DreamWorks Animation is a filmmaking company, and the animation arm of DreamWorks Pictures, that produces many films, such as the Shrek series, the Madagascar trilogy, the Kung Fu Panda movies, and the How to Train Your Dragon films. The studio was formed by the merger of the feature animation division of DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images (PDI). Originally formed under the banner of DreamWorks 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.
As of April 2016, its feature films have grossed $13.48 billion worldwide, with a $421.4 million average gross per film. Thirteen of the films are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films, with Shrek 2 being the fourteen all-time highest. Although the studio also made traditionally animated films in the past, as well as a co-production with Aardman Animations, all of their house films now use computer animation. The studio has so far received three Academy Awards, as well as 22 Emmy and numerous Annie Awards, as well as 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 the live-action DreamWorks studio, then by Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Viacom, who acquired the live-action DreamWorks studio in February 2006, and spun it off again in 2008. In 2013, 20th Century Fox (now known as 20th Century Studios), a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox (sold to Disney in 2019), took over a distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation films starting on March 22, 2013 with The Croods and ending on June 2, 2017 with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
DreamWorks owns Big Idea through its subsidiary, Classic Media (formed in 2000 by Eric Ellenbogen), now called DreamWorks Classics. Recently, Universal Studios bought DreamWorks Animation (including DreamWorks Classics and Big Idea) for $3.8 million.
Stuff Big Idea made when DreamWorks bought them
- The Penniless Princess
- Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too!
- The League of Incredible Vegetables
- Lettuce Love One Another!
- The Little House That Stood
- MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle
- Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas
- Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier
- Celery Night Fever
- Beauty and the Beet
- VeggieTales in the House
- Noah's Ark
- VeggieTales in the City