DreamWorks Animation Logo

One of the biggest and relatively new studios is DreamWorks Animation. It has a short logo history, but full of fun variations. Originally spun off from DreamWorks Pictures SKG in 2004, DreamWorks Animation is now owned by Comcast/NBCUniversal. 

For the logo, we see a boy rising through the sky with balloons into the crescent moon.  His balloons continue above him and burst to form the colorful DreamWorks logo.  For films not starting with the original score, many films have the logo accompanied by the adapted Shrek cue "Fairytale" (Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell).

Here is a brief history of the logo and some fun film variations.

DreamWorks Logo (1998 - 2003)
As seen here in The Prince of Egypt (1998)

DreamWorks Animation Logo (2004 - 2009)
First seen in Shrek 2 (2004)

DreamWorks Animation Logo (2006 change)
Boy and moon stays over the text
Seen here in Shrek the Third (2007)

DreamWorks Animation Logo (2010 - 2017)
Nighttime sky with cloud-swooshing line and hook
First seen in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

20th Anniversary Logo (2014)
Seen here in How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

DreamWorks Animation Logo (2018 - Current)
Mix of 2D and 3D painted clouds forming the logo
New fanfare by John Powell

25th Anniversary Montage & Logo (2020)
Seen here in Trolls World Tour (2020)

And now for some fun logo variations:

Shrek (2001) - A little Shrek pop at the end of the logo

Bee Movie (2007) - The boy gets stung and falls off the moon while Barry takes his place

Kung Fu Panda (2008) - An animal dashes up to the moon and fishes the logo up

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) - The boy gets dragged away, Penguins take his place and reel in a fish and high five each other. "Ice cold sushi for breakfast"

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) - B&W logo has a UFO appear over the boy and beam him up

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - Toothless flies in the dark background's new design

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - Flower petals rise to form Master Oogway who fishes the logo up

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) - Logo appears over blue African sky

Rise of the Guardians (2012) - Jack Frost swirls snowflakes in the moon as the font freezes over

The Croods (2013) - An ember illuminates cave paintings and the logo

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) - Sherman has a blast taking his turn fishing on the moon

Penguins of Madagascar (2014) - The logo appears on the glacier which crashes to show the Penguins atop each other fishing

Home (2015) - The boy gets picked up and replaced by Oh

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) - Po climbs several stairs only to relax in the moon and fish the logo up

Trolls (2016) - Fairytale is sung acapella as the logo turns into a scrapbook page

The Boss Baby (2017) - Fairytale gets a music box arrangement and the logo appears in a mobile

Trolls World Tour (2020) - The logo turns into a scrapbook page as a Hard Rock Troll plays an guitar riff

The Croods: A New Age (2020) - Belt illuminates the logo,  gives his usual "dun dun dun" and settles down on the moon

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  1. I want to thank you to Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell.

  2. It's not always Fairy Tale from Shrek for the music. What are the other mélodies ?