I want you all to understand one thing, ranking Pixar films is like asking who your favorite child is while I enjoy Cars it is still the red headed stepchild of this studios amazing track record, sorry.
For the feature length films that have been released from the studio that is Pixar, I am ranking them as one normally ranks these types of things by having my favorite at the number one spot.
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10. Up (2009): You and your mother are all probably shocked this is at number ten, but have you noticed people only talk about the intro to Up? Why does no one else discuss the rest of the film or other aspects of the runtime they enjoy? Well, it’s because it’s sort of forgettable. Make no mistake, this is a great film and is easily better than half the films that have come out since it’s release, but I have to put this film in the good but not great category or day I say…overrated…
9. A Bug’s Life (1998): I want you all to go back to this one. We’ve all seen it at least once, but as an adult it only gets better. Who knew that Kevin Spacey was the voice of Hopper when they were kids? I didn’t. Who caught all the naughty humor having to do with the circus bugs? I didn’t, but now that I am older this film takes on a new light and boy is it bright.
8. Toy Story 2 (1999): How is it a movie sequel that was originally supposed to be a straight to home video film make me cry? One name: Sarah McLachlan. Not only did this sequel shock the audience and the studio for how well it was received, but it is also one of the few films to be critically rated as a 100% or A+ or whatever good grade you want to give it. It had all the humor from the original with new characters and a naturally progressing film that has Buzz search for Woody from a cheese puff loving doll collector. It also has some of the most intense scenes involving the film’s villain and the suspense he brings for our heroes.
7. Wall-E (2008): Wall-E would have moved up on the list if it had been what the intro presented us. Besides Charlie Chaplin films, I can’t think of the last time I enjoyed no dialogue in a film as much as I did to the first act of Wall-E. With a strong message about what we as people could become if we don’t do something to help the environment it was also about love and the drama that comes into play when you are from different worlds (literally), but your circuits don’t care.
6. Toy Story 3 (2010): I thought my childhood was going to come to an end once the final act garnered that climactic finish, but instead of making me cry through the death of our favorite toys, I cried for a whole completely different reason, thanks Pixar. Even so, there is a reason this was one of the few animated features to get nominated for Best-Picture. It capped off what is currently one of the greatest trilogies in cinema as there are no weak films or moments during the running of this movie.
5. The Incredibles (2004): We have waited almost 16 years for a sequel to this damn movie… Why? Because The Incredibles lives up to it’s fantastic name. With the world’s obsession over superheroes, we got an original hero team that excited us, touched our hearts, and purely entertained, but the waiting needs to be over sooner than later because this is getting ridiculous.
4. Finding Nemo (2003): Is there another film that shocked us all like Finding Nemo did? From the superb voice acting to the constant reminder to “just keep swimming” to the underwater landscapes that made us think we grew gills and swam, Finding Nemo does no wrong. It reassured us that Pixar makes films that are kid friendly, but they are not strictly for kids. Adult themes like acceptance, fatherhood, and sheer will when it comes to protecting those you love, Finding Nemo is great as a child and as a parent.
3. Ratatouille (2007): What makes Ratatouille so great in my eyes is of course the original concepts of a rat being a superior chef, but it is also the elements that made Jon Favreau’s Chef so great, and that is the idea that food brings people closer and allows us to experience whole new worlds. It is as lush as the fresh ingredients used for the meals throughout the movie and is a movie, like all Pixar films, you can turn on at night or on a rainy day, and just lose yourself in.
2. Monsters, Inc. (2001): When I was devising this list, I had to go back and figure out which film made me go through such an emotional spectrum…that didn’t help my list making at all. The next ways to help me were which films did I constantly go back to watch over and over again and Monster, Inc. kept coming up. From the jazzy intro music to the different spin on what goes bump in the night, I had to give this film it’s deserving spot here at number two. I’d love to meet the person who doesn’t get all choked up when Sully says goodbye to Boo. Along with the constant pop-culture references we seem to ignore, this is a great film.
1. Toy Story (1995): The film that started it all, Toy Story is a masterpiece that holds up effortlessly even 20 years after its conception. The charm and heart that all Pixar films have stem from the emotional core from Toy Story and a story like this would be weird in most cases, but we fell in love every toy like they were family and have a chance to for a fourth installment in the coming years. It began what I consider one of the great trilogies in film history and is endlessly quotable. It’s not fair I even have to rank these, but we made it.