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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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891 844
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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

865 700
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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

771 750
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

804 731
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

741 741
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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

747 718
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

623 729
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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

599 769
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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

661 783
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

760 136
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dimo1999 added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

540 744
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

557 706
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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

464 769
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

472 758
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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625 87
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jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

466 706
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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

358 774
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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

383 797
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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

384 703
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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

370 608
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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

390 671
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

361 678
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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

289 722
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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina

268 661
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

267 546
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Chris Abraham added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

203 537
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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

254 590
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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

232 633
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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187 384
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itchywool added Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

211 550
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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

182 536
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

206 566
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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

222 561
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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

216 512
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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

200 530
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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

198 525
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

191 531
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

167 325
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

223 423
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wiabux added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

164 527
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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

173 404
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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

199 443
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
ShaneyFirkins added Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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

96 78
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Alex Gary added Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

169 424
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

151 412
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Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

165 415
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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

137 403
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151 253
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