If you are an animated movie lover, it is certain that you have seen the animated films that have made the reputation of Dreamworks, from Dreamworks Madagascar to Dreamworks Sherk. Although they have only released more than 20 animated movies, most of this studio’s movies are always at the top of fans, of both children and adults. In no particular order, here are 12 best Dreamworks movies, with references from two most credible movie review websites, which are IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is probably one of the best Dreamworks movies in Dreamworks movie collection. Continuing the story of the previous movie, after their adventure in Madagascar, zoo animals including Alex the elephant, Marty zebra, Melman giraffe, Gloria hippopotamus, the Penguin squad, and chimpanzees Mason and Phil, prepare to return to New York. However, on their way back home, their airplane runs out of fuel and has to land on the African continent. The animals find themselves in a nature reserve and are delighted to meet others of their species. However, this is just the beginning of another dangerous and exciting adventure of our favorite Dreamworks animal characters.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
The Prince Of Egypt is the next name among Dreamworks best animated movies. The story takes place in ancient Egypt. Pharaoh Seti, fearing that the alarming increase in Jewish slaves could lead to rebellion, orders his guards to kill all the newborn Jewish boys.
Fearing for her son’s safety, a Jewish mother named Yocheved places her newborn baby in a basket and floats it on the Nile. After a dangerous journey, the basket floats near the royal palace, in which it is discovered by the Queen. When she approaches the basket and sees the beautiful boy in it, she is amazed and decides to adopt the baby. The baby boy is named Moses, who later will change the fate of a whole kingdom. With stunning visuals and a meaningful story, The Prince of Egypt is always recognized as one of the best Dreamworks animated films of all 24 Dreamworks movies.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Abominable is among the best Dreamworks movies to watch for every family. The film tells the story of a girl named Yi living in Shanghai, who accidentally discovers a Yeti named Everest (a legendary ape-like creature living in snowy mountains in the Himalayas). In the journey to help Everest find a way home, Everest is helped by the two brothers – Jin and Peng in an attempt to escape from the pursuit of the tycoon Burnish. Through the adventure of the kids, the film integrates messages about family, friendship, self-discovery in adolescence and the awareness of environmental protection. This has made Abominable one of the best Dreamworks movies ever.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Kung Fu Panda 2 is among top-rated Dreamworks movies, continuing the success of the first movie. At the beginning of the second movie, Po’s life is now as beautiful as a dream: he has become the Kung Fu master, protecting the Valley with his fellow kung fu sisters and brothers. However, Po’s new life is suddenly threatened with the appearance of a terrible dark force that wields an unstoppable weapon in order to conquer China. Po and The Furious Five must have a journey across mainland China to destroy that evil force. With stunning animation and impressive character developments, the movie has proved to be one of the greatest Dreamworks animation movies of all time.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Shrek is always considered as one of the best Dreamworks movies ever. The movie is about Shrek, the anti-social and highly-territorial green orge who is living peacefully in his swamp. Suddenly, his place becomes a “refugee” place of fairy characters being hunted by Lord Farquaad. In order not to “share” with these annoying people, Shrek signed a contract with Farquaad. He will go to save Princess Fiona, who is held captive in a tower guarded by a dragon. Therefore, Farquaad will have the bride of his dreams, while Shrek will have his peace back. However, everything turns out to be totally different…Shrek delivers funny and moral lessons and messages, making it among the best Dreamworks movies for kids.
The Croods (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
The Croods is a story revolving around a family in prehistoric times, also the only surviving family in the dangerous world of beasts and catastrophes. The Croods family survives because of Grug’s father’s strong protection and the unchanging principle: Always stay in a cave and be afraid! However, in the Croods family, there is a rebellious member “more than usual”; that is the oldest daughter Eep. She is actually the one that brings the whole family into the adventure of a lifetime. With excellent animation and a great story about family, Croods is always a position for the movie among best Dreamworks movies on IMDb.
Rise of The Guardians (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Rise of The Guardians is the next film on the best Dreamworks movie list. The movie tells a story about mythical childhood characters, who are tasked with protecting the innocence and imagination of children with all their might. When Mr. Pitch appeared with a conspiracy to erase the traces of the gods by stealing the beliefs and dreams of the children, these mythological figures have cooperated with Jack Frost with the aims of stopping him. And a legendary battle begins … Rise of the Guardian is loved because it has Dreamworks movie best characters, especially the badass and handsome Jack Frost.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit (2005)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit is always on top in top-rated Dreamworks movies in various movie review websites such as IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is about a good-natured inventor named Wallace and Gromit – his intelligent dogs. As pet control agents, they have the mission to help their hometown from the plague of rabbits before the annual vegetable competition. With impressive animation technique and a wonderfully eccentric adventure, it is no doubt that the movie is one of the best Dreamworks movies.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
“What is the best Dreamwork movie?” Many will not hesitate to say it’s Kung Fu Panda. The story is about Po – a big, greasy panda who loves kung fu. During a festival, ancient prophecy helps Po be able to fulfill his dream. Po is educated with Master Shifu and the Furious Five. Despite the valuable opportunity, he is the laziest one in the valley. However, everything completely changed when the evil snow leopard Tai Lung escaped from prison. He quickly planned to attack the valley. And the hero chosen to fight against Tai Lung, is none other than the fat and lazy Po…The movie has received countless compliments from movie critics for its own excellence, making it one of Dreamworks best animated movies.
How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
The story revolves around a Viking boy named Hiccup, living on the island Berk, in which fighting with dragons is a part of life. His intelligence and humor are what makes him hated by both the villagers and his father – the great Stoick, who is also the chief here. After getting into trouble with a cannon and a dragon, Hiccup frees that dragon. Then he made friends with him and gave him a name Toothless. This relationship completely changed his life forever.
The movie owns a dramatically deep script and stunning visuals, which are why it has become one of the best Dreamworks movies in the Dreamworks movie collection.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Continuing the success of the first movie, Shrek came back with the second movies and it has proved to be among the best Dreamworks animated films. After defeating the fire dragon and Lord Farquaad to win the heart of Princess Fiona; Shrek now lives a peaceful life with his wife. Together with the talkative donkey, the young couple returns to the King and Queen’s kingdom. The familiar city welcomes Princess Fiona and her husband, but no one expects them to be a couple of ogres. The king made the godmother, the Prince Charming and the Cat in Boots kill Shrek to find for the princess a new normal husband. With interesting story and characters, Shrek 2 deserves its position as one of the best Dreamworks movies for kids.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the name that will finish the best Dreamworks movie list. The movie is the thrilling second part of the epic trilogy, the film re-enacting the fantasy world of Hiccup and Toothless years the first movie. The new adventure leads them to discover a secret cave in which there are hundreds of new wild dragons and mysterious Dragon Rider. And then they get caught up in between a war. Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe in and admit that together they have the power to change the future of both. The movie is definitely among the best Dreamworks movies about friendship, in which it has portrayed the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless beautifully. No wonder why many fans considered the movies as one of the best Dreamworks movies of all time.