I have loved the Disney Pixar movies ever since I saw Toy Story way back when. Each one is just a grand slam, filled with adventure, emotion and a heartwarming tale in some way. As with all Disney movies, they are perfect for all ages, and have jokes fitting for each age as well, adding to the masterpieces that they are.
So I was curious how they stack up against each other. I don’t own all of them and haven’t seen nearly all of them yet, but for the ones I have, I will rank them from my least favorite to most favorite, so away we go!
#18- Monsters Inc. (2001)
I don’t know if it’s because I just saw this for the first time a month or two ago, or because it just didn’t float my boat all that much, but this is the second movie Pixar made that has failed to wow me. Though it is still very good.
#17- The Incredibles (2004)
This is the first one that failed to wow me. I remember leaving the movie theater being disappointed by it. But since then, I have learned to love it. It really is fantastic.
#16- The Good Dinosaur (2015)
A nice, heart warming and at times weird tale. This is the classic personal growth adventure where enemies become friends. The only issue is the main character is a bit too whiny and annoying.
#15- Brave (2012)
This one had such a different feel from a normal Pixar film, but that is what made it so fantastic. Really a great, entertaining movie.
#14- A Bug’s Life (1998)
The entertaining tale of an outcasted oddball turned hero. Very good movie.
#13- Finding Dory (2016)
This is an emotional, hilarious, fantastic film, though it falls a tad short of it’s prequel.
#12- Finding Nemo (2003)
I refused to watch this movie for over a decade. I thought it looked stupid, but due to some nagging from my wife, I finally watched it and was completely blown away by how good it is.
#11- Up (2009)
I remember all the trailers or commercials or whatever and I thought this movie was going to be about two little kids with crazy imaginations…which is how the movie starts, and within minutes it becomes the most depressing movie in the Pixar library. It is very touching and sad, yes, but also very imaginative, unique, and a whole lot of fun to watch.
#10- WALL-E (2008)
Speaking of unique movies, this one takes the cake. For a movie with barely any talking, it is truly fantastic. You get lost in this depressing story and it just gets better every second. This is what Pixar is all about.
#9- Inside Out (2015)
And yet another unique film. This one is truly fascinating, making you wonder what really is going on inside your body. And of course, it is another heart wrenching/heartwarming tale that is a blast to watch from beginning to end.
#8- Cars 2 (2011)
They really changed the pace of this movie, making it a James Bond movie…but with motor vehicles. It’s still got some charm and a whole lot of action. Very different from the first one.
#7- Cars 3 (2017)
This one goes back to more the style of the first one, but easily makes it it’s own movie. It is really a great film and I love the direction they went with it.
#6- Cars (2006)
Yet another fantastic story. Humorous, diverse cast and an interesting story of personal growth really make this something special.
#5- Monsters University (2013)
Yet another fantastic movie that pulls at your heartstrings, but is also filled with tons of funny moments and action packed adventure. It is definitely cool to see where the cast of Monsters Inc. got their start.
#4- Ratatouille (2007)
For a movie about cooking and rats, it’s incredible. Everything about it is simply wonderful and fascinating to watch. I don’t really know why I like it so much, but Pixar can just make anything so very awesome.
#3- Toy Story 2 (1999)
What a great sequel that falls just short of the first one. This takes your favorite toys on an even bigger adventure with higher stakes, and we meet a lot of great new characters along the way.
#2- Toy Story (1995)
This movie gave every little kid the proof they always dreamed of. That their toys were in fact alive. A fierce rivalry of old and new toys breaks out and sends them on a grand, dangerous adventure. Favorite toys, replaced toys etc. are all part of growing up, and this takes an interesting look at the effect this all has on the toys themselves.
#1- Toy Story 3 (2010)
What can I say? I love the Toy Story movies. They have such an interesting cast, especially since we’ve all had toys we can relate to in these movies. This deals with their owner growing up and moving away. We all know how hard it is to throw away things from our childhood, and again, this movie shows us the horrendous effects our maturity has on our poor toys. This is probably more sad than Up. But dang is it incredible. I wonder if another reason I like these movies is because I grew up with them the way Andy grows up with them in the films. Andy turns 8 in the first one…I was 6, and in this one he is 17, when I was 21. I don’t know, but being able to relate so equivalently on a timeline probably helps out quite a bit.
I feel bad ranking them since they are all so good, but there they are, my personal rank of the ones I have seen. I know I am missing quite a few and I can’t wait to see them, because they are all so very good. I will update as I see them.
It’s amazing. Most of these I can remember exactly where I was and how I felt watching these for the first time, which just goes to show how much I enjoyed them and how much they’ve impacted me.
Here’s to more great films in the future!