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Disney vs. Pixar vs. DreamWorks: Who Makes the Best Animation Movies?

Updated on June 2, 2016
Disney, (Disney) Pixar, and DreamWorks: The 3 Biggest and Greatest Animation studios in the world: But which makes the best movies?
Disney, (Disney) Pixar, and DreamWorks: The 3 Biggest and Greatest Animation studios in the world: But which makes the best movies? | Source

To Start: A little Backstory for the Studios

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney, the founder and imaginative genius behind the studio, 'Walt Disney' (or better known, Disney), created the studios first full feature length animation movie back in 1937, an animated movie called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

At the time Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was not wildly successful like the Disney movies of today are, as this was the first ever animated feature length film to be released into movie theatres and it was not immediately successful commercially, however, over time this movie has gone on to gross hundreds of millions of dollars globally after re-releases back into theatres, DVD and Blu-Ray sales, and through royalties made from online streaming.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was merely the beginning for Walt Disney Animation Studios as it gave them a foundation to work from, as in 1940 they went on to make two more full-length animated feature films, Pinocchio and Fantasia, both of which were a success.

And, there onwards Disney have gone on to produce animated movie after animated movie, throughout the decades improving and delving into deeper water with more and more imaginative stories which leave audiences in awe at just how spectacular they are. Disney animated movies are so spectacular in fact that they are one of the few sets of movies which have been known to hold their price in retail value when copied onto DVD and Blu-Ray discs. A rarity in the film end of the entertainment market.

It was only in the 90s however when Disney animation movies actually began seeing real notable commercial success, dominating the box office with staggering figures, and the first to do this was Beauty and the Beast (1992) in 1992 which had a grand total global revenue at the box office of more than $500 million. Followed by Disney's next animated movie release of The Lion King (1994) in 1994 which has to date a grand total global revenue at the box office which is way into the $900 million plus region.

It was also in the 90s when Disney bought Pixar Studios (now known as Disney Pixar Animation Studios) which also created animated movies, after the overwhelming success of their first movie, Toy Story (1994). However, the (Disney) Pixar Studio will be spoken about shortly in the next part when the studio's backstory is discussed.

Every animation studio has their signature animation style, and a little something which makes their movies magic in the eyes of the viewers. For Disney their style has changed slightly but still remains more or less the realistic element to the looks to their characters which feel quite life-like in the animated movie world in my opinion. Finally, that little something that makes Disney movies magic would have to be the addition of songs to all of their movies, which provides an almost sing-along appeal for children and the entire family to squeeze every bit of fun and entertainment out of Disney's movies.

(Disney) Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios was bought by Walt Disney and placed under the Walt Disney Studios banner as one of their subsidiaries, enabling the company to still act alone making their own animation movies whilst Walt Disney itself creates their own style of animation movies, entirely different to that of Pixar's using their Walt Disney Animation Studios.

However, for the purposes of this hub the Disney Studios production company will no longer be mentioned alongside that of Pixar as this hub is dedicated to discussing just which animation studio creates the best animated feature films, and for the purposes of this particular hub that makes Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios two entirely different studios.

Back to Pixar. The first CGI movie released by Pixar was Toy Story in 1995 which was a whopping success, followed by A Bug's Life in 1998, another success, and then for the first time for the studio they released a sequel, Toy Story 2 in 1999, and if it was not already obvious this was another success.

Pixar began releasing a movie one per year starting with Finding Nemo in 2003, then The Incredibles in 2004, and so on. Then, in 2015 for the first time Pixar released two animation movies in the same calendar year, Inside Out (2015) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). All of their 16 animated movie releases have been hugely successful with an enormous following from fans around the globe dedicated to the studios stories and animation style.

Pixar, like Disney Animation Studios movies, have the luxury of also holding their value when it comes to the DVD and Blu-Ray copies, as these are some of the few movies on the market that will hold their price for the test of time, which is great for the studio but not so great for movie buyers.

DreamWorks Animation Studios

Originally formed under the banner of DreamWorks Studios in 1997, it has since spun off into a separate public company of its own which happened in 2004.

It may not be obvious to everyone who is a fan of DreamWorks Animation movies, but when the studio was under the banner of DreamWorks Studios the kinds of CGI movies that they produced were a tad different to the ones we are used to watching today. The CGI movie released for the animation studio was Antz in 1998 followed by The Prince of Egypt (1998) in the same year. Other movies released during the animation studios time under the DreamWorks banner were The Road to El Dorado (2000), Chicken Run (2000), Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), and Sinbad: Legend of the seven Seas (2003).

