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Encyclopedia > DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
Type Public (NYSEDWA)
Founded 1997
Headquarters Glendale, California
Redwood City, California
,
United States
Key people Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer
Roger Enrico, Chairman
Lew Coleman, President
Industry Animated films
Website dreamworksanimation.com

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSEDWA) is an independent American animation studio, producing primarily feature animated films. It was formed by the merger of the feature animation division of DreamWorks SKG and Pacific Data Images (PDI). Originally formed under the banner of DreamWorks SKG, it was spun-off into a separate public company in 2004. Image File history File links Dreamworks_Animation_logo. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Animation studios Animation Studios, like Movie Studios may be production facilities, or financial entities. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Pacific Data Images was a computer animation production company that was bought by DreamWorks SKG. It is now known as PDI/DreamWorks and is half of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. ... This article is about the film studio. ...


Some of its most known films include Shrek, Shark Tale, Madagascar and Over the Hedge. Shark Tale is an Academy Award-nominated computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in 2004. ... Over the Hedge is a computer-animated film based on the United Media comic strip of the same name. ...


They are currently distributed only through Paramount Pictures (in turn owned by Viacom) who acquired the rest of DreamWorks SKG in February of 2006. DreamWorks Animation maintains two studios: the original DreamWorks feature animation studio in Glendale, California and the PDI studio in Redwood City, California in the Silicon Valley region. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. ... For the Nintendo 64 game, see Space Station Silicon Valley. ...

Contents

History

Early years

In 1980, Pacific Data Images was founded by Carl Rosendahl with a small loan from his father. In 1982, he was joined by Richard Chuang and Glenn Entis, who wrote the foundation of the in-house computer animation software that was to be used for the next two decades. During the 1980s, PDI created many animated logos and commercials for television for companies like NBC and Sky Movies. They shifted into motion picture visual effects beginning in 1991 with a contribution to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This article is about the television network. ... Sky Movies is the collective name for the British premium subscription television movie channels operated by Sky Television, later British Sky Broadcasting. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ...


In 1997, DreamWorks SKG was formed and founded by a trio of entertainment players, director and producer Steven Spielberg, music executive David Geffen, and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. DreamWorks signed a co-production deal with PDI to form subsidiary PDI, LLC (PDI owned 60% of PDI, LLC while DreamWorks SKG owned 40%). The new unit would produce computer-generated feature films beginning with Antz in 1998. In the same year DreamWorks SKG produced The Prince of Egypt using traditional animation techniques. Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... David Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ... Disney redirects here. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... Antz is a 1998 computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks. ... The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 Academy Award-winning American animated film, the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. ...


In 2000, DreamWorks SKG created a new business division, DreamWorks Animation, that would regularly produce both types of animated feature films.


The traditionally animated feature films were produced by the division's Southern California branch. DreamWorks SKG acquired majority interest (90%) in PDI, reforming it into PDI/DreamWorks, the Northern California branch of its new business division.


The business division separated from its parent in 2004, forming DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and purchasing the remaining interest in PDI as well as its subsidiary PDI, LLC.


Today

Since 2004, DreamWorks Animation is dedicated solely to producing CG animated films in-house. No more traditional 2D animation is expected.


DreamWorks Animation also had a partnership with Aardman Animations, a stop-motion animation company in Bristol, England. This partnership had DreamWorks participating in the produciton of stop-motion films in Bristol, and also had Aardman participating in some of the CG films made in the US. This partnership ended after the release of Flushed Away in November 2006; the announcement was made before the film's release, on October 3, citing "creative differences" as the reason. [1] Aardman Animations, Ltd. ... A stop motion animation of a moving coin. ... Flushed Away is a computer animated British film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Also since 2004, the company has committed itself to make two computer-animated feature films a year.


The logo, adapted from the parent studio's logo, consists of a boy fishing on the moon, against a backdrop of the daytime sky albeit with more colorful lettering. The soundtrack of this logo was originally an adaptation of the DreamWorks theme; however, following the global success of Shrek in 2001, this became an shortened adaptation of True Love's First Kiss (the Love Theme from the Shrek soundtrack), composed by John Powell. For other uses, see Shrek (disambiguation). ... For the geologist and U.S. explorer, see John Wesley Powell, for the Mayor of Toronto see John Powell (politician). ...


Board of Directors

The PDI/DreamWorks Studio in Redwood City, California

The following executives are on the DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. Board of Directors: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 748 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2601 × 2084 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 748 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2601 × 2084 pixel, file size: 1. ...

  • Roger Enrico, Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
  • Paul Allen, Chairman of Vulcan Inc.
  • David Geffen, Co-Founder of DreamWorks
  • Lew Coleman, President of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
  • Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Capital Management
  • Nathan Myhrvold, Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Ventures
  • Howard Schultz, Chairman and Chief Global Strategist of Starbucks Corporation
  • Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, Inc.
  • Judson Green, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVTEQ
  • Michael Montgomery, President of Montgomery & Co.
  • Karl von der Heyden, retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Pepsico, Inc.

Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... For other persons named Paul Allen, see Paul Allen (disambiguation). ... Vulcan Inc. ... David Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ... Nathan Myhrvold, formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, which is seeking to build a large invention portfolio. ... Howard Schultz (b. ... For other meanings of the name Starbuck, see Starbuck A Starbucks coffee shop in Leeds, England Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is a large multinational chain of coffee shops, often serving desserts, with a reputation in the US as a center for socializing, particularly among students and young urban professionals. ... Margaret C. Meg Whitman (born August 4, 1956) has been the President and CEO of the online marketplace eBay since March 1998. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... PepsiCo, Incorporated (NYSE: PEP) is the largest global American beverage and snack company. ...

