Walt Disney introduced the first and most popular animated film- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Since then, animated films have been well-received by both young and adult audiences. More than seven decades after, filmmakers continued to excite us with much more improved animation in 3D.
More recently, the best and by far the most popular and the highest-grossing animated movie in 3D is the musical fantasy-comedy film-Frozen which hit blockbuster worldwide, earning $1.1 B in sales. Before this icy film set the billion dollar-record sales, there were several computer-animated movies since the 1990′s that have set the mark so high, earning millions in revenue. Check out the complete list of the most loved computer-animated films of all time.
10- 2012’S MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED – $747 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Madagascar 3 is the third installment of the Madagascar series and the first to be released in 3D. “Europe’s Most Wanted” became the highest-grossing Madagascar film, with a worldwide grossing of over $746 million against a budget of $145 million. In this sequel, Alex (lion), Marty (zebra), Melman (giraffe), and Gloria (hippo) are still struggling.
To get home to New York, only to find themselves in Europe being chased by the murderous Monaco-based French Animal Control officer Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand). Madagascar 3 was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012, and was released worldwide on June 8, 2012.
9- 2010’S SHREK FOREVER AFTER – $753 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Shrek Forever After was advertised as Shrek: The Final Chapter or Shrek 4, is the fourth and final installment in the Shrek series, produced by DreamWorks Animation and was distributed by Paramount Pictures in 2010. Dreamworks spent around $135 milion-$165 million in production and filming. Shrek 4 hit the box office well, grossing a worldwide total of over $752 million and became second highest grossing animated film of 2010, behind Toy Story 3.
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy played roles as Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey respectively. Eddie Murphy won the 2011 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie, (as the voice behind the character Donkey). Shrek 4 also took home the 2008 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Family Movie.
8- 2007’S SHREK THE THIRD – $799 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Shrek the Third ( originally Shrek 3 before it was changed to avoid confusion on the Shrek 4-D / Shrek 3-D), is the third installment in the Shrek franchise produced by DreamWorks Animation, distributed by Paramount Picture, and was released exactly six years after the first film.
Shrek the Third, opened on May 18, 2007, in the US and grossed $38 million on its first day and a total of $122 million on its first weekend, the best opening weekend ever for an animated film, and 2007’s second-highest opening on the box office in the United States and Canada. Shrek the Third grossed a worldwide total of $799 million against a $160 million production budget.
7- 2012’S ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT – $877 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Continental Drift is the fourth installment of the Ice Age series, produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox in 2012. This 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film earned a worldwide total of $877 million against a $95 million budget.
The film features a long list of famous voice actors Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah. This installment adds in a new band of pirate characters sailing on a floating iceberg led by Captain Gutt, who attempts to press the main characters Manny, Sid, and Diego into his crew.
Continental Drift is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2012 and the highest-grossing animated film of that year. It is also the second-highest-grossing Ice Age film. Overall, it is the seventh highest-grossing 3D computer-animated film of all time.
6- 2009’S ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS – $887 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the Ice Age series produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox in 2009. The film features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, and Chris Wedge.
The film revenued a worldwide sales of $887 million against a $90 million budget, making it the highest-grossing Ice Age film and 2009’s highest-grossing computer-animated film. It is also the third highest-grossing film of the year (2009) and the 31st highest-grossing film of all time. The film includes the cute baby dinosaurs and the angry mama dinosaur into the fold. Ice Age 3 is the sixth highest-grossing 3D computer-animated film of all time.
5- 2004’S SHREK 2 – $920 MILLION WORLDWIDE
The Shrek franchise is the highest grossing computer-animated franchise of all time, and Shrek 2 is the highest grossing movie of them all. The film is a sequel to 2001’s Shrek, and features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett and Jennifer Saunders.
In this film, Shrek and Fiona travel to meet her royal family in the Far Far Away land. Shrek 2, revenues $920 million worldwide against a $150 million budget and won five People’s Choice Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. The film holds the record for the highest-grossing animated film as well as the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film at the American and Canadian box office.
4- 2003’S FINDING NEMO – $937 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Finding Nemo is a computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures, and the fifth film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film tells the story of the over-protective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a blue surgeonfish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould) all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself.
The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $936 million worldwide against a $94 million budget. Finding Nemo is the 4th highest-grossing computer-animated film and the 26th highest-grossing film of all time.
3- 2013’S DESPICABLE ME 2 – $971 MILLION WORLDWIDE
Despicable Me 2 is the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, was produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. This computer-animated film became the second-highest-grossing animated film of 2013, the third-highest-grossing computer animated film of all time, and a record breaking- most profitable film in the 100-year history of Universal Studios.
The film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and for Academy Award for Best Original Song (for “Happy”), losing both to Disney’s Frozen. Young audiences were captivated by the fun characters especially the Minions.
The film grossed over $970 million worldwide against its budget of $76 million. A prequel- Minions, is set to be released on July 10, 2015, this film will focus on the little yellow henchmen before they met Gru. Despicable Me 3, is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2017.
2- 2010’S TOY STORY 3 – $1 BILLION WORLDWIDE
Toy Story 3 is the third installment in the Toy Story trilogy produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2010. The film appealed to both young and adult audience earning $1 billion worldwide and became the top-grossing animated film of 2010, actually of all time, holding the title until 2 years after, when the box office was frozen by “Elsa”, the star character of the 2013’s “Frozen” which grossed $1.1 B.
Toy Story has earned 12 major awards–including The 83rd Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (We Belong Together by Randy Newman).
1- 2013’S FROZEN – $1.1 BILLION WORLDWIDE
Frozen is a computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 3D and was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2013. The film was inspired by the fairy tale “The Snow Queen”, and featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana.
The film tells the story of a fearless princess (Anna) who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, mountain man-Kristoff, his loyal pet reindeer-Sven, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister- Elsa, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
The film blockbuster worldwide and became the highest-grossing animated film of all time grossing more than $1.1 B against a $150 million budget, and the second-highest-grossing 2013 film behind Iron Man 3 earning more than $1.2 B. Frozen has won 60 awards, including the Academy Award of Best Animated Feature and the songs “Let It Go,” by Idina Menzel, earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has generated countless covers on YouTube.