parenting The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made  

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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

883 703
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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

784 754
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

820 733
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

753 745
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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

758 722
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

634 733
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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

606 776
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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

670 787
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

764 143
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dimo1999 added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

552 749
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

565 707
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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

468 771
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

480 761
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

361 779
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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

389 802
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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

380 610
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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

389 707
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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

398 672
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

363 682
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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

294 728
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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

272 664
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

273 551
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Chris Abraham added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

207 540
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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

258 593
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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

233 639
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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

213 552
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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

185 540
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

208 569
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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

226 564
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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

219 514
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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

206 532
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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

200 528
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

194 534
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

171 328
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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wiabux added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

101 78
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Alex Gary added Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

205 445
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

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

165 529
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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

172 427
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

152 415
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Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

166 420
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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

140 405
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155 255
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