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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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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509 192
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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539 220
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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592 255
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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524 230
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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378 164
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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360 172
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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210 202
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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141 125
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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121 101
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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52 23
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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66 65
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 13 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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160 211
A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 14 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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120 153
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 15 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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102 131
The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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99 135
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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80 113
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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177 279
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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59 83
The Mystery of the Third Plane... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Time Masters is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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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Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocenc... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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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2 1
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dar... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added 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