We know, we know, we’re crazy for trying to rank Pixar movies according to their quality. But hey, somebody’s gotta do it. Besides, this is our way of paying tribute to the animation studio which has gifted us with some of the best Pixar movies that defined our childhood.
Here we list our picks for the top 10 best Pixar movies ever created ranked and reviewed. Can you guess which films made it onto our list?
Top 10 Best Pixar Movies of All Time
Finding Dory (2016)
More than a decade after the first Finding film hit movie theaters, audiences are treated to a much-awaited sequel film detailing the story of the original film’s beloved character Dory. And the long wait was definitely worth it which isn’t surprising since Pixar’s sequels tend to live up to the first film’s success.
Here the story zeroes in on the amnesiac film Dory voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres, and her quest to be reunited with her parents once again.
Yes, yes, you expected this film to rank higher on our list of best Pixar movies of all time. However, its main plot about Carl and Russell’s adventure doesn’t live up to the same intense emotions that the first part of the film has.
Don’t get us wrong though, we still love the rest of the film’s story. We’d have to cold-hearted sociopaths not to appreciate how Carl finally fulfills his and Ellie’s dream of living in the South American wilderness.
Critics say that this film is the closest Pixar ever got to producing an art movie.
Ratatouille (2007) follows a rat named Remy who dreams of being a chef despite the profession being very aversed against his kind. With the help of a garbage boy, he decides to head to Paris to train in the culinary arts. However, he has to keep himself hidden leading to some hilarious consequences.
The film is a great study of how a disadvantaged character will do anything to achieve their dreams. No matter how unattainable they may seem.
Inside Out (2015)
The success of Pixar’s Inside Out (2015) is proof that Pixar is one of the best animated film studios around. The film tells the story of five ‘emotions’ with human qualities who are in control of a little girl’s brain. The film shows how the characters, Joy, Disgust, Sadness, Fear, and Anger, affect how the child reacts to the difficult challenges that come her way.
Aside from just entertaining, the film told a heartwarming story about the importance of sadness and is praised for discussing mental health issues in a way that children will understand.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
All of the Toy Story films are wonderful. As you will later discover, they all ranked on our list of the best Pixar films.
Toy Story 3 (2010) was, for a long while, served as the film series’ final film (until a fourth film was announced to come out in 2019).
In this film, we see our favorite toy characters deal with their friend, Andy’s inevitable transition into adulthood. Andy is set to leave for college and the toys are put in the attic. The film is powerful as it coincides with the film series’ audiences’ own passing into adulthood.
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles (2004) is a unique film because it is among the few animated superhero movies which are not based on any comic book or graphic novel.
In the film, we are introduced to the Parrs, a family of superheroes forced to live a regular life after they are restricted from using their superpowers when the government outlawed it.
However, the patriarch of the family, also known by his hero name, Mr. Incredible, misses his former life. He soon gets a chance to use to his powers again when he is summoned to fight off a robot. Unfortunately, he gets into more trouble than he anticipated. Now, it’s time for his wife and kids to use their powers to save him.
Proving to be popular among both critics and audiences, the film is got its most-awaited sequel released this year. The Incredibles is one of the best Pixar movies ever.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 2 (1999) is the critically-acclaimed follow up to one of Pixar’s most successful animated films, Toy Story.
In this sequel, we see our favorite gang of toy characters. This time the story takes us deeper into the fun and adventure-filled world of the toys Woody and Buzz as the former is stolen away from home by a toy dealer and collector. To save Woody, the gang comes together to form a plan to get him home to Andy. In the end, the toys found a new friend in Jessie, a yodeling cowgirl toy who was saved from the collector with Woody.
Finding Nemo (2003)
One of Pixar’s best work to date, Finding Nemo (2003) is a story about how far a father’s love for his son can take him and, of course, how important it is to have a family.
In the film, we join a clownfish Marlin in his cross sea adventure in search for his missing son Nemo who was captured by divers when got too close to the water’s surface.
The film is an amazing watch for families as it offers great lessons for both parents and kids.
Toy Story (1995)
While its animation may not be as stellar as it was once, given the high quality of today’s animated films, Toy Story (1995) remains to be one of the best films Pixar ever produced. This is a great feat as this was actually the studio’s first attempt at a full length animated feature.
The film is an almost perfect animated comedy striking the perfect balance among elements like exciting action sequences, plenty of witty gags and deep insights into the human nature.
It is also praised for the amazing performances delivered by its voice actors, specifically Tim Allen and Tom Hanks who played the two leads, Buzz and Woody.
Topping our best Pixar movies list is this quirky and futuristic animated movie set in the far future Earth.
In Wall-E (2008), we follow a lonely robot left behind on Earth who finally finds companionship when another, more advanced, robot lands on the planet.
The film went a long way before being produced. First conceptualized during Pixar’s early days as an animated film studio, it was only produced years after the studio has cemented its name in the film industry. But boy, was the long wait worth it.
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