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Personally, I think Pixar is undoubtably superior to DreamWorks! And not only am I sure of it, I can prove it.
There are many reasons of superiority that Pixar rules over DreamWorks in. But to save time and page space, I'm going to give you three big ones. Here they are:
(1) The Academy Awards
I have to say that even though I believe Pixar is superior to DreamWorks, I still think DreamWorks will always make a decent movie now and again. For example, I'll always remember DreamWorks as the winner of the very first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature with Shrek. I still like Monsters Inc. better, but I still think Shrek had more to it, and that's why it got turned into a franchise (unfortunately) because people wanted to see more of it.
However, with that being said, that is the ONLY Best Animated Feature Oscar DreamWorks has ever won! Whereas Pixar now has won six. The Oscars are the highest awards any film of any kind could ever possibly recieve, and Pixar's gotten that award over DreamWorks six times. Pixar doesn't win everytime (with the exception of Shrek and Happy Feet), but they ALWAYS get nominated at least. DreamWorks only gets nominated sometimes. (e.g. Monsters VS. Aliens, Over The Hedge, Madagascar 1 & 2, Shreks 2, 3 and 4, Bee Movie, etc.) All those DreamWorks films didn't get nominated because they just were NOT great animated movie material. So DreamWorks will always be known to me as the people that won the very first BAF Oscar, but also as the people that NEVER won after that.
(2) Their Movies
Pixar often has a formula that they follow for every single movie they make: two or more unlikely characters, great story that years are spent working on, and great lessons. DreamWorks has one too: a simple, modern story, funny/exaggerated characters, tons of celebrities that look good in live action but not so much in animation, and an overall goal to see how much money they can get out of their unsuspecting audience.
Lets compare! A Bug's Life and Antz are both movies about bugs. I do like Antz's voice acting, story, and characters better, but I like the animation on Bug's Life best. So, yeah! Antz is considerably better than A Bug's Life.
But Monsters VS Aliens and Monsters Inc. is no contest. Monsters Inc. has great voice acting, memorable characters, and a heartfelt and original story. Monsters VS Aliens has tons of celebrities, a few laughs, little to no emotion, lots of slapstick, and some OK action scenes. I personally like my films based on how much I feel for the characters and how touching the story is. And Monsters VS Aliens is one of many lousy-written steps backward for DreamWorks.
Let's try Shark Tale and Finding Nemo! Finding Nemo has great characters, a very emotional and well-played beginning and end, great voice acting, brilliant animation and a great life-lesson. Shark Tale has way too much bad pop music, mediocre celebrities, forgettable characters, a really dumb story, and no laughs (which is usually what DreamWorks specializes in). SharkTale also has some of DreamWorks's WORST animation ever. It doesn't even feel like you're underwater at times. I don't even remember the characters's names anymore. That's how forgettable they are. Finding Nemo also got an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Did DreamWorks get one? Hell no! Not for that crap!
The Incredibles & Megamind are both movies about superheroes and supervillians. The Incredibles got an Oscar for Best Animated Feature while Megamind didn't even get nominated for one. The Incredibles has great voice acting, a great musical score by Michael Giacchino, great animation for it's time, and a great variety of relatable, deep characters. Megamind has a semi-original story, good characters, shitty voice acting, and generic, overused pop and rock music. But surprisingly, I think it's one of DreamWorks's better films. I saw it in theaters and it wasn't all that bad.
Pixar has other great movies that greatly exceed DreamWorks's. Cars (although not having won an Oscar, but got nominated for one) has some really cool racing scenes, a great story, and OK characters.
Ratatouille has a lot of emotion and romance, great characters, and a fun, original story. It is also one of Pixar's most passionate and well-scored films.
WALL-E is a total original in character and in story! It takes real intelligence and effort to make a movie with very little dialouge win the hearts and minds of millions and win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature (over the inferior Kung Fu Panda I might add) all in the same year.
Up is even more original and even more developed in character and story. Just like Finding Nemo, it gets it's audience in a state of deep, heartfelt emotion in the first 10 minutes of the movie as well as the last 10 minutes. It also got an Oscar for Best Animated Feature (over Monsters VS. Aliens, which didn't even get nominated).
