Dreamworks Animation has been releasing some truly engaging and imaginative films for over twenty years now. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment brings together ten of their biggest hits in one value-priced package. Read below to see what all you get with this great new set.

Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been ‘swamped’ with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to ‘persuade’ Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.

Shrek was exactly what Dreamworks Animation needed early in its run. The film was a critically acclaimed box office smash, and it was primed to be the start of a significant franchise. Perhaps more importantly, it gave the young studio an identity as a place where adults could come to laugh just as hard as the children. Shrek was a very subversive take on the traditional fairytale genre that had built the House of Mouse. As a kid at the time, Shrek felt kind of daring in its inherent middle-finger to manners. It may seem silly to think of in this way, but Shrek was very punk rock compared to the sweet, Top 40-friendly Disney. I mean, you literally have Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” on the film’s soundtrack. The vocal talent on display in the film was perfect; the pairing of Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy is as solid as they come. Plus, having John Lithgow show up as your Napoleon-esque villain is inspired. The franchise peaked after the equally excellent second installment, but this initial entry still holds up as a classic after nearly twenty years. The film may have a rough exterior, but like our protagonist, there is a lot of heart once you plumb the depths. 

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Join Spirit, a wild young mustang, as he sets out on an action-packed quest against impossible odds to regain his freedom and save his homeland. In his courageous and thrilling journey across the majestic wilderness of the American frontier, Spirit forms a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave, outwits a relentless squadron of soldiers, and falls for a beautiful paint mare named Rain. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2002 and featuring the voices of Matt Damon and James Cromwell, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron boasts glorious traditional animation and a soaring, adventure-filled story that’s perfect for the entire family.

Spirit is a film that holds a soft spot in my heart. Not only do I have fond memories of watching this in theaters with my family, it was also the film I watched with my now-wife on our first date a decade ago. The film was groundbreaking in the way that it was not groundbreaking. At this point in animation, having a family film without major comic relief or animals talking was nearly inconceivable. If you look back in animation history, this type of film was more commonplace, but Dreamworks Animation made a bold decision to treat this story with the respect it deserved. This film plays out without much in the way of dialogue outside of some internal thoughts voiced by Matt Damon. It is through body language that this movie conveys emotions, and that works quite effectively. This may be a bit too slow to keep the youngest of audiences entertained, and you can make the argument that the tale has been too sanitized just to appeal to families, but this remains a beautiful film that hits just the right emotional beats. 

Madagascar (2005)

Longing to roam free in the vast landscapes of Mother Africa, Marty, the bored and dejected zebra of the famous Central Park Zoo, escapes his prison on the night of his tenth birthday celebration. However, after a botched rescue attempt by Marty’s companions–Alex, the content lion; Melman, the skittish giraffe, and Gloria, the resolute hippo–the friends will find themselves crated up and shipped off to a remote wildlife preserve, only to end up on the sandy shores of exotic Madagascar. At last, Marty’s dream will come true; nevertheless, what does it really mean to be a truly wild animal?

Madagascar is another one of the more important films for Dreamworks Animation, as it brought about multiple sequels, spinoffs, and television shows. The film is one that works less for adults than something such as Shrek, but still offers up a quick, enjoyable journey for any age. The strength of this franchise is the strong vocal talents that you have attached to it. Ben Stiller feels right as Alex, the bold lion who does not realize how sheltered he truly is. When you have an energetic character like Marty, the zebra who lights a match under this crew, Chris Rock seems like a natural fit with his abounding charisma. David Schwimmer, who made a name playing something of a beta-male on Friends, has the voice of someone who is unsure and  riddled with anxiety, which matches up with the giraffe, Melman. And finally, Jada Pinkett Smith is the perfect blend of confidence and sweetness that brings a real warmth to Gloria the hippopotamus. While it does not have as much to say as other entries into the Dreamworks Animation cannon, Madagascar is easily the best entry in the popular franchise, as it uses some of the more popular characters like the penguins or King Julien more sparingly. 

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodle-slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the Dragon Warrior. With groundbreaking animation and high-kicking humor, the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda is delightful entertainment for the whole family.

Kung Fu Panda is another home run for the Dreamworks Animation brand. This is partly due to the fantastic voice work from the always-reliable Jack Black, but it is mostly due to the thoughtful script upon which the film is built. The story is one that honors that art of kung fu as something beyond just the physical implementation that children playfully mimic. This actually delves into the philosophy and spiritual aspects that is at the heart of kung fu. This is not a film that is preaching to you, but instead chooses to reveal certain beliefs that are key to reaching inner-peace. This is a mature film, but it is also delightfully silly at points to better underscore the journey that Po takes from his immature ways to one who has become the best version of himself. A decade into their existence, Dreamworks Animation really grew up to deliver an excellent blend of comedy, drama and action. 

