Pixar is one of the world’s most famous animation film studios. It has quickly and decisively established themselves as the most consistently impressive animation studio around. Pixar Movies has created a world of imagination, fantasy, wonder and, most of all, great storytelling. Most of the Pixar’s films can be considered as modern classics. Although there are only 13 full length and 20 short Pixar animated movies released so far, the quality of their work launched them to the very top of the animated movie industry. Now it’s hard to imagine Academy Award nominations for best animated feature without one of Pixar’s artworks. This lists counts down, datewise, all Pixar films which we are all familiar with.
1. Toy Story (1995)
Pixar animation film studio debuted with this masterpiece which still most of the people consider to be the best work of Pixar so far. Toy Story is followed by two sequels later on and the fourth one titled Toy Story 4 is currently on Production. The spectacular Pixar movie follows the story of a toy cowboy, Woody, who seems to be a jealous of a new toy, Buzz Lightyear, that takes his place as his owner’s favorite. The conflicts takes the duo into new heights of understanding friendship, jealousy and hate. The film is magical, comedic, charming and very emotional. The film also contains what just might be one of the most flawless voice casts in animated-movie history, as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen gave the voices of two main characters Woody and Buzz respectively. Though Toy Story did not engrossed as much as its sequels, the film is nevertheless a landmark achievement that holds as much appeal for adults as it does for kids.
2. A Bug’s Life (1998)
After the pioneering Toy Story, it’s too bad that second pixar movie A Bug’s Life had a tough act to follow. The story involves an ant, Flik, who is a misfit in his ant colony. He gets terrorized by a large gang of grasshoppers and now it is up to Flik to find a group of warriors, in the city of bugs, for the protection of his colony. A Bug’s Life is a rich, imaginative and compelling tale in the Pixar series. The beautiful visuals of landscapes in the world of bugs is visually stunning and overall animation is also awesome. It is an underrated ensemble comedy blessed with exquisite voicing and wonderful storytelling.
3. Toy Story 2 (1999)
One of the greatest sequels of all time, Pixar movie Toy Story 2 continues the story of the toys, as they attempt to save their friend, Woody, who was abducted earlier and is now about to be sent off to a foreign country. Toy Story 2 remains one of Pixar’s crowning achievements. The film is hilarious as it is dramatic and suspenseful. What makes this film a masterpiece is the develoment of the characters who seemed to gain new understanding of love, friendship and even sympathy for one another. The character even receive a much bigger role in this film than the first. This legendry chemistry between all the toys, especially Woody and Buzz, certainly plays an instrumental role in the movie’s success. This is one of the best pixar films and also one of the rare sequels to significantly improve on the original.
4. Monsters, Inc.(2001)
Following with Pixar movies List, now comes Monsters, Inc. Pixar once again succeeded on creating a strange and creative world of Monsters. Monsters are seemed to be running their city’s power by scaring little kids at night time in this awesome pixar movie. Little kids are considered infectious in the monster city, and the film change its course when Sully, a child scaring employee on this strange company, accidently brings a little girl in to the Monsters Inc. Despite the risks involved, Sully starts to get affectionate with this little kid. One thing led to another, bad guys are involved and then comes the awesome climax I’ve ever seen in the movies. Its funny, emotional, magical and heartbreaking at the same time. Monsters Inc. is indeed a great film, but it’s still did not reach the full potential of other Pixar movies. The characters are still memorably likable, not to mention the sweet little girl. The sequel Monsters University is set to be released soon.
5. Finding Nemo (2003)
This heart-warming Pixar film, which remains Pixar’s highest grossing effort, follows a straight-faced clownfish as he embarks on an adventurous journey to Sydney, Australia after his son is captured by a scuba diver. Finding Nemo gives us the partially interesting characters. After Up, Finding Nemo is another film that features the long journey. And the setting being an ocean, it has a whole world of ideas to explore. This Pixar movie is great for both adults and kids as it comes off as a touching look at the relationship between a widowed father and his beloved young son. Finding Nemo 2 is currently in the production and possibly be released sometime the next year.
6. The Incredibles (2004)
A former superhero leads a family lifestyle, but he can’t seem to leave his crime fighting ways, as super villains get in the way of his personal life. This was quite possibly most realistic tale in Pixar history, before WALL-E. The characters of this film are very likable and the action scenes of this pixar movie is unforgettably entertaining. Still one of the great animated movies I’ve ever seen.
