Pixar Films Ranked: From Worst To Best
Since the release of their first full-length feature film, Toy Story, on November 22nd, 1995, Pixar has become a household name and one of the most celebrated animation studios on the planet. Ranging from toys that are alive to superheroes battling litigation, each of its 21 films has won praise for storytelling, character designs, and animation. While their films are aimed mostly towards children, adults can’t help but get excited when it’s discovered that there will be a new Pixar film.
2019 is an important year for Pixar as they released Toy Story 4 back in June, the final chapter of a 24-year-old saga of one of their best-known franchises, but is that slowing them down? No. With three films set for release, two of which will be during the first part of 2020, Pixar is continuing this one film per year streak that started in 2015 with Inside Out, and it doesn’t appear they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
So how do we celebrate a company inching closer to that 30-year celebration? We rank their films! Let’s begin.
21. Cars 2 (2011)
Despite its beautiful colors and action sequence, Cars 2 is so bad that even Pixar is pretending it doesn’t exist. Let’s not mince words here, folks, this was a 120-minute merchandising cash grab from Disney.
20. The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Four years later and The Good Dinosaur is still the most beautifully animated film I’ve ever seen. The film would get great reviews, but it would be Pixar’s lowest-grossing film because nobody was asking what would happen if the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs missed Earth. Coupled with production issues that forced Pixar to abandon a 2014 release and coming off the heels of Inside Out, this film had an uphill battle it couldn’t overcome.
19. Finding Dory (2016)
What would happen if you took the plot of Finding Nemo switched missing characters, added some new ones, and then ripped off Dreamworks’ Over The Hedge animal driving sequence? You get Finding Dory. Other than learning that Dory can speak to whales, this film does nothing to add substance to the original film. It was beautiful, little Dory was adorable, but I got nothing from it.
18. A Bug’s Life (1998)
I can relate with Flick for always thinking outside the box and wanting to help make everyone’s lives a little easier, but this movie ended because of dumb luck. If it wasn’t for the bird, this movie’s ending would’ve been exceptionally depressing.
17. Cars 3 (2017)
I loved this film, but it’s a comeback story with no comeback. Also, if the engine is his heart, why couldn’t we just upgrade his engine?
16. Monsters University (2013)
It’s a prequel to how Mike and Sully met. It’s one part Odd Couple and one part every 80s college frat house movie ever. You know what happens next.
15. Brave (2012)
Despite the trailers painting a very different movie, Brave was still a great film. Merida is gorgeous, the scenery is beautiful, and I love the little dollop of Scottish lore. Beyond the film, I honestly believe Merida ended up marrying Young MacGuffin because she didn’t make fun of him in the film. Watch the suitor scene, MacGuffin is the only one she seems to take any sort of liking to.
14. Cars (2006)
Winning is everything! Wait a 117 minutes, no it’s not! It’s friends! Friends are everything!
13. The Incredibles 2 (2018)
It took the House of Mouse to buy Pixar (2006) and Marvel (2009) to stop a copyright lawsuit between the studios because Marvel believed The Incredibles was too close to The Fantastic Four for it not to be a coincidence.
Did you know people tried to have this movie removed from theaters because they believe Pixar oversexualized Elastigirl? You better leave my thicc superheroine milf alone.
12. Ratatouille (2007)
You can do anything as long as you believe in yourself. Did you get that? The message is pretty thick throughout the 111-minute film. Throw in some controversy, a million health code violations, and Patton Oswalt and you have yourself a great film.
11. Toy Story 4 (2019)
The end of the line. Man, I loved this film, but I’m 99.99% positive that’s not how voiceboxes work though.
10. Up (2009)
Only Pixar can make you cry within the first ten minutes with only vignettes. Take away the crazy adventure, and this film is about an old man moving his house to a new location to die.
9. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toys learn about self-worth.
8. Monsters Inc. (2001)
Monsters try to kidnap children to power their world. That’s the story I intend on sharing with my kids before they go to bed at night when they’re being bad.
7. Coco (2017)
You are my father! No, I killed your father.
6. Toy Story (1995)
Surprised Toy Story isn’t number one? This movie created the Pixar Universe, but it was every other film that defined it.
5. Inside Out (2015)
Look, we’ve all been there, we’ve all been uprooted from our homes as children and teens and moved to another location, forced to deal with all the changes and starting over. It’s what makes Riley, a 12-year-old, so relatable to everyone who watches the film.
4. Toy Story 3
Easily the best movie of the franchise, I will argue that the incinerator scene is the most hardcore thing Pixar has ever done. The music, the emotions, and the fact that they had accepted their fate and were prepared to die ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? Wrap it all up with a montage of Andy playing with his toys one last time with little Bonnie before leaving and I dare you not to catch some feels.
3. Finding Nemo (2003)
A message to helicopter parents to chill the hell out.
2. The Incredibles (2004)
Superheroes beat up the bad guys and save the day, but what happens when the bad guy can’t be touched? What if the bad guy is bureaucracy? Sidenote: Do you mean to tell me that whatever legislature that was passed also stopped supervillains from continuing their thing?
1. Wall-E (2008)
He’s a trash compactor, a hoarder, an artist, and a hero. That’s a lot for a little robot. This also says a lot about human complacency and how lazy we’ve become because of technology.