The best 3D animated movies of all time
Ever since the first 3D animation movie released in the year 1995, which was Toy Story, animation has not been the same. It bounded from paper reams into the domain of the digital and the cinematic animation industry has been growing since that moment. Movies like Up, Cars, Ratatouille or Ice Age have captivated the hearts of children but also of a great quantity of adults.
If you want to know more about 3D animation and the best movies of this kind of cinema, keep reading this article.
The top 20 best 3D animation movies
Now we are going to give you a list of the best 3D animation movies of all time. Here you can find some classics but also some others that can surprise you:
Based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, it tells the story of a little girl who, as she walks through a wall in her home, finds an improved version of her life: her parents are more considerate of her, but the wonderful feelings will give way to fear and anguish soon.
The film stars a professional motivator who, the more he helps people, the more monotonous and bland his life becomes; everyone looks and sounds the same to him. Until a girl’s voice sounds different to him and he is ready to abandon everything to achieve happiness with her.
Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old widowed balloon salesman who finally manages to realize his life’s dream: to hook thousands of balloons to his house and fly off to South America. But once in the air and with no possibility of returning, Carl discovers that he is traveling with Russell, an eight-year-old explorer with a bombproof optimism.
- Despicable Me
The minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob, embark on an exciting journey to find a boss to serve, the terrible Scarlet Overkill. They will go from the frozen Antarctica, to New York City in the sixties, to end up in the London of the same era, where they will have to face the biggest challenge to date: saving the Minion race from annihilation.
- Trolls World Tour
Poppy and Branch discover that their tribe of Trolls is only one of six in existence and that the rest are spread over six kingdoms and devoted to six different types of music: funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. In this film, the trolls will enter a surprising adventure full of novelties and plot-twists.
- Corpse Bride
This film directed by the famous Tim Burton is about a man who puts on the finger of a dead woman, as a joke, an engagement ring. But what the poor mortal does not know is that the dead woman will claim her rights as a bride.
- The Nightmare before Christmas: 3d animated halloween movie
This other 3D animated halloween movie directed by Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, who is fascinated by Christmas and decides to improve it. However, his vision of the holiday is totally contrary to the Christmas spirit, as his plans include the kidnapping of Santa Claus.
This film tells the story of an ogre named Shrek, who lives alone in his house in the mountains. Suddenly, one day, his loneliness is interrupted by an invasion of surprising characters. To save his territory, Shrek makes a pact with Lord Farquaad and sets out to get the beautiful princess Fiona to agree to be the Lord’s bride. In this important mission, he is accompanied by a funny donkey, ready to do anything for Shrek.
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
When the city’s sheep begin to disappear, poor Gromit is the one who bears all the blame. Will Wallace be able to prove that his partner is innocent before it is too late? This is Wallace and Gromit’s third short film, which has accumulated 17 international awards including the Oscar, the BAFTA and the Annie, among others.
This movie tells the story of Rodney, who is a young and brilliant inventor who dreams of making the world a better place. Cappy is an attractive robot executive that Rodney instantly falls in love with. Ratchet is the corporate tyrant; and then there’s the Bigweld, a masterful inventor who has lost his way… until he stumbles upon Rodney’s irrepressible dreamer.
- Isle of Dogs
This film directed and scripted by the famous Wes Anderson tells the story of a group of canine pets that lived in Megasaki City and were exiled to a dump island. A 12-year-old boy sets out on a journey to find his lost dog on this island.
- James and the Giant Peach
After the death of his parents, little James is forced to live with his two cruel and repulsive aunts. The visit of a strange character, a spider that he saves, provides him with a means of escape: a giant peach that begins to grow in his garden. When he gets inside, he will meet other picturesque characters.
Remy is a nice rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef despite the opposition of his family and the obvious problem of being a rat in a profession that detests rodents. Destiny takes Remy to the sewers of Paris, where he turns the Parisian culinary world upside down in a thrilling and exciting adventure.
