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The Disney Pixar Movies: Ranked From Worst To Best
Just like when people think of animated movies, the first name that springs to mind is Disney, when people think of computer animated movies, they think of their branch Disney Pixar. We all know that Disney Pixar has put out some of the finest animated films, or even finest films in general of the past decade or so. They have actually released fourteen full length feature films since their first effort, Toy Story in 1995. This was back when they were simple 'Pixar,' before Disney purchased the company in 2006 for over $7 billion. Since this immensely successful effort, their work has gotten better and better.
Now the reality is that Pixar really hasn't made a bad film, so the bottom of their barrel is still better than most. But with that being said, here is my attempt to rank the Disney Pixar movies from 14 to 1.
14. Cars 2
The sequel to Cars takes most of the good stuff from the first film, and ups the ante a little. Lightning McQueen and Mater get involved in some crazy dealings, and the adventure is interesting, but there is just a little something missing. The trademark heart and soul of most Pixar films isn't quite the same, although still better than most of course. Certainly to be enjoyed, particularly by those who loved Cars.
13. A Bug's Life
A direct rival to DreamWorks film Antz, this bug filled Pixar gem was one of their older efforts, and one of the early examples of fantastic characterization and the type of film that can be enjoyed by both parents and kids alike. About an outcast ant who seeks to pretect his colony from evil Grasshoppers, this isn't the best film they've ever made but still great none the less.
Owen Wilson took on the lead role as Lightning McQueen, a young rookie racing car who is a little too big for his britches and learns some important lessons from a group of quirkier motors once things go south for him. Much loved by a younger audience, the film didn't resonate as well with the older crowd, like some of Pixar's best efforts for whatever reason.
11. Monsters University
The sequel to Monsters Inc, this was a college movie in Disney Pixar movie form, and reunited Sulley and Mike back in the past when they were students. John Goodman and Billy Crystal were on their usual great form, and while the plot wasn't quite as meaningful as its predecessor, but the laughs are there in abundance!
A pretty unique effort as Disney Pixar movies go, Ratatouille is much less known but no less great than other Pixar films. Set in France, the film is about a young rat who dreams of being a great chef. He teams up with a real chef, and through some hilarious teamwork we see their dreams unfold. Many people haven't seen this gem, but certainly should work to change that.
A personal favorite of mine, due to my Scottish heritage, Brave strayed a bit from what we are used to seeing from Disney Pixar. The story revolved around a strong heroine this time, a young princess named Merida and her mother who she frequently disagrees with. Not quite the storytelling marvel of previous Pixar movies, but a fantastic modern fairy tale and a great way to show that Pixar believes in girl power too.
8. Monsters Inc.
The film that introduced Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) as monsters who work at a monster utility company tasked with dishing out the correct amount of scare. Of course, these two are not as adept as they could be and hilarity ensues. It lacked the powerfully developed supporting characters of other Pixar movies, but it's stars were fantastic and hilarious.
7. Toy Story 2
Not many people expected Toy Story 2 to work as well as it did, and to come close to living up to its predecessor. But it did. Toy Story 2 was originally even supposed to go straight to video release, but ended up hitting the theaters for good reason. A wonderful movie, a little more exciting that the previous but not quite as heartwarming, the highlight for me is seeing Buzz deal with the realization that other Buzz's exist. Great stuff.
6. The Incredibles
The Incredibles was a different type of movie for Pixar but worked to great effect. It told a comic book style story of a super family including retired super heroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl and their equally incredible kids. The film was very satirical, and opted for a more clever style of humor than many of its Pixar predecessors and even those that followed. However it led to a really refreshing and approachable film for a wider audience.
5. Finding Nemo
One of the most famous Pixar movies of them all, Finding Nemo was a massive smash hit for the studio and is loved by almost all who see it. Due a sequel shortly, the film tells the story of a single father fish who is way too protective of his son. However, when young Nemo goes missing, he must journey out to find him. Playing to real life emotional realities, this was one of the most heartwarming of Pixar's films, and look out for the hilarious support from Ellen DeGeneres as Dory.
4. Toy Story
The movie that started it all for Pixar, Toy Story starred Tom Hanks as a reliable toy cowboy and Tim Allen as a delusion spaceman toy who believes himself to be a real hero of the universe. What followed was one of the most heartwarming trilogies, for people of all ages, which included a wide variety of diverse characters and some unbelievably creative and well thought out scenarios and real life situations. Without this film Pixar may never have been the animation an CG juggernaut that it is now.
Disney Pixar were taking a big risk when they decided to release a film like Wall-E that contained no dialogue at all for a large portion of the films early going. However, when a film looks so incredibly beautiful, has a near perfect and socially relevant story and presents such touching emotion and heart, it can actually get away with it quite easily. The story of a waste disposing robot who embarks on a journey he doesn't know the importance of, and finds unepected love along the way, Wall-E was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and is often considered one of the best films ever.
There are many people out there who claim that it is almost impossible to get through the first fifteen minutes of Up without shedding a tear, and it's easy to see why. Touching on a subject so delicate, it immediately hits it's chord with audiences of all ages. As we see our older star, Carl grow with the love of his life, Ellie until her eventual death, we immediately become attached as he journeys off to deliver his home to a place similar to what he and his love always dreamed of. One of the studios most touching movies, and nominated for Best Picture, this is certainly one of the best Disney Pixar films ever created.
1. Toy Story 3
The title of the best Disney Pixar movie ever falls into the hands of a sequel, which is a testament to the strength of their ability to continue to write and create wonderful characters and stories, with the strength to get better and better across an entire trilogy. Following Woody, Buzz and the gang to near toy oblivion, this one delves into some emotional territory, as we see Andy head off to college and the toys have to face the reality that he may leave them behind as he grows. The incredibly creative set pieces get even better here, the emotions are ramped up, and what Pixar created was essentially the perfect film. Pixar will have difficulty ever topping this masterpiece but I certainly look forward to seeing what they come up with.