The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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List Criteria: Features made entirely utilizing computer animation. No live action films with animated sequences.

Can Wall-E beat Toy Story? This list of the best computer-animated movies ever made many finally answer that question. Though it is far-reaching and includes films representing a variety of studios, nations and animation styles, it's undeniable that tastes seem to overwhelming lean towards the work of two studios in particular: Disney's Pixar Animation Studio and DreamWorks Animation. Pixar, in particular, tends to dominate the public's perception of contemporary animation style and form. This is unsuprising in some ways, considering the studio's track record for popular event films, and the fact that they initially popularized the idea of computer-animated features with Toy Story in 1995.

CGI stands for computer-generated imagery. Computer animation dates back to the 1940s and 1950s, though in this era the technique was relatively experimental. There are rare examples of the use of computer animation (often then called "computer graphics") in mainstream film and TV projects, notably the opening credit sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo. By the 1970s, more films - including George Lucas' Star Wars - were finding ways to utilize computer animation within the context of other, more practical special effects. (The 3D models of the Death Star, for example.)

By the early 1990s, computer animated sequences were popularly being used within live-action films to create characters that would not otherwise be possible, such as the Jurassic Park dinosaurs or the liquid metal antagonist of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It was not until Pixar released Toy Story in 1995, however, that the world got to see a completely computer-animated feature. The genre has been massively popular ever since, with a number of the highest-grossing American films each year being entirely computer-animated. In 2012, Pixar released its 13th feature animated film, "Brave."

What are the best CGI animated movies? This list will answer that question.

[Click here for a more complete list of all computer-animated films.]
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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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    Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Minions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Cars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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    MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Rango is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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    Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    The Polar Express Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    Rio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    The Lorax Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Robots is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    Antz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Beowulf Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich

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    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

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    Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    How to Train Your Dragon 2 Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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    Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

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    Monster House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Monster House Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

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    Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Shark Tale Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith

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