15. Zootopia (2016)
> Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
> Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
> Domestic box office gross: $341.3 million
When “Zootopia” premiered in 2016, it became Disney Animation Studios’ biggest hit since 2013’s “Frozen.” Raking in $1.02 billion at box offices around the world, it became the fourth animated film ever to crest the billion dollar mark. It has also shown impressive staying power since release day, holding a 97% Freshness rating from critics and 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
14. Ratatouille (2007)
> Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
> Starring: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt
> Domestic box office gross: $206.5 million
This 2007 Pixar hit centers around Remy (Patton Oswalt), a rat with the unlikely ambition of becoming a great chef. He strikes up a friendship with restaurant worker Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), and they hatch a plan to see his dreams come to life. The film was initially conceived by animator Jan Pinkava, but Pixar chose Brad Bird as director after losing faith in Pinkava’s direction for the project.
13. Fantasia (1940)
> Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr.
> Starring: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
> Domestic box office gross: $76.4 million
“Fantasia,” Disney’s third animated feature, includes eight vignettes set to classical music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The sections combine surreal imagery, including dancing monsters, humanoid house tools, and regal unicorns, with Mickey Mouse serving as a wizard-like conductor. It was groundbreaking at the time, and reviewer Edwin Schallert, writing for the Los Angeles Times, called the work “courageous beyond belief.”
12. Aladdin (1992)
> Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
> Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin
> Domestic box office gross: $217.4 million
The role of Genie was created specifically for Robin Williams, and “Aladdin” is credited as one of the first animated features to use a major star as a voice talent. It was a financial and critical success, winning Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Song. Fans and critics still love “Aladdin,” and it has a 94% Freshness rating from critics and 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
11. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
> Directed by: J.J. Abrams
> Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
> Domestic box office gross: $936.7 million
“The Force Awakens” marked the start of the new Star Wars trilogy, and it was the first film under the Disney brand. George Lucas was not highly involved with the production but said he was comfortable handing Star Wars off to Kathleen Kennedy and her team at Disney for the future. The new arrangement was a huge success, bringing in $2.07 billion worldwide since opening.