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Top 10 Pixar Movies of All Time

Updated on June 16, 2016
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Best Pixar Animation Movies

Pixar is a CGI production company, best known for producing animation movies which have reshaped animation and raised the standards for CGI- animated features and they are a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. However the animated movies they have produced, deserve credit of their own which is why I have produced the Pixar list separate to the Disney list. Pixar made his movie d├ębut with Toy Story with its release in 1995, leading to a sequel in 1999 (with Toy Story 2) which seemed to kick-start the company on a success spree with box office hits again and again.

After producing the list of the Top 10 Disney Movie Favourites, I decided to create the best Pixar movies list which has everyone's favourites with a countdown from the worst to the best.

Without further delay, I present to you the countdown of the best Pixar movies of all time...

Pixar's A Bugs Life
Pixar's A Bugs Life | Source

#10 - A Bugs Life

Release Date: November 25, 1998

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $363,398,565

Production Budget: $120,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: A colony of ants, every year must collect food from the island (known as ant island), leaving it upon a leaf (small to the human eye but giant to the eye of an ant) for a group of horrid grasshoppers, led by the ruthless Hopper. This is known to the ants as the ''offering'', believed by the ants to be their fate in which they serve the grasshoppers. All goes well on a typical day in spring, when the ants are nearing the finish of their offering, until Flik (an inventor ant) accidentally causes the leaf with the offering's on it to fall into a river. The grasshoppers arrive at the offering site, unhappy by the ants failure to provide the offering gives the ants a second chance to collect food (offering) before the last leaf falls. Flik leaves ant island to find bigger bugs to fight the grasshoppers (not expected to return successful), the ant colony is happy to have Flik leave for a while. Due to a misunderstanding with a group of bugs, Flik returns to the colony with a group of circus bugs. Unaware that the warrior bugs are in fact circus bugs, the colony celebrate deciding there is no need to collect any more food for the offering. After the misunderstanding is finally understood by all, the ants must come up with a new plan, otherwise the fate of the ant colony will be uncertain...

Short Review: A Bugs Life is easily one of Pixar's most intriguing creations, looking at the lives of bugs and the hardship they must go through as a colony to survive (not in any way trying to say that ants must give a yearly offering to a group of horrible grasshoppers). Although it is still an all intriguing animation movie with a lot of fun and interesting characters, which alone make the movie worth watching, not to mention the gripping storyline. Although a fairly predictable storyline, it is still one of my favourite Pixar movies due to the fun characters, good and evil. A Bugs Life received a high average score of 7.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 92% positive from critics.

Pixar's Brave
Pixar's Brave | Source

#9 - Brave

Release Date: June 10, 2012

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $538,983,207

Production Budget: $185,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: During the mythical time in Scotland lives a young girl, Merida, an aspiring archer and daughter of royalty. Merida goes against a tradition, sacred to the lords of the land and her actions cause chaos in the kingdom. Merida, troubled turns to a witch for help, who grants her a foolish wish. Merida must undo the curse, which leads her onto the path, discovering the true meaning of bravery before it is too late.

Short Review: Brave may not be the biggest and brightest movie ever created by Pixar, but it is definitely a great animation feature with a lot of appeal for people of different generations to enjoy. It is nice to see a female lead character as strong willed as Merida, who is able to hold her own in a physical battling sense rather than the usual gutsy blonde princess which Disney are known for creating. A new age, all generations, original appealing feature length animation movie, well worth viewing. Brave received an above average score of 6.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 78% positive from critics.

Pixar's Cars
Pixar's Cars | Source

#8 - Cars

Release Date: June 9, 2006

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $461,983,149

Production Budget: $120,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: On route to California to compete in the final race of the Piston Cup, Lightning McQueen (famous race car) wrecks a road in a small town, Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair the road before he may lawfully leave. Working hard to repair the road, Lightning McQueen makes friends with some unlikely locals, changing his attitude and puts the town back on the map for everyone to know about. The rest is history...

Short Review: Cars was an unexpected success for Pixar as who would have expected talking cars to be such a wide appeal for audiences. Cars was a fun movie with races, heart felt friendships and a lot of self discovery for the star of the show Lightning McQueen who becomes a whole new character by the end of the movie. A simple yet great animation movie with plenty to offer with an originally delightful story which seemed to pass the time rather quickly. Cars received an above average score of 6.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 74% positive from critics.

Pixar's Finding Nemo
Pixar's Finding Nemo | Source

#7 - Finding Nemo

Release Date: May 30, 2003

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $936,743,261

Production Budget: $94,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: An ironically name clown fish, Marlin who lives in the Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo after wondering into the open sea, then being taken by a boat. Nemo is sent to a dentists office where he is kept in a fish tank with other friendly fish. Meanwhile, Marlin goes in pursuit to find Nemo along the way meeting a fish named Dory, a blue tang with short-term memory loss. In a bid to rescue Nemo, the two fish travel across the ocean (a great distance), encountering various dangers along the way including sharks, Jellyfish and even a piranha. Nemo is located in a dentists office by the Sydney Harbor with Marlin on route to save him, while Nemo and the other fish in the fish tank are planning their own escape, to live free in the ocean again.

