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DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (more commonly known as DreamWorks Animation, or simply DreamWorks) is an American animation studio that is a subsidiary of Universal Studios, a division of NBCUniversal, itself a division of Comcast. It is based in Glendale, California and produces animated feature films, television programs and online virtual games. The studio has currently released a total of 40 feature films, including the franchises Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. Originally formed under the banner of its main DreamWorks studio in 1997 by some of Amblin Entertainment's former animation branch Amblimation alumni, it was spun off into a separate public company in 2004. DreamWorks Animation currently maintains its Glendale campus, as well as satellite studios in India and China. On August 22, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

As of April 2017, its feature films have grossed $14.20 billion worldwide with a $417.8 million average gross per film. Shrek 2 (2004) is among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, and fourteen of the films are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films, with Shrek 2 being the ninth all-time highest. Although the studio also made traditionally animated films in the past, as well as stop-motion co-production with Aardman Animations, all of their films now use computer animation. The studio has received three Academy Awards, as well as 41 Emmy and numerous Annie Awards, and multiple Golden Globe & BAFTA nominations. In recent years, the animation studio has acquired and created new divisions in an effort to diversify beyond the high-risk movie business.

Films produced by DreamWorks Animation were formerly distributed worldwide by its main DreamWorks studio from 1997 to 2006, Paramount Pictures from 2006 to 2012, and 20th Century Fox from 2013 to 2017. Universal Pictures will distribute subsequent DreamWorks Animation films, starting on July 28, 2017, with the release of Little Audrey: The First Epic Movie.

History

DreamWorks SKG era (1994–2004)

On October 12, 1994, a trio of entertainment players, film director and producer Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, and music executive David Geffen, founded DreamWorks SKG. To build the talent base, Spielberg brought over artists from his London-based studio, Amblimation, while Katzenberg recruited some of the top animation staff from Disney. Some of Amblimation's artists came to DreamWorks in 1995.

In 1995, DreamWorks signed a co-production deal with Pacific Data Images to form subsidiary PDI, LLC (PDI owned 60% of PDI, LLC, while DreamWorks SKG owned 40%). This new unit would produce computer-generated feature films, beginning with Antz in 1998. In the same year DreamWorks SKG produced The Prince of Egypt, which used both CGI technology and traditional animation techniques.

In 1997, DreamWorks partnered with Aardman Animations, a British stop-motion animation studio, to co-produce and distribute Chicken Run (2000), a stop-motion film already in pre-production. Two years later they extended the deal for an additional four films. With Aardman doing stop-motion, they covered all three major styles, besides traditional and computer animation. This partnership had DreamWorks participating in the production of stop-motion films in Bristol, and also had Aardman participating in some of the CGI films made in the United States.

Three years later, DreamWorks SKG created DreamWorks Animation, a new business division that would regularly produce both types of animated feature films. The same year DW acquired majority interest (90%) in PDI, and reformed it into PDI/DreamWorks, the Northern California branch of its new business division.

Productions

Feature films

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# Title Release date Budget Gross RT MC
1 Dog Tale Superheroes: The Movie Flag of USA December 19, 1997
$42-60 million $171 million 96% 72
2 Antz Flag of USA October 2, 1998
$42-60 million $171 million 96% 72
2 The Dog Tale Fan-Film Flag of USA October 2, 1998
$42-60 million $171 million 96% 72
4 The Prince of Egypt Flag of USA December 18, 1998
$70 million $218 million 79% 64
5 The Road to El Dorado Flag of USA March 31, 2000
$95 million $76 million 48% 51
6 Chicken Run Flag of USA June 23, 2000
$45 million $225 million 97% 88
7 Shrek Flag of USA May 18, 2001
$60 million $484 million 88% 84
8 The Dog Tale Fan-Film Flag of USA May 18, 2001
$60 million $484 million 88% 84
9 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Flag of USA May 24, 2002
$80 million $123 million 69% 52
10 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Flag of USA July 2, 2003
$60 million $81 million 46% 48
11 Shrek 2 Flag of USA May 19, 2004
$150 million $920 million 88% 75
12 Shark Tale Flag of USA October 1, 2004
$75 million $367 million 35% 48
13 Madagascar Flag of USA May 27, 2005
$75 million $533 million 55% 57
14 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Flag of USA October 7, 2005
$30 million $193 million 95% 87
15 Over the Hedge Flag of USA May 19, 2006
$80 million $336 million 75% 67
16 Flushed Away Flag of USA November 3, 2006
$149 million $178 million 72% 74
17 Shrek the Third Flag of USA May 18, 2007
$160 million $799 million 41% 58
18 Bee Movie Flag of USA November 2, 2007
$150 million $287 million 51% 54
19 Kung Fu Panda Flag of USA June 6, 2008
$130 million $632 million 87% 73
20 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Flag of USA November 7, 2008
$150 million $604 million 64% 61
21 Monsters vs. Aliens Flag of USA March 27, 2009
$175 million $382 million 72% 56
22 How to Train Your Dragon Flag of USA March 26, 2010
$165 million $495 million 98% 74
23 Shrek Forever After Flag of USA March 21, 2010
$165 million $753 million 58% 58
24 Megamind Flag of USA November 5, 2010
$130 million $322 million 73% 63
25 Kung Fu Panda 2 Flag of USA May 26, 2011
$150 million $665 million 81% 67
26 Puss in Boots Flag of USA October 28, 2011
$130 million $555 million 84% 65
27 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Flag of USA June 8, 2012
$145 million $747 million 79% 60
28 Rise of the Guardians Flag of USA November 21, 2012
$145 million $307 million 73% 57
29 The Croods Flag of USA March 22, 2013
$135 million $587 million 70% 55
30 Turbo Flag of USA July 17, 2013
$127 million $283 million 67% 58
31 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Flag of USA March 7, 2014
$145 million $275 million 80% 59
32 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Flag of USA June 13, 2014
$145 million $621 million 92% 76
33 Penguins of Madagascar Flag of USA November 26, 2014
$132 million $373 million 73% 53
34 Home Flag of USA March 27, 2015
$135 million $386 million 47% 55
35 Kung Fu Panda 3 Flag of USA January 29, 2016
$145 million $521 million 87% 66
36 Trolls Flag of USA November 4, 2016
$125 million $344 million 74% 56
37 The Boss Baby Flag of USA March 31, 2017
$125 million $496 million 52% 50
38 The Dog Tale Fan-Film 3 Flag of USA April 7, 2017
$46 million $90 million 85% 70
39 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Flag of USA June 2, 2017
$38 million $80 million 85% 69
40 Little Audrey: The First Epic Movie Flag of USA July 28, 2017
$40 million $95 million 85% 78

Upcoming feature films

Title Release date Ref(s)
How to Train Your Dragon 3 Flag of USA March 1, 2019
Everest Flag of USA September 27, 2019
Trolls 2 Flag of USA April 10, 2020
The Boss Baby 2 Flag of USA March 23, 2021

Feature films in development

Title Ref(s)
Shrek 5
Shadows
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations
Mumbai Musical
Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves
Madagascar 4
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Alma
Flawed Dogs
Untitled blue-footed booby film
Hot Stuff
Untitled Voltron film
The Wizards of Once

Direct-to-video films

# Title Release date
1 Joseph: King of Dreams Flag of USA November 7, 2000

TV specials

# Title Release date
1 Shrek the Halls Flag of USA November 28, 2007
2 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from
Outer Space
Flag of USA October 28, 2009
3 Merry Madagascar 2009
4 Scared Shrekless 2010
5 Kung Fu Panda Holiday 2010
6 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury 2011
7 Madly Madagascar 2013
8 Trolls Holiday[1][2] Fall 2017

Short films

Title Release date
1 Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party 2001
2 Shrek 4-D 2003
3 Cyclops Island 2003
4 Far Far Away Idol 2004
5 Club Oscar 2005
6 The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper 2005
7 First Flight 2006
8 Hammy's Boomerang Adventure 2006
9 Secrets of the Furious Five 2008
10 B.O.B.'s Big Break 2009
11 Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon 2010
12 Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular 2010
13 Megamind: The Button of Doom 2011
14 Thriller Night 2011
15 The Pig Who Cried Werewolf 2011
16 Night of the Living Carrots 2011
17 Book of Dragons 2011
18 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters 2011
19 Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos 2012
20 Almost Home 2014
21 Rocky and Bullwinkle 2014
22 Dawn of the Dragon Racers 2014
23 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll 2015
24 Panda Paws 2016
25 The Boss Baby and Tim's Treasure Hunt Through Time 2017

Television series

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 Toonsylvania 1998 1999 Fox Kids
2 Invasion America 1998 1998 The WB/Kids' WB
3 Alienators: Evolution Continues 2001 2002 Fox Kids
4 Father of the Pride 2004 2005 NBC
5 The Penguins of Madagascar 2008 2015 Nickelodeon (2008–2012)
Nicktoons (2013–2015)
6 Neighbors from Hell 2010 2010 TBS
7 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness 2011 2016 Nickelodeon (2011–2014)
Nicktoons (2016)
8 DreamWorks Dragons 2012 present Cartoon Network (2012–2014)
Netflix (2015–present)
9 Monsters vs. Aliens Flag of USA May 23, 2013
align=right | Flag of USA February 8, 2014
style="text-align:center;"| Nickelodeon
10 Turbo FAST 2013 2016 Netflix
11 VeggieTales in the House 2014 2016
12 All Hail King Julien 2014 2016
13 The Adventures of Puss in Boots 2015 present
14 Dinotrux 2015 present
15 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show 2015 present
16 Dawn of the Croods 2015 present
17 Noddy, Toyland Detective 2016 present France 5 (France)
Channel 5 (UK)
Sprout (USA)
18 Voltron: Legendary Defender 2016 present Netflix
19 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh 2016 present
20 Trollhunters Flag of USA December 23, 2016
align=right | present
21 VeggieTales in the City Flag of USA February 24, 2017
align=right | present
22 Spirit Riding Free Flag of USA May 5, 2017
align=right | present
23 All Hail King Julien: Exiled Flag of USA May 12, 2017
align=right | present
24 Trolls: The Beat Goes On TBA
25 Cow Boy TBA TBA
26 Felix the Cat TBA TBA

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