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10 The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $324,201,378
One of the very original voices in this top 10 list, SpongeBob Squarepants manages to just make it into the top 10 thanks to this, the 2nd film from his television franchise.
It featured the vocal talents of Antonio Banderas as the films villain, replacing Alec Baldwin from the first film.
7. The Pagemaster
10. The Last Unicorn
2 The Simpsons Movie – 1999- $527,071,022
While not as aimed at kids as the other films here, the Simpsons Movie marks the first time that the television family made their silver screen debut. So far the team behind the film has not been interested in making a sequel.
Before it became a pervasive, all-encompassing force within the cinematic community, computer animation was primarily used as a tool by filmmakers to enhance their traditionally-conceived special effects work. As such, computer-generated imagery was used sparingly in the ‘70s and ‘80s—with 1982’s marking the first time it was used on an extensive basis within a full-length feature.
Computer animation received a substantial boost in 1986 with the release of the first short film from Pixar, Luxo Jr., which went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film and proved that computers could provide more than just behind-the-scenes special effects support. The increased sophistication of both hardware and software was reflected in the progressively eye-popping nature of computer-generated imagery, with 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day and 1993’s Jurassic Park standing as landmark examples of what computers were capable of.
It wasn’t until Pixar released the world’s first computer-animated feature in 1995 that audiences and executives alike first saw the possibilities offered by the technology. It wasn’t long before other studios began clamoring to get into the CGI game. The three-dimensional appearance of computer-generated cartoons instantly assured their success over their 2-D counterparts, as viewers found themselves transfixed by the novelty of the lifelike images and jaw-dropping visuals.
Although Pixar (now owned by animation pioneers Disney) remains the undisputed champion of the computer-generated landscape, there have certainly been plenty of equally successful examples of the genre in recent years—with, for instance, the series raking in well over two billion dollars worldwide.
In 2001, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Since its introduction, most of the winners have been computer-animated films—but the traditional animated Spirited Away won the 2002 award and the stop-motion film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the 2005 award. In recent years, the Best Animated Short category has continued to see winners in both traditional and computer animated shorts.
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