Short Review: Finding Nemo is a rush of emotion animation movie set in the ocean, looking at the lives of fish and all other life which lives beneath the surface of the water. The long journey for Marlin (Nemo's father) is an exciting adventure with a perilous set of obstacles to overcome which makes the film tirelessly gripping. Every moment of Finding Nemo is a moment you wish you can save and add as extra time for the movie, as the wishful thought enters your mind for the film to last longer. Finding Nemo received a high average score of 8.6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 99% positive from critics.

Pixar's Ratatouille
Pixar's Ratatouille | Source

#6 - Ratatouille

Release Date: June 22, 2007

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $623,722,818

Production Budget: $150,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef like Auguste Gusteau (the once great French chef). Although with the slight problem being that Remy is a rat, fate brings him into the sewers of Paris and located underneath the restaurant made famous by Gusteau, Remy is inspired. Despite being a rat in a fine French restaurant kitchen which is obviously dangerous, Remy's desire to become a chef is far too much for danger to become, too bigger of an obstacle for the talented rat. This passion soon sets Remy on an adventure to change culinary cooking in Paris forever, even wowing the most unpleasant food critic in Paris.

Short Review: Ratatouille is a delightfully entertaining animation movie based around a rat (which is strange, yet somewhat great) which has the ability to cook like one of the greats. The adventure is surprising with a lot of hilarious moments, twists and turns which makes Ratatouille an instant Pixar classic. Ratatouille received a high average score of 8.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 96% positive from critics.

Pixar's The Incredibles
Pixar's The Incredibles | Source

#5 - The Incredibles

Release Date: October 27, 2004

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $631,442,092

Production Budget: $92,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: Mr Incredible (a.k.a. Bob Parr) and Elastigirl (a.k.a. Helen Parr), were the greatest superheroes in Metroville. Before being forced to retire living under civilian identities and becoming parents to three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (all with their own superpowers- secretly hidden from the world). Now living under their civilian names Bob and Helen, they live ordinary lives on level with the rest of the world which Helen blissfully accepts. Whereas Bob, looking to get back into action, gets his opportunity when he receives a mysterious message telling him to go to a remote island for a secret assignment. Realising what Bob is up to and where he has gone, Helen and the oldest of the children Violet and Dash go after Bob, to save him and the world from total annihilation.

Short Review: The Incredibles is a great twist on the usual superhero idea, commonly adopted in the average superhero movie with one superhero defeating an evil villain. Whereas The Incredibles has an entire family of superheroes which are going to leave their civilian lives behind to combine their strengths and powers to defeat a villain who has been researching the families powers, to face them in battle and win. A brilliantly laid out storyline with an entertaining family of superheroes which aren't quite so different from the ordinary family underneath all of the powers. The Incredibles received a high average score of 8.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 97% positive from critics.

Pixar's WALL-E
Pixar's WALL-E | Source

#4 - WALL-E

Release Date: June 23, 2008

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $521,311,860

Production Budget: $180,000,000

Rating:

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Storyline: Set in a distant future, where mankind has abandoned earth due to the overflowing trash which covers the wasteland with no life whatsoever left on the planet. WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left on earth to clean up the mess which due to the vast amount of trash, could take some time. WALL-E is interested in earth's history, collecting little bits and bobs from the trash which he has been collecting. WALL-E lives alone on earth with a pet cockroach which offers company and friendship for the small robot. One day, Eve, an advanced, sleek and powerful robot is sent to earth on a reconnaissance mission, to check to see if life is yet sustainable again on earth. Immediately, once WALL-E sees Eve he falls in love and after saving Eve from a dust storm, he shows her a living plant which causes Eve to deactivate, only left with a flashing green beacon. WALL-E watches over Eve whilst she has deactivated, then one day a massive ship comes to recover Eve but WALL-E feels lonely and loves Eve, so he hitches a ride on the back of the ship. The massive ship returns to the cruise ship, carrying aboard the remaining humans who fled earth 700 years earlier. Due to the oversized weight of the humans, they have to move around in hover chairs, spending their days eating and drinking out of straws reliant on this new way of life. The auto-pilot computer realises that Eve found a living plant on earth and tries to steal it, to stop the people from ever returning to earth. The human pilot, Eve and WALL-E see to it that the humans are returned safely to planet earth, so that human life may once again take place on planet earth. In achieving this they must first overcome the auto-pilot which has automatic power over the cruise ship.

Short Review: WALL-E is certainly a breakthrough for Pixar, now venturing into storyline's set in the future rather than the present and past. WALL-E is both unusual in its story but not unrealistic which helps add to the effect from the movie, making it one of Pixar's most exciting creations so far. WALL-E brings real emotion to the robot characters (WALL-E and Eve), which fuels the movies ability to go through scenes which would have otherwise lacked empathy from the audience (luckily this was not the case). Overall, WALL-E has all of the elements to create a great animation film for the entire family to enjoy with a futuristic story and characters to pull off one of the best story's of animation history. WALL-E received a high average score of 8.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 96% positive from critics.

