Disney vs. DreamWorks: an animated debate

Although newer, DreamWorks has created its fair share of family classics.

Claudia Scherer and Ava Krueger


When it comes to instant family comfort films and guaranteed satisfaction, Disney is the clear winner in this debate. Disney has provided viewers with fairy tale classics for years– but they produce not only movies, but TV shows and documentaries as well. They provide a variety of genres for any mood or age, each of them exceptionally made.  

DreamWorks, on the other hand, is unreliable in its eccentricity: if you’re looking for a film and come across an unfamiliar DreamWorks production, brace yourself, for these are not agreeable watches. You’ll be thrown into a strange and unpredictable storyline whose experience is similar to that of being awkwardly friendzoned: uncomfortable and embarrassing, with the knowledge that after the process completes your life will never be the same. Take “The Bee Movie,” for example. The pain of watching a woman fall in love with a literal insect is almost too much to bear. 

Disney is and will forever be the superior company– and its generous variety and exceptional animation are the key to that success. Disney never fails to produce beautiful imagery and design in their animations. For example, the classic fairytale movies – “The Little Mermaid,” “Moana,” “Cinderella” and such –  boast vivid color schemes and lively scenes and scores. In addition to these comfort films, Disney provides viewers with a variety of other genres as well. It produces nature documentaries, musicals, live action movies, and more. From “Born in China” to “Hamilton” to “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Disney has it all. Furthermore, Disney’s own streaming service Disney+ carries all these unforgettable films and shows. Beat that, DreamWorks!

Disney animations are unarguably better-made and more pleasing to the eye than DreamWorks animations– the former is simple in its magical and dreamy vibes, and is perfectly unbeatable. 


Just imagine thinking Disney is better than DreamWorks. Imagine. I personally can’t even imagine a world where everyone prefers every single movie to have a tragic death of at least one parent over the live-action version of Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat”. 

I mean, the fabulous writing and strong emotion of DreamWorks movies is incredible and will undoubtedly go down in history: from “Shrek” to “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” DreamWorks made such a profound impact on almost all of our childhoods. I grew up with “Over the Hedge” and “Spirit,” and, although I thoroughly enjoy Disney movies, we all know that DreamWorks would rain hellfire on Disney in a fight. “Kung Fu Panda”: need I say more? They teach important lessons such as following your heart, the importance of family, littering and respecting wildlife, the importance of freedom, and following your dreams*.

The only movie Disney MIGHT even be able to compare is “Ratatouille”, but, even then, “Madagascar” reminds us just how magical DreamWorks is. Truly doing the Lord’s work, “The Bee Movie” and “Trolls” are just two more examples of why DreamWorks is– as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be–superior to Disney.

*the lessons of the movies appear in the same order as the aforementioned movies within the same paragraph