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List Rules 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.

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Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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

832 694
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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

744 744
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

780 721
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

719 736
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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

720 714
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

604 719
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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

577 760
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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

651 770
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

755 121
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dimo1999 added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

524 735
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

538 698
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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

450 760
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

465 747
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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617 72
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jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

449 700
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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

345 766
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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

371 790
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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

372 694
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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

356 603
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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

380 665
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

353 669
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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

284 709
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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

260 651
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

257 537
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Chris Abraham added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

197 529
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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

249 583
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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

227 624
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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208 543
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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

176 531
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

202 559
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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

174 382
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itchywool added Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

215 556
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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

211 506
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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

196 524
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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

191 519
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

182 528
The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
The Polar Express Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

163 320
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

216 419
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wiabux added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

160 522
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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

219 330
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SnowLeopard44 added The Lorax Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

168 400
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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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190 434
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
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164 418
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

161 410
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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

83 76
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Alex Gary added Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

145 409
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Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

135 396
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Beowulf Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich