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All 37 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked

DreamWorks Animation’s first movie was Antz, released two months before A Bug’s Life, and thus this studio was born into incessant comparison to Pixar’s output, molded by it, becoming the snarky and sarcastic foil to its competitor’s earnestness.

DreamWorks Animation would forge most of its identity and formula on the back of one giant, smelly, green ogre: Shrek, which has generated sequels, tie-ins, theme park rides, and billions of dollars, while ensuring Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” never leaving the pop culture’s ironic cirruculum.

The studio’s other franchises include Kung Fu Panda, which introduced a whole new world of visual flair and surprising emotional depth to the DreamWorks movie canon, and Madagascar, which pulled off the mega-rare feat of each movie being higher-rated on the Tomatometer than the last. At least the mainline movies. (Penguins of Madagascar 73% is lower than the 79% Madagascar 3 has, but that’s a spin-off. )

And 2019 was a good year for DreamWorks, delivering a Certified Fresh double whammy with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the emotional capper to the trilogy, and Abominable, which we’re sure the studio wouldn’t mind turning into a franchise. Whatever its fate, appreciate Abominable as the last original DreamWorks movie for a while, as 2020 gives way to Trolls World Tour and The Croods 2. The year after, The Boss Baby franchise awakes from naptime with a sequel.

#37

Shark Tale (2004)
36%

#37
Adjusted Score: 40.904%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Synopsis: Oscar is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a... [More]

#36

Shrek the Third (2007)
41%

#36
Adjusted Score: 47.982%
Critics Consensus: Shrek the Third has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two Shreks classics.
Synopsis: When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next King. But when Shrek's father-in-law,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Miller, Raman Hui

#35
Adjusted Score: 48.27%
Critics Consensus: Competent, but not magical.
Synopsis: The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale.... [More]

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 51.402%
Critics Consensus: Predictable story and thin characters made the movie flat.
Synopsis: Tulio and Miguel, a pair of two-bit con men, believe they have found their path to fortune and glory when... [More]

#33

Home (2015)
50%

#33
Adjusted Score: 54.474%
Critics Consensus: Colorful, silly, and utterly benign, Home is a passable diversion, but there's no shortage of superior animated alternatives.
Synopsis: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own... [More]
Directed By: Tim Johnson

#32

Bee Movie (2007)
50%

#32
Adjusted Score: 55.483%
Critics Consensus: Bee Movie has humorous moments, but its awkward premise and tame delivery render it mostly forgettable.
Synopsis: A recent college graduate, Barry B. Benson wants more out of life than the inevitable career that awaits him and... [More]

#31

The Boss Baby (2017)
52%

#31
Adjusted Score: 59.131%
Critics Consensus: The Boss Baby's talented cast, glimmers of wit, and flashes of visual inventiveness can't make up for a thin premise and a disappointing willingness to settle for doody jokes.
Synopsis: DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#30

Madagascar (2005)
54%

#30
Adjusted Score: 60.206%
Critics Consensus: Though its story is problematic in spots and its humor is hit-or-miss for the adult crowd, Madagascar boasts impressive visuals and enough spunky charm to keep children entertained.
Synopsis: Four zoo animals are shipped back to their homeland by an animal rights group that feels they belong in the... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 63.595%
Critics Consensus: While not without its moments, Shrek Forever After too often feels like a rote rehashing of the franchise's earlier entries.
Synopsis: A domesticated Shrek hatches a plan to recapture his mojo and discovers what life in Far Far Away land would... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

#28
Adjusted Score: 69.469%
Critics Consensus: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor.
Synopsis: Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell

#27

Turbo (2013)
67%

#27
Adjusted Score: 70.612%
Critics Consensus: It's nowhere near as inventive as its off-the-wall premise might suggest, but Turbo boasts just enough colorful visual thrills and sharp voice acting to recommend as undemanding family-friendly fare.
Synopsis: A garden snail dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world.... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#26
Adjusted Score: 73.244%
Critics Consensus: A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.
Synopsis: Screenwriter John Fusco returns to the Western themes of his previous films Young Guns and Thunderheart with this animated children's... [More]
Directed By: Lorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

#25

The Croods (2013)
71%

#25
Adjusted Score: 75.953%
Critics Consensus: While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.
Synopsis: The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family... [More]

#24

Megamind (2010)
72%

#24
Adjusted Score: 76.99%
Critics Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Synopsis: Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 76.844%
Critics Consensus: Penguins of Madagascar is fast and brightly colored enough to entertain small children, but too frantically silly to offer real filmgoing fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global... [More]

#22

Flushed Away (2006)
73%

#22
Adjusted Score: 77.232%
Critics Consensus: Clever and appealing for both children and adults, Flushed Away marks a successful entry into digital animated features for Aardman Animations.
Synopsis: A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers, Sam Fell

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 79.775%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day,... [More]

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 79.436%
Critics Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.
Synopsis: Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with... [More]

#19

Over the Hedge (2006)
75%

#19
Adjusted Score: 80.53%
Critics Consensus: Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.
Synopsis: This tale centers on a mischievous con-artist raccoon named R.J. and a sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and... [More]

#18

Trolls (2016)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: 81.787%
Critics Consensus: Trolls brings its instantly recognizable characters to the big screen in a colorful adventure that, while geared toward the younger set, isn't without rewards for parents.
Synopsis: DreamWorks Animation's TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

#17
Adjusted Score: 83.302%
Critics Consensus: Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way.
Synopsis: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to... [More]

#16

Abominable (2019)
81%

#16
Adjusted Score: 87.791%
Critics Consensus: Working with admittedly familiar ingredients, Abominable offers audiences a beautifully animated and overall engaging adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building... [More]
Directed By: Jill Culton

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 84.707%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
Synopsis: "My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 85.745%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot.
Synopsis: Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - the... [More]
Directed By: Rob Minkoff

#13

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
81%

#13
Adjusted Score: 86.149%
Critics Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.
Synopsis: In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

#12

Puss in Boots (2011)
86%

#12
Adjusted Score: 90.251%
Critics Consensus: It isn't deep or groundbreaking, but what it lacks in profundity, Puss in Boots more than makes up for with an abundance of wit, visual sparkle, and effervescent charm.
Synopsis: Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he... [More]
Directed By: Chris Miller

#11

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
87%

#11
Adjusted Score: 93.381%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG... [More]

#10

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
87%

#10
Adjusted Score: 93.721%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in... [More]

#9
Adjusted Score: 92.972%
Critics Consensus: With a tidy plot, clean animation, and humor that fits its source material snugly, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is entertainment that won't drive a wedge between family members.
Synopsis: Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#8

Shrek (2001)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.821%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is... [More]

#7

Shrek 2 (2004)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95.613%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.
Synopsis: After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces... [More]

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.666%
Critics Consensus: The rare trilogy capper that really works, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings its saga to a visually dazzling and emotionally affecting conclusion.
Synopsis: Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois

#5
Adjusted Score: 98.717%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.
Synopsis: The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the... [More]
Directed By: Dean DeBlois

#4

Antz (1998)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.966%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: Central Park ant drone Z longs to be an individual of accomplishment, but Z's colony is a society that puts... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#3
Adjusted Score: 100.904%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Synopsis: Eccentric inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his faithful if often perplexed dog Gromit are back in their first... [More]
Directed By: Steve Box, Nick Park

#2

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.17%
Critics Consensus: Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
Synopsis: A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 104.999%
Critics Consensus: Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.
Synopsis: The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove... [More]

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