With “Monsters University” now in theaters, everyone seems to be updating their lists of favorite Pixar movies. So here’s mine:
14. “WALL-E” (2008)
The world seemed to fall in love with a robot who…falls in love with a female robot. I didn’t. The opening section with no dialogue was…different. But it lost me soon after. Hardly remember anything other than “Hello, Dolly”. Found more emotion in Brad Bird’s “The Iron Giant” (his two Pixar films will appear much later on this list.
13. “A BUG’S LIFE” (1998)
Nice, simple, fun. Not extraordinary.
12. “TOY STORY” (1995)
I know what you’re thinking: “It’s the first one! It’s still the best! How is it so low?” While it may have been groundbreaking when released in 1995, the first Woody and Buzz story is somewhat weak compared to most of Pixar’s films to follow.
11. “BRAVE” (2012)
The first half-hour showcases Pixar’s talents. This is a beautiful film to look at and is occasionally funny. But the script is a little too Disney and a little too predictable. It didn’t deserve the Oscar, but at least it prevented “Wreck-It Ralph” from winning.
10. “FINDING NEMO” (2003)
Yes, I cried the first time I saw it.
9. “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY” (2013)
Charming, effective and honest. Not groundbreaking, but successful in its own ways.
8. “MONSTERS, INC.” (2001)
Mike and Sulley are one of the studio’s best duos. Works emotionally as you get invested in little Boo. And that door sequence is incredible.
7. “TOY STORY 2” (1999)
The rare sequel that is better than its predecessor. Who can forget the introductions of: Zurg, Jessie, Bullseye, Stinky Pete and the adventures at Al’s Toy Barn?
6. “UP” (2009)
Takes some emotional risks that pay-off, and has a perfect, Oscar-winning score.
5. “CARS 2” (2011)
If you take this film for what it is (an animated spy caper) it’s a lot of fun to watch.
4. “THE INCREDIBLES” (2004)
A serious superhero movie that works on so many different levels.
3. “TOY STORY 3” (2010)
The final few scenes are unforgettable. Deserved to win Best Picture.
2. “RATATOUILLE” (2007)
One of the most underappreciated of the Pixars. So well written.
1. “CARS” (2006)
A film I could watch over and over and over again and never get sick of. The story of hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen and his travels to the small town of Radiator Springs is completely engaging. Full of colorful characters. Doc Hudson will be remembered as one of Paul Newman’s best roles. And who doesn’t love Mater? It’s a comedy, romance, sports film and underdog story all rapped-up into one, with great messages and a lot of heart. Those who simply continue to see “Cars” as one, long marketing ploy to sell merchandise missed the film entirely.