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DreamWorks Animation has produced 24 films since 1998, nine of which have been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The list focuses on 10 of their best movies so far for children and adults alike.
10. Antz (1998)
The movie focuses on Z, one worker ant in a colony of ants. Z meets Princess Bala and a crazy chain of events occurs when he tries to see her again. Antz was DreamWorks' first animated movie.
9. Chicken Run (2000)
The stop-motion comedy focuses on the chickens of Tweedy's Egg Farm and their plans to escape. The film won multiple awards including Best Animated Feature at the National Board of Review Awards and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
8. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
The movie focuses on Spirit, a stallion living in the American West in the 19th century. The animals in the movie don’t talk to each other like in most children’s movies, but the audience is able to hear Spirit’s thoughts (voiced by Matt Damon). The movie was one of the nine nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
7. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Set in Ancient Egypt, the movie tells the story of the life of Moses. The film was nominated for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, and Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, and won the Best Original Song for “When You Believe.” It was also nominated for Best Original Score and Song at the Golden Globe Awards.
6. Shrek 2 (2004)
The second film in the Shrek franchise sees Shrek and Fiona going to the kingdom of Far Far Away to visit Fiona’s parents. The movie is a fun sequel and also introduces one of the most loved characters in the movies, Puss In Boots. The movie won five People's Choice Awards including Favorite Animated Movie and Favorite Sequel.
5. Madagascar (2005)
Although there are now three Madagascar movies, the first one stands out because it’s the introduction into a world of fun, lively characters. The movie centers on a group of four animals who live in a zoo, but because of a series of bizarre circumstances, the group ends up in Madagascar.
4. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The film centers on a panda named Po who wants to be a kung-fu master. The movie has a sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2, and a show based on the characters, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, on Nickelodeon. Both the original movie and the sequel were nominated for Academy Awards.
3. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
The clay-mation comedy centers on Wallace and his dog, Gromit, as they try to find out what is destroying gardens in their village before the community’s yearly vegetable competition. It won multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2005.
2. Shrek (2001)
Shrek is an ogre who lives a quiet life in his swamp, but everything changes because of Lord Farquaad and his dislike of fairytale creatures. Shrek goes on a journey with the comedic Donkey to rescue Princess Fiona so he can go back to his quiet life. The movie won the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001.
1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Hiccup wants to be a dragon slayer, like his father and the other Vikings in the village. Hiccup learns that he is unlike anyone else in the village when he ends up befriending a dragon. It won many awards, including ten Annie Awards. The studio has a second and third film planned for the franchise. There is also a TV show, Dragons: Riders of Berk, which airs on Cartoon Network.
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