10 Great Sci-Fi Animated Films to See

10 Great Sci-Fi Animated Films to See ...

Everyone loves a good science fiction story. From Star Wars to Star Trek, audiences appear to never tire of the cosmos.

What about those who want their science fiction animated films to be a bit more...animated? There's a long list of great science fiction animated films for fans of all ages, from anime icons to Pixar classics, here are ten of them.

'Akira' (1988)

Akira is hailed as one of the greatest anime films ever produced in 1988. Set in a dystopian 2019, the film follows Tetsuo, a youngster who discovers superpowers following a motorcycle accident. These abilities lead him to becoming a participant in a dark government organization, and the whole of Neo-Tokyo is engulfed in havoc.

Akira continues to warmly welcome newcomers to the anime world over thirty years after its initial release. The cyberpunk setting, great animation, and engaging commentary make this a must-see for science fiction enthusiasts.

'WALL-E' (2008)

WALL-E was Pixar's first entry into outer space long before Lightyear. The film follows the title character, a robot designed to dispose of garbage, as he roams an Earth long ago abandoned by the human race. Eventually, he makes his way into space and embarks on an adventure that will forever alter humanity's destiny.

Even after so many films have followed WALL-E, it remains a fascinating oddity in Pixar's library. Great sound design and stunning visuals combine to make this a Pixar film that is truly out of this world.

'Cowboy Bebop: The Movie' (2001)

The Cowboy Bebop anime is often hailed as one of the greatest animated series ever produced, but little is often said about its film. In the latter half of the series, the Bebop crew fights a terrorist who intends to infect humans on Mars with a deadly virus.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie has everything that made the program so popular to so many people, from the engaging characters to the killer soundtrack. There's plenty to love regardless of whether or not you've seen the program.

'Treasure Planet' (2002)

Even twenty years after its release, Treasure Planet, directed by Disney regulars John Musker and Ron Clements, remains the studio's most well-known science fiction adventure. The film follows Jim Hawkins as he embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the long-lost Treasure Planet.

The film, while it was a box office bomb when it was released in cinemas, time has been kind to Jim Hawkins' narrative. It's possible that it's time to give this one another a chance.

'Ghost in the Shell'

Ghost in the Shell, another anime benchmark, has long been regarded as one of the finest cyberpunk films. Set in the future year 2029, the film follows the cybernetic human Motoko Kusanagi as she attempts to find an unknown hacker.

Although Ghost in the Shell fell short of its first release, it has become an underground sensation, inspiring other films like The Matrix. Few stories stand on the same level as the original Ghost in the Shell.

'The Transformers: The Movie' (1986)

Transformers movies may be popular these days, but so far, there has been only one animated film based on the toyline. The Transformers: The Movie bridged the gap between the second and third seasons of the original cartoon, killing many fan favorites while introducing new faces in the process.

Although many will argue the film is a toy commercial, its beautiful animation, iconic 80s soundtrack, and impressive voice cast make this film a must-see experience. Besides, who can say no to a film that features Orson Welles as a gigantic robot?

'Castle in the Sky' (1986)

Studio Ghibli is no stranger to creating fantastic animated films, but their first film, Castle in the Sky, is their most well-known sci-fi film. Set in the late 1800s, it follows a boy and a girl on a quest to discover a lost castle. Everyone, from pirates to the military, meets to apprehend them and the mysterious crystal they possess.

The inventive steampunk setting and funny characters make for a film that is equally as fun as its predecessors. Is there any way to go wrong with a film that gave the world Studio Ghibli?

'Titan A.E.' (2000)

Titan A.E., the last feature film directed by Don Bluth, was a short-lived Fox Animation Studios attempt at the space opera. Set hundreds of years into the future, the film follows Cale Tucker as he prepares to build a new planet after the Earth has been destroyed.

Titan A.E. has managed to garner a loyal following since its release. With a unique voice cast, a dark tone, and great art direction, it's no surprise that many have fallen in love with Bluth's final film.

'Robots' (2005)

For a science-fiction film to be good, not every movie must be serious. The 2005 comedy Robots, about the inventor Rodney Copperbottom on a quest to fulfill his dreams, is a proof of this.

Robots is still a popular film among the generation that saw it as children, and it's not difficult to see why. With a strong cast and the wonderful aesthetics of artist William Joyce on display, the film is sure to please sci-fi lovers of all ages.

'Megamind' (2010)

Superhero films are a dime a dozen nowadays, but animated films featuring capes and tights are surprisingly few. However, there is at least Megamind, which follows the titular villain as he explores his life after defeating his nemesis, Metro Man.

Megamind's greatest strength is its humor. It ridicules familiar superhero tropes and cliches, yet still feels completely original. If you're sick of the endless flood of superhero films, Megamind's comedic touch might be the remedy you're looking for.