1. Shrek 2
Year released: 2004
Overall U.S. box office gross: $441.2 millionWho knew that Mike Myers' fake Scottish accent from his "All Things Scottish" Saturday Night Live skit and So I Married An Axe Murderer would be enough to build an animation empire around. This film not only doubled the take of its 2001 predecessor, but it established DreamWorks (DWA) animation as a legitimate competitor to Disney and Pixar while paving the way for hits like Shark Tale, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Over The Hedge. We're not quite sure what makes an ogre Scottish or why this is the only silly kid-oriented film series Eddie Murphy doesn't get yelled at for making, but adult audiences still owe Myers and company a debt of gratitude for re-introducing some adult humor to the fairy tale kingdom. -- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.