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DreamWorks Animation Films - Ranked
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Shrek the Third (2007)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
A spiritual prequel to The Prince of Egypt that does't work as entirely well. The character dynamics doesn't work. The animation really suffers from the limited budget. The songs are poor and the narrative doesn't flow. Out of all the Biblical stories that have been presented on film, you'd be wise to skip this one.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens had the potential to be a spectacular animated monster feature, but it never managed to deliver upon the premise of its title, and is ultimately a huge let down. It's a soulless special effects showcase. A talented voice cast is wasted upon characters that doesn't bring any charm, heart or humour to the screen.
Worse is the awkward attempt to toss in so many references as possible. It didn't work. I rarely laughed and when the credits started, all I had left was a bitter taste in my mouth.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
I liked the original How to Train Your Dragon, even if I wasn't as overwhelmed by it as everyone else. How to Train Your Dragon 2, on the other hand, I didn't like. Sure, it's a beautifully animated film and there's enough visual spectacle here to entertain kids and adult alike, but I was never invested into this film. I just didn't care.
The problem is that I generally don't like any of the characters here. I think 90% of them are annoying, including the lead character, while the rest of them are just bland and dull (with the exception of the dragon, who is occasionally cute). This causes me to have an emotional disconnect to the film, leaving me cold. It doesn't help that the villain is instantly forgettable either, ensuring that the film has no primary goal to strike towards.
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
There are certain aspects of this sequel that I like. Particularly Gary Oldman as the villain. Shen strikes to me as a perfect villain in a film like this. It does also provide some good visual spectacle and it does never get boring.
Still, I think that their decision to explore Po's background was a poor decision. Mainly because it isn't handled well. It does too often get in the way of everything else that is going on, and the only thing it manages to accomplish is to pull this viewer out of the film.
It's probably ten years since I saw Shrek. I remembered liking it a lot, despite not remembering too much from it. Upon revisiting it now, I've come to the conclusion that I should have let it stay in my memory. It simply didn't hold up.
I think it opens strongly, with all the various nods to different fairy tales and how it pokes fun at those tropes. But then it falls a part like a card house. The plot becomes extremely generic and tiresome, the jokes stop being funny and the film seems to have forgotten what it started out as.
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
The penguins were the best thing in every Madagascar film. Now they got their own film, and the result is enjoyable, but slightly disappointing. There are occasional glimpses of how brilliant these penguins can be, but very often I found the jokes to fall a little flat. But this might just be because I've gotten older. I can imagine kids loving it.
But then again, it's difficult to be harsh on Penguins of Madagascar, because it's a whole film about penguins. And I absolutely adore those cute, fluffy, wobbly creatures.
Going into this film with very low expectations after the dreadful second film might have made this more enjoyable than it actually I was. I was positively surprised. It's a dazzling and energetic film that at times is genuinely funny, making it the best film in the franchise.
The best thing in these films have always been the penguins and they are as awesome as ever, but luckily, the creators of the film seems to have noticed how poor and unfunny the rest of the characters was. They are upgraded this time around, making them slightly less awful.
Bee Movie (2007)
Chicken Run (2000)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Puss in Boots (2011)
It's not a particularly deep or groundbreaking animation. The story is quite simple and it's not anything remotely original in any way whatsoever. But that's not to be expected and that's not where Puss in Boots strengths lies.
Because it is an wildly entertaining film nevertheless. The constant action along with some very nice visuals and a energetic score makes for a dazzling experience. The third act might be a bit off, compared to the other scenes, but there is enough sparkle, charm and wit to keep me entertained for most of it's running time.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Featuring a terrific voice cast, stellar 2D-animation and a couple of great songs, The Prince of Egypt is a wonderfully mature film that manages to be emotionally resonating through how it develops the brotherly relationship. There are some humor in it that feels out of place when compared to the seriousness to the rest of the film, but other than that, it's pretty great.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Flushed Away (2006)
Fun and massively entertaining. It's filled with action and humor. The characters are memorable, and they even manage the feat of having no annoying characters. Which is a rare thing to come by in animated movies. The voice cast is amazing, and well suited for their characters. And the slugs is enough reason to give this movie a high rating. Even though they actually don't serve much purpose, they are freaking hilarious when they suddenly pops out and start singing, or whistling.
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