Pixar is the animation studio of great, beautiful, and inventive movies that feel dated, yet still stand the test of time with hits like ‘Toy Story’ all the way to the most recent sequel ‘Finding Dory’ with Ellen DeGeneres. Pixar will always be a pioneer of the best animation and it is my duty to give you my picks for the top ten Pixar films of all time.
#10. ‘Finding Nemo’
It is no doubt that ‘Finding Nemo’ is one of the greatest animated movies of all time. It also happens to be an Oscar winner that fills the screen with beauty and what may seem like the most dated animation to ever hit theaters. The story of ‘Finding Nemo’ is as compelling as ever with a clown fish named Marlin, setting out with Regal Blue Tang Dory to search for the former’s son, who was kidnapped by divers and taken to a Dentist’s fish-tank. I know that it gets caught up in silliness at times, but with the animation, lovable characters, and score to give the film its beauty, it really gets to be an emotional roller-coaster.
It is a love story of dystopian proportions, and an adventure worth touching your heart. ‘Wall-E’ tells us the story of a lonely trash-compacting robot of the same name that spends his whole life watching ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and waiting for the one to come down to Earth to join him in his loneliness. It is also a beautiful movie with very little dialogue that tends to focus on the relationship between the two robots – Wall-E and EVE while also being funny as hell and touching. I might not consider it to be the best, but it’s still worth a watch.
#08. ‘A Bugs’ Life’
‘A Bugs’ Life’ is the amazing story of a little inventor ant named Flik who sets out to find “Warrior bugs” to stand against enemy grasshoppers, led by Hopper (Kevin Spacey) who tread their village to take their food. I have always considered this movie to be a favorite of mine and I feel it deserves recognition to this day. I know Dreamworks started the same year with ‘Antz’, but ‘A Bugs’ Life’ deserves more recognition for being more of a clever, yet funny look into the life of insects.
#07. ‘Monsters Inc.’
The one thing that makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ clever is its simple premise regarding what monsters do when kids go to sleep. Like I said: Simple. The legend goes that they like to hide in our closets while we’re asleep, but what we didn’t know is that they had jobs to do. This is eventually turned around when one of the monsters named Sulley finds a kid outside one of the doors and has to hide her from authorities and the many monsters in Monsters Incorporated. It’s also a funny and light-hearted take on what goes on inside our closets.
#06. ‘Toy Story 2’
The toys have returned in a sequel that proves to be as sophisticated and have enough heart to fill a children’s Valentine. It has an addition of new characters without feeling overstuffed (no pun intended), a plot that is definitely not a rehash, and plenty of good jokes to back it all up.
A Disney/Pixar film set in Scotland with funny characters and a plot that happens to be unpredictable is pure fun, and definitely has a kick-ass princess to boot. Not only does she present herself in the most bad-ass way possible, she happens to be a favorite Disney princess of mine. ‘Brave’ itself is a story about family and breaking the good old tradition of arranged marriage and princess stereotypes common in Disney films.
#04. ‘Monsters University’
The story of Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan are told in this prequel to the amazing ‘Monsters Inc.’; this time, it’s set in a college where monsters prepare to take their exams and pass scare classes in order to become officially enlisted in Monsters Incorporated. I know a lot of people are mixed on this one, but what makes this better than most prequels is its ability to tread an unpredictable path, making it different and unexpected, when most prequels follow the same formula.
#03. ‘Inside Out’
Here’s a film that provides emotion both figuratively and literally. ‘Inside Out’ is a funny film with a perfect voice cast of A-list comic actors providing the voices of these emotions. It can also be a sad and heartbreaking film when it touches on subjects, such as growing up and acceptance. In reality, ‘Inside Out’ is one of the more mature movies in the Pixar roster and a huge favorite of mine.
#02. ‘Toy Story’
This is the film that started it all, and while it is dated by today’s standards, ‘Toy Story’ is still one of the greatest films that Pixar has put out; it has a concept that many a computer-animated film has tried to match, but could almost pull off. I welcome the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and have welcomed these new characters for years as a staple of my childhood. It’s a nostalgia thing, really.
#01. ‘Toy Story 3’
How does this movie compare to the last two ‘Toy Story’ movies? It definitely has top-notch animation, a lot of laughs, and a plot about growing up. We have grown attached to these characters and never want to let them go, even while the movie ends. It’s also a perfect ending to a great trilogy. I can feel my heart crying already. I just hope ‘Toy Story 4’ doesn’t mess this franchise up.