Ah, the two major factions. Whenever one studio releases a film, another comes and tries to imitate the concept. While Dreamworks has humor and pop culture references, it simply fails to touch the heart like other Pixar movies do. At least, that is my opinion. Aside from Shrek, Dreamworks Animation seems to either fail or make mediocre films that are only good for a laugh or two. Take any good comedy and have the characters wear animals suits and you have several dreamworks films.
So why is it that I, or many other people, prefer Pixar? Well, while lacking in actual adult humor, Pixar is make jabs with its mature wit, hidden messages and undertones. With the movie UP, Pixar was able to tell the main character’s entire backstory without words. That is truly a work of art. With the exception of Cars, each Pixar movie was a masterpiece in itself, whether it be the quirky characters, memorable animation, or simply amazing art. Instead of opting for straight realism, Pixar caricatures its odd brand of people, using big noses, eyes, or just making some weird proportions. Few other forms of animation are capable of captivating this many demographics.
If Dreamworks Animation wants to reach that level, it should not have to rely on pop cultural references, adult humor, and parental bonuses. Animated movies should be a medium for great stories, suspension of disbelief, and interpretation.