For the longest time, Disney was the mostly unchallenged ruler of the world of animated film, handily dispatching of its competition without much thought. That all changed when upstart studio DreamWorks SKG opened its own animation division, releasing Antz upon the world in 1998, in an effort to directly compete with Disney’s release of Pixar’s A Bug’s Life. Almost 20 years, and several magnificent successes later, DreamWorks Animation has become a worthy opponent of Disney and Pixar’s combined powers, with their latest effort - Kung Fu Panda 3 - being released into theaters this weekend.

This is the perfect excuse to run through our top 10 favorite DreamWorks Animation films, and laugh as you may - it was hard to narrow down the list. With well-known gems, deep cuts, and a couple of mid-level hits in the mix, it’s a roster that’s as diverse as the studio’s total history of animated films. So without further ado, here’s the 10 DreamWorks Animation films we love the most - and in the order of their greatness.

Shrek
10. Shrek
You can’t avoid the fact that Shrek literally made DreamWorks Animation the success story it is. At the time of its release, the film was the most successful release in DWA’s history, leading to three sequels and a spinoff franchise that made their mark on the world. More importantly, the post-modern approach to animated humor that both kids and adults could enjoy turned the world of animation upside down. To this day, the influence of Shrek can still be felt in the marketplace, and it’s destined to go down as one of the most notable animated films in history.

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