Special Report

The Best Animated Disney Movies of All Time

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20. Onward (2020)
> IMDb rating: 7.4
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 95
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $127.9 million
> Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Released in late February 2020, “Onward” received critical praise but suffered heavily at the box office with the onset of the pandemic. It was made available digitally several weeks after its premiere in theaters. The movie is set in a suburban fantasy world and follows two elf brothers who venture to find a magical artifact that will temporarily bring their dead father back to life.

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19. The Little Mermaid (1989)
> IMDb rating: 7.6
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 88
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $510.3 million
> Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

“The Little Mermaid” is based on the Danish fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The classic movie follows mermaid princess Ariel as she chases her desire to become human and walk on land. Along the way she falls in love with a human and makes a treacherous deal with the villainous witch Ursula in order to achieve her dream.

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18. Big Hero 6 (2014)
> IMDb rating: 7.8
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 91
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $728.4 million
> Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

“Big Hero 6” takes place in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo and its protagonist is a teenage robotics prodigy. 14-year-old Hiro spends much of his time gambling on and participating in underground robot fights. He is quickly thrust into a much bigger conspiracy and teams up with a maintenance robot named Baymax. The movie was based on Marvel comics of the same name and was the first time Disney produced a movie with Marvel characters.

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17. Moana (2016)
> IMDb rating: 7.6
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 89
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $673.7 million
> Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho, Moana is inspired by Polynesian mythology. Moana is the daughter of the village chieftain on her island but must leave home to remedy a blight that has thrown the island into crisis. She travels the waves in search of a demigod that can save the island’s crops. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

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16. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
> IMDb rating: 8.2
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 93
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $350.8 million
> Starring: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

“Howl’s Moving Castle” is the second Studio Ghibli movie to make this list. It is loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name by British author Dianna Wynne Jones. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the movie contains anti-war themes and was a way for Miyazaki to express his strong opposition to the US invasion of Iraq. The fantasy film follows a young woman in a war-torn land seeking to break a curse with the help of Howl and his magic castle.

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