Whereas with the separation of the DreamWorks Animation Studios in 2004 they began working on a new, more adventurous, imaginative set of animation movies following on with their first sequel Shrek 2 and another CGI movie, Shark Tale, in 2004.

From there on out for the most part DreamWorks Animation have produced 2 animation movies per year, and have currently got under their portfolio of movies 6 franchises including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters vs. Aliens and The Croods.

Disney Animation Studios - IMAGE - A few iconic characters from the studios creations.
Disney Animation Studios - IMAGE - A few iconic characters from the studios creations. | Source

First Contender: Disney Animation Studios

Firstly, here is the list of all of Disney Animation Studios movies from their first to their latest theatrical release...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), Saludos Amigos (1943), The Three Caballeros (1945), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973), The many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), The Rescuers (1977), The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Oliver & Company (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998), Tarzan (1999), Fantasia 2000 (2000), Dinosaur (2000), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003), Home on the Range (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Bolt (2008), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Tangled (2010), Winnie the Pooh (2011), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), Zootopia (2016).

Now, here are Disney Animations top 5 grossing movies of all time.

1. Frozen (2013) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $1.3 Billion

2. Zootopia (2016) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $984 Million

3. The Lion king (1994) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $969 Million

4. Big Hero 6 (2014) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $658 Million

5. Tangled (2010) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $592 Million

The money explained: Disney are/have-always-been the leader in the animation movie business due to their long standing portfolio of animated movies which stretch all the way back to the 1930s, making them literally the longest running animation studio in the world.

Remembering the fact that Disney have been in the animation movie business from the very start, they have had practice in making the animated feature films that generations have grown up watching that it was only ever a matter of time before they stroke the gold mine and made a fortune from not multiple movies, but rather each and every single one.

Granted the mid 20th Century was hardly the time to be in the animation movie-making business as the movies were not quite as fruitful when it came to the commercial element and the money that the movies were making. However, in the later part of the 20th Century during the 90s there was a turning point when animated movies began to grow substantially in popularity and all of a sudden audiences were flocking to the theatres to see the latest Disney animated flick.

Now, in the 21st Century, animated flicks have become the most profitable of all of the movies released onto the market, and the box office is where the proof lyes, as in the top-10 ranking worldwide grossing movies the singular animated movie in this list is Disney's "Frozen" at no.9, having grossed more than $1.2 billion globally.

If the money is where the truth lyes for the best animation movie producing studio then Disney must reign the king as they have the animated movie, "Frozen" (released in 2013), which has broke records being the first ever animated flick to gross globally in revenue more than a billion dollars.

Disney, as shown in the top-5 grossing Disney animated movies list, also have two movies which have grossed globally more than $900 million, the first at the no.26 spot on the top grossing movies of all time at the box office list, which is their latest animated release. And, the second $900 million movie is The Lion King, an early 1994 Disney release, which from the original release and re-releasing into the theatres has managed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars reaching the high spot at no.29 on the top grossing movies of all time at the box office list.

