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Ranking The Pixar Films (2020)


With “Onward” now being released on Disney+ and digital, I thought it was time to re-rank the Pixar films. There’s 2 new entries since the last update and a number of shuffles (including a new number one). On with the list!

1. Toy Story 3- Once upon a time, the first film would have taken the top spot, but after rewatching the entire series, I think the third film just might have an edge over it. It’s such a rich and emotional animated film that will have you wiping away tears more than a few times.

2. Toy Story- A classic tale of friendship that never gets old.

3. Wall-E- A bold sci-fi animated with brains and heart.

4. Up- An emotional roller coaster ride of an adventure movie.

5. Toy Story 4- While many were skeptical about a fourth installment, all fears went away after this fourth entry proved there’s still plenty of life left in this perfect franchise.

6. Toy Story 2- This may be my fourth favorite of the TS films, but every film in this series is a treasure.

7. The Incredibles- A wonderful superhero film and a wonderful family film.

8. Monsters Inc.-Mike, Sulley and Boo. ‘Nuff said.

9. Finding Nemo- The beloved characters make this one a winner.

10. Coco- While the first hour is a bit busy and noisy for my taste, the emotionally satisfying last half hour more than makes up for its shortcomings.

11. A Bug’s Life- Still the most underrated Pixar film to date.

12. Onward- The newest entry on this list is a heartwarming story about family. My only real complaint is that I would have liked to have seen a tad bit more world building in the fantastical realm the characters inhabited.

13. Inside Out- Two words: Bing Bong

14. Ratatouille- On my first viewing of this film upon its release, I wasn’t actually a fan. Having revisited it not too long ago, however, I found it to be a delightful little tale.

15. Cars 3- I debated over whether the first or third film was best, but the surprising character moments of this third entry really won me over. It’s not often you see an animated film deal with aging and the star character having to face the reality of it.

16. Incredibles 2- The story lacks punch and is essentially a retread of the first film’s plot in many ways, but everything involving Jack Jack is an utter delight.

17. Cars- The first half is rough around the edges, but the second half offers up plenty of entertaining moments.

18. Brave- From here on out on the list, it’s really a toss up as these are bottom tier Pixar films for me. “Brave” has a strong female character in Merida, but the story is so slight.

19. The Good Dinosaur- The most generic movie in their catalogue. Still, that goodbye scene at the end packs an emotional punch.

20. Monsters University- I get wanting to try something different with this “Animal House” esque prequel, but it falls flat. The movie sorely misses the fun and heart of the first film (and Boo!).

21. Finding Dory- I know a lot of people are fond of this sequel, but I find it to be an unnecessary and bloated sequel filled with ridiculously over-the-top sequences.

22. Cars 2- Yep, it’s still the worst Pixar film.

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