What most people know DreamWorks Studio for is their animated output and the DreamWorks movies in this division have been some of the most financially successful animated features Hollywood has ever seen. Their first animated movie, “Antz,” was released in 1998, the same year as Pixar released “A Bug’s Life” and the war between Pixar and DreamWorks was born. It was an inauspicious start for DreamWorks, who saw their movie make half of what Pixar raked in with their animated bug epic.
While DreamWorks movies animation studio was pumping out box office hits consistently year in and year out, they were still seen as a lesser step child to Pixar. DreamWorks was always seen as pop candy compared to the originality in Pixar efforts and something needed to change. “Kung Fu Panda” was a nice start in 2008, but in 2010, “How to Train Your Dragon” finally gave DreamWorks the original animated feature to hang their hats on. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and finally proved DreamWorks movies could compete with Pixar on a critical level.