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

A young Viking named Hiccup lives on the windswept island of Berk, where his father Stoic the Vast is the tribe’s feared chief, and fighting dragons is part of every young warrior’s training. But Hiccup’s destiny of becoming a prized dragon fighter takes an unexpected diversion when he saves and befriends an injured dragon, Toothless. Hiccup now embarks on a mission of his own to convince his tribe to abandon its barbaric tradition of ruthless dragon-slaying and try out some new methods.

Two years after Kung Fu Panda, Dreamworks Animation showed that their maturity was no fluke with another start of a thoughtful franchise, How to Train Your Dragon. For how popular the film is, it still feels somewhat underrated compared to contemporary animated films. The world that this creative team establishes and the engrossing characters they introduce is perfection. The character-driven symmetry between Hiccup and Toothless mixed with unabashed friendship between the two establishes the pair as one of the great animated pairings. The story is so simple, but so rich at the same time. The sheer number of dragons they design in this movie is truly impressive, made even more so by the way they display personality physically rather than verbally. In my opinion, this is one of the crown jewels of the Dreamworks Animation brand. Not only does this film work on pretty much every level, it has also spawned the most consistent sequels. 

The Croods (2013)

Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure about the family bonds that are tested but can never be broken. When Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an inventive young man, comes into Eep’s (Emma Stone) life, her father, Grug (Nicolas Cage), sees his status as the protector of the family threatened. When their cave is destroyed, the Croods have no choice but to trust the newcomer and set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises and a whole new world of adventure!

The Croods halts the upward trend in quality for Dreamworks Animation, instead settling on a passable entertainment on the level of something such as Madagascar. The film does not dig too deep to say something new or meaningful. It instead plays more toward the younger viewers in the audience with fast and colorful animation that is nonetheless quite visually appealing. There is a place for this type of harmless experience, but you not be hailing this as a landmark in family animation. The most enjoyable part of the endeavor is the talented voice cast, especially Nic Cage. It is interesting to see Cage somewhat play into his mannerisms while not allowing the character to seem too unhinged. Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds also bring their likable energy to the characters in a way that is pleasantly engaging. With another pass on the script to make it more engaging to the older viewers in the audience, this could have been elevated to something really memorable. As it stands, it will occupy the young ones while being passably entertaining for older audiences. 

Home (2015)

Directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz), HOME features the voice talents of Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” The Muppets), Grammy winner Rihanna (Battleship), Oscar and Emmy winner Steve Martin (The Pink Panther, Father of the Bride) and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol,” Maid In Manhattan).

Home once again finds the creative direction trending more towards engagement of the younger set rather than fun for the entire family. This film does not really deliver much that you have not seen before. The most commendable aspect of the film is the fact that the studio was finally branching out to make a person of color the main protagonist for one of their films. It is a shame that the film could not have been more well-rounded, such as Moana or Coco. Rihanna does a decent job as Tip, but the stunt casting never really feels incredibly natural at the end of the day. Jim Parsons is at his most idiosyncratic as our alien, Oh. I have enjoyed Parsons ever since I discovered him in Garden State, but he is a lot to handle in this role. There are some decently engaging themes in the film, but the film is so frenetic that it makes it a difficult sell emotionally. The world is bright and beautiful enough to keep forgiving audiences passably entertained, but those looking for something deeper in their narratives may feel a bit underwhelmed. 

Trolls (2016)

The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

In the tradition of Hollywood turning just about any intellectual property into a film, Trolls was released in 2016 to immense box office success. The surprising thing about the film based on the fuzzy headed dolls was that it was actually quite good. Anna Kendrick is the perfect choice for the sweetly optimistic Poppy, who is more than happy to introduce the audience to the colorful, happy world. The story had a great set of supporting characters, catchy songs and an inspiring message about finding happiness within oneself. It is with no shame that I admit that the ending performance of “True Colors” really brought it in the feelings department. The film could have easily been a quick cash grab that pandered to children and grated on adults, but it had a lot of heart that elevated it above many films of a similar nature. 

The Boss Baby (2017)

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton suddenly finds his share of parental love plummeting when his new baby brother (Alec Baldwin) arrives — wearing a suit and toting a briefcase — and makes it clear to everyone that he’s in charge. But when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is on a secret mission, he reluctantly agrees to team up with his pint sized sibling for an epic adventure that might just change the world!

