The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made Films

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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    The Incredibles

    most listed
    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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  2. 2
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    - 159
    Despicable Me

    ranked low on reranks
    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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    - 377
    Toy Story


    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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  4. 4
    + 636
    - 398
    WALL-E


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  5. 5
    + 624
    - 422
    Finding Nemo

    the people's #1
    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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  6. 6
    + 609
    - 415
    Up


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    - 401
    Monsters, Inc.


    Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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  8. 8
    + 514
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    Toy Story 3


    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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    Shrek


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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  10. 10
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    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Toy Story 2


    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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  12. 12
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    Ratatouille


    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Ice Age


    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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  14. 14
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    Kung Fu Panda


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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  15. 15
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    Despicable Me 2

    ranked low on reranks & added by dimo1999
    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Tangled


    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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    Madagascar


    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  18. 18
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    Cars


    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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    Shrek 2


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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    Rango

    ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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    Wreck-It Ralph


    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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    MegaMind


    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

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    A Bug's Life


    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

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    Frozen

    added by Chris Abraham
    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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    Kung Fu Panda 2


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Hotel Transylvania


    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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    Happy Feet


    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Monsters vs. Aliens


    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    - 400
    Bolt


    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown


    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    + 180
    - 362
    Over the Hedge


    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    - 20
    Minions

    ranked low on reranks & added by jsnungaray
    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Rio


    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    + 147
    - 395


    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    + 162
    - 378
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    + 161
    - 390
    Meet the Robinsons


    Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

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    + 101
    - 263
    Big Hero 6

    added by itchywool
    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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    Antz

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    + 162
    - 319
    Brave

    added by wiabux
    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    + 127
    - 397
    Monster House

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

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    - 251
    The Lorax

    ranked low on reranks & added by SnowLeopard44
    Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ShaneyFirkins
    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Beowulf

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich

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    Puss in Boots


    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

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    - 330
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa


    Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

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    + 114
    - 244


    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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    Horton Hears a Who!


    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

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    + 131
    - 316
    Robots


    Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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  50. 50
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    - 296
    A Christmas Carol


    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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