In the year 2800, on a devastated and lifeless planet Earth, the WALL-E robot discovers a new mission in its life when it meets a modern and glossy robot explorer called EVE. Both will travel across the galaxy and live an exciting and unforgettable adventure.
Flynn Rider, a wanted bandit of the kingdom, hides in a mysterious tower and there he meets Rapunzel, a beautiful and smart teenager with a golden hair of 21 meters long, who lives locked up there for years. The two seal a pact and from that moment on the couple will live exciting adventures.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
A cunning fox named Fox seems to lead an idyllic life with his wife and son Ash. But at night, Mr. Fox steals chickens, ducks and turkeys from neighboring farms, which is why the farmers decide to hunt him. This film is based on a famous children’s book by Roald Dahl.
- How to train your Dragon
Set in the mythical world of the rude Vikings and wild dragons, and based on Cressida Cowell’s children’s book, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a teenage Viking who doesn’t exactly fit his tribe’s ancient reputation as a dragon hunter. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down as he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from a completely different point of view.
- Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo lives quietly in a small, normal village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by reviving a revenge. This causes in Kubo a multitude of bad drinks when he is persecuted by gods and monsters. If Kubo really wants to survive, he must first locate a magical armor that was once worn by his father, a legendary samurai warrior.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is an absolutely unique city. It is a melting pot where animals from every environment live together, a place where it doesn’t matter what you are. But when the optimistic officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny in a police force made up of hard, huge animals is not easy.
- Chicken Run
In the chicken coop at Tweedy Farm, Ginger’s hen dreams of more space and freedom. Every day, she tries unsuccessfully to escape from the pen. The brave Ginger arms herself with patience and tries to make her friends understand that the fence is not around the farm, but in their minds.
The best Hollywood 3D animation movies
Now we will make a list of the best 3d animation action movies which used CGI technology to create new worlds and open the viewer’s mind. These movies are not all 3d animated movies, but have details made by computer.
While repairing a satellite outside their ship, two astronauts suffer a serious accident and are left floating in space. The external mission seemed routine, but a rain of space junk hits them and disaster strikes: the satellite and part of the spacecraft are destroyed, leaving the two astronauts completely alone, at which point they will try by all means to find a solution to return to Earth.
It is year 2154 and Jake Sully has been designated to go to Pandora, where some companies are extracting a strange mineral that could solve the Earth’s energy crisis. To counteract the toxicity of Pandora’s atmosphere, the Avatar program has been created, thanks to which human beings keep their consciousness linked to an avatar. Jake’s mission is to infiltrate among the Na’vi, who have become the greatest obstacle to the extraction of the ore. But when Neytiri, a beautiful Na’vi, saves Jake’s life, everything changes.
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
During a scientific expedition in Iceland, visionary scientist Trevor Anderson, his nephew and his regional guide are trapped in a cave. The only chance to escape from there is to go into the bowels of the Earth. Traveling through worlds never seen before, the trio comes face to face with incredible creatures.
- The Walk
Based on the memoirs written by Philippe Petit, a French tightrope walker who, in 1974, guided by his mentor Papa Rudy, set himself a challenge never before met: to walk on a cable through the space separating the Twin Towers from New York.
- Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Inspired by the book of Lewis Carroll, this movie tells the story of a 19-year-old girl that goes to a Victorian mansion to attend a high society party. When she is about to receive a public proposal, she runs after a white rabbit and ends up in Wonderland, a place she had visited ten years earlier, although she no longer remembers it. After that, Alice introduces herself in a beautiful and surpriseful adventure.
- Life of Pi
After a shipwreck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the young Indian Pi, son of a zookeeper who was traveling from India to Canada, finds himself in a lifeboat with only one survivor, a Bengal tiger with whom he will build an exciting, incredible and unexpected relationship.
Disney 3D animated movies: the best ones
Now we are going to give you a list of the top ten 3D animated movies produced by Disney. Of course some of them are not the best 3D cartoon movies of all times, as other companies such as Dreamworks or Pixar (before Disney bought it), but still have really good movies. Now you’re gonna see a list of only Disney 3D animated movies.
