booth, it seems Megamind was always going to be a success of sorts.


16. Over the Hedge (2006)

Budget: $80million
Worldwide Box Office: $336million
Starring: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney, Eugene Levy, Avril Lavigne, Omid Djalili

Over the Hedge never delved as deep into theories on worldwide population crises, feeding the hungry and solving world peace like its source material did, and the finished product suffered a little from its less deep and meaningful subject matters of suburban monstrosities such as the one-person SUV. However, it did manage to grab a great deal of investment in its characters – voiced by the likes of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and Nick Nolte – and thus was able to amp up its impressive action sequences, placing it very close to the middle of this list.





15. The Croods (2013)

Budget: $135million
Worldwide Box Office: $587.2million
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman

The Croods is one of the most beautiful of Dreamworks’ animated movies and that works to prop up an otherwise run of the mill outing from the studio. Choosing to animate human characters as opposed to animals, mythical creatures, monsters or aliens, didn’t help this movie stand out from the rest of the pack, but that doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked as the sweet (and financially successful) outing that it was.


14. Puss In Boots (2011)

Budget: $130million
Worldwide Box Office: $555million
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Selma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Guillermo del Toro

When your central franchise begins to waver and your cast proves too expensive, create a spin-off! That was, unfortunately, the entire reason for Puss In Boots coming to being. Still, the stench of Shrek 3 & 4 wasn’t enough to muffle the quality and originality of this movie, which is surprisingly very touching as well as funny.


13. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Budget: $145million
Worldwide Box Office: $275.7million
Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann

Dreamworks were so determined to make their version of the Mr. Peabody & Sherman property successful that they threw the same amount of money at it as they gave to Shrek 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, both of which were made with the profits from their predecessors. There remains, however, no doubt that this film has one heck of a heart and is one of the better recent releases from the financially tumultuous company, with the central story being entirely worthy of investment but many of the side-elements being a little too mushy to push this film into our red-hot top 12.


12. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Budget: $145million
Worldwide Box Office: $521.2million
Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, JK Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson

“Kung Fu Panda 3 might actually be the best of the series” read many a review of the franchise’s third instalment, proving that sequels needn’t be devoid of quality. In this film, every voice is given noteworthy moments and every scene is as beautiful as the movie’s predecessors. In fact, the only reason this picture ranks lower than its predecessors is because of the historical importance of 1 & 2 (of which there is more to come…)


11. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Budget: $150million
Worldwide Box Office: $665.7million
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Kung Fu Panda 2 was the first animated movie to ever be directed by a female, and for that reason alone it is certainly noteworthy.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s sequel to the mega success that was Kung Fu Panda 1 is a beautifully animated film with seemingly even more layers of colourful joy to be had than even the best of Disney Pixar’s output. It is also arguably a more close knit and funny picture than its predecessor, even if such advances seem to deteriorate the underdog story the original offered so effectively. In short, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a must-see animated movie for many reasons and is very unlucky to not make the top 10 in this list.


10. Antz (1998)

Budget: $105million
Worldwide Box Office: $171.8million
Starring: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken

Antz was the first feature-length picture ever released by Dreamworks and starred a plethora of talent, some of whom are listed above. This movie is perhaps best remembered for being similar to Disney Pixar’s second film A Bug’s Life, though its more adult themes of sacrifice cannot be overlooked. Aesthetically a little more dated than a number of its listed contemporaries, and even Pixar’s eerily similar 90s releases, Antz isn’t regarded as a classic by any means, but it does remains the only animated film that Woody Allen has ever provided his voice for and is still an enjoyable (and at times moving) experience that should be fondly remembered for being the catalyst of everything that Dreamworks has released since.


9. Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Budget: $145million
Worldwide Box Office: $306.9million
Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman

A squad of immortal guardians including Santa Claus, Mother Earth, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are led by Jack Frost in an epic Avengers-like team-up of mythical children’s characters for this incredibly popular Christmas-themed movie. Chris Pine leads the cast of talented voices that also includes Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman for a quick-paced adventure film filled with beautifully animated magic and incredibly creative sets, precisely the sorts of things you can’t muster up in your typical live-action release. This is a good movie for children, families and those adults who haven’t quite grown up yet, and is a deserving top 10 entrant on this list.


8. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Budget: $30million
Worldwide Box Office: $192.6million
Starring: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Kay

When Dreamworks bought British stop-motion animation studio Aardman Animation in late 1997, a new feature-length tale from arguably the most popular stop-motion characters of all time, Wallace and Gromit, seemed like the most logical step. Instead, Aardman debuted under the Dreamworks Animation banner with Chicken Run in 2000, then made their legions of fans wait a further 5 years for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. For many, it was worth the wait. The promotional powers of Dreamworks and the creative talents of Nick Park and Steve Box made for a killer team, and the movie went on to earn over 6 times the amount of money that it was made for, clocking in just short of $200million at the Worldwide Box Office. Telling the tale of Wallace falling in love in the midst of a supposed carrot stealing werewolf running rampant in his town, this Wallace and Gromit movie was just as unique as any Wallace and Gromit animation before or since and should be lauded for the way it countered the successes of modern computer-rendered animation with its more traditional methods.


7. Shrek 2 (2004)

Budget: $150million
Worldwide Box Office: $919.8million
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders

A worthy sequel if ever there was one, Shrek 2 embraced all of the odd-ball antics that made its predecessor so great and it expanded upon them to bring an even more meta and referential comedy than Dreamworks had touched upon before. Perhaps not as original or indulging as Shrek 1 in terms of its fantasy elements, central story arc and investment in its characters, Shrek 2 managed to introduce a whole new vision of its universe with a cast of royal characters and wish granters adding an extra dimension to the relatively small cast of characters present in the first film. With $919.8million earned at the box office, this is the most financially successful movie in the history of Dreamworks Animation, making it an iconic animated movie that doesn’t quite hit the top 5 in this list but is certainly an all-time Dreamworks Animation classic.


6. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Budget: $145million
Worldwide Box Office: $621.5million
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harrington

How To Train Your Dragon 2 takes the honour of being the highest ranking sequel in this list, and with good reason. After the success of the original movie (which is still to come), fans demanded a sequel, and it came came within just 4 years. Thankfully, number 2 was every bit as engaging, original and charming as its predecessor. It also introduced a selection of talented voices to the fray, with Cate Blanchett leading the additions that also included Djimon Hounsou and ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Kit Harrington. Much like its predecessor, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but unlike its predecessor, number 2 actually won the Golden Globe it was nominated for. If that’s not proof enough of this movie’s quality, then what is?





5. Chicken Run (2000)

Budget: $45million
Worldwide Box Office: $224.8million
Starring: Phil Daniels, Mel Gibson, Jane Horrocks, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall

“I don’t want to be a pie. I don’t like gravy!” – “All me life flashed before me eyes! It was really boring.”

Thanks to the team behind Wallace and Gromit [who else?], never before have chickens been so funny or had so much heart and ambition. Joined by Mel Gibson (back when he was likeable), the chickens try to escape inevitable slaughter, aiming to reach the flowing grassy hills of “outside the farm”. It’s a simple story played out in traditional claymation that has stood the test of time due to funny quotes and the simplicity and engage-ability of its story. A mega-success in relation to its budget, this Dreamworks film is a sleeper classic that we don’t quite realise we miss until we read it about it (you can thank us for reminding you about it later).


4. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Budget: $130million
Worldwide Box Office: $631.7million
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Michael Clarke Duncan

A creative concept like no other, Kung Fu Panda pretty much sums up its plot in its title. For what it is – a children’s film about an adorable Panda trying the least Panda things possible – it is fantastic. The animation is beautiful with the Chinese theme gifting the movie a unique aesthetic that is hard to rival. Similarly, the casting choices are close to perfect, with Jack Black’s lovable buffoon persona radiating out of the talking Panda throughout the entire movie, and the supporting talents of Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Michael Clarke Duncan and especially Dustin Hoffman, each bringing their own star personas to the table to offer their characters a little more life than can be the case in some animated movies. Sure the plot’s a little basic, but Kung Fu Panda isn’t about giving you an existential crisis, it’s about family fun, and this film provides fun in spades.


3. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Budget: $165million
Worldwide Box Office: $494.9million
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

How To Train Your Dragon has been to the 2010s what Shrek was to the 2000s, a genre defining picture in terms of overall cultural impact that has come to define a generation of animated movies.

Owing largely to its presentation of dragon battles in the midst of fantastic scenery, this film is animated so well that much of it rivals Avatar (2009) and was somewhat of an awe-inspiring cinematic experience in 2010. The titular dragon, Toothless, is perhaps the biggest draw for the movie as he is presented equally as being the cutest and most bad-ass creature you could imagine, and many a spin-off merchandise line has been born from the work done on designing him. Contrary to this, and unlike much of Dreamworks’ output, How To Train Your Dragon successfully comes across as a story that needs to be told rather than a search for a sell-able intellectual property, a feeling brought about by its charm and innocence within its storytelling. It is this, and the undoubted connection that so many had to the film, that makes How To Train Your Dragon the number 3 movie in Dreamworks’ illustrious history.


2. Shrek (2001)

Budget: $60million
Worldwide Box Office: $484.4million
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassell

Perhaps the most iconic of all of Dreamworks Animation’s movies, Shrek has come to define the animated genre for many a millennial with some of the titular character’s best quotes becoming popular culture and its referential, and largely more adult, style of comedy coming to change animation for many years that followed. Starring a red hot Mike Myers who’d just come off the back of huge success with Wayne’s World 1 & 2 and Austin Powers, as well as the iconic talents of Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, Shrek was a promotional powerhouse that delivered in terms of creativity, spectacle and hilarity, and only misses out on the number one spot in this edition of Ranked solely due to how its animation doesn’t stand up to the test of time in quite the same way that our number one does…


1. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Budget: $70million
Worldwide Box Office: $218.6million
Starring: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Martin Short

The Prince of Egypt was a spectacle of so-called ‘original hand-drawn animation’, in which Dreamworks seamlessly integrated computer generated imagery to create one of the most epic, moving and timeless animated movies ever put to screen. A picture for adults as well as children, the movie’s directors Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells and Steve Hickner put challenging material to screen in a way that had not previously been so accessible to people of all ages, and the musical accompaniment written by Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer was both beautiful and tragic in its orchestral might. Being based on a Judaic-Christian tale (a bible story no less), the worldwide appeal of this film wasn’t quite that of its Dreamworks contemporaries, but its thought-provoking nature and timeless world class animation clearly define it as one of the genre’s all time greats and Dreamworks’ number one film of all time.


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  • Sophie Grant

    Whilst I think The Road to El Dorado and Spirit should have been ranked higher (because those films are genius) I’m so glad The Prince of Egypt was ranked as number one! 🙂

    • Katie Anna-Louise Doyle

      Yeah man! Road to Eldorado deserves better than [email protected]

      • Sophie Grant

        So under appreciated… 😞

        • Katie Anna-Louise Doyle

          Surely the cult status shoukd have boosted its ranking. Prince of Egypt does deserve top place tho

          • Sophie Grant

            Definitely, Prince of Egypt has it all. And I’d agree, I always see posts and references to El Dorado online, particularly Tumblr 🙂

          • Joseph Wade

            El Dorado is popular on Tumblr and with people our ages because we were conditioned to like it as kids (because of cheap VHS/DVD releases following how massively it bombed at the box office). The reality is that it wasn’t nearly as good as our nostalgia leads us to believe and it remains the only film in the studio’s history that LOST money.

  • Katie Anna-Louise Doyle

    Not to disrespect all the classics on here, but Dreamworls hasn’t half produced a load of shite

    • Joseph Wade

      I actually disagree. I think a lot of these movies were fun. Apart from a few of the movies at the very bottom of the list, everything here is at least entertaining which is more than can be said for 9/10s of live-action films.

  • Katie Anna-Louise Doyle

    Jesus, i forgot Dustin Hoffman was in Kung-fu Panda 😂

  • Esther Doyle

    I never even realised that Antz was the first feature length film. does this mean I’m older than Dreamworks??

    • Joseph Wade

      Yeah it does! How crazy is that?! It’s a company that has lived fast and lived well, it would seem. Thanks for commenting!

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