Seven of the 50 top-grossing films of all time are animated films. Once confined to the realm of stick figures and flip books, animation has become a medium capable of telling complex, human stories.
Three main studios have pioneered the animated film over the past several decades: Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks. With almost every release, these studios broke new ground in animation technology and developed practices that are now standard in the industry. Along the way, Hollywood has produced timeless classics that compete with many of the latest animated blockbuster films.
To determine the best animated films of all time, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on audience ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The films range from 1937 to this year.