What sets Pixar stand apart from the rest of the animation studios is its exceptional animation and plotline. Undoubtedly, Pixar has been excelling in the animation film industry for the longest time of 26 years, and it’s still unstoppable. The Pixar studio has already received numerous praises since its first release of Toy Story in 1995. Already developed an abundant count of animation movies, Pixar had gained an enormous fan following from kids and the adult audience.
Each Pixar work has something unique to offer, be it a tale of superhero adventure or about the stories of colorful anthropomorphic cars, animals, toys, or robots. The plethora of the movies provided to us by Pixar studio has always left us amazed by how beautifully it depicts the meaning of life, family, and friends through its unique animated characters. Undoubtedly, all of the Pixar movies are exceptional in their own ways. However, these movies can be ranked according to their plotline, characters, impact, deepness, and uniqueness.
Best Pixar Movies
Here comes the ranking of all the 24 Pixar movies from the topmost to the bottom.
Toy Story (1995)
This is Pixar’s first computer-animated full-lengthen featured film. This animated film came out of nowhere and gifted us back our childhood days. Toy Story is a movie full of surprises from our childhood days, comprising so many memorable characters, an intense storyline with stunning animation. Even after decades, this film is remarkable and worth a watch, even if we grew up. Moreover, this film left a significant impact on the film industry, leading to the release of numerous computer-animated films. Toy Story has remained to be one of the most satisfying movies to date.
The movie revolves around the real-life lessons of letting the emotions free and letting them go. It depicts an emotional story accompanied by love, loss, closure, and letting things go. Although the movie was tearful, it also had an equal share of laughs and surprises, presented by a curious boy, Russell, and an old man, Carl Fredricksen.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Another sequel of Toy Story (1995) depicted what we face in reality when we grow up, and things change. No matter to what extent the circumstances and situations change, we have an unbreakable bond with some people, places, and the moments we spent together. The movie is definitely an emotional one.
Inside Out (2015)
This movie is one of the most thought-provoking Pixar’s movies. It’s not just for the younger audience. Still, the even older audience can enjoy the same. It depicts a range of human emotions and their impact and importance in one’s life. This movie is a perfect blend of cleverness and purity offered by Pixar. Inside Out also provides plenty of teachable lessons for parents as well as kids. However, it’s guaranteed that your heart is going to break with its character, Bing Bong.
Finding Nemo (2003)
This film portrays the lively characters who depict the meaningful lessons from life and its complexities. Finding Nemo is a perfect balance of the parent-child relationship. The greatness of this movie is visible through its complete unadulterated characters. The film succeeded quite well in capturing the beauty of the natural ocean. It has its own story about the deep sadness and fragility of life.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
This is the second sequel of 1995 Toy Story. This movie also stood out with its excellent plotline. In this sequel, its character’ Woody’ struggles through an existential crisis between staying together or leaving Andy to live. The movie has got an adventurous and emotional depth.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
The film has portrayed a heartwarming bond between a girl child, Boo, and two monsters. Where monsters are our childhood fear, this movie has set an example by turning the scary childhood dream into an engaging tale.
The Incredibles (2004)
This film is a Pixel’s masterpiece that revolves around a loving superhero’s family. Along with the memorable characters, the movie is a perfect blend of adventure and comedy. The film perfectly balances the two sides of one’s personality. It allows a window for learning what being “special” actually means. It also offers a space for other people to owe a sense of specialness. This movie can be approached differently, be it a family comedy movie or an action movie.
This movie revolves around a more profound realization of the aspects of our life. It makes us realize the purpose of our lives and how it impacts our life. The movie is no less than a reflection upon ourselves and discovering the beauty of life. Soul portrays the struggles and questions of life in-depth and depicts the concept of an afterlife.
This is the most lively and resonating movies of Pixar. Coco depicts how one should chase their dreams even amidst all the odds. The movie is a perfect combo of adventure, celebrations, and pleasing animations. In fact, the film’s plotline is entirely in resonance with the audience belonging to different families and cultures.
This movie portrays a rat who had a dream of becoming a chef. To fulfill his dream, he asks for help from a garbage boy. The film is worth watching because it uniquely presents the tale of the rat yearning to be in his dream place, the kitchen. Regardless, this movie delivers a great lesson to its audience.
