The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made Films

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

original ranker
49,581 views 66 items 10,451 votes 904 voters 42 followers 39reranks
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.

< >
  • the crowd
  • 39 reranks
  • comments
  • </> embed
Rerank This List
View as a Ranked by
Rank
loading your
votes…
 
  Name
Score
  1. 1
    Up 416
    Down 83

    most listed
    The Incredibles

    2004 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 360
    Down 38
    1995 More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 321
    Down 63
    2001 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 331
    Down 75

    the people's #1
    Finding Nemo

    2003 More
    94
  5. 5
    Up 337
    Down 72
    2009 More
    94
  6. 6
    Up 331
    Down 56
    2008 More
    92
  7. 7
    Up 242
    Down 65
    2001 More
    89
  8. 8
    Up 276
    Down 56
    2010 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 241
    Down 53
    1999 More
    85
  10. 10
    Up 276
    Down 81
    2010 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 236
    Down 72
    2007 More
    83
  12. 12
    Up 208
    Down 65
    2010 More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 204
    Down 73
    2002 More
    80
  14. 14
    Up 202
    Down 69
    2008 More
    76
  15. 15
    Up 151
    Down 91

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Madagascar

    2005 More
    69
  16. 16
    Up 173
    Down 56

    Tangled

    69
  17. 17
    Up 167
    Down 116

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cars

    2006 More
    69
  18. 18
    Up 170
    Down 65
    1998 More
    68
  19. 19
    Up 138
    Down 63
    2004 More
    67
  20. 20
    Up 163
    Down 59
    2010 More
    67
  21. 21
    Up 131
    Down 86
    2011 More
    66
  22. 22
    Up 100
    Down 73
    2009 More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 63
    Down 18

    niche appeal
    Wreck-It Ralph

    2012 More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 108
    Down 58
    2011 More
    58
  25. 25
    Up 91
    Down 59
    2009 More
    56
  26. 26
    Up 68
    Down 51
    2011 More
    53
  27. 27
    Up 46
    Down 33
    2006 More
    53
  28. 28
    Up 77
    Down 51
    2009 More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 27
    Down 16

    niche appeal
    Hotel Transylvania

    2012 More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 80
    Down 65

    niche appeal
    Meet the Robinsons

    2007 More
    53
  31. 31
    Up 87
    Down 114

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Happy Feet

    2006 More
    53
  32. 32
    Up 15
    Down 2

    Frozen

    53
    added by: wiabux
  33. 33
    Up 80
    Down 56

    niche appeal
    Over the Hedge

    2006 More
    53
  34. 34
    Up 79
    Down 77

    niche appeal
    Bolt

    2008 More
    51
  35. 35
    Up 16
    Down 7
    2012 More
    50
    added by: wiabux
  36. 36
    Up 25
    Down 23

    niche appeal
    ParaNorman

    2012 More
    50
  37. 37
    Up 36
    Down 18
    2011 More
    50
  38. 38
    Up 42
    Down 74

    controversial &niche appeal
    Beowulf

    2007 More
    49
  39. 39
    Up 60
    Down 40
    2008 More
    49
  40. 40
    Up 54
    Down 69

    controversial &niche appeal
    The Polar Express

    2004 More
    49
  41. 41
    Up 30
    Down 49

    niche appeal
    A Christmas Carol

    2009 More
    48
  42. 42
    Up 64
    Down 74
    1998 More
    48
  43. 43
    Up 31
    Down 43
    2011 More
    47
  44. 44
    Up 57
    Down 83
    2006 More
    47
  45. 45
    Up 47
    Down 54
    2005 More
    46
  46. 46
    Up 45
    Down 66
    2005 More
    46
  47. 47
    Up 46
    Down 55
    2008 More
    46
  48. 48
    Up 23
    Down 19
    2012 More
    45
  49. 49
    Up 26
    Down 34
    2004 More
    44
  50. 50
    Up 44
    Down 45
    2006 More
    44
  51. +Add New Item

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 66

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

    more popular lists