The Boss Baby is not as bad as the title may make it seem, but it is not much better either. This film makes no bones about focusing squarely on the youngsters in the audience. Sure, it may throw in some Glengarry Glen Ross references for the adults in the audience, but clever allusions such as that are few and far between. The film mostly relies on more juvenile jokes in the realm of potty humor. This is a shame, as the performance from Alec Baldwin is actually a pretty funny turn for the actor. The film is not offensively bad, but it does stand out as the weakest in this group of films. There are some worthwhile themes at play regarding family that feel appropriate for children, but that is not enough to satisfy the parents watching it with them. 

Abominable (2019)

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

As the newest film in this set, Abominable sees Dreamworks Animation shifting back to the mode that audiences and critics really respond to. We are talking about a lovingly made film similar in tone to How To Train Your Dragon. The characters themselves do not have the boldest personalities, but the story is strong enough to make up for this. The way in which the story embraces the Chinese culture is pretty wonderful and really refreshing to see in this context. It was also a breath of fresh air that the film chose to not saddle Yi with any of the typical situations for a female such as an underdeveloped romance or the need to prove her strength to others. Yi was a more than capable character that brought a lot to the story. Abominable is a visually stunning film filled with beautiful landscapes and detailed character designs. The film could have used a bit more personality to set itself apart from others, but it is a really pleasant film as is. 

Video Quality

The Dreamworks 10-Movie Collection comes to Blu-Ray with ten stunning and vibrant 1080p transfers. All ten of the discs included in the collection are exactly the same as previous individual releases. Due to the similar nature of these films, they will be discussed as a group with any necessary differences pointed out. The colors present in these transfers are practically leaping off the screen with the wide range of hues permeating every inch of the frame. The textures, from the character designs to the environments, are extremely impressive and give the films a real sense of depth. One of the areas where the studio really excels is the fluidity of the character designs. All of the individual traits of each character are unique and natural to the world. The level of detail these animators put into each environment shines through here. Black levels are incredibly strong throughout with no hint of compression artifacts or digital anomalies of the sort. The only limitations to these transfers seem to be inherent with the source, but even the earliest film, Shrek, looks mighty wonderful. The films get more crisp as the years go by, but any flaws along the way are extremely minor, such as the occasional bleeding line or brief banding. These discs are about as close to perfect as a Blu-Ray disc can look.

Audio Quality

Similar to the video portion, these Blu-Rays offer up a superior auditory experience that should please fans. These ten releases offer up four different audio options between them. Shrek comes with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, while Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon sport a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. The Croods, Home, Trolls and The Boss Baby come equipped with a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio track, and Abominable goes all out with a Dolby Atmos track. There are some differences in how dynamic the sounds are from film to film, but every presentation sounds fantastic. All of these tracks are supremely engaged and active. The dialogue and voice work never falters in clarity. The score and special effects are balanced well so that no lines of dialogue are ever overwhelmed within the mix. The main dialogue is anchored in the center channel with occasional instances of people communicating from off-screen. Environmental sounds typically fill the surround speakers with subtle sounds. Action sequences result in sounds panning around the room in a really cool way. The low end is engaged way more than you would imagine for films of this sort. Music drops fill the side and rear speakers in a way that makes your room come alive. These films are probably not the first you would think of to show off your system, but they deliver active enough tracks that you certainly could. 

Special Features

Shrek

  • Audio Commentary: Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and Producer Aron Warner provide some interesting insights into the production from taking the film to the Cannes Film Festival to improv used in the film. 
  • The Animators’ Corner: You can choose to watch the film with a picture-in-picture frame in which behind-the-scenes details are explored throughout the film. There are occasional lulls, but it is pretty consistent with interesting information. 
  • Shrek’s Interactive Journey: Explore the inspiration for the various lands in the film with an interactive map featuring exclusive artwork. 
  • Spotlight on Donkey: A twelve-minute look at the character of Donkey from his development to his evolution throughout the series and what Eddie Murphy brings to the role. 
  • The Secrets of Shrek: A four-minute examination of all of the various fairytales they incorporated into the film and the connections to other Dreamworks Animation properties. 
  • Deleted Scenes: An eight-minute look at three deleted scenes introduced by the creative team and showcased through rough storyboards. Scenes include an unused prologue for Fiona, Lord Farquaad explaining his plan to Shrek and Fiona getting the group lost. 
  • Shrek, Rattle & Roll: A selection of videos which features the more musical aspects of the film including Shrek In The Swamp Karaoke Dance Party, music videos from Baha Men and Smash Mouth, a selection from Shrek The Musical and a JukeBox of music from various Dreamworks Animation properties. 

