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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

844 696
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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

751 746
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

790 723
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

727 737
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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

729 715
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

610 722
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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

586 762
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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

654 773
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

756 127
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dimo1999 added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

530 739
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

544 701
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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

456 762
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

468 750
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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620 77
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jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

454 702
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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

350 769
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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

374 792
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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

377 697
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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

361 606
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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

382 668
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

356 671
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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

287 715
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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

262 654
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

260 540
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Chris Abraham added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

198 533
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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

250 586
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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

228 627
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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208 546
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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

180 383
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itchywool added Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

178 534
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

203 562
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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

216 559
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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

212 510
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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

197 528
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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

194 522
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

184 530
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

165 322
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

219 420
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wiabux added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

161 525
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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

221 333
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SnowLeopard44 added The Lorax Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

169 403
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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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193 437
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
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166 421
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

88 77
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
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163 413
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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

147 411
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Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

137 399
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108 493
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Beowulf Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich