Even on a really bad day, a good Pixar movie can cheer me up pretty easily. This studio has brought us some of the greatest animated films of all time. They don’t just try to connect their films in really subtle ways, but they also have a track record of producing big winners at the box office. Today on RANKED, I’m discussing my five favorite Pixar movies! Let’s get started.
Honorable Mentions: Toy Story, WALL-E, Up
5. The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur might be the studio’s lowest grossing movie and it also might be a slight rehashing of The Lion King (but with the dinosaurs), it’s still a great movie. I remember laughing SO MUCH during the movie and the wish-wash feelings of happiness and uncertainty that it gave me just made me sit on the edge of my seat. It’s such a fun ride, I don’t care what critics say.
4. The Incredibles
The precursor to the all-out obsession that is the superhero genre that dominates the box office. It’s a great story with an almost-equally as good followup that came out this year and still felt fresh. The Incredibles are a family I still wish they I was a part of fourteen years later.
3. Finding Nemo
Even as a little kid, I knew “just keep swimming” had a special message of encouragement that told us to just keep trying. This is easily the funniest Pixar movie in my opinion with great one-liners (mostly from Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory) and a message to go after the ones you love no matter what the cost.
2. Inside Out
I challenge you not to cry when *spoiler alert* Bing Bong fades away. This “children’s movie” is so much more than just a fun time for kids. In a certain sense, it’s a tiny therapy session for anyone who has trouble dealing with their feelings…so basically everyone. It’s a relatable story that deserves to stand alongside some of the best animated films of all time.
1. Monsters, Inc.
This one is the first Pixar film I remember seeing and it still stands as not just the movie on the top of this list, but one of my favorite movies of all time. The humor of the movie mixes perfectly with the heart of the story to create an atmosphere of innocence that’s laced with an amazing voice cast. This one is still something I look back on and that I hope to show my own kid some day.
What’s your favorite Pixar movie? Are you still mad that I didn’t put Toy Story in the top five? Check back every week to be disappointed about more of my opinions that you disagree with on #RANKED.