Pixar films ranked worst to best
Well, guys I am fresh off of doing reviews for Satoshi Kon’s films and doing reviews for anime. It’s been a while since I have done reviews for other stuff, even from my blog. So I wanted to do some Pixar stuff, since I haven’t really done that many, so I decided to finally rank all of Pixar’s films from worst to best. Pixar studios is a powerhouse, and it’s a studio I have always looked up to for great films, yes I am a fan of anime and films and T.V, but Pixar has been around since my childhood. I have watched and admired all (okay, most) of their films, and in many ways they are my Disney, my Star Wars, my Star Trek, I am 18 now and I will never let their films leave me have it be in spirit or from my hard drive, Pixar continues to rule and will for at least a while longer. Yes, they have stumbled along the way, but they never fail to impress in some shape or form.
So here I am trying to rank their works in the best way I can. So note, these are only their feature length films that are being ranked, not their shorts, which are impressive nonetheless. I have put a LOT of thought into this list, and it is MY opinion only, and I am not giving away any plot descriptions and I will be jumping straight into my opinion and my justifications for the spot it has been given, so don’t expect to know what the film is about and I am writing this with the knowledge that you know these films or at least know the basic plot, don’t worry, I haven’t added any spoilers whatsoever, Also I have NOT INCLUDED Inside Out, because it has not released in my country yet (it’s coming out on the 26th), so if that bothers you, I suggest you leave. Now, with all that nonsense out of the way, let’s move on to the list.
# 13 – Cars 2 (2011)
Okay, so this is the obvious one, everyone hated this movie. Here is an interesting thing, I actually didn’t understand why a ton of people hated it when I first saw it (I was 14, okay), and I thought people were just mumbling about how it wasn’t as good as Toy Story 3, but I will be honest, as I grew up, and on second viewing I can totally see why it’s not good. It doesn’t have any of the powerful storytelling Pixar is known for, the plot is seriously all over the place, and the idea to make Mater the main character still baffles me, although I didn’t hate him as much as the others did. Regardless, I don’t think the movie is awful by any means, but it isn’t any good either, it’s dumb fun at best and a poorly written Pixar effort at worst. The characters are not very interesting; the focus of the story is not either. The animation is great (as all Pixar films are), I will give it that, but it is definitely Pixar’s worst film yet.
#12 – A Bug’s Life (1998)
#11 – Cars (2006)
#10 – Brave (2012)
Now this may surprise you, but I liked Brave, but only liked just above the line of dislike. Brave is the kind of movie that is entertaining and that’s it, yes there is a message that the movie provides, but it’s not conveyed particularly well, at least not in Pixar standards, and I will agree, this was Pixar trying to do Dreamworks, it’s not necessarily a failure, it’s definitely far from a success. I will agree the trailer was a marketing ploy, the whole princess regime was just Disney all over again, and I can totally see someone hating this movie, but I will admit, it was funny when it needed to be, I thought the kids were hilarious, the setting and animation were great and the relationship between the mother and the daughter was very well handled, all that and the Scottish accents are always a charm. It’s just that it could have been more, but for what we got, it’s okay, and I liked it, but I will agree, it’s definitely another not-so-good addition to the Pixar library.
#9 – The Incredibles (2004)
#8 – Wall-E (2009)
#7 – Toy Story (1995)
This is where it all began, this is where Toy Story began, and I really, really liked it. Toy Story is one of those experimental films that just work. It’s great as in it has great and likeable characters, really funny moments, great writing and good execution. So why isn’t this movie any higher, well, at this point in the list, it really is just my preference right now, but let me try to explain. The story of Toy Story, while great, is very…personal and small scale than most Pixar films, this isn’t as big and more emotional than any of the other movies, and the fact that I saw this after I had seen films like Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 (yeah I did), I kind of look back on this movie and think it just doesn’t hold up to other works, even animation wise (but that is nitpicking, this movie came out in 1995). Yes it has some terrific writing and the fact that it could make me care about toys is an achievement in and of itself, it’s just the fact that it is smaller and more laid back than most Pixar films, just makes it land on the number 7 spot.
