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 Despicable Me is an animation, comedy, crime fiction and family film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.

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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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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 How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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dimo1999 added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

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Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.

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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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MegaMind Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

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Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls. Rango was a critical and commercial ...more

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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Chris Abraham added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount ...more

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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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itchywool added Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more

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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more

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Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch Rio is a 2011 animated adventure comedy film directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by Don Rhymer.

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Meet the Robinsons Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The 47th animated feature in ...more

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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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 The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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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 How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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wiabux added Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Alex Gary added Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
ShaneyFirkins added Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Robots Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for Twentieth Century Fox, and was released theatrically on March 11, 2005. The story was ...more

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Antz Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone Antz is a 1998 American computer animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. It features the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, ...more

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SnowLeopard44 added The Lorax Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a 2012 American computer-animated 3D musical fantasy comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment and based on Dr. Seuss' children's book of the same name. The film ...more

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar ...more

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Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, ...more

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Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian ...more

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made
Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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9 9 is a 2005 computer animated short film created by Shane Acker as a student project at the UCLA Animation Workshop. Tim Burton saw the film and was so impressed by its artistic vision that he ...more