My ranking of the Pixar movies

I recently read this ranking of Pixar movies on the Geek Dad blog. Since I finally got to see Inside Out last night, I thought I’d do my own ranking of Pixar’s 15 animated feature films.

15. A Bug’s Life

Maybe it’s because I hate bugs? I don’t know. I just don’t really like this movie. There’s nothing wrong with the story – it’s about friendship and bravery and standing up to bullies. There’s just nothing spectacular about it.

14. Brave

One thing I love about Pixar is their deviance from the princess stories of Disney. And while Merida is a fiercely independent princess, I still don’t like this story. Why are teenage girls always portrayed as hating their mothers? I know there’s resolution at the end, but it still didn’t sit well with me.

13. Cars 2

I like the racing, but I don’t like the spy sub-plot. It’s a little much for a kids’ movie.

12. Up

This movie is too sad. And Russell is just annoying. Also there is a talking dog – not my thing.

11. Inside Out

The concept of this movie was so unique, and I am impressed that the folks at Pixar could pull it off. But the whole movie was kind of depressing. It’s not one I will want to see over and over. And it’s not even one we’ll be taking our 5 year old to see any time soon. It’s just too much for such a young kid.

10. WALL-E

I hated this movie the first time I saw it. There’s almost no dialog! But it has grown on me. Now I think it’s sweet and fun. I enjoy the old show tunes.

9. Toy Story 3

This is another very emotional movie. It also has a lot of funny parts, but it’s not one of my favorites.

8. Toy Story

I would have ranked this movie higher, but I really don’t like Sid; he creeps me out. And I don’t like that Woody is jealous of Buzz the whole movie.

7. Cars

This movie is Doc Hollywood in cartoon car form. What’s not to love?! And the music is so fun.

6. The Incredibles

I love super hero movies. I love the responsible mom character – so me! And the crazy, adventure seeking dad – so Jim. I especially love the family dynamic and how they stick together.

5. Ratatouille

It’s a story about unexpected friendship. It’s funny and different.

4. Monsters University

I love a good sequel, or prequel in this case. You already know the characters, so the story can be more developed.  I love the upbeat music and the enemies turned friends plot. This movie is just fun!

3. Monster, Inc.

This story was so creative. I love that Sully gets attached to Boo. It’s a love story at its core. And Billy Crystal is one of my favorite actors.

2. Toy Story 2

Again…sequel! I love that Woody and Buzz are friends. I love the introduction of Jesse. Her song. Love it! I enjoy the backstory on Woody – such a fun sequel idea. The adventure in this story is so enjoyable.

1. Finding Nemo

I remember being blown away visually when I first saw this movie in the theater. On top of that, the story is terrific, and the character are endearing. Ellen DeGeneres is fantastic!

What’s your favorite Pixar movie? Have you seen Inside Out? What did you think?

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    1. Inside Out is definitely worth seeing, but not as good as I was hoping, especially after reading some reviews.

      This post was actually pretty hard to write. So many of the Pixar movies are so good, it was difficult to rank them.

    1. Monster Inc. is so good. In general I love that Pixar makes movies that are for parents just as much (or sometimes even more) than for kids. It makes watching them over and over with the kids so much more bearable. šŸ™‚

  1. I am so impressed that you ordered your fav Pixar movies! It's funny, I am a really happy person, but I *love* the "sad" Pixar movies! I think I tend to call them poignant more than sad, but I definitely see what you're saying. Toy Story 3 is maybe my favorite of the Toy Story's! But I definitely agree with your #1 – Finding Nemo is amazing. But like I said on my blog, I have a terrible time picking a favorite. The Toy Stories, Finding Nemo, vie for the top, with Inside Out trailing closely behind. But egads, I'm glad I don't really have to make a choice because I basically love them all. (Minus Cars 2 – which I own, and shamefully haven't seen)

    1. It was definitely hard to rank them since I love almost all of them. Cars 2 has been the most watched in our house since my son was obsessed with it at ages 3 and 4. I tried to be out of the room as much as possible. Ha! They know their target market well. We own a ton of those toys!

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