The list of the "top animated movies of all time" falls into an entirely different category to all other movies. In the past animated movies were created by artists who drew endless pictures of moving figures. Today, animation is based on the advanced technology of the age. The modern animator sits and manipulates the images on the computer.
In the past, animated movies were for only for kids. Coloured movies like Snow White or Cinderella. Now a days you can find grown ups sitting in cinemas with no children in sight watching movies like Shrek and Nemo.
In our family, we make sure we go see all the animated movies so we can joke and laugh, and recite them at dinnertime together. Animation is no longer only for the young ones.
When you go through the top 10 animated movies, you can see they are all new (the oldest one being from 1992)
o The top most animated movie was "Shrek 2" which was a Disney production and came out in theatres in 2004. "Shrek 2" made a total worldwide gross income of $920,665,658. Shrek 2 came out only three years after Shrek first appeared and become one of the most profitable animated movies. (the movie, Shrek is the 9th profitable movie of all times)
o The second best animated movie was "Finding Nemo". DreamWorks Production made this movie and it totaled a worldwide gross income of $864,625,978
o The third animated movie was the oldest movie in the top 10 animation movies of all times. The movie "The Lion King" came out in 1994 and had a total worldwide gross income of $783,841,776
o The 4th animated movie was the Disney movie "The Incredibles" (2004) with a total worldwide gross income of $631,436,092
o The 5th animated movie was "Monster's Inc" (2001) with total worldwide gross income of $529,061,238
o The 6th animated movie was another DreamWorks movie, "Madagascar" (2005) with a total worldwide gross income of $527,890,631
o The seventh animated movie was "Aladdin" in 1992. It was a DreamWorks movie. This movie totaled a worldwide gross income was $504,050,219
o The eighth animated movie was Disney's production "Toy Story 2" from 1999 and had a total worldwide gross income of $485,015,179.
o The ninth animated movie was none other than "Shrek" (2001) with a total worldwide gross income of $484,409,218, almost half of "Shrek 2".
o The 10th animated movie was "Tarzan" (1999). Which was a Disney movie, with a total worldwide gross income of $449,391,819
It is easy to see from the list that DreamWorks and Disney are leading the animation industry and that their move to advanced animation technology has contributed greatly to their success.
While many people think that sequels are just leveraging the first movie and have nothing extra to give the audience, we can learn from the list of the top animated movies that sequels have a great advantage and have a potential to break profit records. Shrek 2 and Toy Story are great indicators of that.
Because animation is based on technology, and many of the animated movies are computer generated, it is funny to write, "Top animated movies". The progress of technology is speeding so fast that by the time I finish writing this article, a new animated movie, made with new technology, will jump into the top 10 list of the most profitable movies of all time.