Living The Best CGI Kids Movies  

Ranker Film
536 votes 145 voters 31 items

List Rules Vote up the movies based on their use of CGI to enhance the story.

There are so many movies made for children today that there needs to be something that makes a picture stand out. The best CGI effects in kids films are used to add that extra layer by creating a sense of awe and wonder for its young spectators and even for their parents.

Perhaps no genre lends itself better to the use of computer-generated imagery like a kids movie. Imagination often pushes filmmakers to conceive of a world where kids can get totally lost. These films do not necessarily need to be “realistic,” in fact, realism is about the farthest thing from a kid’s mind when watching the incredible world created in a movie like Up or Finding Nemo. The best CGI scenes in kids movies take their audience hundreds of feet up in the air, or hundreds of feet below the sea.

What are the best CGI moments in kids movies? Make your voice heard and vote up all your favorites.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more
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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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The Grinch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson
The Grinch is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film directed by Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney, based on the Dr. Seuss story. The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) hatches a ...more
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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling
Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.
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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Kids 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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6 6
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more
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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more
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4 6
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Kids 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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Kids 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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton
Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more
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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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Up is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more
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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more
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2 4
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more
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2 4
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more
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2 5
Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence
Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more
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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more
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Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is out ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more
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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino
Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.