10. Toy Story (1995)
> Directed by: John Lasseter
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
> Domestic box office gross: $191.8 million
“Toy Story” was a groundbreaking achievement in computer animation, but it almost died on the vine. In an earlier version of the picture, Tom Hanks’s Woody was less likable, and Disney execs were ready to pull the plug on Pixar’s dream of releasing the first fully-CGI animated feature ever. With a reworked script and a kinder version of Woody, the film outpaced Disney and Pixar’s box office expectations, pulling in over $370 million.
9. Toy Story 2 (1999)
> Directed by: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
> Domestic box office gross: $245.9 million
In the second edition of the franchise, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) takes center stage in a rescue mission to save Woody (Tom Hanks) after he is kidnapped by a toy collector. Disney initially planned “Toy Story 2” as a direct-to-video sequel, but the picture outpaced its predecessor at the box office and has since grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. It currently has an impressive 100% Freshness rating from critics and an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
> Directed by: Henry Selick
> Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
> Domestic box office gross: $75.1 million
The stop motion animation used in “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” with characters realized by Tim Burton, gives this picture a distinct identity among Disney’s many animated hits. With a darker twist on the animated feature, the company feared this project would be too dark for kids and elected to release it under the Touchstone imprint. Chris Sarandon provides the speaking voice for lead character Jack Skellington, while Danny Elfman handles his singing voice.
7. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
> Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
> Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti
> Domestic box office gross: $219.0 million
Disney’s 1991 animated adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” is the studio’s 30th animated feature and came during the 10-year period known as the Disney Renaissance. Other films released at the time include “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Mulan.” Fans and critics continue to love “Beauty and the Beast,” and it currently has a 94% Freshness rating from critics and 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. Up (2009)
> Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
> Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
> Domestic box office gross: $293.0 million
In “Up,” Ed Asner lends his voice to leading character Carl Fredricksen, an aging balloon salesman with a dream to travel and experience far-off lands. Jordan Nagai stars opposite Asner in the role of Russell, an adventure scout who unwittingly joins Fredricksen’s adventure.