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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. 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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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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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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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Resident Evil: Damnation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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: Degeneration is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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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Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,0... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added John Hurt, Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee
Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie is a science fiction CGI film set in Games Workshop's fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe and based on the Ultramarines Chapter of the Space Marines. ...more
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9 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Dead Space: Aftermath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Christine Lakin, Graham McTavish, Christopher Judge
Dead Space: Aftermath is an American animated horror film that bridges the storyline between Dead Space and Dead Space 2.
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Dead Space: Downfall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Kelly Hu, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey DeLisle
Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated horror film developed by Film Roman and EA. It is a prequel to the video game Dead Space and takes place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction, ...more
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Starship Troopers Traitor Of M... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Starship Troopers Traitor Of Mars
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Vexille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Meisa Kuroki, Akio Ōtsuka, Toshiyuki Morikawa
Vexille is a 2007 Japanese CGI anime film, written, directed, and edited by famed Ping Pong director Fumihiko Sori, and features the voices of Meisa Kuroki, Yasuko Matsuyuki, and Shosuke ...more
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Resident Evil: Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Resident Evil: Vendetta
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Starship Troopers: Invasion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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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Space Adventure Cobra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Space Adventure Cobra
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Short Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Short Peace
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Kaena: The Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Kirsten Dunst, Anjelica Huston, Richard Harris
Kaena: The Prophecy is a 2003 French-Canadian computer-generated fantasy movie. The United States release of the film is distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and features the voices of Kirsten ...more
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Technotise: Edit & I is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Srđan Todorović, Nikola Đuričko, Marija Karan
Technotise: Edit & I is a Serbian animated feature film, premiered on September 28, 2009. Written and directed by comic artist Aleksa Gajić, it is a sequel of his Technotise graphic novel. ...more
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Wonderful Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Se-chang Maeng, Kim Myeong-Guk, Park Ji-hoon
Wonderful Days is a South Korean animated science fiction film, released in 2003, written and directed by Kim Moon-saeng. It features backdrops rendered using photo-realistic computer-generated ...more
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Starchaser: The Legend of Orin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Michael Winslow, Mona Marshall, Carmen Argenziano
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin is a 1985 animated sci-fi adventure film. It was written by animation writer Jeffrey Scott and was originally released in 3-D by Atlantic Releasing under their ...more
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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus... is listed (or ranked) 25 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