7. Cars (2006)
Cars may be the least loved in all the Pixar movies list, yet when it comes to Pixar, the worst is still so much better than most of the other junk being churned out by Hollywood. Cars tells the tale of Lightning McQueen, a rookie racecar who learns that winning isn’t everything. Which, one supposes, is easy for Lasseter and his team to preach, now that they’ve basically won everything themselves. The film, while quite entertaining and clever, just doesn’t quite meet the high standard Pixar has set for itself over the past 15 years or so. However, it’s still a fun movie, it’s cute and has enough going for it to draw in audiences.
8. Ratatouille (2007)
Ratatouille depicts the story of a rat who dreams of becoming a chef, and cooking for humans. But obviously, he’ll have to try hard to accomplish his dream, as he is a common pest. This pixar movie is at it’s best on storytelling and includes fantastic characters. The animation couldn’t have been any better, as the visuals were perfectly shown in the film and a rat’s life is also portrayed as realistically burtal in this film. And lastly, it also portrays the real life difficulties of chef’s life working for a fancy restaurant.
Though it became a huge hit, WALL-E still was a huge gamble for Pixar. The hero or the main character in the film doesn’t speak a word of dialogue and the film’s first third feels like a silent movie. Yet this amazing Pixar movie managed to capture the viewer’s interest right from the opening frames. WALL-E is a story of a lonely, trash cleaning robot, left on a contaminated Earth to clean it, as the humans are away on the mother ship in space. Eve is sent by this mother ship to assist WALL-E, who quickly falls in love with her. When Eve is called for an emergency on the mother ship, WALL-E desparately follows the love of his life facing dangers in his quest. WALL-E is one of the most endearing characters pixar has ever created. And the movie is also far more romantic with WALL-E’s touching relationship with EVE resulting in an irresistibly upbeat vibe.
10. Up (2009)
“Up” is as engaging as any other film in Pixar Movies list, perhaps funnier than the rest and a hell of a ride, but what keeps in from the top tier of the studio’s output is, similar to “The Incredibles,” a buried subtext that becomes suffocated by the admittedly rapturous goings-on of the plot. However, Up is a compelling tale that seems to fit perfectly well with audiences of all ages. The characters seem to be one of the most memorable of all Pixar movies, most notably the old man, Carl. He is as inspiring as he is powerful. Up is a poignant, moving piece that sets the standards in Pixar. Not to mention it’s amazing score.
11. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Quite possibly the most poignant of all three Toy Story films, and maybe even all Pixar movies in general, Toy Story 3 follows the story of these beloved characters, as they desperately try to find a new home. But, escaping the evil clutches of Sunnyside day care seems to be a bigger priority for them. The film is beautiful, vibrant story about memories, the passing of time and how you treat the people in your life. The symbolic relationship that the toys have with their owners in the Toy Story-verse has always been a curious thing. In order for toys to truly feel wanted, their owners need to really use their imaginations while playing with them. So many emotional as well as comedic moments were spectacular and the last fifteen minutes are some of the strongest work the studio has ever done. The movie is simply pure wonder wrapped in joy.
12. Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 2 isn’t the usual intimate magical experience you expect from Pixar films, but it’s still a high-octane adventure that burns fast and furious. This sequel continues the story of race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck that head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage. The film receives mixed reviews from critics. This is also a darker film where several car characters do meet an untimely, and sometimes grisly, end. But the fast pacing here works in the films favor, as the slightly morbid moments flicker in and out as quickly as race car laps. Still this is a great animated movie compared to other animation studio’s films.
13. Brave (2012)
Brave is latest Pixar movie and it is the first film to follow a female protagonist (the arrow-shooting princess Merida), the first one to be set in the past (Medieval Scotland), and the Pixar’s 13th film. Brave is actually really touching film that tells a very human story about family and the ties that bind. It features some of the studio’s most beautiful animation to date, but ultimately the film comes across a bit more like top-tier Disney than top-tier Pixar, lacking the thematic density of latter’s output. Nevertheless, Brave is one of the impressive and artistic Pixar movies.
So, that was the list of Pixar movies released so far. The sequels of previous pixar movies, like Toy Story 4 and Finding Nemo 2 are rumored to be currently in production and Monsters University is set to be released soon. So as a die hard Pixar movies fan, I always wish more from the Pixar. What do you think of the Pixar and its work, drop your thoughts below.