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The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies 

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Updated December 26, 2019 10.6k votes 1.8k voters 36.4k views 60 items

List Rules Vote 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, 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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera
Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by ...more

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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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#19 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #49 of 184 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001 Japanese animated Space Western action film based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop created by ...more
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Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy
Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of ...more

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9 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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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

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Ghost in the Shell 2: In... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Naoto Takenaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Yoshiko Sakakibara
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, known simply as Innocence in Japan, is a 2004 anime/computer-animated sci-fi sequel to the 1995 film Ghost in the Shell. Released in Japan on March 6, 2004, and ...more

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Ralph Breaks the Interne... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more
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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo
Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. ...more

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The Transformers: The Mo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated feature film based on the animated TV series by the same name. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986 and in the UK on December 5, ...more

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Resident Evil: Damnation... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Dave Wittenberg, Robin Sachs, Michael McConnohie
Resident Evil: Damnation, known as Biohazard: Damnation in Japan, is a 2012 Japanese feature-length computer-animated horror 3D film by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, directed by ...more
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Resident Evil: Degenerat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kari Wahlgren
Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration, is the first full-length motion capture CG animation feature in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise. The film was made by ...more

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Final Fantasy VII: Adven... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Toshiyuki Morikawa
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, written by Kazushige Nojima, and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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The Chronicles of Riddic... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Vin Diesel, Keith David, Dwight Schultz
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD animated science fiction film. It was directed by the Korean-American animator Peter Chung, and features Vin Diesel reprising his role ...more
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The Animatrix is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Melinda Clarke
The Animatrix is a 2003 American-Japanese-Australian best-selling direct-to-video anthology film based on The Matrix trilogy produced by The Wachowskis, who wrote and directed the trilogy. The ...more

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Invader Zim: Enter the F... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Andy Berman
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! is a 2019 American animated film directed by Jhonen Vasquez and Jake Wyatt, based on the animated television series Invader Zim. Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) ...more
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Starship Troopers: Invas... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Luci Christian, Chris Patton, David Matranga
Starship Troopers: Invasion, also known as Starship Troopers 4: Invasion, is a 2012 computer animated military science fiction film directed by Shinji Aramaki. The fourth installment of the ...more
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Heavy Metal 2000 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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William Michael Albert Broad, Michael Ironside, Julie Strain
Heavy Metal 2000 is a 2000 Canadian-German direct-to-video adult animated science fiction film produced by Jacques Pettigrew and Michel Lemire, and directed by Michael Coldewey and Lemire. ...more

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Space Pirate Captain Har... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Haruma Miura, Maaya Sakamoto, Yū Aoi
Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a 2013 Japanese 3D CG anime film directed by Shinji Aramaki. In 2010, Toei Animation announced that it made a pilot for a computer-graphics remake, and it ...more
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Final Fantasy XV: Kingsg... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Memories is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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Hideyuki Hori, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera
Memories is an anime anthology film produced in 1995 by artist/director Katsuhiro Otomo which were based on three of his manga short stories. The film is composed of three episodes: ...more

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