The 10 Disney Animation Pluses

  1. The Disney 'magic' - Disney have always promoted their animation movies as having a spark of magic, a sure fire way to get families intrigued by the idea of seeing all of Disney's animation selection. But, this is by far the truth, as any audience member who has seen one of Disney's movies would have to agree that there is something about them that just feels that little bit magic. Perhaps its the stories, perhaps its the CGI quality, perhaps its the adventure the movies take us on, or just perhaps Disney have us all manipulated into believing that magic is real and only Disney animated flicks have the magic.
  2. The Largest Movie Selection - No other animation studio in Hollywood has the portfolio of animated flicks like Disney have produced over the years. This does not make them the best you say, well of course it does not. But, it does give Disney the largest standing audience of followers who are perhaps the most loyal as more than one generation has grown up watching their animation flicks. A biased reason to add to the pluses, but its a bias a lot will share.
  3. It's a Fairy Tale Producing Studio - Disney is the only studio to have turned some of the most popular childhood fairy tale stories into animated flicks, and for a lot of animation fans this is the biggest plus of all, as children have the opportunity to see their favourite bedtime stories turned into adorable fairy tale movies which can be enjoyed again and again.
  4. Disney Always Make the Biggest Animated Difference of the Decade - What does this mean? Well, in every decade as far Disney Animation Studios have managed to turn the tide for the animation world for that particular decade. Proof? Well, in the 1990's Disney released Beauty and the Beast in 1991, an animated love story which was the first animation movie to gross more than $500 million, and then in the 2000's Disney was the first animation studio to take a bold risk and produce Dinosaur in the year 2000. And, finally, in the 2010's Disney have become the first animation studio to produce a movie which has gone on to gross in global revenue more than a billion dollars with their release of Frozen in 2013.
  5. The Most Versatile Animation Studio - Unlike other animation studios Disney make all varieties of animation movies of all types of stories, they are in honesty the ultimate story tellers when it comes to the types of stories that their animation covers. From traditional fairy tales like 1950's Cinderella, to the modern, more risky takes on fairy tales like with 2010's Tangled, fairy tales are Disney's go to stories. However, Disney also base stories around inventive original creations like with 2012's Wreck-It Ralph and 2014's Big Hero 6, and their stories go with ever the wind takes them as Disney are known for their surprises.
  6. Disney is Always Adapting as a Studio - Disney Animation Studio have come a long way since their first animation release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, as they have gone on make tens of hugely successful animation movies, and each have something unique about them that has led Disney Animation to where they are today. Disney have always been quick to move with the times, always offering audiences the next thing that makes animation exciting and uncontrollably entertaining.
  7. Disney's CGI is One of the Best - Disney's CGI is without a doubt one of the best in the world and would go up easily against any of their closest animation studio competitors, giving them an edge when it comes to the quality of their movies. This is an area of their studios business that has made them lethal when it comes to the level of success that their movies would likely receive, given their stories and marketing for their movies were up to scratch.
  8. Disney Have the Money - Unlike other animation studios Disney have more money than all of the rest, and given that the studio sees it fit they can invest more money than all of the others in ensuring that their movies are to the best that they can be. This also means that the studio has more ability to get the best teams behind the movies to get the best stories put onto the big screen. Money talks, as the saying goes, not to mention the reputation and influence that Disney has in Hollywood and in the world-over.
  9. Disney Originals Don't Disappoint - All animation studios have movie releases which just don't seem like their usual studio amazements, but when it comes to Walt Disney's Animation Studio, all originals are top notch with just a sprinkle of magic that makes them that bit special.
  10. Disney Animations 'Best' Are Memorable - Finally, Disney's animation studio amazes, not with all of their movies, but there is something about the ones that do that stay with you as a viewer for the entire duration that you watch the movie, and forever afterwards. The best way to put it is that you do not forget your favourite Disney movies, whereas other studios you just might.

The 10 Disney Animation Negatives

  1. The Sequels Suck - Typically, Disney Animation Studios are not renowned for creating exceptional sequels, which is largely due to substantial budget cuts from the originals to the sequels, subsequently sending these movies straight to DVD, skipping the theatres entirely. Disney love cashing in off the success of their originals, but not actually making anything more than descent when it comes to their sequels, yet somehow they still charge top dollar for these mediocre sequels.
  2. Too Many Half-Hearted Releases - There are a lot of cases where Disney release movies among the good ones which feel as though they were not well thought up, yet still got the star treatment when it came to the advertisement in the run up to its theatrical release. A perfect example of this would be with their 2005 release of Chicken Little, a movie no one has probably seen more than once due to its lack lustre story and overall execution onto the big screen.
  3. The Songs - Sadly, although the songs that tend to be added throughout most of Disney's animated movies can be quite delightful, they can also be a tad annoying, spending a lot of time singing through chapters where there could to be quite frank a better push on telling the actual story, offering better progression on this front.
  4. Franchise Wreckers - This is perhaps one of the biggest negatives for the Disney studio, being that when it comes to their animation movies they do not tend to push franchises. This relates directly to the first negative, being that the sequels for their originals do not get the higher budgets which would be required to make them similar in quality as the first.
  5. Disney Avoid Original Stories - Unlike Pixar and DreamWorks, Disney are not known for their originality as they tend to base their stories on fairy tales from children's books, and avoid like the plague the opportunity to create original stories. This is likely due to the risk that comes from complete originality, however, in the end it is these completely original stories that are animated onto the big screen that tend to be the biggest money makers. Playing it safe has become Disney's motto, but then again this does not bring forth to many creative ideas in terms of the movies that they produce.
  6. A Lack of Clear Direction - Since the 90s Disney Animation have lacked clear direction for as to where their animation is going, and just what type of animation movies they are going to create. Their releases throughout the 2000's were a little messy, although some were good there were a lot of mediocre releases which had put a stain on their golden Hollywood studio name. Although, more recently they have begun to redeem their name, gaining a little gold back into the Disney name with the release of Frozen back in 2013, and even more so now with the wildly successful Zootopia in 2016.
  7. Too Money Oriented - Unlike other animated studios Disney Animation Studios is a part of the Disney banner, and as such they have become heavily revolved around money, calculating each and every movie release to ensure that the revenue stream keeps flowing, however, this impacts the excitement of the types of movies that they are releasing. Too much money thinking prevents imaginative thinking which brings to light phenomenal movies like the early Disney animated movies that we all love and remember.
  8. Quality Fluctuation - Sometimes Disney's animation is flawless, the stories are imaginative and fresh, the budgets are substantial, but then at times this is all almost the opposite, making them now the riskiest investment when it comes to the money spent on a theatre ticket as it is difficult to tell if you are in for a treatment or a sluggish time checking nightmare viewing.

