3d animation has become a mainstay and an integral component of the 2012 animated movies. The trend had started many a years back when some animated movies like Shrek, Toy Story and many others had received critical acclaim and a number of awards. Not just the movies but the fields like medicine, forensics and architecture are also making efficient use of the 3d animation techniques. Computer graphics is clearly the fastest growing industries of today, having an important role to play in the making of some of the best animated movies 2012. So, just like last year, there are a number of animated movies which were released this year and more are on their way. Below is the list of the top 10 best animated movies 2012.

10. A Cat in Paris

Released on the 1st of June, 2012, A Cat in Paris is yet another release by the GKIDS. The plot of the movie is concerned with the life of a cat named Dino. As shown in the movie, the cat leads a double life. The girl whom the cat lives with is the daughter of a Parisian detective. It is at the night time when Dino slips out and joins a cat burglar. On one night the girl decides to follow Dino to see where exactly she goes at the night time. Soon she finds some revealing truths about her not so shy Dino.

9. Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax

Inspired from the story line of a children book, The Lorax is an American 3d animated movie which was released on the 2nd of March, 2012. Directed by Chris Renaud and produced by Chris Meledandri, the movie managed to make nearly $ 335,441,158 at box office. The role of Lorax has been voiced by Danny Devito alongside Zac Efron as Ted Wiggins. In terms critical response the movie mostly received mixed reviews.

8. The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The lead role in the movie has been played by High Grant alongside Martin Freeman. The plot of the movie deals with the life of a pirate Captain who sets on a journey to defeat his rivals in order to get the pirate of the year award. The journey takes them through all ups and downs to places they never imagined.

7. ParaNorman

Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, ParaNorman is a 3d adventure horror animated film which would was released on August 17th, 2012. The movie has managed to make nearly $ 24 million at the box office till now and has also received highly positive reviews from the side of the critics.

6. Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is another upcoming 3d animated film by the director Tim Burton and the Walt Disney Studios. The plot of the movie deals with the life of little boy and his dog. But unfortunately he loses his beloved dog. Later onwards, he decides to use his scientific skills in order to bring back his dog back to life.

5. Brave

Directed by mark Andrews and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is an animated adventure movie that was released on June 10, 2012. The leads in the movie were played by Julia Walters and Emma Thompson. The movie did well on the box office with nearly $ 408 million at the box office and also managed to receive some positive reviews from the side of the critics.

4. Hotel Transylvania

Now here is a movie that you all would definitely love to watch, as the lead roles in the movie has been voiced by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. Scheduled to be released on 28th September, 2012, the movie has some comedy packed scenes and storyline. The plot revolves around the Hotel Transylvania which is owned by Dracula (Adam Sandler) who plans to invite all the monsters to attend the birthday of his daughter.

3. Ice Age: Continental Drift

At number 3 we have the sequel to the Ice Age Franchise which was released on July 13th, 2012. Although the movie received mix reviews from the critics but still it managed to make $ 800 million at the box office. In the lead roles we have Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary.

2. Resident Evil: Damnation

At number 2 we have the sequel to Resident Evil: degeneration which has been scheduled for world wide release in the months of October and November. It is a Japanese 3d animated movie horror movie dealing with the life of a US Government Agent Leon S. Kennedy. Leon is ordered by the US authorities to go on a mission, but he has some different plans in mind.

1. Rise of the Guardians

Scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012, Rise of the Guardians is an upcoming 3d animated film which has made from a budget of nearly $ 145 million. The lead roles in the movie have been voiced by Jack Pine and Hugh Jackman alongside Isla Fisher. Furthermore, Jude law also has a part to play in the movie.