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June 20, 2015


Ranking the Pixar Films, from “Toy Story” to “Inside Out”

by Franz Patrick

Below is my ranking of 15 Pixar films that have been released by June 20, 2015.
Let the disagreement begin!

Toy Story 3
Lee Unkrich

Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.

The Incredibles
Brad Bird

Bob: Weren’t you in the news? Some show in, Prayge… Prague?
Edna: Milan, darling. Milan. Supermodels. Heh! Nothing super about them… spoiled, stupid little stick figures with poofy lips who think only about themselves. Feh! I used to design for gods!

Finding Nemo
Andrew Stanton

I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.

Andrew Stanton

This is called farming! You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants! Vegetable plants, pizza plants.

Brad Bird

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Toy Story 2
John Lasseter

Buzz Lightyear: I’ll never give in. You killed my father!
Emperor Zurg: No, Buzz. I am your father!

Pete Docter

Carl Fredricksen: Hey, let’s play a game. It’s called “See Who Can Be Quiet the Longest.”
Russell: Cool! My mom loves that game!

Toy Story
John Lasseter

Woody: All right, that’s enough! Look, we’re all very impressed with Andy’s new toy.
Buzz: Toy?
Woody: T-O-Y, Toy!
Buzz: Excuse me, I think the word you’re searching for is “Space Ranger.”
Woody: The word I’m searching for I can’t say because there’s preschool toys present.

Monsters, Inc.
Pete Docter

Mike: Can I borrow your odorant?
Sulley: Yeah, I got, uh, Smelly Garbage or Old Dumpster.
Mike: You got, uh, Low Tide?
Sulley: No.
Mike: How about Wet Dog?
Sulley: Yep. Stink it up.

Inside Out
Pete Docter

Fear: Maybe it was a bear?
Disgust: There are no bears in San Francisco.
Anger: I saw a really hairy guy, he looked like a bear.

Monsters University
Dan Scanlon

Don: I don’t want you to think of me as your new dad. After all, we’re fraternity brothers first.
Squishy: This is so weird.
Don: Just think of me as your big brother that’s marrying your mother. Wait, hold on, we’re brothers who share the same mom slash wife.

A Bug’s Life
John Lasseter

Hey, bartender! Bloody Mary, O-positive.

Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led.

John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

[after having watched three Pixar films and noticing that each one contains John Ratzenberger]
Hey… they’re just using the same actor over and over. What kind of cut-rate production is this?!

Cars 2
John Lasseter

Whoever finds a friend, finds a treasure.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 20 2015

    My order towards the top would change, but I’m in complete agreement with your bottom 4 films. I also think Inside Out fares a bit better in the Pixar line-up than you, but perhaps you enjoyed the other Pixar movies a bit more than me. I know I would definitely not have The Incredibles as high up as you.

    • Jun 20 2015

      Absolutely. The bottom 4 was the easiest for me to determine, the top 5 being the most difficult.

      What would you say is their best movie? I’m sensing you think it’s “WALL-E”? Hmm…

      I liked “Inside Out” quite a bit but I will hold off on my thoughts until I post my review tomorrow.

      • Jun 20 2015

        Franz, how’d you guess? WALL-E is my favorite! I’m looking forward to the review!

  2. Jun 21 2015

    Toy Story 3 made me cry the hardest of any Pixar movie, but the more I watch and think about it, the more I realize that the prison break part of the movie is just not Pixar’s best story. But I can’t argue with a high placement.


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