Ever since Shrek 2, I have largely avoided DreamWorks' animated films. There was something about their obnoxious style of humor they adopted in their CGI films that I quickly grew tired of. Not to mention, the many sequels and spinoffs in their films have made it difficult to explore their films.
I did check out Monsters vs. Aliens when that came out, because it looked really cool. And wouldn't ya know it? It WAS cool!
I also checked out How to Train Your Dragon, because Lilo & Stitch creator Chris Sanders
co-directed it. Also good.
The next movie I've been thinking of looking at is Bee Movie. I caught a sample by chance on the USA network last weekend, and scanned thru the Art of book. It looks like a movie worth watching.
I guess another reason why I had been avoiding DW for so long is because, around the time they adopted their new style of storytelling, the movie industry had generally accepted that "2D was dead". That after a string of unsuccessful hand-drawn movies from the early 2000s, people no longer wanted to see this old-fashioned form of art. Even Disney, which once had a permanent lock on animated features, had succumbed to this trend.
DreamWorks' hand-drawn films were never nearly as successful enough to compete with Disney's 90s films. But they immediately found their niche with Shrek. And after two more hand-drawn films that failed, they also dropped out. Evidently, they never looked back.
It seems recently though, DW is growing out of their obnoxious phase. At the very least, their films are becoming more about the characters than the celebrity voices behind them. Besides, enough time has passed that some of their past films deserve a chance.
Aside from Bee Movie, are there any other recommendations?