While Disney remains firmly dedicated to its animated roots, traditionally illustrated classics like “Bambi” and “Dumbo” have largely given way to computer-animated features such as the 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” and 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”
Disney’s turn towards computer animation and 3D began with the release of Pixar’s ground-breaking 1995 release “Toy Story.” It was the first-ever feature created entirely with CGI technology, and it cemented a massively lucrative 12-year partnership with Disney and an eventual merger in 2006. The “Toy Story” franchise has gone on to become one of the top 25 highest grossing film franchises of all time, hauling in a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide.
Disney Animation Studios has capitalized on the momentum “Toy Story” created, releasing in the last decades titles such as “Tangled” (2010), “Big Hero 6” (2014), and “Moana” (2016), which have each grossed well over $500 million in box offices worldwide. Meanwhile, 2013’s “Frozen” has raked in nearly $1.3 billion.With this new generation of animated features, Disney and Pixar have continued to capture the imagination of global youth and convert parents into loyal, merchandise-buying customers.
With such a deep and influential animated film catalog, one might easily forget that Disney has also created some hugely successful live-action features. From “Old Yeller” (1957) to “Lincoln” (2012), Disney’s live-action releases complement its animated offerings with action, drama, and mystery, appealing to both adults and children. Some of the most popular live-action features in Disney’s collection have come from its LucasFilm imprint. Since acquiring LucasFilm in 2012, Disney has expanded the iconic Star Wars franchise, reviving classic characters and weaving new voices into the saga.
To be considered for this ranking, a film had to have attracted a total of at least 10,000 user ratings on IMDb, 10 Tomatometer critic reviews, and to have been produced by either Walt Disney Pictures or Walt Disney Productions. 24/7 Tempo’s index tallied an average for each film using its average audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and average user rating on Internet Movie Database, each weighted by the number of votes. We then averaged the combined user rating with the film’s Rotten Tomatoes’ average critic rating.