DreamWorks's other unmentioned movies include Madagscar. This story is only kinda original and FAR from creative. The voice acting is funny, but you don't really care what happens to these generic, cartoony characters. Those penguins would have made better main characters than a smart-alleck dancing lion, an annoying-ass zebra, a neuroic giraffe and a bitchy hippo. And all this goes double for the 2008 sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Over The Hedge is a somewhat-likeable DreamWorks movie. I liked the possum characters, Ozzy & Harriet (William Shatner/ Avril Lavinge), Vern the turtle (Gary Shandling), and Hammy the squirell (Steve Carell). For once, DreamWorks's annoying overusage of celebrities actually worked for me. It also had a great, original story and brilliant animation. The writing was very good in Over The Hedge, but then again, the director of the film (Bonnie Arnold) had just come off of working at PIXAR where she had been for the past five years!
Bee Movie is a DreamWorks movie with a terrible story and characters. The animation was pretty creative though.
Kung Fu Panda has an unoriginal story with great characters. I don't think Jack Black was quite qualified for the role as Po the panda, but nonetheless, I liked his character. Master Shifu, played by Dustin Hoffman, was also just as great a character, as well as having a great voice behind him. However, the members of the Furious Five (Monkey, Mantis, Crane, Viper, and Tigress) are not very good characters, but they did provide for some really kick-ass fight scenes. I wasn't impressed with Kung Fu Panda, but I feel like DreamWorks had regained some of it's respect back, by focusing on the quality of the characters, rather than on how many jokes, songs, etc. they could cram into their films. Now if they could just work on their stories a little bit!
How To Train Your Dragon is my second-favorite film from DreamWorks Animation (the first being Antz). The story was simple, but favorably sweet. The animation was great (as usual). The characters (at least the main ones) where kind of under-developed and annoying most of the time. The character design was pretty creative and I loved the film's score by John Powell. I wasn't very interested in Hiccup or Astrid, but Toothless was kinda cool. He was just like a big cat or something. For the first time in years, DreamWorks had put a certain something into this movie (It wasn't a lot of it, but it was still something.): EMOTION! I was close to almost tearing up in the climax and ending. So, I really liked How To Train Your Dragon, but it is still far from the quality of the Pixar film that came out the same year Toy Story 3!
(3) The franchises that made them famous
Each company has one film series that has made them famous. Granted DreamWorks has 3 franchises (Shrek, Madagascar & Kung Fu Panda), but only one of them got DreamWorks famous. Pixar's biggest franchise is Toy Story! DreamWorks Animation's bigges franchise is Shrek. Each franchise has one Oscar for Best Animated Feature (DreamWorks's is for Shrek 1 and Pixar's is for Toy Story 3).
Toy Story was the FIRST EVER COMPUTER ANIMATED FEATURE FILM and it had a great, original story and characters. Toy Story 2 had an even better story, great new characters, and it is one of those rare sequels that is as good as or even better than the original. Toy Story 3 was created out of 11 years of planning and experience. And it the characters were as great as you remembered them. The story and writing were both flawless in every single way. It also had an extraordinarilly bittersweet ending. And after that, Toy Story joined the rare number of film series with THREE GREAT MOVIES! It is now known as one of the GREATEST TRILOGIES OF ALL TIME! It's right up there with Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, etc.
Shrek was the first film to ever win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but that's about all it's first for. The acting was great, the animation was good for its time, and the story was heartfelt and relatable. If Monsters Inc. wasn't running that year, I would say that it totally deserved that Oscar. Shrek 2 was even better than the original with great new characters, lots of laughs, great animation, and a nice follow-up story to the first film. I love the hell out of Shrek & Shrek 2. Shrek The Third is the WORST of the Shrek movies. The story was generic and it didn't go anywhere. There were very few laughs. It featured several new, but really stupid and annoying new characters, and it became the movie where I first thought "Hmm. Maybe DreamWorks isn't that brilliant of a studio like it used to be." And I have yet to be convinced otherwise. Shrek Forever After was clearly made for the money (just like Shrek The Third). It was better than Shrek The Third, but far from the quality of Shrek and Shrek 2. The story was generic. I mean, come on! The "It's A Wonderful Life" story again? Like we haven't seen that a billion times before! It had new, forgettable characters like Rumplestiltskin and the Pied Pieper. This was a very unsatifying end to the Shrek series.
Oh yeah! That's another thing! DreamWorks "claims" that Shrek Forever After was going to eb the end of the Shrek series. But in November 2011, they'll release a new franchise: Puss In Boots, which will obviously feature Shrek in it anyway and is clearly going to be made for the money. How sad, DreamWorks. How sad.
So yeah! PIXAR IS 1,000,000,000% SUPERIOR TO DREAMWORKS! And if DreamWorks is planning on being at the same level as Pixar ever again (let alone actually being better than them), then DreamWorks has a LONG way to go. The first thing they should do is start with making a good movie.