Despite producing and distributing Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, one of the most highly-praised animated films of 2005, Dreamworks Animation revealed last week they probably won't see any profit for at least the first half of this year. According to the company, their film actually under-performed rather dramatically, and even the Oscar for best animated film isn't expected to bring any significant bounce. Their net returns for 2005, meanwhile, were down over $200 million from 2004's final net of $333 million.

Despite having read several articles about Dreamworks' earnings report, I'm still not sure exactly what the numbers mean, long-term. I do, however, know that they're not good. Essentially, if the company hopes to miraculously get into the black in the first half of 2006, Over the Hedge is going to need to earn at least $310 million worldwide. For the sake of comparison, that's slightly less than half of Madagascar's returns, and about equal to what Shark Tale made, so it's not an unattainable target. That said, however, have you seen the trailer? Yeah. Not likely to be a blockbuster.