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DreamWorks Animation LLC
Formerly
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE trade name, 2004–2016)
Division (formerly; 1994–2006)
Subsidiary
Industry Animated films
Predecessor Amblimation
Founded
  • October 12, 1994; 27 years ago (October 12, 1994) (as a division)
  • October 27, 2004; 17 years ago (October 27, 2004) (as a separate company)
Founders
Headquarters 1000 Flower Street, ,
U.S.
Number of locations
3 facilities
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO)
  • Margie Cohn (President)
  • Randy Lake (COO)
  • Peter Gal (CCO, DWA TV)
  • Kristin Lowe (CCO, features)
Products Theatrical animated short films
Theatrical animated feature films
Television animated series
Number of employees
2,700 (2014)
Parent
Divisions DreamWorks Animation Television
DreamWorks Press
DreamWorks Live Theatrical Productions
DreamWorks New Media
Subsidiaries DreamWorks Classics

DreamWorks Animation LLC (also simply known as DreamWorks) is an American animation studio and a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, itself a subsidiary of Comcast's NBCUniversal. 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 38 feature films, beginning with Antz (1998); its most recent film was Trolls World Tour (2020), with their next release being The Croods: A New Age on November 25, 2020.

Originally formed as a division of DreamWorks Pictures in 1994 by some alumni from Amblin Entertainment's former animation branch Amblimation, 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 an acquisition for the animation studio.

As of May 2019, its feature films have grossed $15.019 billion worldwide, with a $417.2 million average gross per film. Fifteen of their films produced by the studio are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films, with Shrek 2 being the eleventh all-time highest. Although the studio also made traditionally animated films in the past, as well as two stop-motion co-productions with Aardman Animations, all of their films now use computer animation.

The studio has earned three Academy Awards, as well as 41 Emmy Awards and numerous Annie Awards, and multiple Golden Globe and 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 originally distributed worldwide by DreamWorks Pictures from 1998 to 2005, then by Paramount Pictures from 2006 to 2012, and 20th Century Fox from 2013 to 2017. Universal Pictures now distributes subsequent DreamWorks Animation films, which began on February 22, 2019 with the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Universal also owns the rights to DWA's back catalog.

Released films

# Title Release date Distributor/
Co-production with
Animation producer(s) Budget Worldwide
gross
RT MC
1 Antz October 2, 1998 DreamWorks Pictures Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$42–60 million $171 million 93% 72
2 The Prince of Egypt December 18, 1998 DWA Glendale $70 million $218 million 79% 64
3 The Road to El Dorado March 31, 2000 DWA Glendale
Pacific Data Images (opening sequence only)
$95 million $76 million 48% 51
4 Chicken Run June 23, 2000 DreamWorks Pictures
Pathé
Aardman Animations
Aardman Animations
Framestore
$45 million $225 million 97% 88
5 Shrek May 18, 2001 DreamWorks Pictures Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$60 million $484 million 88% 84
6 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron May 24, 2002 DWA Glendale $80 million $123 million 70% 52
7 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas July 2, 2003 $60 million $81 million 45% 48
8 Shrek 2 May 19, 2004 Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$150 million $920 million 89% 75
9 Shark Tale October 1, 2004 DWA Glendale $75 million $367 million 35% 48
10 Madagascar May 27, 2005 Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$533 million 54% 57
11 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit October 7, 2005 DreamWorks Pictures
Aardman Animations
Aardman Animations
Moving Picture Company
$30 million $192 million 95% 87
12 Over the Hedge May 19, 2006 Paramount Pictures DWA Glendale $80 million $336 million 75% 67
13 Flushed Away November 3, 2006 Paramount Pictures
Aardman Animations
Aardman Animations
DWA Glendale
$149 million $178 million 73% 74
14 Shrek the Third May 18, 2007 Paramount Pictures Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$160 million $799 million 41% 58
15 Bee Movie November 2, 2007 Paramount Pictures
Columbus 81 Productions
DWA Glendale $150 million $287 million 50% 54
16 Kung Fu Panda June 6, 2008 Paramount Pictures $130 million $632 million 87% 73
17 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa November 7, 2008 Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$150 million $604 million 63% 61
18 Monsters vs. Aliens March 27, 2009 DWA Glendale $175 million $382 million 73% 56
19 How to Train Your Dragon March 26, 2010 $165 million $495 million 99% 74
20 Shrek Forever After May 21, 2010 $753 million 58% 58
21 Megamind November 5, 2010 Paramount Pictures
Red Hour Films
Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$130 million $322 million 72% 63
22 Kung Fu Panda 2 May 26, 2011 Paramount Pictures DWA Glendale $150 million $665 million 81% 67
23 Puss in Boots October 28, 2011 DWA Glendale
DWA India
$130 million $555 million 85% 65
24 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted June 8, 2012 Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$145 million $747 million 79% 60
25 Rise of the Guardians November 21, 2012 DWA Glendale $307 million 74% 57
26 The Croods March 22, 2013 20th Century Fox $135 million $587 million 71% 55
27 Turbo July 17, 2013 $127 million $283 million 67% 58
28 Mr. Peabody & Sherman March 7, 2014 20th Century Fox
Bullwinkle Studios
Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
$145 million $276 million 80% 59
29 How to Train Your Dragon 2 June 13, 2014 20th Century Fox DWA Glendale $129 million $621 million 92% 76
30 Penguins of Madagascar November 26, 2014 Pacific Data Images
DWA Glendale
DWA India
$132 million $373 million 73% 53
31 Home March 27, 2015 DWA Glendale $135 million $386 million 50% 55
32 Kung Fu Panda 3 January 29, 2016 20th Century Fox
Oriental DreamWorks (Pearl Studio)
$145 million $521 million 87% 66
33 Trolls November 4, 2016 20th Century Fox $125 million $346 million 75% 56
34 The Boss Baby March 31, 2017 $528 million 52% 50
35 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie June 2, 2017 20th Century Fox
Scholastic Entertainment
Mikros Image
Technicolor Animation Productions
$38 million $125 million 88% 69
36 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World February 22, 2019 Universal Pictures DWA Glendale $129 million $519 million 91% 71
37 Abominable September 27, 2019 Universal Pictures
Pearl Studio
$75 million $162 million 81% 62
38 Trolls World Tour April 10, 2020 Universal Pictures $90–100 million $23.2 million 70% 51
Not produced by DreamWorks Animation but released by them.

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Distributor/ Co-production with Animation Producer(s) Ref(s)
39 The Croods: A New Age November 25, 2020 Universal Pictures DWA Glendale
40 The Boss Baby: Family Business March 26, 2021
41 Spirit Riding Free May 14, 2021
42 The Bad Guys September 17, 2021 Universal Pictures
Scholastic Entertainment
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