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The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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The best computer-animated movies ever made. 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.

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.]

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

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    The Incredibles

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    Finding Nemo

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    Shrek

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    Madagascar

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    Cars

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    A Bug's Life

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    MegaMind

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    Rango

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    Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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    Kung Fu Panda 2

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    Hotel Transylvania

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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    Meet the Robinsons

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    Happy Feet

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    Bolt

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    Puss in Boots

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    ParaNorman

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    Beowulf

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    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

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    The Polar Express

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    Antz

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    A Christmas Carol

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    Monster House

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    Robots

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    Horton Hears a Who!

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    Flushed Away

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    The Lorax

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