It occurred during my Finding Dory review that I made more than a few allusions to my opinions on Pixar that may need a little more context. So, in the interest of fulfilling the expectations of being internet content, I’ve decided to rank all the Pixar films. I’ll say just a sentence about each, because god knows I don’t want to write 17 paragraphs.
I would say this is all just my opinion, but I trust you have enough critical training to get that. This is also all with the understanding that only #17 is a film I don’t like. Everything else is good to perfection.
17) Cars 2
The only Pixar misfire.
Great for kids, fine for anyone else.
15) Monsters University
Good, but nowhere close to great.
14) Toy Story 2
The first sequel would allude to the future strengths and weaknesses of all Pixar sequels.
13) The Good Dinosaur
Beautiful Western, but the rough production history shows.
12) Finding Nemo
Emotional gold, but narrative bronze.
Better than its reputation suggests.
10) Finding Dory
As good as gets without any innovation in play.
9) A Bug’s Life
Proved that Pixar wasn’t a one-hit wonder and was wittier than its competition.
10 minutes of all-time great Pixar, 90 minutes of pretty good Pixar.
7) Toy Story
The first effort still holds up after all these years.
6) Monsters, Inc.
Amazing casting in a world of imagination.
Infinite charm and one of the more even-handed treatments of criticism.
4) Toy Story 3
Pixar grapples with age and momentarily figures out how to make a near-perfect sequel.
Loudly brilliant first act with a quietly brilliant second and third.
2) Inside Out
Beautiful, imaginative, and emotionally smarter than most other films for any age group.
1) The Incredibles
Narratively, emotionally, and visually stunning with a wit and intelligence far beyond its genre or its years.