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The Top 5 Highest-Grossing Walt Disney Animated Musicals


Who doesn’t love Walt Disney movies? They all fascinate and entertain us. Disney is known for producing good quality movies that people of all ages from all walks of life will surely love, so one would never outgrow watching their films. But among all these good movies, which do you think ranks as the best Disney animated classics, if their gross is taken into consideration?

Here are the top five highest-grossing animated Disney musicals of all time.

5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast

The thirtieth film from Walt Disney Animation Studios and the third film of the Disney Renaissance, Beauty and the Beast hit box office with earnings of $145.8 Million in North America alone when it was released in 1991. The story is based on a French fairy tale with the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.

It has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy and the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film also won Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the film’s title song, “Beauty and the Beast.” Other classic songs included in the film are “Belle” and “Be Our Guest”—both of which were nominated for Best Song at the Academy Awards.

4. Tarzan (1999)


Tarzan, which was released in 1999, is the last film in the Disney Renaissance and the thirty-seventh film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It became a hit among critics and moviegoers because of its advanced animated visual effects, a treasure made out of its $130 million budget for an animated film.

Tarzan did not receive the same acclamation compared to the other studio’s films during the decade, but the film’s original song by Phil Collins, “You’ll Be in My Heart,” has been an outstanding musical piece of the film. The song won the Academy Award for Best Song.

3. Tangled (2010)


This Rapunzel-based German fairy tale is the most recent film on the list, Tangled is the only film among the animated musicals that is entirely computer-animated. It is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ fiftieth animated film and is worth $200.8 million, as far as gross income is concerned.

Its making ran through a period of six years and cost as much as $260 million for production alone. Tangled is the most expensive animated film of all time. Its original song “I See the Light” went on to be nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, Best Song at the Golden Globes, and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 54th Grammy Awards.

2. Aladdin (1992)


The thirty-first animated feature film by Walt Disney Animation Studio was based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights and had earned $217 million in 1992.

Aside from earning that huge amount, the film had a list of awards brought home: Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year with Tim Rice for the song “A Whole New World.”

1. The Lion King (1994)

Lion King

And we’ve come to the top-grossing Disney animated musical in our list.

The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated films of all time. Released in 1994, the film has gone on to become one of Disney’s most prized properties. It actually has a Broadway version of the film, which has recently become the highest-grossing musical of all time.

The Lion King won the Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy and Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards along with two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the song ”Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

More than twenty years later, The Lion King has continued to rank among the best animated films of all time.

Disney has remained to be one of the front-runners when it comes to animated films. And it is an undeniable fact that people, old and young, will still be glued to the screen when a Disney movie comes up. By chance, you’re one of them, aren’t you?

Holly Bissonnette

A marketing writer for several years, I have recently shifted my focus into entertainment. I have been working as a freelance writer for Explore Talent for more than a year now.

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