Best Computer Animated Movies of All Time

Not even Pixar was prepared for the way Toy Story would transform the industry when they released their groundbreaking family movie in 1995. Ever since, computer animated movies have been a steady monolith: racking up billions at the box office (and let’s not ignore ancillary markets) alongside frequent critical acclaim, creating safe spaces where kids and adults alike can revel in colorful jokes, unique characters, and high adventure. Rotten Tomatoes presents the 75 best-reviewed computer animated movies, ranked by Adjusted Tomatometer from at least 40 reviews each!

#75

The Ant Bully (2006)
63%

#75
Adjusted Score: 66.315%
Critics Consensus: Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.
Synopsis: "The Ant Bully" tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New... [More]
Directed By: John A. Davis

#74

Storks (2016)
65%

#74
Adjusted Score: 69.413%
Critics Consensus: Colorful animation and a charming cast help Storks achieve a limited liftoff, but scattershot gags and a confused, hyperactively unspooled plot keep it from truly soaring.
Synopsis: In this animated children's fantasy, two storks (voiced by Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg) reveal the truth about their job... [More]

#73

Epic (2013)
65%

#73
Adjusted Score: 69.097%
Critics Consensus: Though its narrative themes are all too familiar, Epic is beautifully animated and crafted with just enough flair to make for solid family entertainment.
Synopsis: EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE... [More]
Directed By: Chris Wedge

#72

Robots (2005)
64%

#72
Adjusted Score: 69.669%
Critics Consensus: Robots delights on a visual level, but the story feels like it came off an assembly line.
Synopsis: A young genius wants his robots to make the world a better place. He falls in love with a very... [More]

#71

Dinosaur (2000)
65%

#71
Adjusted Score: 69.081%
Critics Consensus: While Dinosaur's plot is generic and dull, its stunning computer animation and detailed backgrounds are enough to make it worth a look.
Synopsis: The journey of a three-ton Iguanodon named Aladar, who is raised from the egg by a clan of lemurs and... [More]

#70
Adjusted Score: 69.149%
Critics Consensus: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is an improvement on the original, with more fleshed-out characters, crisper animation and more consistent humor.
Synopsis: Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell

#69

Turbo (2013)
67%

#69
Adjusted Score: 70.517%
Critics Consensus: It's nowhere near as inventive as its off-the-wall premise might suggest, but Turbo boasts just enough colorful visual thrills and sharp voice acting to recommend as undemanding family-friendly fare.
Synopsis: A garden snail dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world.... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 71.067%
Critics Consensus: Meet the Robinsons is a visually impressive children's animated film marked by a story of considerable depth.
Synopsis: An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Anderson

#67
Adjusted Score: 74.973%
Critics Consensus: While not as clever or inventive as its predecessor, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 compensates with enough dazzling visuals to keep younger viewers entertained.
Synopsis: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation's hit comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's... [More]
Directed By: Kris Pearn, Cody Cameron

#66

Cars 3 (2017)
68%

#66
Adjusted Score: 76.505%
Critics Consensus: Cars 3 has an unexpectedly poignant story to go with its dazzling animation, suggesting Pixar's most middle-of-the-road franchise may have a surprising amount of tread left.
Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out... [More]
Directed By: Brian Fee

#65

Rio (2011)
71%

#65
Adjusted Score: 74.894%
Critics Consensus: This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.
Synopsis: From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 75.691%
Critics Consensus: Penguins of Madagascar is fast and brightly colored enough to entertain small children, but too frantically silly to offer real filmgoing fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global... [More]

#63

The Croods (2013)
71%

#63
Adjusted Score: 75.802%
Critics Consensus: While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.
Synopsis: The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family... [More]

#62

Megamind (2010)
72%

#62
Adjusted Score: 76.773%
Critics Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Synopsis: Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#61

Flushed Away (2006)
73%

#61
Adjusted Score: 76.953%
Critics Consensus: Clever and appealing for both children and adults, Flushed Away marks a successful entry into digital animated features for Aardman Animations.
Synopsis: A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers, Sam Fell

#60

Sing (2016)
72%

#60
Adjusted Score: 78.331%
Critics Consensus: Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.
Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater in... [More]

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 78.974%
Critics Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.
Synopsis: Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with... [More]

#58

Monster House (2006)
74%

#58
Adjusted Score: 78.966%
Critics Consensus: Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun.
Synopsis: A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the... [More]
Directed By: Gil Kenan

#57

Trolls (2016)
74%

#57
Adjusted Score: 79.564%
Critics Consensus: Trolls brings its instantly recognizable characters to the big screen in a colorful adventure that, while geared toward the younger set, isn't without rewards for parents.
Synopsis: DreamWorks Animation's TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 78.36%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day,... [More]

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 80.158%
Critics Consensus: Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.
Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg from... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#54

Happy Feet (2006)
75%

#54
Adjusted Score: 80.078%
Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.
Synopsis: In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and... [More]

#53

Despicable Me 2 (2013)
74%

#53
Adjusted Score: 80.335%
Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.
Synopsis: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540... [More]

#52

Over the Hedge (2006)
75%

#52
Adjusted Score: 80.378%
Critics Consensus: Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.
Synopsis: This tale centers on a mischievous con-artist raccoon named R.J. and a sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and... [More]

#51

Cars (2006)
74%

#51
Adjusted Score: 80.429%
Critics Consensus: Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.
Synopsis: Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish... [More]
Directed By: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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