Since the late ‘90s, a rivalry has (falsely) existed between Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, with each studio tackling similar subjects around the same times (Ratatouille and Flushed Away, Finding Nemo and Shark Tale, A Bug’s Life and Antz, et cetera). Now, much as Pixar eventually went from infallible storytellers to an unimaginative sequel factory, DreamWorks Animation has also lost its lustre.
Despite making more and more movies each year (or perhaps because of it), DreamWorks Animation has gone from imaginative fare like The Road to El Dorado and Shrek to the blandly down-the-middle Turbo, The Croods, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Penguins of Madagascar. Despite nothing but pedestrian fare recently, DreamWorks Animation’s never made a truly bad movie in their 17-year history — until now. Continue reading