Tuesday, November 3, 2009

DreamWorks vs. Pixar: Which is better?

To think, just 14 years ago no one had ever seen a full-length computer animated movie. Today, they have almost completely replaced traditional hand-drawn films as the sole form of animation coming from Hollywood.
Various upstarts have tried to get into the computer animation business, some with great successes and others with enormous failures. But the first two studios to produce these movies are still the dominant forces in the market: Pixar and DreamWorks.
Pixar Studios was the originator of the form, producing the world's first computer animated feature, "Toy Story," in 1995. DreamWorks released its first film three years later, but it has produced more movies in a shorter time. Both have set box office records; Pixar has the higher total in the U.S., while DreamWorks has made more money worldwide. And while Pixar is continuing to produce features at a faster rate than they ever have before, DreamWorks is set to release three movies next year -- an unparalleled feat.
To see just how the two giants stack up against each other, take a look at the chart below. Then, preview DreamWorks' next feature, "How to Train Your Dragon," coming in March.
Note: the figures for DreamWorks only include the computer animated features the studio produced, which excludes Aardman Animations' "Flushed Away."

# of Films
First Theatrical Film
Toy Story (1995)
Antz (1998)
Most Recent Film
Up (2009)
Total Domestic Gross
Total Worldwide Gross
Top Grossing Film
Finding Nemo (2003)
$339,714,978 U.S.
$864,625,978 Worldwide
Shrek 2 (2004)
$441,226,247 U.S.
$919,838,758 Worldwide
Lowest Grossing Film
A Bug's Life (1998)
$162,798,565 U.S.
$363,398,565 Worldwide
Antz (1998)
$90,757,863 U.S.
$171,757,863 Worldwide
# of Oscar Nominations
# of Oscar Wins
2010 Releases
Toy Story 3 - June 18
How to Train Your Dragon - March 26
Shrek Forever After - May 21
Oobermind - November 5

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