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DreamWorks Animation division is located in Glendale, CA and was founded on October 12, 1994 as a part of DreamWorks Pictures.
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DreamWorks Animation History
DreamWorks Animation is an animation studio founded as DreamWorks SKG in 1994 and is located in Glendale, California. It is devoted to the production of television programs, animation films, and online virtual games. The studio has 35 animated films under its franchise including Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Madagascar. DreamWorks has received a lot of awards including the Academy Awards, Annie Awards, and Emmys for its outstanding work on animated feature films.
In 1994, producer and film director Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenber, and music executive David Geffen founded DreamWorks SKG. The company partnered with Pacific Data Images to release their first films Antz and The Prince of Egypt in 1998. DreamWorks Animation was created in 2000 and went on with releasing Shrek which won Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Since then Jeffrey Katzenberg has become the CEO of the company. Under his leadership, DreamWorks animation has risen to be a distinguished producer of animated films with high grossing at the box office.
Partnerships with leading technology companies like Intel and HP give DreamWorks the best technological advancements which it employs in its production of animated movies. Through the use of Apollo, DreamWorks has revolutionized the design of animations. Apollo is deployed through cloud architecture and enables real-time design.
The Studio partnered with Intel to develop 3D film production technology called InTru3D. In 2009, they released their first stereoscopic 3D film Monsters vs. Aliens. The use of 3D technology was to take advantage of the rapid deployment of digital cinemas equipped for 3D around the world. Following the development of this technology, all films under DreamWorks Animation were intended to be produced in 3D.
Through acquisition and partnership, the production house has been in a position to release successful animated feature films that have aided in its growth to an animation powerhouse. The release of Rise of the Guardians in 2012 saw the end of a distribution contract between DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures. The film won the Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature in the Satellite Award.
In 2013, Oriental DreamWorks was formed through a partnership with Chinese companies. This was a long-strategy to enable deeper integration and localization of DreamWorks into the Chinese film industry. This unit is associated with TV production of animations and live action TV films. Oriental released Tibet Code, a Chinese animated feature based on a popular adventure created by DWA, China Film Group and Oriental DreamWorks in 2014
DWA made a multi-year deal with Netflix on establishing a more reliable income source than just rely solely on a theatrical film market. This deal saw the establishment of its television group DreamWorks Animation Television with the former senior executive at Nickelodeon as its head. Turbo F.A.S.T was the first original series to be produced by DWA under Netflix. The Croods and Mr. Peabody & Sherman were also featured in Latin America and US.
The studio entered a joint venture with Hearst Media Partners to create Awesomeness TV. Awesomeness TV launched DreamWorks TV which is a YouTube Channel focusing on kids between age 6 and 12. It offers live action features and shows and also original animation.
Most successful Releases
Shrek was the DreamWorks Animationâ€™s most successful animated feature film at the time of its release. With three sequels, the film had a postmodern approach that could humor both adults and kids all over the world. Shrek featured highly regarded actors like Eddie Murphy and is among DreamWorks’ highest-grossing films. Its sequel Shrek 2 is the production house’s most top grossing animated feature so far with $920 million in revenue.
Madagascar was released in 2005 adding to the DreamWorks Animation franchise. Despite some criticism, the film grossed $47 million on its opening weekend making it the third best grossing movie that weekend. The film has grossed $532 million up to date making it the ninth highest grossing animated feature in the U.S. Madagascar was followed by two sequels Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europeâ€™s Most Wanted that went to gross even higher profits than the first feature.
Under Oriental DreamWorks, Kung Fu Panda was released in 2008. Kung Fu Panda was the highest grossing non-sequel opening film for DreamWorks Animation at the time. The film has grossed $632 million so far, adding to the success and great works at the studio. The movieâ€™s success in the Chinese film industry worked well for the production house. They had achieved their desire to enter the Chinese film industry through animated feature films. Kung Fu Panda film was accompanied by sequels, Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) that also performed relatively well.
How to Train Your Dragon was on top of the North American box office in its opening weekend. The film went on to be the highest grossing film besides Shrek films in Canadian and American box office under DreamWorks Animation. It grossed $498 million including the revenue from foreign countries. The sequel, How to train your dragon 2 released in 2014 was well received grossing a total of $621 million worldwide.
2011 also saw the Puss in Boots release that had been in production since 2004. It was released, on Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray 3D in 2012 accompanied by an animated film Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos. It became the eleventh highest grossing film in 2011 and third grossing animated feature film behind Kung Fu Panda and Cars 2 (Disney) with a total of $555 million.
DreamWorks plans to continue its franchises and television series that are set to be aired on Cartoon Network. Distribution of live productions of franchises like Kung Fu Panda and Shrek are also among DreamWorks plans. DreamWorks expects to release Everest and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (released in March 2019) in 2019 with development already underway.
The future seems bright for DreamWorks Animation and the world is anxiously awaiting to be awed by the production house, just as they have done in the past.
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Here is a list of all they have accomplished so far and what’s coming up in the next few years.
Are any of these DreamWorks movies in your top 10?
- The Boss Baby 2
- The Croods 2
- Trolls World Tour
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
- The Boss Baby
- Kung Fu Panda 3
- Penguins of Madagascar
- How to Train Your Dragon 2
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman
- The Croods
- Rise of the Guardians
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
- Puss in Boots
- Kung Fu Panda 2
- Shrek Forever After
- How To Train Your Dragon
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
- Kung Fu Panda
- Bee Movie
- Shrek the Third
- Flushed Away
- Over the Hedge
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
- Shark Tale
- Shrek 2
- Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
- Chicken Run
- The Road to El Dorado
- The Prince of Egypt