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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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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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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    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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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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

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    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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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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    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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    Rango is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

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    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

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    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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    Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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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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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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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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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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


    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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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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    Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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    Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

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    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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    Monster House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


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    Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made


    Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith

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