Disney Pixar Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 21 Aug 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

This is how I rate Disney Pixar's film repertoire, from best (#1) to worst.

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1. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 789,719 | Gross: $191.80M

2. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 864,766 | Gross: $380.84M

3. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 600,367 | Gross: $261.44M

4. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 736,991 | Gross: $289.92M

5. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 577,375 | Gross: $206.45M

6. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 842,430 | Gross: $293.00M

7. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 533,863 | Gross: $356.46M

A clever yet entertaining look at how our brains may work, this animated adventure features the usual beautiful animation and impeccable writing that Pixar became originally known for. It is intelligent in it's presentation of thoughts and feelings, whilst also working as a standard adventure flick too.

8. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere

Votes: 246,760 | Gross: $162.80M

Charming, endearing and heartfelt, 'A Bug's Life' teaches an important lesson about standing up for yourself and is a blast while it does. It's funny and has well-developed characters too.

9. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 291,043 | Gross: $268.49M

The prequel to one of Pixar's better efforts is a pretty good film overall, with a clever twist on theme and some great animation. It isn't anywhere near as good as the original but few things are.

10. Coco (I) (2017)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina | Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 274,015 | Gross: $209.73M

Pixar have always aimed for a kind of emotional maturity not often seen in family fare and this is no exception;it's enjoyable and, in typical Pixar fashion but maybe more so than before, it might even provoke a tear or two.

11. Finding Dory (2016)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 212,674 | Gross: $486.30M

This is a sequel that nobody asked for, but it is a decent film nevertheless. The themes have all been explored before, the jokes don't tend to stick and the story is predictable but the focus on Dory means that it isn't a rehash of the first and it's animation is wonderful.

12. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 903,175 | Gross: $223.81M

Slightly over-rated in my book, Wall-E's first half is really good featuring almost no dialogue and a true sense of place. The second half doesn't hold up so well though, with the animated humans looking really odd next to the live-action video segments, and the story gets a little less compelling.

13. Cars 3 (2017)

G | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

Director: Brian Fee | Stars: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion

Votes: 58,908 | Gross: $152.90M

14. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 678,932 | Gross: $415.00M

The supposed farewell to the series, this entry culminates in a heartfelt goodbye and has a few laughs along the way. But it is a far cry from the brilliance of the original, and feels generally lack-luster.

15. Brave (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Votes: 337,690 | Gross: $237.28M

Not a terrible film, but I think this is definitely one of Pixar's weakest as it isn't all that engaging or funny.

16. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 467,993 | Gross: $245.85M

This is the weakest 'Toy Story' film in my opinion, though it is of a similar quality to '3', but it's still a decently fun time that only has a couple of laughs and plays mainly to a younger crowd than the original.

17. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 201,069 | Gross: $608.58M

18. Cars 2 (2011)

G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Bradford Lewis | Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 138,289 | Gross: $191.45M

This movie gets a lot of hate, but it isn't all that bad. It's not particularly good either, playing it extremely 'childish' and thus not having much value for anyone over the age of ten, but you can have a good time if you don't think too much.

19. The Good Dinosaur (2015)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

Votes: 91,238 | Gross: $123.09M

A disappointing entry in Pixar's line-up, it isn't terrible overall but certainly lacks the punch of other entries by the studio. It isn't funny and makes less sense than you'd like, as well as having a generally weak story and some below-par writing.

20. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Family

73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 328,065 | Gross: $244.08M

While the central concept is almost nonsensical and the tonal cohesion of the piece is mixed at best, some heartfelt and funny human moments arise from the fray (ironic considering the characters are all cars.)



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