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

  • Audio Commentary: Producer Mireille Soria and Directors Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook provide a very informative track from the origins of the project to how they wanted to properly convey the majesty of our land and the emotional resonance of the film. 
  • Learn to Draw Spirit with James Baxter: A fourteen-minute tutorial with the Supervising Animator in which he guides you through how to draw the titular horse. 
  • Animating Spirit: A seven-minute look at the journey to bring Spirit to life including the blend of traditional and digital animation. 
  • The Songs of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron: A ten-minute look at the music in the film from artist Bryan Adams and composer Hans Zimmer. Due to the lack of dialogue in the film, the music has to function somewhat as the voice of Spirit. 
  • Storyboards: Four scenes are provided in rough storyboard form with optional commentary from the filmmakers. It is interesting to see the evolution from these rough ideas to the finished form. 
  • International Star Talent: A nearly three-minute look at the voices that are in the movie including Matt Damon and Bryan Adams. Since this film is traveling all around the world, this feature also details the talented individuals they hired to dub in other languages. 

 

Madagascar

  • Audio Commentary: Directors Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell give an enthusiastic take on the film with interesting anecdotes from the production including ad libs from the cast and crew. Pretty standard, but quite interesting. 
  • Mad Trivia Pop Up: The disc gives you the option to watch the film with fun facts popping up throughout the film that are fairly entertaining. 
  • The Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper: A twelve-minute Christmas short featuring the penguins that is really fun. I’ll be watching this again closer to Christmas. 
  • Mad Mishaps: A minute-and-a-half look at some of the animated fudge ups that happened during production. 
  • Meet The Wild Cast: An eight-minute look at the talented voice cast in the film featuring some brief interviews with the actors where they detail their characters a bit. The producers also go into why each individual worked so well as their character. 
  • Behind The Crates: A 23-minute fairly informative behind-the-scenes featurette which delves into the inception of the story, design work and development of the film. This goes to some interesting places including the filmmakers trip to the island nation to gather ideas. 
  • The Tech of Madagascar: A five-minute look at how the animated tools have developed over the years to bring the film to life. There are some compelling discussions with the animators that reveal what exactly goes into tackling something like this. 
  • Penguin Chat: A nine-minute in-character look at the movie with the fan-favorite penguins. I enjoyed the banter between them for this. 
  • Enchanted Island: An eight-minute look at the real-life island of Madagascar including the landscapes and plant life. This is probably the most educational of all of the featurettes. 

Kung Fu Panda

  • Inside Kung Fu Panda
    • Audio Commentary: Directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson give an easy-going dissection of their film from the journey to the big screen to the style they wanted to bring to this production. They also share some amusing anecdotes about the vocal talents in the film and what each person brought to the role. 
    • Trivia Track: The disc gives you the option to watch the film with fun facts popping up throughout the film that are fairly entertaining. 
    • The Animators’ Corner: You can choose to watch the film with a picture-in-picture frame in which behind-the-scenes details are explored throughout the film. There are occasional lulls, but it is pretty consistent with interesting information. 
    • Meet The Cast: A 13-minute look at the talented voice cast in the film featuring some brief interviews with the actors where they detail their characters a bit. The producers also go into why each individual worked so well as their character. 
    • Pushing The Boundaries:A seven-minute look at how the animated tools have developed over the years to bring the film to life. There are some compelling discussions with the animators that reveal what exactly goes into tackling something like this. 
    • Conservation International – Help Save Wild Pandas: A two-minute featurette in which actor Jack Black gives you some information on real-life pandas and what you can do to help ensure their survival. 
  • Po’s Power Play: Two interactive games you can play and a tutorial on how to draw your favorite characters. 
  • Sounds And Moves of Kung Fu
    • Sound Design: A four-minute look at the complex sound design of the film. 
    • “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video: The lively two-and-a-half minute video from Cee-Lo Green.
    • Learn The Panda Dance: A four-minute tutorial showing you how to perform dances inspired by the film. 
    • Do You Kung Fu?: A 24-minute lesson that takes you through the basics of some of the kung fu styles featured in the film. 
  • Land Of The Panda
    • Mr. Ping’s Noodle House: A five-minute featurette with Food Network’s Alton Brown that takes you through how to prepare noodles. 
    • How To Use Chopsticks: A three-minute tutorial that teaches you how to properly use chopsticks. 
    • Inside The Chinese Zodiac: A look at the Chinese Zodiac and what each animal means for your personality. You get to choose the year you were born and learn more from there. 
    • Animals of Kung Fu Panda: A six-minute look at the styles of kung fu in the film and how they developed over the years.
    •  What Fighting Style Are You?: An interactive quiz that determines what fighting style suits you best. 

