With Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone starring in the upcoming The Croods, we’re giving you the rundown of some of Dreamworks’ best animated flicks. Because, really, how can you go wrong with talking and intellectually over-developed animals? Well, you really can’t.
5. Over the Hedge (2006)
This cute full-to-the-brim-with-celebs (Bruce Willis, William Shatner, Steve Carrell and Wanda Sykes, just to name a few) flick is about a bunch of forest animals who wake up from hibernation to find out that their beloved home has been built-over by a bunch of cookie-cutter suburban homes, full of overindulgent humans who think them nothing but vermin. They must fight against the humans, Cheetos and a good-for-nothing lazy raccoon to keep their home and their family together over the hedge.
4. Antz (1998)
Released at the advent of the Pixar/DreamWorks computer-animated movie hype, Antz was the first DreamWorks animated flick. Another movie with a roster full of celebs, this particular one was about an unhappily compliant ant living in a totalitarian ant society. He wants to break free and do his own thing, but is hopelessly in love with the Princess Bala.
3. Madagascar (2005)
What do you get when you cross a talking lion with a talking giraffe, zebra and hippopotamus? Madagascar. More on the kid-friendly side of the spectrum compared to its DreamWorks counterparts, four overly domesticated zoo animals find themselves abandoned in Madagascar and try to get home to NYC. Oh, and there are talking penguins who totally make the movie.
2. Shrek (2001)
Do you know the Muffin Man? How could you not? This movie is a total classic now, and though one of the sequels was slightly less than memorable (ahem, Shrek the Third), most of the flicks in this series proved to be hilarious and totally genius with their well-concealed adult humour. The epitome of adult-friendly kiddie movies, Shrek has so many subtle and not-so-subtle nuances and allusions that are actually even more entertaining to view now than when you were a kid.
1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Probably one of the best DreamWorks animated flicks to date, How to Train Your Dragon is an adorable and hilarious story of a village of Vikings who hunt dragons for sport, and one particular Viking, Hiccup (played by Canadian-born Jay Baruchel), who befriends a wounded feline-like dragon and shows his village what it means to have courage and how little they know about the world. It’s chock-full of entertaining one-liners and lovable dragons that remind me of how badly I want one.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.