#6 – Monster’s University (2013)
DID YOU JUST PLACE THIS MOVIE ABOVE THE INCREDBLES AND WALL-E AND TOY STORY YOU DIPSHIT? Well, yes, yes I did. I know I have already pissed you guys, so let me try explaining, I saw Monsters University right after my graduation from 10th grade (in India, the process is different), so when I went to see this movie, I didn’t know what to expect. Pixar wasn’t exactly at the best place in their works (Cars 2 and Brave). So I went in with admittedly very low expectations, and what I got was a film I related to the most from any of Pixar’s works. I am not the biggest fan of prequels, but here is the thing I am a fan of good movies, and I do acknowledge the movie’s flaws, the side characters are just stupid archetypes, the whole principal’s story with the students was dumb, the comedy is forced at times and hell, the university is right out of a 90’s hip comedy movie, but the reason I placed it above those films is the last 30 minutes. If you have seen the movie, you would know why, it’s a message told in a way that only Pixar films can and it executed it in such a way that only a studio giant like Pixar could. The moral being that we can’t get what we want all the time even if we work hard and sit and do everything, we are just not cut out to do some things, I honestly just related to it as I was a student just going to 11th grade for a whole new life and I just connected to that very well, few movies can hold the grace that this one did and convey such a message without it ever becoming way too in your face. In fact it doesn’t even end very happily, which is what adds to just how good the movie really is. Is that the only reason I love this film? No, watching Mike and Sully again was just a treat, and the voice acting is great, the story about how they become friends is a delight and while it does follow the whole hate each other first then like each other later has been done, but again the execution, the chemistry between Billy Crystal and John Goodman just works for me, so yeah I love this movie and if you don’t it’s totally understandable, this was Pixar’s return to form for me, and it tied in very well with Monster’s Inc and it may not be as good as MI, but it’s a good movie nonetheless, and I believe it holds its spot at number 6.
#5 – Toy Story 2 (1999)
Honestly, do I have to say anything for this one, this movie just stands as one of the best sequels ever made, it ups the ante, it has more characters, more subplots, better writing, better villains and overall, it’s just the Toy Story I wanted, it goes all out, it is hilarious, toys travel to airports, shopping malls, through vents, just so much happens in this movie and it is just adventurous and more heartfelt. Hell, I don’t cry at all, and I didn’t cry at the Jessie scene but it got me, I will admit, the feels were hard on this one, and that’s what makes Pixar so great, it knows how to make family movies, it knows how to do them right, and Toy Story 2 is no exception. Why at number 6, really it’s just that Pixar has made better films that’s all, at this point I can’t really tell, it’s just a matter of preference.
#4 – Monster’s Inc (2001)
Do I need to explain myself? Yes, this film was directed by Pete Docter, who, in my opinion, along with Andrew Stanton are the best directors and creators Pixar has yet. Pete Docter is a god when it comes to computer animation, he is imaginative and creative and never holds back, yes he has only directed 3 films, but still, I think he has not failed yet. The animation is just beautiful and Monster’s Inc. is too. The film never holds any bar on imagination and the doorway scene is just astounding to look at, and it holds up even to this day, the voice talents are brilliant, Billy Crystal and John Goodman in particular, the characters are very likeable and like all Pixar films, it is innocent and heartfelt, so it earns its spot on number 4.
#3 – Toy Story 3 (2010)
Well, I have pissed you off again, but I really can’t do anything. Why isn’t this number 1, well I just found their other films to be better, but anyways, I love this film and it concludes the Toy Story trilogy in such a way that the this trilogy is my favorite trilogy ever made (yes, it is tied with LOTR). Do I really have to say why it’s good? The characters are great, the fact that the story takes place when Andy is 17 years old is genius, and the fact that they didn’t screw it up and managed to tell the best story of them all, with a great villain and magnificent animation is masterful. What Toy Story 3 does so well, is that unlike the other two, is the friendship, you see, while I thought the friendship was well handled in the first two, it is in this film where it is tested, they have hardships to go through and that is the reason the scene near the end (the trash scene, as I put it) really had got to me, because I bought the fact that they were close friends, it’s smart, the writing is genius and the fact that Lee Unkrich directed it and not John Lasseter (who did an amazing job with the first two) and made this the best of the three was award worthy, it is no wonder that I am placing this at number 3.
#2 – Ratatouille (2007)
#1 – Finding Nemo (2003) & Up (2009)
That was really, really, really, really, really, really long. Sorry, but I guess I just needed it to be more detailed rather than half-assed and I hope this was an interesting list at the very least, I will review Inside Out on Saturday or Friday, I am not sure but that is the next thing I will do, thanks for reading this if you have. So until then guys,
Cheers and take care