Over the years, DreamWorks Pictures has brought audiences a plethora of classic and beloved films such as Shrek, How to train your dragon, and more recently, Trolls. Founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen in 1994, DreamWorks’ success is largely due to their franchises which span multiple films – Madagascar, The Croods, and Kung Fu Panda to name a few.
The innovative use of open source software and Linux is another reason DreamWorks is so successful, which is why CTO Edwin R. Leonard won a special award at the 2008 Annies. to make audiences fall in love, DreamWorks’ animated feature films are among the most visually stunning. However, despite their popularity, there are seven notable films that didn’t have a sequel, denying audiences a chance to see what was to come for their favorite characters.
7 What happened to Z, Bala and the Antz colony?
Antz is one of DreamWorks’ most famous and best-received animations. Winner of several awards and nominated for countless others, Antz remains a beloved classic for adults and children alike. Much of the film’s popularity is due to the marketing and characterization of Z, the anxious worker ant who appeared in trailers speaking with his psychiatrist.
In the movie, it’s an apathetic drone trying to impress Princess Bala in the termite war. He ends up accidentally kidnapping her instead and taking her on a trash can adventure (Insectopia) where they fall in love. Ultimately, they foil a coup and save their colony, Z finding his place in the world. However, what happened next? Z and Bala have they gone on another adventure? Was there another war? Have the termites come back?
6 Prince of Egypt 2 could document discovery of giants
After the life of Moses, who eventually led the Jews out of Egypt, The prince of Egypt is a traditionally animated musical and DreamWorks’ first animated film to win an Oscar.
Not only was The prince of Egypt visually stunning and designed, but the story also stays true to the source, which ultimately sees Moses parting the Red Sea and leading his people to safety. However, there is plenty of room for a sequel: the story of how Moses receives the Ten Commandments, the struggles he faces to keep his people in line, and the tensions that arise when the 12 spies Moses sends in. the desert of Paran tell him its inhabitants are giants.
5 The cult status of the El Dorado road deserves a sequel
Initially exhausted by the critics, The Eldorado road eventually acquired cult status. The film follows the crooks, Miguel and Tulio, who win a map revealing the location of El Dorado, the City of Gold. Along the way, they meet Chel, a native of El Dorado who promises to help them maintain their cunning if they take her with them when they leave.
While pretending to be gods in order to steal gold from El Dorado, Miguel and Tulio changed their minds (due to the actions of the villainous Tzekel-Kan) and chose to save El Dorado instead. Tthe El Dorado road lets Chel, Miguel, and Tulio embark on a new adventure together, which is the perfect place to start a sequel.
4 The chickens in Chicken Run still have places to go
With marketing slogans like “this is not a girl’s movie”, why Chicken coop has no sequel but remains a mystery. Created by Peter Lord and Nick Park, the film is a stop motion masterpiece in the image of Wallace and Gromit.
Not only Chicken coop winning numerous awards, but it is still the highest grossing stop motion animated film to date. The plight of the chickens as they attempt to escape the evil Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy and their brutal farm makes their eventual escape even sweeter. But what happened after Ginger and Rocky succeeded in granting freedom to their herd?
3 The Rise Of The Guardians Deserves Its Own Franchise
The Rise of the Guardians is a 3D computer-animated action film and fantasy epic that features Jack Frost as the forgotten spirit of winter. Reminding The Avengers, the film brings together heroes such as Nicholas St. North (Guardian of Wonders), Aster Bunnymund (Guardian of Hope), Toothiana (Guardian of Memories) and Sandy the Sandman (Guardian of Dreams) to fight Pitch Black, the king of nightmares.
They eventually succeed, and by the end of the film, Jack accepts his title of Keeper of Pleasure, making way for a sequel as he explores his new place in the world.
2 Have the animals in Over The Hedge ever managed to hibernate again?
A hilarious and creative film based on a comic book of the same name by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, Above the hedgee deserves a sequel. Not only was it commercially and critically successful, but it’s one of the few DreamWorks films to employ satire and tackle American consumerism. In Above the limit, several woodland animals wake up from their hibernation to discover that their forest is now a housing estate.
All that is left of their forest is hidden behind a giant hedge, causing them to fear for their survival and their ability to find food. RJ (a raccoon) urges the animals to steal from humans for his own selfish needs, but eventually realizes his mistake and helps the woodland creatures in their attempt to survive. But, what happens next? Are they able to find new accommodation? Where do they hibernate now? Has Hammy shaken his addiction to fast food?
1 There’s more to explore with Captain Underpants
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book series, Captain Slip first caught the attention of DreamWorks in 1997. However, it took them until 2011 to convince Pilkey to sell the rights. They eventually managed to wear underwear over their clothes during Pilkey’s tour of DreamWorks studios, leading to the 2017 release of the superhero animated comedy, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Although there is a Netflix TV series – The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants – and a spin-off film in the works, there is currently no sequel in development. With so much to explore when it comes to the adventures of George, Harold, and their hypnotized hero, Mr. Krupp / Captain Underpants, DreamWorks is missing a thing.
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