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The Best CGI Kids Movies

Updated April 22, 2019 1.1k votes 153 voters31 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Despicable Me

    Steve Carell, Jason Segel

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

    Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Burton

    Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

    Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Grinch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    The Grinch

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney

    The Grinch is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film directed by Peter... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

    Released2018

    Directed byRich Moore, Phil Johnston

    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Finding Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    The Jungle Book

    Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley

    Directed byJon Favreau

    The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    How to Train Your Dragon: The  is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

    Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter.... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Cars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Kids Movies
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    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

    Released2014

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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