Films and series

Traditionally-animated films

Note: All traditionally animated films were made at the Glendale studio.

Film Year [Worldwide Gross] Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes IMDb
The Prince of Egypt
1998
$218,613,188
64
77
6.7
The Road to El Dorado
2000
$76,432,727
51
47
6.3
Joseph: King of Dreams
2000
(direct-to-video)
N/A
70
6.2
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
2002
$122,563,539
52
68
6.5
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
2003
$80,767,884
48
46
6.5

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 Academy Award-winning American animated film, the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... The Road to El Dorado is an animated comedy film by DreamWorks SKG released in 2000. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is an animated film released in 2002 by Dreamworks Pictures. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is an animated movie produced by DreamWorks SKG and released in 2003. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ...

Stop-motion films

Note: All stop-motion films were produced by Aardman. Aardman Animations is a British stop motion animation studio founded by Peter Lord and David Sproxton in 1972. ...

Film Year Worldwide Gross Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes IMDb
Chicken Run
2000
$224,834,564
88
97
7.4
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2005
$192,610,372
87
95
7.9
Flushed Away
2006
$364,987,120.5
86
96
7.7

This article is about the movie. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... Flushed Away is a computer animated British film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. ... The year 2006 in film involved some significant events. ...

Computer-animated films

Film Year Worldwide Gross Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes IMDb
Antz TV-PG-LV
1998
$171,757,863
72
97
6.9
Shrek TV-PG-DLV
2001
$484,409,218
84
89
8.0
Shrek 2
2004
$919,838,758
75
88
7.6
Shark Tale
2004
$367,275,019
48
34
5.9
Madagascar
2005
$532,680,671
57
55
6.5
Over the Hedge
2006
$335,206,062
67
74
7.1
Shrek the Third
2007
$794,561,223
58
42
6.3
Bee Movie
2007
$286,866,277
54
51
6.5

Antz is a 1998 computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses, see Shrek (disambiguation). ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Shrek 2, which was released in the United States on May 19, 2004, is the 2004 sequel to the 2001 computer-animated DreamWorks Pictures film Shrek. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Shark Tale is an Academy Award-nominated computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in 2004. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... Over the Hedge is a computer-animated film based on the United Media comic strip of the same name. ... The year 2006 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about the film. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several film franchises which premiered or had installments released in 2004, which appear again this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean... For the video game based on the film, see Bee Movie Game. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several film franchises which premiered or had installments released in 2004, which appear again this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean...

Upcoming computer animated films

Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Kung Fu Panda is an animated film about a panda who learns martial arts and then uses this new ability to fight his enemies. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Monsters vs. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... How to Train Your Dragon is a 2003 childrens novel by British author Cressida Cowell, and published by Hodder Childrens Books (a division of Hodder Headline Limited). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shrek Goes Fourth [5] is an animated film from DreamWorks Animation that is expected to be released on May 21, 2010. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shrek 5 is a fourth sequel to the 2001 Movie Shrek. ...

TV Specials

Shrek the Halls is an upcoming ABC special premiering in the holiday season of 2007. ...

Short films

Shrek 4-D Logo Entrance to Shrek 4-D in Universal Orlando Resort Shrek 4-D (2003) is a short film/ride at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California, Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan, and Warner Bros. ... The current official logo for Universal Studios Theme Parks Universal Studios Uniglobe // Universal Hollywood Tour From the beginning, Universal has offered tours of its studio. ... The parks entrance gate. ... Kowalski, Skipper, and Rico (with his dynamite) The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper is a computer-animated short produced by DreamWorks Animation (with soundtrack by Media Ventures young-gun James Dooley), released in movie theatres and on DVD in 2005. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... First Flight is a 2006 computer animated short film produced by DreamWorks Animation. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hammys Boomerang Adventure is a short film based on the hit film Over the Hedge. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Traditionally-animated television series

Toonsylvania is an animated television series, which ran from 1998 through 2000 on the Fox Kids Saturday morning programing block. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Invasion America was an animated science fiction mini-series that aired on Kids WB!, produced by DreamWorks Animation (then part of DreamWorks proper, now its own company). ...

Computer-animated television series

Father of the Pride was an American animated television series that began broadcasting on NBC on August 31, 2004 and was one of the first CGI series in prime-time network TV (after UPNs Game Over). ... This article is about the TV channel. ... . Penguins! is an American animated TV series brodcasted on Nickelodeon, staring the Penguins from the 2005 film, Madagascar. ... This article is about the TV channel. ...

Sources

History

  • History of Pacific Data Images
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. 2004 Annual Report (PDF file)

PDF is an abbreviation with several meanings: Portable Document Format Post-doctoral fellowship Probability density function There also is an electronic design automation company named PDF Solutions. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE: DWA) is an American animation studio, producing primarily feature animated films.
DreamWorks Animation was formed by the merger of the feature animation division of DreamWorks SKG and Pacific Data Images (also known as PDI).
DreamWorks Animation also had a partnership with Aardman Animations, a stop-motion animation company in Bristol, England.
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