My apologies, there is no 9 or 10 negatives, as it has proven too difficult to come up with any more negatives for the ambitious, long running animation studio.

Pixar Animation - IMAGE - picture shot from Pixar's iconic movie, "UP".
Pixar Animation - IMAGE - picture shot from Pixar's iconic movie, "UP". | Source

Second Contender: Pixar Studios

Pixar's Movies, from their first to their most recent.

Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monster's Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015).

Now, here are Pixar's top 5 grossing movies of all time.

1. Toy Story 3 (2010) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $1 Billion

2. Finding Nemo (2003) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $936 Million

3. Inside Out (2015) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $857 Million

4. Monsters University (2013) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $743 Million

5. Up (2009) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $731 Million

The money explained: Pixar are perhaps the most inventive and imaginative studio when it comes to animation, as they have released some of the most original and entertaining animation movies on the market. It is funny that the movie that started it all for the studio, Toy Story, wound up being their most successful franchise with the third making more than a billion dollars globally. A record by all accounts as it was Toy story 3 which was the first animated movie ever to gross over a billion dollars in revenue.

Pixar now invest a minimum of $200 million per movie that they produce, giving them the best chance to produce some of the greatest animation movies worth watching at theatres. Pixar are confident, and with good cause as all of their movies have gone on to pull in hundreds of millions of dollars in profit.

Plus, chances are, the studio are looking to make their next billion dollar animated flick which has the world over purchasing the next available cinema ticket for that movie. Pixar's creativity is astonishing as they have gone from talking toys, to talking bugs, to talking monsters, to talking fish, and even to talking cars. It seems Pixar are on a mission to give everything that the world has to offer a voice and then turn it into an animated flick.

Pixar originally dedicated their studio to releasing one movie per year, but now they have increased that figure to two movies per year, which began in 2015 with Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. That will mean a yearly investment of $400 million and a potential yearly revenue from these releases to be anything up to $2 billion if they were to strike another gold mine like with Toy Story 3 with all of their releases. Hardly likely to be the case, but if any studio could do it, then likelihood would be that it is Pixar.