Pixar's Monsters, Inc.
Pixar's Monsters, Inc. | Source

#3 - Monsters, Inc.

Release Date: November 2, 2001

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $562,816,256

Production Budget: $115,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: A city without humans, only monsters called Monstropolis is powered by the company, Monsters, Inc. The two loveable monsters, James P Sullivan (a.k.a. Sully) and Mike Wazowski, become tangled in an awkward scenario of the likes, which has never before occurred. The scenario, referred to comes in the form of a 2 year old girl which has snook into the monster world with Sully who Mike and Sully name ''Boo''. Since the panic caused if the monsters in the city knew there was a human child in the city would be catastrophic, Mike and Sully decide it is up to them to get ''Boo'' back through the door into the human world. This is made a difficult task when the two villains including the chameleon-like monster Randall and Mr. Waternoose, the monster chairman and chief executive of Monsters, Inc realise what has happened.

Short Review: Monsters, Inc. is now a classic with a family fun storyline set in a world around the friendliest monsters with a few not so friendly monsters. Monsters, Inc. has a lot of fun and interesting characters which add a lot of humour to the film including the two main characters, Mike and Sully. Although still made serious when Mike and Sully must return the 2 year old girl to the human world (through the door), without the evil Randall and Mr. Waternoose stopping them. Monsters, Inc. received a high average score of 8/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 96% positive from critics.

Pixar's Up
Pixar's Up | Source

#2 - Up

Release Date: May 29, 2009

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $731,342,744

Production Budget: $175,000,000

Rating:

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline: Carl Fredrickson, an old man now once dreamed of going to a lost land in South America with the love of his life (his wife Ellie) who passed away not too long ago but never got around to doing it. After hitting a construction worker by accident, Carl is forced to go to a retirement home. However before they can take him, he and his house fly away through the use of balloons. A young 8-year-old boy named Russell was on the front porch when the house lifted off the ground, which means that Carl must fly to the lost land with the boy, until he can take his home. Together they both go on an adventure unlike any other taking with them a house with an obscene amount of balloons keeping the house in the air. When reaching the lost land they meet talking dogs, some more villainous than others, an evil villain (Carl's childhood icon) and the rarest bird on the planet named Kevin.

Short Review: Up is an extraordinary animation movie brought to life by Pixar in a way that no one could have ever expected. The movie flows well from scene to scene, each scene more surprising than the last with an emotional journey which has driven Carl, Russell and a house (owned by Carl) to the lost island which Carl has wanted to travel to since a young boy. An odd storyline with plenty of odd characters but then again that is the beauty of Up, as it is a delightfully entertaining and odd movie which should not be questioned. Up received a wonderfully high average score of 8.6/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 98% positive from critics.

Pixar's Toy Story
Pixar's Toy Story | Source

#1 - Toy Story

Release Date: November 22, 1995

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios

Global Box Office Gross: $361,958,736

Production Budget: $30,000,000

Rating:

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Storyline: A world where toys secretly come alive, Andy, a happy boy, enjoys spending time in his room playing with his toys (unaware they come to life when humans are around). Woody, a cowboy doll is Andy's favourite toy and Woody is sure that will remain the fact until Andy's birthday when Andy's mother gives him a new Buzz Lightyear toy. Buzz Lightyear does not believe that he is a toy, but instead believes that he is the real deal, a space man. Woody, jealous that Andy has picked Buzz Lightyear as his new favourite toy, makes an attempt at getting rid of Buzz. Woody's plan backfires and both Buzz and Woody become lost. Woody and Buzz must find their way back to Andy before he moves but first they must escape from a toy killers clutches who thankfully lives next door to Andy's house.

Short Review: Toy Story is Pixar's first animation movie creation and by far the best (in my opinion). Toy Story is fast paced, has a story of friendship and an interesting idea behind its making with toys secretly being real which will fascinate the mind of any child (even adults), to want to watch the movie with that alone. A well executed animation movie which brings together the good and evil very well and the new found friendship between Woody and Buzz took some time and was a hardship of its own worth watching. Toy Story received a wonderfully high average score of 9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 100% positive from critics.

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      Dreammore 3 years ago from British Empire

      Hi Sami,

      Thank you for the comment, I agree with you, Up can be a little depressing to watch depending on how you look at it. However I still believe Up to be one of the most uplifting and fun movies created by Pixar which is why I ranked it at #2 on the list.

    • Sami Hanson profile image

      Sami 3 years ago from Kansas

      I am a sucker for Disney movies, but I also think that Pixar can do no wrong. It was so hard to vote since I love almost all of those movies. Cars was alright, but definitely not one of my favorites. I love a Bug's Life, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Up is nice too but it can be kind of bittersweet and depressing (in a different kind of way than the others).

      Thanks for writing the Hub!