 

How to Train Your Dragon

  • Audio Commentary: Directors/Co-Writers Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois and Producer Bonnie Arnold provide an informative track that offers up a nice balance of story-driven musings with technical details. They have an obvious excitement for the project that makes for a really entertaining track. 
  • Frozen: A full 23-minute episode of Dragons: Defenders of Berk entitled “Frozen”. 
  • Book Of Dragons: An 18-minute journey through the Book Of Dragons where you get to learn further details about the different kinds of dragons. 
  • The Ultimate Book of Dragons: An interactive version of the book which allows you to explore the characteristics of dragons even further. 
  • The Animators’ Corner: You can choose to watch the film with a picture-in-picture frame in which behind-the-scenes details are explored throughout the film. There are occasional lulls, but it is pretty consistent with interesting information. 
  • Trivia Track: The disc gives you the option to watch the film with fun facts popping up throughout the film that are fairly entertaining. 
  • Viking-Sized Cast: A 12-minute look at the talented voice cast in the film featuring some brief interviews with the actors where they detail their characters a bit. The producers also go into why each individual worked so well as their character. 
  • How To Draw A Dragon: Supervising Animator Gabe Hordos gives an 11-minute tutorial in which he shows you the trick to drawing a dragon. 
  • The Story Behind The Story: An eight-minute look at taking the spirit of the book and translating it to a mesmerizing story on screen. 
  • The Technical Artistry Of Dragon: A ten-minute look at how the designs of the dragons are a really impressive feat of technology. The creative team really pushed the boundaries to create the most impressive visuals possible. 
  • Gobber’s Training Secrets: Six lessons totaling two minutes that gives you a breakdown on how to actually tame these wonderful creatures. 

The Croods

  • The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods: An interactive menu in which you can choose to learn more about some of the creatures featured in the film. 
  • Belt’s Cave Journal: A six-minute look at Belt’s history as told by his companion, Guy. This uses some pleasing, basic animation that is pretty charming. 
  • Crood’s Cuts (Lost Scenes): Writers/Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco introduce four scenes that were not completed, but are shown in very primitive stages. All of this footage totals about eight minutes. 
  • Be An Artist:  Supervising Animator Sean Sexton gives a 35-minute overview on how to draw various characters from the film in great detail. 
  • Theatrical Trailer: The two-minute trailer provides a nice overview of the film without spoiling all of the best parts. 

 

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Home 

  • Best Party Ever!: A minute-long invitation to the Blu-Ray “party” from the aliens. 
  • Oh’s Party Place: A branching collection of music- and party-related extras featuring music videos, clips from the film, tips for throwing a party and more. 
  • Short Boovies: A nine-minute collection of amusing shorts related to the film that showcase the Boov’s experiences on Earth.  
  • Deleted Scenes: Director Tim Johnson introduces six scenes that were not completed, but are shown in very primitive stages. This material adds up to 26 minutes. 
  • Be An Artist!: Story Artist Andy Erekson gives a 23-minute overview on how to draw various characters from the film in great detail. 
  • Oh’s Other Extras: A selection of additional features including a mobile game advertisement, thoughts from the voice cast, an image gallery and a theatrical trailer. 

Trolls

  • Travel Through The Troll Village: A five-minute journey through the Troll Village with introductions to important characters by my personal favorite, Cloud Guy. 
  • The Potion For Stop-Motion: A five-minute look at how the creative team brought Poppy’s fantasy world to life. This provides a fun look at arts and crafts. 
  • Creating Troll Magic: A five-minute in-depth look at how the world at large was brought to life, including the necessity for planning ahead. 
  • Inside The Bunker: Cloud Guy takes you on a three-minute tour inside Branch’s survival bunker. I’m always down for more time with Cloud Guy. 
  • Deleted Scenes: Nearly eight minutes of unused material as introduced by the directors. There is a lot of really funny stuff to watch here. 
  • Troll 2 Troll: A five-minute series of debates between Poppy and Branch that is really amusing. 
  • Theatrical Trailer: The two-minute trailer does a great job of setting up the film. 

