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The Best Animation Movies of 2012 

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List of the best 2012 animation movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. Animated movies have come a long way in the last 50 years, with traditional cartoons being replaced by CGI animation from companies like Pixar and Disney. Not all of these animated films were released in theaters, but even the ones that went straight to DVD are still pretty good. These are all the animated films that defined 2012, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list is made up of movies like Brave and Wreck-It Ralph. This isn't necessarily a list of all animated movie from 2012, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

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#112 of 113 The Absolute Worst Animated Movies #33 of 109 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

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Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Ramsey

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#61 of 116 Movies That Need Sequels #89 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

More Frankenweenie 

#192 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #15 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids #134 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

Released: 2012

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

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#83 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #110 of 116 The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

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#227 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #30 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Lucy Liu, Lucy Hale, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peggy Holmes, Roberts Gannaway

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Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kyle Balda, Chris Renaud

More The Lorax 

#7 of 22 The Best Eco-Friendly Kids Movies #48 of 72 The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Antonio Banderas, Gilles Marini, Chris Miller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Raman Hui

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Salma Hayek, David Tennant, Hugh Grant

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

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#138 of 168 The Best 3D Films #64 of 85 The Best Stop Motion Movies

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Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Koyasu Taketo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda, Masayuki

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Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier

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Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

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#155 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #60 of 72 The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jimmy Hayward

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Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo, Juliet Landau

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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Lauren Bacall, Lambert Wilson, Vincent Grass

Released: 2012

Directed by: Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier, Benjamin Renner

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Pauley Perrette, Laraine Newman, Tara Strong

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Chang

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Simon Abkarian, Ronit Elkabetz, Vernon Dobtcheff

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jean-Christophe Lie, Rémi Bezançon

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wayne Thornley

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Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch, Jason Alexander

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nikhil Advani

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Cameron Diaz, John Cleese, Stephen Fry

Released: 2012

Directed by: Bill Jones, Benjamin Timlett, Jeff Simpson

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Luci Christian, Chris Patton, David Matranga

Released: 2012

Directed by: Shinji Aramaki

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Michelle Jenner, Kerry Shale, Lewis MacLeod

Released: 2012

Directed by: Enrique Gato Borregán