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Could this mean Disney’s industry reign is over?
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This is the DreamWorks Animation new movie Shrek Universe franchise could seriously threaten the dominance that The Walt Disney Company and in particular, their Walt Disney Animation Studios arm. It’s not DreamWorks first go at copying the animation giant, after all.
For decades, “Disney” has stayed at the top of the animation game. Since the days of snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Walt Disney Company’s first-ever full-length animated feature film, the name “Disney” has become synonymous with leading, world-class animation. The Walt Disney Company has even consistently been nominated in the same Academy Award category of “Best Animated Movie” at the Oscars — even beating themselves and associated studios like Pixar Animation Studios out for the win.
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The latest movie from the seems to have come from the Shrek franchise, The Last Wish: Puss in Boots 2022 is becoming absolutely rave reviews. The new website has received an impressive 95% rating on RottenTomatoes.com and a positive 93% audience score at the time of writing. Shrek spin-off starring Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots searching for a mythical wishing star, Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws, Harvey Guillén as Perrito, Florence Pugh as Goldilocks, Olivia Colman as Mama Bear, Ray Winstone as Papa Bear, Samson Kayo as Baby Bear, John Mulaney as “Big” Jack Horner, Wagner Moura as Wolf / Death, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Mama Luna, and Conrad Vernon as Gingy and Cody Cameron as Pinocchio, both reprising their roles from the original Shrek The movie (2001) and its sequels. Official description:
Puss in Boots finds that his passion and drive for adventure have taken its toll. He has now lost eight of nine lives. Puss sets off on an epic adventure to discover the mythical Last Wish, and restore his nine lives.
Rotten Tomatoes praises the film in glowing terms
Arriving more than a decade after the previous installment, the smart, sweet, and funny Pussy in Boots: The Last Wish proves some franchises only get better with age.
Though it’s still in theaters currently, the new Puss in Boots film seems to definitely be set up for success — as people are already calling it the X-Men “Logan” of the DreamWorks Shrek franchise. Compared to Disney Animation Studios’ newest theatrical outing, Strange World (2022) that debuted in cinemas recently and some considered a “flop”, Puss in Boots The Last Wish It appears that they have outdone themselves. Strange World, despite reaching the number one spot on streaming giant Disney+’s rankings (not unlike that of Encanto 2021), but only 72% of Rotten Tomatoes. Although it has its fair share fans who love the risk, Strange World is taking in terms of animation, it’s clear that Puss in Boots This film has a certain global appeal which will likely translate into future streaming success and box office success.
It’s definitely also interesting to note that DreamWorks is an animation company started from the very idea of becoming a rival to Walt Disney Animation — after ex-Disney Renaissance man Jeffrey Katzenberg exited from The Walt Disney Company, following a perceived snub from then-CEO Michael Eisner and internal tensions with Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney. The company began as DreamWorks SKG — where SKG stood for the initials of director and producer Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, and music executive David Geffen. DreamWorks Animation Studios, currently a subsidiary under NBCUniversal is a Comcast company.
Could the tide finally be turning in DreamWorks’ favor? It remains to see if they can keep up their outstanding streak of animation. Antonio Banderas seems keen to expand the franchise so it appears that we might not see the end of Shrek and his gang.
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