Total Nerd The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies  

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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.

 

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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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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The Animatrix is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Alex Gaginsky added 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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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
kotbayun added 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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9 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Byron_Dude added 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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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Byron_Dude added 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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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of ...more

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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura

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The Mystery of the Third Plane... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya The Mystery of the Third Planet, aka The Secret of the Third Planet is a 1981 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Roman Kachanov and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in ...more

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Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart, Yves Barsacq Fantastic Planet is a 1973 cutout stop motion science fiction allegorical film directed by René Laloux, production designed by Roland Topor, written by both of them and animated at ...more

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Wit... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, James Woods Film Production NotesFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within emerges from its successful interactive game roots to deliver an exciting new breed of motion picture adventure. A fresh, provocative take ...more

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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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Time Masters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville, Sady Rebbot Les Maîtres du temps is a 1982 Franco-Hungarian animated science fiction feature film directed by René Laloux and designed by Mœbius. It is based on the 1958 science fiction novel ...more

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Gandahar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Glenn Close, Christopher Plummer, Bridget Fonda Gandahar is a 1988 French animated science fiction and fantasy film. The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon's novel Les Hommes-machines ...more

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MFKZ is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Kenn Michael, Vince Staples, Michael Chiklis Mutafukaz (also known as MFKZ) is a 2017 French-Japanese animated film directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume "Run" Renard, based on the comic book series. After a scooter accident, ...more

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Cool World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Byron_Dude added Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne Cool World is a 1992 American live-action/animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi, and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne and Brad Pitt. It tells the story of a cartoonist who finds ...more

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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a 2018 American animated superhero film directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Micha, based on the TV series. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their ...more

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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Thomas Bangalter, Romanthony Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem is a feature-length Japanese-French animated adventure fantasy science fiction musical film originally released on 28 May 2003. The film is ...more

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Neo Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Jōji Yanami, Banjō Ginga, Iemasa Kayumi Neo Tokyo, also titled Manie-Manie on its title card, is a 1987 anime science fiction anthology film produced by Project Team Argos and Madhouse. Conceived and produced by Madhouse founders ...more

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Byron_Dude added Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor Fire and Ice is a 1983 American animated adventure-fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film, a collaboration between Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, was distributed by 20th Century Fox, which ...more

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April And The Extraordinary Wo... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
April And The Extraordinary World Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort

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Ark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
James Woods, Ty Olsson, Tabitha St. Germain Ark is a 2005 computer-generated imagery film directed by Kenny Hwang, animated by Digital Rim. It is the flagship project for both the director and the studio. Attempting to address the ...more

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Nocturna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Nocturna Natalia, Imanol Arias, Molly Malcolm Nocturna is a 2007 animated film directed by Adri Garcia and Vctor Maldonado.

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The Congress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Robin Wright The Congress is a 2013 French-Israeli live-action/animation science fiction drama film written and directed by Ari Folman. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2013. ...more