Since 1937, Walt Disney Studios have been releasing timeless animated classics. Nearly eight decades of work have proven that Disney films manage to be perfect for the whole family, as they often contain adult themes that will go over the heads of children but the films are funny and charming enough for children to adore. Whether it is a musical, comedy or drama, Walt Disney films cater to everyone. With the release of Zootopia, the 55th feature film released by the animation studio, it’s become clear that Disney films are experiencing yet another renaissance and have returned to peak form. The following are the 10 greatest theatrical animated releases from Disney, excluding Pixar films.
10. The Jungle Book (1967)
The first animated feature to be released after the death of Walt Disney, The Jungle Book is an iconic piece of the Disney canon that is often referenced and never forgotten. The $141 million this film brought in domestically at the box office during 1967 when adjusted for inflation amounts to $641 million. That places it as the 32nd highest domestic grossing film of all time, when adjusted for inflation. It grossed just about the same amount of money as The Dark Knight. Therefore, it is surprising that it took until 2016 for a remake to occur. The live-action film is set to be released in April and has a lot to live up to. The Jungle Book may get by on charm and soundtrack, but as a total package it is a beautiful work of art and an absolute classic.