- Finding Nemo
Nemo the fish, who is an only child, is very loved and protected by his father. After being caught on an Australian reef, it ends up in the fish tank of a dentist’s office in Sydney. His shy father will undertake a dangerous adventure to rescue him. But Nemo and his new friends also have a cunning plan to escape from the fish tank and return to the sea.
When a prophecy condemns a kingdom to eternal winter, young Anna, the daredevil mountaineer Kristoff and reindeer Sven set out on an epic journey in search of Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, to end the icy spell.
- Monsters, Inc
Monsters Inc. is the largest scary company in the world, and James P. Sullivan is one of its best employees. Scaring children is not an easy job, as everyone believes that children are toxic and cannot have contact with them. But one day a little girl accidentally sneaks into the company, causing chaos.
Merida is a skilled archer who decides to break an ancient custom, which is sacred to the lords of the earth. Merida’s actions unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom. In addition, she asks for help from a wise old woman who grants her a very unfortunate wish. The girl will have to face great dangers before learning what true courage is.
Miguel is a young man with a dream of becoming a music legend despite his family’s ban. His passion will lead him to enter the Land of the Dead to learn about his true family legacy.
- The Incredibles
Mr. Incredible, tired of the routine and the extra pounds his new life has given him, will move on to a mysterious mission that has reached his ears through enigmatic communication to feel like a real superhero again. He will not be alone in this dangerous task, his wife Elastigirl, his friend Frozono and his three children, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack will help him to stop the plans of the crazy Syndrome.
- Toy Story
This one is the first of the disney 3d movies that was animated by computer. Andy’s toys, a 6-year-old boy, fear that their time has come and that a new birthday gift will replace them in their owner’s heart. Woody, a cowboy who has been Andy’s favorite toy until now, tries to reassure them until Buzz Lightyear, a space hero with all kinds of technological advances, appears. Woody is relegated to the background. Their constant rivalry will be transformed into a great friendship when they both get lost in the city without knowing how to return home.
- Inside Out
Riley is a girl who possesses all kinds of feelings. Although her life has been marked by Joy, she is also affected by other types of emotions. What Riley does not understand very well is why there has to be Sadness in her life. A series of events mixes Joy and Sadness in a dangerous adventure that will turn Riley’s world upside down.
- A Bug’s Life
Every summer a group of grasshoppers assaults the ant colony where Flick lives, to take over the provisions they have collected during the winter. One day, Flick leaves the anthill and goes in search of insect warriors to help them defend themselves from the fearsome grasshoppers, but, in the end, he ends up recruiting a circus troupe.
For the super dog Bolt every day is full of adventure, danger and intrigue, at least until the cameras stop recording, since he is the protagonist of a famous television program. But when the dog star of the big TV hit is accidentally sent from his Hollywood studios to New York, he begins his greatest adventure in a cross-country trip through the real world.
3D animation movies winners in Academy Awards
In Hollywood 3D animation movies categories are super important, that is why we are going to make a quick view of all the important Oscar’s winning animated movies.
In 2002, Shrek won the first best animated feature Oscar. 2 years later, in 2004, Finding Nemo gave Pixar its first win and in 2005 Pixar won again with The Incredibles. In 2006 Disney lost again to the British claymation movie Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Other winners are Pixar’s Ratatouille (2008), Wall-E (2009), Up (2010), Frozen (2014), Inside Out (2016) and Coco (2018). The nominated 3D animation movies 2019 in the Oscars were How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, J’ai perdu mon corps, Klaus and Missing Link; but the winner was Toy Story 4.
3D animation movies winners in Film Festivals
Apart from the Academy Awards, we can find other famous film festivals also important for the cinema industry. These important festivals, among many others, are the following:
- Venice International Film Festival
- The Cannes Film Festival
- TriBeCa Film Festival
- Sundance Film Festival
- SXSW Film Festival
- D’A Film Festival
In these ones you can find from 3D animated anime movies to the most recent 3D animated movies.
Now that you know everything about the best 3D animation movies, what are you waiting for to watch any of the suggestions we gave you in this article? Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
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