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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


    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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    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


    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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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


    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


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    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


    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


    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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


    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


    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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


    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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

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    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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


    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


    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


    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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


    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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


    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

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


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


    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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


    Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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

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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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


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    Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


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    Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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