The 10 Pixar Studio Pluses

  1. The Most Imaginative - Pixar must have children working on their team as each and every new story that they bring to life in their movies comes straight from the dreams of children, giving their movies the most inventive adventures that any series of animation movies have ever seen.
  2. Pixar's Franchises are Continual - Unlike certain studios franchises, the ones produced by Pixar are always top notch no matter what addition they bring to the individual franchise. This is exciting because it means that justice is brought to the franchise at all points, never wrecking the prior successes which has made the franchise what it is.
  3. Got the 'Steve Jobs' Blessing - This is perhaps a silly, non essential plus, but one that has been added regardless, as Steve Jobs was the man who bought into the company enabling it to become a studio in the first place. Not long after this purchase of course Jobs made a wise decision to sell the company to Disney for a handsome return and shares in the Disney company. However, the point stands that Steve Jobs saw the potential that the studio had to make some of the most visionary CGI creations available on the market, the man who marketed and adapted Apple into the global electronics producer that it is today.
  4. Pixar is a Family, Not a Corporate Suit - What is meant here is that Pixar operate as a family, with all of their members of their teams acting as friends, not just colleagues. The Pixar studio is known to have a friendly atmosphere- with writers, directors and producers mixing among each other in their on site cafes and restaurants having friendly gatherings, not just a bunch of business talks in offices and board rooms.
  5. All Pixar's Movies Have An Original Story (No Influences from Books, Prior Made Movies, or Any Other Original Sources) - This gives Pixar the space to surprise and amaze audiences with an unknown pleasure of an experience every time a new film is released, as the audience will have never had a taste of the story that they are witnessing unravel before their eyes.
  6. Pixar Create the Imagination - What this basically means is that Pixar do not stray away like other animation studios when it comes to the wider imagination, creating movies; like Toy Story, which stretch the imagination beyond the simplicity of a boy and his toy collections, and rather focuses more so on the toys themselves having a secret world where they are alive and live their own individual lives as a family.
  7. Pixar Have Not Let Us Down Yet - Every, and this means every... movie that Pixar has created has been one for the books, not just because of the fact that they have all been commercially successful and critically praised, but also because they have all offered something entirely new and exciting. This makes Pixar's creations the ultimate shock of the animation releases each year.
  8. Pixar's CGI is Vibrant and Fresh (Practically Ageless) - Unlike other studios CGI, Pixar's feels far superior when it comes to the vibrancy of the colours and the entire format for the CGI feels ageless. Given the simple fact that Toy Story was made back in 1995, it would be easy to believe that it was made this very year, the CGI is just that good.
  9. Pixar Do Not Make Commercialised Rubbish - What this means is that Pixar do not make movies specifically to cash in on the current likes of children around the globe, with one year being cars, the next space, the next cowboys, and so on... To make a tone of money after the films release on toys and memorabilia for the film. This sounds a little out of place given that this has been the case for a certain few of Pixar's films, like Toy Story and Cars, which both made a heap load of money on the toys released based on the films. Then again, this should go without saying, that this was more than definitely not the studios immediate intention, but rather a lucky outcome of the films' success at the cinemas.
  10. Pixar Forgets the Songs - Unlike Disney Animation, or rather, to the entire opposite of Disney Animation, Pixar studios forgets all about adding songs to the mix, and instead ops for a simple story telling series of movies which focus purely on the characters and the story. A plus in lots of ways.


The 10 Pixar Studio Negatives

NONE, AND PENDING...

DreamWorks Animation - IMAGE - DreamWorks logo
DreamWorks Animation - IMAGE - DreamWorks logo | Source

Third Contender: DreamWorks Animation Studios

DreamWorks Animation movies, from their first to their most recent.

Antz (1998), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Chicken Run (2000), Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), Shark Tale (2004), Madagascar (2005), Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Over the Hedge (2006), Flushed Away (2006), Shrek the Third (2007), Bee Movie (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Shrek Forever After (2010), Megamind (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), The Croods (2013), Turbo (2013), Mr Peabody & Sherman (2014), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Penguins of Madagascar (2014), Home (2015), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).

Now, here are DreamWorks Animations top 5 grossing movies of all time.

  1. Shrek 2 (2004) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $920 Million.
  2. Shrek the Third (2007) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $799 Million
  3. Shrek Forever After (2010) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $753 Million
  4. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $747 Million
  5. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - Worldwide Gross Revenue - $665 Million

The money explained: DreamWorks are making a fortune from their year in, year out releases onto the big screen, and the box office is the proof. Their highest grossing movie still stands as Shrek 2, an early 2000's release, but this is evidence that DreamWorks can make their movies pay as a worthy investment.

However, unfortunately they do not make the vast sums of money ever time they release a new movie like their major competition, Disney Animation and Pixar do, but then again DreamWorks Animation have been known to release up to 3 movies in a single calendar year, giving them greater potential for a bigger return on their investments.

Sadly, within the reign of DreamWorks Animation they have seen a couple of flops, the first being one of their earliest releases, The Road to El Dorado (2000), which had a budget of $95 million and made $76 million, and the final being Flushed Away (2006), which had a budget of $149 Million and made $178 million.

DreamWorks Animation, although a little uncertain when it comes to the likelihood of a favourable return on all of their investments, are without a doubt the greatest franchise creators, as pretty much all of their movies have franchise potential. The unsuccessful, or lesser successful movies among their collections were simply unfortunate in their ticket holdings, for all of their movies are good, if not great.

A few DreamWorks Animation franchises which come to mind include Shrek, Madagascar, and the more recent How to Train Your Dragon. It is with these franchises that DreamWorks Animation makes almost all of their profit, as their solo movies have not proven to be astonishingly successful. This, being one of the major reasons why DreamWorks Animation are always pushing sequels out the door, and then creating entirely new and original stories to set off a new franchise.

The franchise business model that DreamWorks Animation have been running off now for nearly two decades seems to be working phenomenally well. As at the end of the day audiences love a good franchise, for then there is always more joy to be had when everyones favourite characters return for another epic adventure on the big screen.

