Pixar vs Dreamworks

Shrek 2 vs The Incredibles

I hope I haven’t made it a secret that I prefer Pixar films, because this match-up takes me back to an instance where Dreamworks went out of its way to piss fanboys off. Shrek 2 had done very well over the summer of 2004. Not only did it break the box office record set by Finding Nemo the previous year (for a domestically released animated film,) Dreamworks decided to move the home video release event date from Tuesday to an unprecedented Friday. Why? To steal as much thunder from The Incredibles opening weekend as possible.

The fact that Shrek 2 didn’t do it for me is personal thing, as is the fact that Incredibles is my favorite of the Pixar films. But Dreamworks forcing families to choose one or the other, as if making half a billion dollars entitled it to eliminate animation coexistence, was such a deliberately underhanded maneuver that I’ve only just recently stopped caring about…. Oh God, the games! Right, this is about the games... Both are insipid platformers hastily cobbled together to dupe children out of money and remain an insult to the medium. Happy?

The Incredibles

“Seems to take for granted that because it is aimed squarely at kids, it doesn't have to bother being very good. That's a shame.” - Cory Casciato, GamersHell

Shrek 2

“That it's over in a few short hours (whatever your abilities) and that everything's very contrived and undemanding is, in fact, rather the point.” – Tom Bramwell, Eurogamer

Cars vs Over the Hedge

You can tell a lot about a studio based on their “worst” film. So while Cars is Pixar’s least critically beloved movie, it was incredibly profitable, remains a merchandising powerhouse and has a sequel in the works for 2011. Now compare that to Over the Hedge, a movie most people forget exists even though it’s based on a fifteen-year-old comic strip that is still being produced. Thus, in 2006, Pixar reclaimed the (bad, movie licensed) gaming crown, and Cars would even go on to become the #2 best-selling game of 2006 in the US… seriously!


“…Cars is a likable little racing adventure. The gameplay is nothing outstanding, but it's fun enough while it lasts…” – Mr. Mikel Reparaz, GamesRadar

Over the Hedge

“Ugh... another sad movie tie-in bleeds fun out of our lives.” - Gabe Graziani, GamesRadar

Ratatouille vs Bee Movie

A colossal battle between little critters in a big world?! Nah, just the standard deception built to last as long as the movie’s media blitz. FACT: GamesRadar has the lowest score for Bee Movie Game in the history of Metacritic. So, in an arcane bit of hindsight that’ll never be revisited following the end of this sentence, that pretty much makes us heroes!


“Ratatouille - the latest Pixar anthropomorphic animal flick - bucks this trend and offers a solid platformer that doesn’t feel like Disney’s trying to rape your wallet.” – Shane Patterson, GamesRadar

Bee Movie

“Don't force us to play the minigames to expand the already-uninspiring campaign. It's sloppy game design, and it drags Bee Movie Game even further into the mud.” – Andrew Hayward, GamesRadar

Wall-E vs Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is the odd Dreamworks duckling, in that it’s actually a really good movie. Great, even! Of course, Wall-E was a way better movie… although, that didn’t save the game based off of it from playing like interactive ass. Sadder still, the PS2 version scored about 15 points higher than its console counterparts, making Wall-E one of the lowest rated Pixar games ever, despite being based on Pixar’s highest meta-scoring movie. Kung Fu Panda, on the other hand, performed so well it got a game sequel, and Microsoft even saw fit to showcase it as a pack-in with family-friendly Xbox 360 console bundles. Sorry Pixar, looks like being the first game to license a Hello Dolly song can only get you so far…


“Damn you, Wall-E…” Rob Taylor, Xbox World 360

Kung Fu Panda

“If the film didn’t exist, the game would still stand alone as a long-lasting shiny romp.” – Jem Roberts, Xbox World 360


  • hatebreeder - June 10, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Why am I not surprised that chirs is behind this article lol, good read man. I loved that toy story genesis game. I coudln't believe the graphics first time I saw it! Nice work Mr. Huantista
  • tomthespesh - June 10, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Nice but I agree Pixar is much better than Dreamworks but never having played any of these games for any real amount of time means no comment on the games. Still Cars is one of my all time favourite movies (I know it's kiddy and I'm 18 but I loves it) and it's seen as the weak link in Pixar?!? Also did Wall-E have companion cunbes??
  • oufour - June 10, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    and yet, pixar movies are so much better.
  • Cyberninja - June 10, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    so activison killed pixar games is what your telling us dont worth i like pixar more anyway.
  • darkvare - June 10, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    lol buzz has a really weird look on the first game cover
  • PhantomOfKrankor - June 10, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I blame Dan Amrich.
  • rafa_slash - June 10, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    I thought How to train your Dragon (the movie not the game) was pretty good, but other than that I completely agree with your view of Dreamworks
  • atomgrad - June 10, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    bahahaha was not expecting that Seinfeld pic!
  • fattoler - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    The way you said "Hope it feels good, DW" made you sound like Launchpad from Darkwing Duck.
  • Levy - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

  • DaveBoyle - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    I may have been 7, but I loved the game for A Bugs Life
  • ATLAS - June 10, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I never realized how paralell some of Dreamworks' films are to Pixar's. reCAPTCHA: tennant Professor. Homeschooling? No, wait, that's tenant.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 10, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I recently looked for the first Shrek in the Netflix catalogue. What I saw made me fall into a near-suicide depression: the first 4 items were the movies, and the next 10 were DVD games, AKA interactive menus. I had never known that Shrek was whored out THAT much. Also, I remember playing Toy Story for the SNES. I recall it had a pretty good soundtrack. I could never get past the RC car level, though: my underdeveloped brain didn't understand what do.
  • NotBraze - June 10, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Hey Chris, have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? I agree with you that most of DreamWorks Animations' movies are crap, but, in my opinion, How to Train Your Dragon was actually better than Kung Fu Panda. I'd even go so far as to say that it was a Pixar caliber movie. If you haven't seen it yet, it's definitely worth checking out. As for the games, I think Pixar has suffered from farming their games out to THQ. Hopefully now that the geniuses at Pixar are developing them in house things should be better.
  • Conman93 - June 10, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Did not expect that result!!
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - June 11, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    @Cyberninja Dammit! That was a way more sensational way to put it! Headline: ACTIVISION KILLED PIXAR!! But yeah, it was THQ @NotBraze I have it on good authority that How to Train Your Dragon is great. Charlie and T-Wilde have already scolded me on this fact
  • Mexicutioner - June 11, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    How the hell is Shrek Forever After doing so well?! Damn you Activision for doing your job!
  • azzam - June 11, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    except for How To Train Your Dragon, i think all DW films are mostly forgettable craps.
  • Eultima - June 11, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    got toy story 3...playing it right now actually. Highest rated movie game ive ever seen......81 for Shrek....seriously???? O_O
  • 8bitBaby - June 11, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    ughk! i hhhhhhhhhhhate dreamworks! i would never go anywhere near a game that had anything to do with them.

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