In Dreamworks’ defense, they’ve actually been doing pretty good lately, so long as you ignore the Shrek series.
‘Bee Movie’, ‘Kung-Fu Panda’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ were all pretty great movies. (Especially ‘Dragon’, which was one of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year.)
The only problem Dreamworks has is that it occasionally takes a pretty good movie, and sucks the life out of it by trying to make a sequel (‘Shrek’, obviously, and also ‘Madagascar’).
Pixar even took a risk making Toy Story 2, and I was surprised (and even a little disappointed) when I first heard they were going to make 3. This a company which has a pretty strict ‘No Sequel’ rule, so to take the company’s crown-jewel and risk it’s integrity with two follow-ups is pretty ballsy.
They’ve always said that they would do sequels if they had a strong enough story, and looking at Toy Story 3 I have to believe them.
@Jake: I believe Pixar’s policy was strict no straight-to-dvd features.
IIRC, Disney proposed making Toy Story 2 as a straight-to-dvd, and Pixar said they will only do a sequel if they think it can hold up to its predecessor. And so they did, and it seems they did it again now.
To be fair, I found myself as pleasantly surprised by Shrek 4 as I had been by Shrek 2.
The 3D branch of Disney Animation is doing a superb job on its own, too. Meet The Robinsons, Chicken Little, Bolt, all have been excellent films, and each felt like Disney. I’m looking forward to their Rapunzel, “Tangled.”