List of highest-grossing animated films
Included in the list are charts of the top box-office earners, a chart of high-grossing animated films by the calendar year, a timeline showing the transition of the highest-grossing animated film record, and a chart of the highest-grossing animated film franchises and series. All charts are ranked by international theatrical box office performance where possible, excluding income derived from home video, broadcasting rights and merchandise.
Animated family films have performed consistently well at the box office, with Disney enjoying lucrative re-releases prior to the home video era with Walt Disney Animation Studios, who have produced films such as Aladdin and The Lion King, both of which were the highest-grossing films of their respective years. Disney Animation also enjoyed later success with both Frozen and Frozen II in addition to Pixar, of which The Incredibles films, the Toy Story films, the Finding Nemo films, and Inside Out have been the best performers; beyond Disney and Pixar, the Shrek, Ice Age, Madagascar and Despicable Me series have met with the most success. The Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Bambi, and The Lion King series saw successful returns after lying dormant for decades.
An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 per cent of the picture's running time.