Ranking all 15 Pixar films

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“Inside Out” marks 15 full length animated features for Pixar Studios. Over at Vulture, Tim Grierson and Will Leitch take a stab at ranking all 15 from worst to best.

We went back-and-forth on the top two here, but we ultimately had to go with [Wall-E], the most original and ambitious of all the Pixar movies. The first half-hour, which basically tells the story of the destruction of the planet and the devolution of the human race without a single line of dialogue, is total perfection: It’s almost Kubrickian in its attention to detail and perspective, though it never feels cold or ungenerous.

I agree with their reasoning on almost everything, including putting “Wall-E” at the top. However, I would have boosted “Up” and “Ratatouille” a spot or two. Of course, there has to be a movie at the bottom and it’s pretty clear “Cars 2” below there. But putting “Brave” as the second worst Pixar film? That seems a little rough.

Here’s how I would list them

Cars 2
Cars
Monsters University
Brave
A Bug’s Life
Monsters, Inc
Toy Story 3
Finding Nemo
Toy Story
Up
Inside Out
Ratatouille
The Incredibles
Toy Story 2
Wall-E

Keep in mind even a bad Pixar film is a pretty good film over all. I still rewatch all of them whenever I can, yes, even “Cars 2.” But you have to put one at the bottom.

How would you rank Pixar’s 15 films?

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4 thoughts on “Ranking all 15 Pixar films

  1. James Bucanek

    There should be a law that requires any such article to be with with “In my opinion…”

    I read the original ranking, which I completely disagree with. This one is a little better. Why does everyone love “Up” and “Ratatouille?” One was a rambling mess of a plot and the other sadly predictable. On the other end of the scale, everyone seems to have it out for “Cars” and “A Bug’s Life” which should both be in the top 5. And “Wall-E” the best Pixar movie ever? Hardly.

    You know, in my opinion…

    1. mike

      I couldn’t agree more. Wall-E yes great but not the best. UP is way too depressing for my rewatching often and ratatouille wasn’t for me… takes place in France yet the main characters for the most part speak English? David Schwimmer, really?? For me TS3, 2 and 1 and Nemo, Monsters Ice will always round out the top 5, Cars 1 not far behind, in my opinion

  2. Christopher Rhodes

    *In my opinion*
    I agree more so with your article than the one you discussed. I also think WALL-E was the best. For me, it was the perfect blend between lighthearted fun – WALL-E is a fantastically humourous character – depth, heart. And of course, all sewn together by stellar PIXAR storytelling.

    Currently, I’m setting up a marathon of all 15 films and will be creating my own personal list :)

  3. Alexandra

    I’m a huge fan but there are a few movies that just didn’t do it for me (Mainly, Brave and Cars 2 but especially Ratatouille). I have a huge soft spot for UP even though I recognize its the first 10 minute sequence is what does it for me. It almost could have been one of Pixar’s famous short films stand alone. Below is my top 15 list :) I’m basing my list on entertainment value and times rewatched,

    Cars 2
    Brave
    Ratatouille
    Monsters University
    A Bug’s Life
    Toy Story 2
    The Incredibles
    Cars
    Toy Story
    UP
    Toy Story 3
    Inside Out
    Monsters, Inc
    Finding Nemo
    Wall-E

    This list isn’t based on originality or art but just on how entertaining the movie is and how willing I am to watch it again…..and again and again :)

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