Animated movies are among the top grossing Hollywood films today. Though many of these movies are primarily aimed at children, studios ensure that they are easily enjoyed by kids and adults alike. In recent years, movies such as “Frozen,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Finding Nemo,” have grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office, becoming some of the most successful movies of all time.
And audiences show few signs of animation-movie fatigue. In 2004, “The Incredibles” grossed about $328 million in inflation-adjusted dollars at the U.S. box office. A sequel to the film – “Incredibles 2” – is slated for a June 15 release, 14 years later, and is already on track to become the most successful animated movie ever in pre-sale tickets.
Of course, ticket sales do not always indicate the overall quality of a film. 24/7 Wall St. has determined the best animated movies of all time — both foreign and domestic — by using online audience and critic ratings.
Pixar is one of the modern animation pioneers, promoting computer computer-based animation style. Several movies produced using this technique are among the highest-rated animated films — and they did exceedingly well at the box office too. In addition to the titles listed above, highest rated computer-based animation movies include “Inside Out,” which was produced by Pixar, and “Despicable Me 2,” which was not. These movies regularly gross hundreds of millions of dollars in the U.S. alone.
Many of the best animated movies don’t do quite as well financially yet find great acclaim among audiences and critics. Examples include the recent “Paddington 2” and Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” Many of these films also come from overseas, especially Japan, which has a robust animation industry.
Of these international filmmakers, none is more popular than Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, who directed 11 of the best animated movies. Although Miyazaki’s films are generally made with Japanese casts and crews, a few movies have been dubbed in English using popular Western actors, including Kirsten Dunst, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett.