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The most successful traditionally animated movie – i.e., drawn by hand – is Disney's The Lion King (USA, 1994), which has grossed $986,214,868 (£766,634,000) at the worldwide box office as of January 2019, according to The-Numbers.com. It was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff and was the highest-grossing release of 1994.
The Lion King was Disney's 32nd animated movie, and earned more than $1 billion dollars for the company, thanks to an additional estimated gross of $220 million (£171 million) from domestic DVD and Blu-ray sales, according to the The-Numbers.com, and VHS sales in excess of $520 million (£404 million) according to Bloomberg.
The story – influenced by that of William Shakespeare's Hamlet – tells of a lion cub's journey to adulthood and his mission to reclaim his rightful position as King of the Pride Lands from his murderous uncle Scar. The movie utilized some computer-generated imagery – notably the stampede scene – but it is still considered to be traditionally animated.
A CGI remake is slated for release on 19 July 2019, directed by Jon Favreau.