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The Worst CGI Kids Movies

Updated March 2, 2020 18.0k votes 2.0k voters 37.8k views22 items

List RulesVote up the movies where the CGI does not stand up to the test of time.

For every movie that gets CGI correct, there seem to be five films where it totally fails. The worst CGI effects in kids' films are no exception. Check out the biggest computer-generated imagery culprits.

One would think that blockbuster affairs like Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Spy Kids would contain only the best visual effects. However, it is true. Even big budget movies made by acclaimed directors can look as bad as Garfield and Scooby-Doo. Kids may not know the difference, but their parents certainly do.

From Doogal to Jumanji, from live-action to animation; here are the worst CGI moments in kids movies. Vote up the biggest offenders to your senses. Don’t see one of the worst CGI scenes in kids movies below, then go ahead and add it.

Want more? Check out these children's TV shows with truly bad CGI.

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    Foodfight! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Foodfight!

    Eva Longoria, Charlie Sheen

    Released2012

    Directed byLarry Kasanoff

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    Titanic: The Legend Goes On is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Titanic: The Legend Goes On

    Gregory Snegoff, Graziella Polesinanti

    Released2000

    Directed byCamillo Teti

    Titanic: The Legend Goes On is a 2000 animated feature film about the sinking of the RMS... more
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    Delgo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Delgo

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer

    Released2008

    Directed byMarc F. Adler, Jason Maurer

    Delgo is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure romantic comedy fantasy film produced by... more

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    Norm of the North is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Norm of the North

    Heather Graham, Rob Schneider

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Bell

    Norm of the North is a 2012 animation adventure drama film written by Daniel Altiere and... more
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    Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Mars Needs Moms

    Seth Green, Joan Cusack

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Wells

    Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy... more

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    Doogal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Doogal

    Kylie Minogue, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2006

    Directed byJean Duval, Frank Passingham, Dave Borthwick

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    Happily N'Ever After is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Happily N'Ever After

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul J. Bolger, Yvette Kaplan

    Happily N'Ever After is a 2007 American-German computer-animated fantasy family film directed... more

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    Marmaduke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Marmaduke

    Emma Stone, Fergie

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Dey

    Marmaduke is a summer 2010 comedy film based upon long-running comic strip of the same name... more

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    The Kid Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Cornish

    The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish.... more
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    Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byWillard Huyck

    Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and... more

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    Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Garfield: The Movie

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

    Garfield: The Movie, or simply Garfield, is a 2004 American live-action comedy film directed... more
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    The Adventures of Sharkboy and is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

    Taylor Lautner, Kristin Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D is a 2005 American adventure fantasy comedy... more

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    A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based... more
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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle

    The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film... more

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    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone

    Released2004

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell,... more

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    Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Spy Kids

    George Clooney, Teri Hatcher

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed... more

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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas... more
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    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Scooby-Doo

    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released2002

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera... more

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    Monster House is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Monster House

    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byGil Kenan

    Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced... more

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more
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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst CGI Kids Movies
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an... more

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