This movie portrays the heart touching bond between the two siblings. It very well depicts how today’s modern technology and easy-to-use conveniences had reduced the charm of the past days and its magical wondering spells. The movie brings a way out for rebounding with the past while cherishing the present time and people around us.
This movie revolves around a brave, decisive female lead and her applaudable tribute to the mother-daughter relationship. The film is adventurous throughout due to the presence of merriment characters and their magic touch.
The movie is an alarming render of what the worldly scenario would be without an environment. It is a thought-provoking movie that makes us realize our technology consumed actions and their consequences in the future. Wall-E depicts the story about the Earth’s last robot and its journey into space along with the shiny probe Eve.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
This film is the fourth sequel of 1995 Toy Story didn’t need to happen because the third sequel ending was a powerful and emotional one in its very nature. Regardless, this fourth sequel lacked some funny moments in comparison to the other three sequels. However, a new character Forky added some fun moments in the film.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
The movie revolves around the same characters as the prequel. Although, this movie is not on par with the original one since it is pretty predictable. However, the sequel has brought some heartwarming and appreciable moments to make it worth a watch.
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Pixar hasn’t failed in depicting what goes on in the life of insects. This movie shows about the Bug’s life, their strength, and wits. It is an adventurous peek into the life of bugs. The film is relatively harmless and charming. The little tale of Bugs has the storyline same as the Antz, and it focuses solely on the children.
Monsters University (2013)
This movie is quite a decent one and well-structured. It has a fun and intriguing storyline accompanied by memorable characters such as Terri and Terry Perry, and Scott Squishy Squibbles. Monsters University is pleasantly entertaining with a great message. It comes with fantastic character designs, but it’s not a tear-jerking movie for which Pixar stands out among the rest.
Took place in the Italian seaside, this movie comes with stellar animation, adventure, and suspenseful events. The storyline revolves around the tale of a sea monster who has a longing to live on the land for a long time. However, this movie was not as emotional and creative compared to the other Pixar films out there.
This movie is quite okay in comparison to its sequels. This movie comprises amazing flashy car scenes and a strong storyline. Cars, based on car franchises are undoubtedly an appealing obsession for the younger audience. The locations of the movie are gorgeously animated, which is so damn eye-pleasing. However, the characters involved in the film are not memorable or endearing of any sort. It depicts an affection for the forgotten life in a small-town and the love for this movie is more like a temporary passing phase.
Finding Dory (2016)
This is another sequel to Finding Memo, which was released after 13 years. The movie revolves around a blue tang fish, Dory, who had a memory loss and is looking for its parents. The director, Andrew Stanton, brought an emotional touch of family loss and reconciliation into the movie. The movie teaches the audience that no matter what disability one faces in life, it always grants reward in its own ways. Finding Dory just seems to be an extension of the Finding Nemo, and there’s nothing special or unique about it.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
This film of Pixar comes with exceptional heavenly animation. With Arlo, the black sheep being the leading character, the film was a solid, heartfelt movie for the audience. However, some of the scenes from The Good Dinosaur were way too slow and redundant. This was Pixar’s lowest-grossing film. The stunning storyline depicted the tale of dinosaurs on Earth when they were not wiped off from the planet due to the meteor. It portrays a wholesome scene wherein dinosaurs ruled among the reptiles.
Cars 3 (2017)
Even after the failure of Cars 2, Pixar came with another sequel. However, this sequel was considerably better as it had a pretty enjoyable storyline and funny moments. The latter half of the movie is lively as Brian Fee, Director, brought in some vivid environment. Although resonating, the movie’s theme revolved around representation, acceptance, and fighting the odds. But, the fact that it failed among the other Pixar movies can’t be changed anyway. It can be called an okay movie, but it is clearly not at its best.
Cars 2 (2011)
There was no need for the sequel for 2006 Cars, but unfortunately, Pixar came up with another sequel which was clearly a flop movie. In addition to this, this is the one and only Pixar film which received a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel lacks strength in its script, and it just depends on the prequel for its success. This movie left the audience baffled, for Pixar movies has always been deep and heartfelt. This sequel can never gain the position held by the original charming film. This movie is a complete effortless disaster. The only thing that saved this juvenile and the empty movie was its animation, which was dazzling and pleasing enough for this terrible movie.