The 10 DreamWorks Animation Pluses

  1. The Best Animated Franchises - Without a doubt, DreamWorks Animation has pulled off some of the greatest animated franchises available for viewing on the market, a personal favourite being Madagascar, enabling hours and hours of entertainment with all of the favourite characters.
  2. Always Push for Franchises - There are few occasions when DreamWorks Animation release a movie where there is no sign of franchise potential. Why is this good you say, well, with franchise potential there is a good movie taking place before your eyes, so in other words you are always in for a treat when you watch a DreamWorks Animation movie.
  3. Their Character Developments are Never Ending - When there is a DreamWorks Animation movie, there is a main character which has a lot of developing ahead, in this movie and in possible sequels to come. This makes the movie more engaging and interesting to get into, as the entire point of any movie is to engage entirely with the main character/s.
  4. DreamWorks Characters are Down to Earth - Another character preference as DreamWorks characters tend to feel relatable to the every person.
  5. DreamWorks Characters Feel Realistic - DreamWorks characters and CGI feels more realistic than that of the likes of Disney Animation and Pixar.
  6. DreamWorks Strive to Make the Dream Every Time - Always different, always interesting, always fresh - DreamWorks are always striving to make another dream into an animated movie.
  7. DreamWorks Stories Tend to Have a Friendship Basis for their Stories - For example, Shrek- Shrek and Donkey, Madagascar- Alex and Marty, and How to Train Your Dragon- Hiccup and Toothless (Dragon).
  8. Imagination is their Game - Like Pixar, DreamWorks Animation make it their aim to make their stories as imaginative as possible, perhaps not to the extent that Pixar does, but DreamWorks Animation sure do have a wild imagination.
  9. The Boy on the Moon - Not a reason on earth for adding this as a plus to the list, except when the introduction to the DreamWorks animated movie appears, somehow there is always an uplifting feeling which emerges, even if the movie itself was not the best somehow their intro always adds a little something special to the overall movie. Nonsense in the grand scheme of movie making, but still, the DreamWorks intro is a lighting beacon for the animation genre.
  10. Always Entertaining - Even among the lesser successful end of the DreamWorks movies they are still entertaining, and to a large group of individuals some of the best that they have created, so this should say an awful lot about the quality of the movies that are released by the studio.


The 10 DreamWorks Animation Negatives

NONE, AND PENDING

The Almighty Conclusion to Just Which Animation Studio is the Best

Disney Animation vs. Pixar Animation vs. DreamWorks Animation Movies

Where the Collection is Concerned

Clearly Disney Animation has the greatest movie collection given that they are the studio that has been around the longest, with their first animation release being back in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But in the end it is not about the over mass of movies, but rather the quality and entertainment that they provided.

Quality wise, looking at the entire collection from all of the 3 animation studios the best in my opinion would be Pixar Studios, as they have always hit the mark with the consistency in originality, exceptional stories and groundbreaking executions.

Where the Imagination is Concerned

An important area to consider when it comes to the animation genre as a whole is with the imagination that the studio has with the stories that they bring to life on the big screen. Another clear win in my opinion for Pixar Studios, as their imagination clearly has no depths, which is proven more and more so with every new release.

Where the Money is Concerned

This is an area based simply upon the facts, and within the top 5 grossing movies of all time for the 3 studios the obvious winner would be Pixar, once again, due to their consistency with high level figures. Not to mention the fact that each of Pixar's movies have reached a profit which has doubled their return on their initial budget investments.

Where the Audience is Concerned

Another more fact based answer which this has to be is where the audience is concerned, as this looks at the rating for the studios movies on movie critique sites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The winner here would be Disney Animation studios, as consistently throughout each decade they have been making animated feature films they have reached a fan rating which cannot be ignored.

This could have been a ti with Pixar, as Pixar have also earned top marks from audiences for each of their movies, but given their time making movies compared to Disney it only makes sense that the longer running studio would have the biggest fan following, thus higher ratings among a far greater variety of movies spreading along decades and decades of movie making.

Where I Am Concerned

In my opinion the best studio, when looking at the singular and series of movies that the studios have each created, the best would without a doubt be Pixar.

Pixar Studios have shone from the very beginning with a collection of movies that have not faltered at any point which has never happened for any other studio. Yes, they have only been around for a couple of decades, but in a couple of decades it would be fair to say that they could at least have one major or general slip-up, but they honestly have not where I am concerned.

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