10 Most Successful Animated Movies

In 1937, Disney launched the first ever animated film “snow white and the seven dwarfs”. Since then the animated movies have grown into a very big industry with fans who are not only kids but adults too. Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks are the leading animation studios. The competition between the two has given us the most successful animated movies that were appreciated in every corner of the world.

10. Jungle Book

Jungle Book

The animated movie ‘Jungle Book’ was released in 1967 by Walt Disney Productions. It was the story of a boy who was brought up in a jungle by chimps. The movie became an instant hit and was loved by children and adults alike. It was extremely interesting animated movie and kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The story was taken from the famous book of Rudyard Kipling of the same name.

9. Frozen


In 2013, Disney presented the story of the love between two sisters. This was a nice change from the ‘girl meets boy’ theme of Disney movies. It is a tale of utter faith, trust, pent up emotions and love that wins in the end. It focused that the bond between two sisters is stronger than any romance either of them could ever have. This theme made it favorite among the public. Frozen earned $1,287,000,000 worldwide and is currently rated as one of the most successful animated movies on the world charts.

8. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

A 2003 3D production by Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of clownfish called Marlin who was overprotective of his child Nemo. Nemo was fed up with his father’s rule and swam too close to surface to prove himself. He gets taken away and now Marlin must set out to find his son way to Sydney Harbor. On his way he meets Dory who volunteers to help him. Finally Marlin learns that he should trust his son to take care of himself.

7. The Lion King

The Lion King

Who doesn’t remember Simba? The Lion King was the integral part of the childhood of every kid of 90’s. It was the life of a lion’s cub trying to avenge his father and take back the throne from his evil uncle. It was so emotional that there is no one who didn’t shed tears when Simba’s father, Mufasa died. The theme of this movie was influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet – surely another interesting feature. It remained most successful animated movie to date.

6. Minions


The film ‘Minions’ undoubtedly deserves a place on the list of most successful animated movies. It has become the most loved and most watched movie of the year 2015. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, the filmed got fame for its comedic tone and was immensely appreciated by the viewers despite some adverse criticism. It is now rated as the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.

5. Shrek 2

Shrek 2

The sequel to Shrek was released in 2004. The love story between a giant green ogre Shrek and a beautiful girl Fiona was obviously a very interesting subject. Fiona gave up her beauty to be with her one true love and they got married. Shrek 2 picks up the story from there. While Shrek and Fiona were very happy, Fiona’s parents decide to visit them. The problem is, they don’t know about the current state of their daughter’s beauty. They also don’t know her husband is not a charming prince. With such a clever plot, Shrek 2 is really an awesome animated movie.

4. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping beauty

A huge hit of 1959, this animated musical fantasy pictures a beautiful fairy tale love story. Princess Aurora gets cursed by a jealous witch Maleficent to die on her 16th birthday. Her guardian fairies are unable to revoke the curse but they manage to put a condition that she may be awakened by the kiss of true love. This is such a classic tale and is loved even today. It was adopted as a movie and starred Angelina Jolie.

3. Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

The next on the list of most successful animated movies is the story of a robot whose purpose is to comfort others. Baymax is the robot prodigy of a young boy named Hiro Hamada. The story is set in the city of San Fransokiyo, which is a very original idea. When Hiro falls into a potentially dangerous plot he transforms Baymax and his friends into a league of high tech heroes. What really made this movie a $657,827,828 worth success is the way it deals with depression and treats it as a problem and not an illusion.

2. Inside Out

Inside Out

This great animated movie personifies emotions. Released in 2015, the story revolves around an 11-years old girl Riley whose fortune turns upside-down when her family had to move to San Francisco. This move proves a tough thing for Riley but Joy tires to help her cope with her trials. Other emotions like Sadness get involved and slowly all that’s left in her head is Fear, Anger and Disgust. This movie has pictured abstractions as creatures that walk and talk in Riley’s mind. Each emotion speaks up and lets her know, the reasons of its existence in the situation.

1. Zootopia


Zootopia pictures mammal metropolis – a city of animals. The central character is a tiny rabbit joins who the police and realizes how hard it is to maintain law and order. She then decides to work on a complicated case to prove her worth. But she has to work with the ill-tempered fox that makes her life a hell by her wickedness. Zootopia deals with many adult themes in a light manner. It mainly focuses on bullying and its affects and how one should react to when being bullied by someone.

For their arresting themes and inspiring characters, the above lot of films is justified to be listed as the most successful animated movies of all times. Animations have given writers a platform where they can bring those ideas to life which can’t be acted out. The best instances are animated movies such as Inside Out and Shrek. The ice powers in frozen are just a way to express pent up aggression and feelings. These are the things that can only be done in animation. The fact that one can discuss or show any idea, no matter how bizarre it may seem has given animated movies an edge over films.

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