DreamWorks vs Pixar

“Let the battle commence…”

As a fan of animations from a young age, I thought it would be an interesting concept to rate two of my favourite animation studios to decipher who holds the animation trophy…

To decide which studio is superior, I decided to rate them based upon their highest-grossing films. This resulted in Shrek 2 for DreamWorks and Incredibles 2 for Pixar.

So, let the battle commence!

  • Title: Shrek 2
  • Director(s): Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
  • Release date: 19th May 2004
  • Animation studio: DreamWorks

Before Shrek was even completed, work began to create the sequel Shrek 2. Including household names such as Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers, Shrek 2 created history upon its release becoming the highest-grossing film of 2004 and the highest-grossing animation film of all time (until 2010).

Following on from the marriage of Shrek and Fiona in Shrek, the sequel follows them on their journey to the land of Far Far Away to meet Fiona’s parents and celebrate their marriage at the Royal Ball. But in true Shrek fashion, nothing seems to go to plan.

Packed with humour and including more human characters then the original it’s easy to see why Shrek 2 became DreamWorks best animation film to date. I’m sure if I was to ask all of you if you have seen Shrek, there is no doubt in my mind that all of you have seen it. And if any of you are like me, then you have definitely seen the whole franchise. Multiple times…

  • Title: Incredibles 2
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • Release date: 15th June 2018
  • Animation studio: Pixar

After fourteen years of anticipation, the sequel finally came to our screen in 2018, and I think it’s fair enough to say that MANY people were excited for this one. As people from all ages packed into the cinema upon its release, it’s easy to see how it set the record for the best debut for an animated film.

After initial talks of a sequel began in 2007, in 2014, it was finally confirmed. Immediately continuing from The Incredibles, Elastigirl is given the opportunity to change the perception of superheroes in society through a secret mission. But of course, this doesn’t go smoothly as Elastigirl encounters a new supervillain, Screenslaver.

With intricate attention to detail, an exciting new storyline and years’ worth of anticipation, it’s no surprise that Incredibles 2 is Pixar’s highest-grossing film to date.

And the winner is…

After much consideration and approximately 4 hours of being glued to my TV screen, I’ve decided that the winner is….


As much as I do love Pixar films and The Incredibles franchise, DreamWorks is just that bit better in my eyes. Although Incredibles 2 is a good film, I feel like the main reason why it grossed so successfully was because people spent fourteen years waiting for it! So of course, when it was released, millions of Incredibles fans were going to rush to the cinema. In regards to DreamWorks, it created one of the most successful franchises to date (Shrek) as well as many more hits such as Shark Tale, Madagascar, Flushed Away and Megamind! In terms of Shrek 2, it’s a much-loved film of mine as it’s unlike any other animation as it makes for hours of laughter, no matter how old you are.

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