Top 10 Disney Movies of All Time

Kids of the past and today do not just pass their time watching cartoons for lack of nothing to do. Animated programs and movies like the top 10 Disney movies have become a part of the culture as it gives viewers the opportunity to kick back and relax into a fantasy world even for just an hour. The top 10 Disney movies are obviously produced by one of the world’s largest media and entertainment groups, Walt Disney. Across the world, these top 10 Disney movies made people of all ages believe that dreams do come true.

The top 10 Disney movies delivers to all viewers the dream of fantasy, mystery, love, fairy tales, excitement and hope that nothing is impossible. To honor the decades of entertaining the world viewers, here is a summarized list of the top 10 Disney movies. Have a look at the top 10 disney movies of all time. Oh, and also tell us your favourite disney movie in the comments.



10. Mulan (1998)

Mulan won many Annie Awards. The film itself won the award for Best Animated Feature. Individual achievement awards were awarded to Pam Coats for producing; Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft for Directing; Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Phillip LaZebnick, Raymond Singer and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer in Writing; Chris Sanders for Storyboarding; Hans Bacher for Production Design; David Tidgwell for Effects Animation; Ming-Na for Voice Acting Mulan; Matthew Wilder, David Zippel and Jerry Goldsmith for music and Ruben A. Aquino for Character Animation. Tom Bancroft and Mark Henn were also nominated for Character Animation. The music score also received significant praise. Jerry Goldsmith won the 1999 BMI Film Music Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score in 1998. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score in 1998, but was beaten by Stephen Warbeck’s score for Shakespeare in Love. Matthew Wilder and David Zippel were also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song the same year for “Reflection”. They were beaten by The Truman Show and “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot respectively.

The American Film Institute nominated Mulan for its Top 10 Animated Films list.



9. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

During its initial release in 1991, the film was a significant success at the box office, with $145,863,363 in revenues in North America alone. It ranked as the third most-successful film of 1991 in North America, surpassed only by the summer blockbusters Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. At the time Beauty and the Beastwas the most successful animated Disney film release, and the first animated film to reach $100 million in North America. In its IMAX re-release, it earned $25,487,190 in North America and $5,546,156 in other territories for a worldwide total of $31,033,346. It has also earned $9,818,365 from its 3D re-release overseas. During the opening weekend of its North American 3D re-release in 2012, Beauty and the Beast grossed $17.8 million, coming in at the No. 2 spot behind Contraband, and also achieved the highest opening weekend for an animated film in January. The film was expected to make $17.5 million over the weekend, however, the results topped its forecast and the expectations of box office analysts. This re-release ended its run on May 3, 2012 and earned $47,617,067, which brings the film’s total gross in North America to $218,967,620. It has also made an estimated $206,000,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $424,967,620.



8. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King earned $422,783,777 in North America and an estimated $528,800,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $951,583,777. It is the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide and the highest-grossing film of Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is also the highest-grossing motion picture of 1994 worldwide. After its initial run, having earned $768.6 million, it ranked as the second-highest grossing film of all time worldwide, behind Jurassic Park . It held the record for the highest-grossing animated feature film (in North America, outside North America, and worldwide) until it was surpassed by the computer animated Finding Nemo (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010). During its 3D re-release, The Lion King surpassed all but Toy Story 3 to rank as the second-highest-grossing animated film worldwide, and the highest-grossing hand-drawn animation. It is also the biggest animated movie of the last 50 years in terms of estimated attendance. As of 2012, it ranks as the 16th highest-grossing film worldwide.



7. Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin also received many award nominations, mostly for its music. It won two Academy Awards, Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for “A Whole New World” and receiving nominations for Best Song (“Friend Like Me”), Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound (Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane). At the Golden Globes, Aladdin won Best Original Song (“A Whole New World”) and Best Original Score, as well as a Special Achievement Award for Robin Williams, with a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Other awards included the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, a MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance to Robin Williams, Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Film, Performance by a Younger Actor to Scott Weinger and Supporting Actor to Robin Williams, the Best Animated Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and four Grammy Awards, Best Soundtrack Album, and Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for “A Whole New World”.



6. Bolt (2008)

On its opening weekend, the film opened number 3 with $26,223,128 behind Twilight and Quantum of Solace. On its second weekend, it rose to No. 2 behind Four Christmases with a 1.4% increase. In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $114,053,579 by its closing date on February 22, 2009. An additional $195,926,415 million was made internationally as of January 2, 2011, for a worldwide total of $309,979,994. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88% of critics gave positive reviews based on 178 reviews. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a 67/100 approval rating based on 29 reviews following under the category “generally favorable reviews”.



5. Finding Nemo (2003)

As of November 1, 2012, Finding Nemo has earned $380,231,184 in North America, and $540,900,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $921,131,184. It is the second highest-grossing film of 2003, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In North America, outside North America, and worldwide, it was the highest-grossing Disney·Pixar film, up until 2010 when Toy Story 3 surpassed it.

Finding Nemo set an opening-weekend record for an animated feature, making $70,251,710 (first surpassed by Shrek 2). It became the highest-grossing animated film in North America ($339.7 million), outside North America ($528.2 million) and worldwide ($867.9 million), in all three occasions outgrossing The Lion King. In North America, it was surpassed by both Shrek 2 in 2004, and Toy Story 3 in 2010. After the re-release of The Lion King in 2011, it stands as the fourth highest-grossing animated film in these regions. Outside North America, it was surpassed by Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursToy Story 3, and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Worldwide, it now ranks third among animated films.



4. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

During its original release in 1959, Sleeping Beauty earned approximately $7.7 million in box office rentals. Sleeping Beauty’s production costs, which totaled $6 million, made it the most expensive Disney film up to that point, and over twice as expensive as each of the preceding three Disney animated features: Alice in WonderlandPeter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp. The high production costs of Sleeping Beauty, coupled with the underperformance of much of the rest of Disney’s 1959–1960 release slate resulted in the company posting its first annual loss in a decade for fiscal year 1960, and massive layoffs were done throughout the animation department.

The film was met with mixed reviews from critics, often citing the film being slowly paced and having little character development. Nevertheless, the film has sustained a strong following and is today hailed as one of the best animated films ever made, thanks to its stylized designs by painter Eyvind Earle who also was the art director for the film, its lush music score and its large-format widescreen and stereophonic sound presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a “Certified Fresh” 88% from 34 reviews with an average rating of 7.7/10. Its consensus states that “This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.”



3. Toy Story, the Series

Prior to the film’s release, executive producer and Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs stated “If Toy Story is a modest hit—say $75 million at the box office—we’ll [Pixar and Disney] both break even. If it gets $100 million, we’ll both make money. But if it’s a real blockbuster and earns $200 million or so at the box office, we’ll make good money, and Disney will make a lot of money.” Upon its release on November 22, 1995, Toy Story managed to gross more than $350 million worldwide. Disney chairman Michael Eisner stated “I don’t think either side thought Toy Story would turn out as well as it has. The technology is brilliant, the casting is inspired, and I think the story will touch a nerve. Believe me, when we first agreed to work together, we never thought their first movie would be our 1995 holiday feature, or that they could go public on the strength of it.” Toy Story’s first five days of domestic release (on Thanksgiving weekend), earned the film $39,071,176. The film placed first in the weekend’s box office with $29,140,617. The film maintained its number one position at the domestic box office for the following two weekends. Toy Story was the highest grossing domestic film in 1995, beating Batman Forever and Apollo 13(also starring Tom Hanks). At the time of its release, it was the third highest grossing animated film after The Lion King (1994) and Aladdin (1992). When not considering inflation, Toy Story is 96th on the list of the highest grossing domestic films of all time. The film had gross receipts of $191,796,233 in the U.S. and Canada and $170,162,503 in international markets for a total of $361,958,736 worldwide. At the time of its release, the film ranked 17th highest grossing film (unadjusted) in domestic money, and worldwide it was the 21st highest grossing film.



2. Cinderella (1994)

Cinderella, originally released directly to video in 1994, is a 48-minute animated film adapted from the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella”by Charles Perrault. The movie was produced by Jetlag Productions and was distributed to DVD in 2002 by GoodTimes Entertainment as part of their “Collectible Classics” line.



1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The film won an Academy Honorary Award for Walt Disney “as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field”. Disney received a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones, presented to him by 10-year-old child actress Shirley Temple. The film was also nominated for Best Musical Score. “Some Day My Prince Will Come” has become a jazz standard that has been performed by numerous artists, including Buddy Rich, Lee Wiley, Oscar Peterson, and Miles Davis.

Noted filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin praised Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a notable achievement in cinema; Eisenstein went so far as to call it the greatest film ever made. The film inspired Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to produce its own fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz, in 1939. Another animation pioneer, Max Fleischer, decided to produce his animated feature film Gulliver’s Travels in order to compete with Snow White. The 1941 parody Ball of Fire featured a nightclub singer disrupting the lives of seven scholars (and Gary Cooper) while hiding from the police. The 1943 Merrie Melodies short Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, directed by Bob Clampett, parodies Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by presenting the story with an all-black cast singing a jazz score.

Snow White’s success led to Disney moving ahead with more feature-film productions. Walt Disney used much of the profits from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to finance a new $4.5 million studio in Burbank – the location on which The Walt Disney Studios is located to this day. Within two years, the studio completed Pinocchio and Fantasia, and had begun production on features such as DumboBambiAlice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is top on the list and deserves this position.

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