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The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies

Updated March 13, 2020 12.8k votes 2.1k voters 43.9k views60 items

List RulesVote up the best sci fi movies that happen to be cartoons.

Live action films can be limiting in an expansive genre like sci fi, but animated features give filmmakers the opportunity to invent whole new worlds. The top animated sci fi movies transport viewers to mind-boggling settings as characters explore the outer reaches of the future. This is a list of the best science fiction cartoons, including everything from The Iron Giant to Big Hero Six.

What films will you find on this list of the best animated sci fi movies? The innovative Disney/Pixar film WALL-E takes place in space, long after humans have rendered Earth uninhabitable. Although it is an animated film, the plot still gently critiques consumerism, corporatism, greed, and ignorance. Akira is another fantastic animated sci fi film. Richard Linklater imagines a world rife with drug abuse and police surveillance in his dystopian sci-fi thriller A Scanner Darkly. Other good movies featured on this list include The Congress, Titan A.E.Heavy Metal, and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

Which science fiction cartoon is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good films that are missing.

If you consider yourself a fan be sure to check out the best Akira quotes and the best Ghost in the Shell quotes. You might also like this list of the best CGI science fiction films.

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman
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    Ghost In The Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka
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    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama
    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more

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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel
    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both...  more

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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph
    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by...  more

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    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara
    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001...  more

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    Heavy Metal

    John Candy, Harold Ramis
    Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed...  more

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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy
    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film...  more

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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames
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    Titan A.E.

    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon
    Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both...  more

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    The Animatrix

    Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman
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    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    Naoto Takenaka, Akio Ōtsuka
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    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura
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    Space Pirate Captain Harlock

    Haruma Miura, Maaya Sakamoto
    Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a 2013 Japanese 3D CG anime film directed by Shinji...  more
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    Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara
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    Hideyuki Hori, Akio Ōtsuka
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    Fantastic Planet

    Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson
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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida
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    Dead Space: Downfall

    Kelly Hu, Kevin Michael Richardson
    Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated horror film developed by Film Roman and EA. It is...  more

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    Heavy Metal 2000

    William Michael Albert Broad, Michael Ironside
    Heavy Metal 2000 is a 2000 Canadian-German direct-to-video adult animated science fiction film...  more
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    Starship Troopers: Invasion

    Luci Christian, Chris Patton
    Starship Troopers: Invasion, also known as Starship Troopers 4: Invasion, is a 2012 computer...  more
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