Top Animated Films (Adjusted for Inflation)

“Frozen” just set the record for highest grossing animated film of all time, but these things can be misleading.  After all, you have to adjust for inflation.

I used to edit and write for a magazine called “Animato!” which was about animated films, and we would periodically update the “adjusted for inflation” chart.  For today’s purposes, we’ll use Box Office Mojo’s list and statistics.   Frozen_castposter

Not surprisingly, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” wins this one.  It was a huge success back in the days when there was no TV and everyone went to the movies.  It also has the benefit of being re-released every ten years or so, bringing in a new generation and racking up even more dollars.  This was the standard for almost all Disney animated films until video came along. (And the list below does not take into consideration video sales.)

This list is for domestic films so doesn’t take into consideration world wide sales, which would be next to impossible to calculate based on inflation.

The Box Office Mojo chart looks like this (updated December 2, 2019):

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
  2. 101 Dalmations (1961)
  3. The Lion King (1994)
  4. Fantasia (1941)
  5. The Jungle Book (1967)
  6. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  7. Shrek 2 (2004)
  8. Pinocchio (1940)
  9. The Incredibles 2 (2018)
  10. Bambi (1942)
  11. Finding Nemo (2003)
  12. The Lion King (2019)
  13. Cinderella (1950)
  14. Finding Dory (2016)
  15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  16. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  17. Aladdin (1992)
  18. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  19. Frozen (2013)
  20. Toy Story 4 (2019)
  21. Toy Story (1995)
  22. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  23. Shrek (2001)
  24. Shrek the Third (2007)
  25. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  26. Peter Pan (1953)
  27. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  28. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  29. Inside Out (2015)
  30. The Incredibles (2004)
  31. Minions (2015)
  32. Zootopia (2016)
  33. Up (2009)
  34. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  35. Cars (2006)
  36. A Bug’s Life (1998)
  37. Tarzan (1999)
  38. Monsters University (2013)
  39. Despicable Me (2010)
  40. Pocahontas (1995)
  41. The Lego Movie (2014)
  42. Wall-E (2008)
  43. Sing (2016)