A post that Aaron wrote last week about Pixar’s upcoming animated feature ‘Brave’ sparked an interesting discussion about whether the studio has ever really produced a dud. This seems like a great opportunity to rank all of Pixar’s films to see which ones our readers like the best and which you dislike the most.
I’m setting up two separate polls here. In the first, tell us which Pixar film you think is the best. (For the purposes of this ranking, you can only choose one.)
Next, tell us which you think is the worst Pixar film.
I’m sure that no one would attempt to deny that, of the eleven feature films the studio has made so far, Pixar has had a simply incredible winning streak. It has a better average for quality and consistency than any other movie studio in business today.
Picking a “best” film from this list is difficult. My instinct is to go for ‘The Incredibles‘, a movie that truly lives up to its name. But then I remember how much I also love ‘Monsters, Inc.‘ and ‘Ratatouille‘ and ‘A Bug’s Life‘, and of course the whole ‘Toy Story‘ franchise. What a touch choice!
Has Pixar really made a “dud” yet? I have a feeling that most people will select ‘Cars‘ for that unfortunate distinction. Honestly, even that isn’t really a bad film. It’s just not up to the same level as the studio’s others. ‘Cars’ is aimed at a very young audience, and lacks much appeal for adults. Unlike most other Pixar productions, ‘Cars’ is decidedly a kids’ movie, not a family film.
I’ll be honest, the Pixar movie that does the least for me is ‘Up‘. I know that it’s beloved by many and won an Oscar, but the movie just didn’t work for me. That opening scene is a lovely, emotionally wringing little short film on its own, but the balloons and talking dogs and whatnot afterwards lost my interest pretty quickly. (The second half of ‘WALL-E‘ has a similar issue, though to a lesser extent.)
So vote in our polls and tell us in the Comments what you think. Which are your favorite and least favorite Pixar movies?