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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

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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

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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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Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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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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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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

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

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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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

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Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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

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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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

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

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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

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Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

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

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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

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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

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Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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The Lorax Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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

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

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

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal