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The following films are all animated films that cost over $150 million to create,[1]. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016 are the most represented years with 3 films each.

Pixar is the most represented studio with 12 films. Shrek is the most represented franchise with three of its four main films on the list followed by Cars with two of its three main films.

An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.

—Rule Seven - Special Rules For The Animated Feature Film Award : I. Definition

Most expensive animated films
Rank Title Year Studio Cost (est.)
(millions)
Refs & notes
1 Tangled 2010 Disney $260 [2][3][4][5]
2 Toy Story 3 2010 Pixar $200 [6][7]
Cars 2 2011 Pixar $200 [8][9][10]
Monsters University 2013 Pixar $200 [11]
Finding Dory 2016 Pixar $200 [12]
Incredibles 2 2018 Pixar $200 [13]
7 Brave 2012 Pixar *$185 [14]
8 WALL-E 2008 Pixar $180 [15][16]
9 Cars 3 2017 Pixar $175 [17]
Coco 2017 Pixar $175 [18]
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 DreamWorks $175 [19][20][21]
Up 2009 Pixar $175 [22][23]
A Christmas Carol 2009 ImageMovers $175 [24][25]
Inside Out 2015 Pixar $175 [26][27]
The Good Dinosaur 2015 Pixar $175 [28][29]
16 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 DreamWorks $165 [30][31][32]
Shrek Forever After 2010 DreamWorks $165 [33]
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 Disney $165 [34]
Big Hero 6 2014 Disney $165 [35][36]
20 The Polar Express 2004 ImageMovers $160 [37][38]
Shrek the Third 2007 DreamWorks $160 [39]
22 Mars Needs Moms 2011 ImageMovers $150 [40]
Bee Movie 2007 DreamWorks $150 [41]
Bolt 2008 Disney $150 [42]
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 DreamWorks $150 [43]
Ratatouille 2007 Pixar $150 [44]
Frozen 2013 Disney $150 [45][46]
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 DreamWorks $150 [47]
Chicken Little 2005 Disney $150 [48]
Shrek 2 2004 DreamWorks $150 [49]
Zootopia 2016 Disney $150 [50]
Moana 2016 Disney $150 [51][52]

* Officially acknowledged figure.

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References[edit]

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