The best animated films speak to adults and children. The highest-grossing ones, well, a lot of them do the same, going for mass appeal by offering alternative jokes and interpretations for kids and parents. Of course, some of these are just plain turn-off-your brain fun, a winning box office formula no matter who the target audience is.
Here are the highest-grossing animated films worldwide per Box Office Mojo. (With an asterisk: The list only tracks films released post-1980.)