 

The Boss Baby 

  • Babycorp And You: A three-minute orientation video for new employees at Babycorp.
  • The Forever Puppy Infomercial: A two-minute infomercial hosted by Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi) that goes into all of the special features of this eternally youthful puppy. 
  • Babies Vs. Puppies – Who Do You Love?: A nearly four-minute news story from News After Your Bedtime that debates the tough issues. 
  • The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time: A fun four-minute short film in which you get a look at the duo’s imaginary adventures. 
  • The Boss Baby’s Undercover Team: A two-minute look at the side characters from the Babycorp team that are important to the mission. 
  • Cookies Are For Closers – Inside Babycorp: A four-minute overview of the characters and what has brought them to Babycorp. There are some fun tidbits from the cast and crew throughout. 
  • The Great Sibling Competition: A nearly four-minute featurette in which the cast and crew detail some of their personal experiences when it comes to sibling rivalries. 
  • Happy Accidents – The Deleted Scenes of The Boss Baby: Twelve minutes of unused material as introduced by the director. There is some amusing stuff here that is shown via some rough animatics.
  • Gallery: A selection of animated stills featuring concept artwork. 
  • Theatrical Trailer: The two-minute trailer sells the film efficiently. 

Abominable 

  • Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Jill Culton, Co-Director Todd Wilderman, Producer Suzanne Buirgy, Producer/Chief Creative Officer Peilin Chou, Head of Character Animation John Hill, Production Designer Max Boas, and Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Edwards bring a ton of information to the proceedings without ever feeling too unwieldy. Several of the insights posited here made me appreciate the film even more. 
  • Dreamworks Short – Marooned: A really charming seven minute short about a robot left behind on a lunar base. This gave me a bit of a Wall-E feel. 
  • Show & Tell (Original Short): A three-minute short that focuses on a group of yetis that ties in quite nicely to the film. I also enjoyed the unique animation style of the short. 
  • Deleted Scenes: Four deleted scenes totaling nearly eleven minutes featuring introductions to each by Writer/Director Jill Culton and Co-Director Todd Wilderman. These scenes are still in their storyboard phase, but they are worth checking out. 
  • Making A Myth (Movie): A seven-minute discussion of the inspiration for the story, unique character qualities, the voice work and more. This is a pleasing overview of the different elements of the film.
  • Animating Abominable: A five-minute look at what went into animating the environments and the characters. The creative team really tried to capture the Chinese culture in an authentic manner. 
  • Meet The Cast: An eight-minute assortment of interviews with the cast in which they discuss what brought them to the film. There are some charming insights, especially from Chloe Bennet. 
  • Your Yeti Care Guide: A nearly three-minute look at what goes into taking care of a new pet. 
  • Courage To Dream: A three-minute look at Yi as a major role model. This is not incredibly in depth, but I enjoyed hearing some of the perspectives from the cast and crew. 
  • An Abominable Tour With Chloe Bennet: The voice of Yi takes you on a five minute tour through some of the important locations featured in the film. This is especially informative for younger audiences or those who do not have a great knowledge of other cultures. 
  • Everest’s Talk Box: A five-minute look at creating the voice of Everest with Joe Izzo. 
  • Cooking With Nai Nai: A four-minute featurette with Tsai Chin and Chef Shirley whipping up some pork buns. Don’t watch this one hungry! 
  • How to…Abominable: Story Artist Daniel Tal gives a 21-minute overview on how to draw various characters from the film in great detail. This feature also details how to construct a Chinese Lantern. 
  • You Can Speak Yeti-ese: A four-minute series of tips from Chloe Bennet in which she explains how to speak the elusive language employed by the lovable yeti. 
  • Nai Nai Says: Two minutes of some useful advice from the grandmotherly character in the film. We would all probably be better off if we followed her ideas. 

 

Final Thoughts

Dreamworks Animation has released some of the most entertaining animated films of the past several decades. In this collection alone, you get stone cold classics such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. There are a couple of creative missteps along the way, but even they are worth watching at least once. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released a terrific collection filled with great films, a top notch A/V presentation and a slew of special features. Couple this with the value pricing for the Dreamworks 10-Movie Collection and you have an essential set for animation fans. Even if you already own a couple of these, it would benefit you to pick up this new collection for the attractive price and space-saving packaging. Recommended 

Dreamworks 10-Movie Collection is currently available to purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD. 

Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.

Disclaimer: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has supplied a copy of this set free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.

 

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