We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Dreamworks Animation movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Antz (1998) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
A neurotic worker ant named Z 4195 feels insignificant conforming to the system. So does Princess Bala, who’s set to take over the colony and is set to marry General Mandible. They attempt to leave the colony and set off a chain of events that end up saving everyone.
Director: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
9. Bee Movie (2007) 51% at Rotten Tomatoes
Barry B. Benson graduated from college and is set to spend his life making honey. Disillusioned by this, he befriends a human florist and begins learning the way of our species. When he learns bees are exploited for honey, however, he stands up for his hive and takes on the humans.
Director: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick
8. Flushed Away (2006) 73% at Rotten Tomatoes
Roddy is an uptown rat living as a pet in a Kensington flat who ends up being flushed down the toilet by a sewer rat named Sid. There he meets Rita, who reluctantly agrees to help him for a fee. Meanwhile an evil toad is looking to destroy both of them all all their kind.
Director: David Bowers, Sam Fell
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen
7. Megamind (2010) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes
Super-villain Megamind finally kills his arch nemesis Metro Man but becomes bored in his absence. Realizing he needs a foe, he creates another one who ends up becoming even more evil than he is. Now Megamind finds himself fighting in the hero’s position and discovering he may not have vanquished his rival after all.
Director: Tom McGrath
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt
6. Madagascar (2005) 55% at Rotten Tomatoes
I like to move it, move it, and you will too after seeing these pampered zoo animals adapt to living in the wild. The penguins were cool long before minions took the world by storm, and this animated adventure is still fun to watch at any age.
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith
5. Monsters vs Aliens (2009) 73% at Rotten Tomatoes
Susan Murphy is hit by a meteorite on her wedding day and grows into a giant monster, terrifying her husband to be. She winds up in a secret government compound with a group of monsters and is only released to fight aliens that are determined to destroy the planet.
Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert
4. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
A young viking hopes to join the town’s fight against dragons like his dad, the viking leader. He befriends a mysterious Night Fury dragon and learns his people may have been wrong about the beasts all along.
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
George and Harold a consummate pranksters who use a 3D Hypno Ring to hypnotize their principle Mr. Krupp into believing he’s a superhero named Captain Underpants. During a battle with Professor Poopypants, he actually gains super powers and saves the city from his path of destruction.
Director: David Soren
Starring: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms
2. Kung Fu Panda (2008) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Po dreams of becoming a kung fu master while idolizing the Furious Five. Soon, he’s given the opportunity to prove himself, which he mostly fumbles through. However, he’s the only hope of stopping Tai Lung from obtaining the fabled dragon scroll and becoming the greatest master in the world.
Director: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman
1. Shrek (2001) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes
Shrek is an ogre who’s upset all the fairy tale creatures banned from Lord Farquaad’s kingdom have taken refuge in his swamp. So he makes a deal to rescue a princess in exchange for getting his swamp back.
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz