Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Top 13 Pixar Films

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and I’ve finally got around to it, that is compiling a list of my favourite Pixar films. Basically I’ve included all of them and listed them from my least to most favourite. A few points first though…

I didn’t want to write this the day after I saw Brave, as I think you always need to give a new movie a few weeks to settle into your subconscious before comparing it to previous films that have been in the market for a few years (and I’ve seen several times).

The list was also pretty hard for me to do, as with the exception of both Cars films (which definitely are not my favourites) and A Bugs Life, all the other Pixar films I would give between 9 and 10 out of 10, so trying to decide my favourite was no easy task.

Anyway here’s the list of my favourite Pixar Films in order: -

13) Cars 2
Ashamed that this film is even on the list, I wish Pixar had never released it, as it’s a black mark on their release calendar and definitely tarnished there pristine quality score. It just feels like a money grab and an opportunity to sale merchandise, a lot of studios fall to this but this is the first time Pixar dropped the ball. The less said the better.

12) Cars
Before Cars 2 came out, this was my least favourite Pixar movie. I didn’t think it was terrible by any means, but just didn’t find it that engaging.

11) A Bugs Life
This is an ok film, it’s not a standout and I’ve probably only watched it properly a few times. The animation was great for the time, but the characters and story definitely don’t rank high compared to other Pixar films.

After the three previous movies, it actually leads nicely in to a top ten but I love all of these films so much I almost feel like this could be a top three with a lot of the films in equal place. Anyway my attempt at a top ten goes…

10) Brave
I really enjoyed the latest Pixar film about a Scottish Princess and although I think it’s a cut above the previous entries in the list, it doesn’t really jump past any of the other movies.

9) Monsters Inc.
One of the more comedic Pixar films and the inter-play between Mike and Sculley is genius. Not sure I want to see a prequel to this (in the form of Monsters University) rather than an original film, but Pixar have proved they can deliver a decent follow-up film (if it’s justified), so we’ll see.

8) Toy Story 2
A great film that proofed Pixar could deliver a sequel as good as the original.

7) Wall-E
The first act of this film is magical, the second half doesn’t quite reach the same heights as the first, but still a classic of cinema. If the film had been played completely silent it’d be perfect.

6) Finding Nemo
For a long time this was my favourite of the Pixar films, if not because of the subject matter and being set completely under the ocean. I can’t believe it’s almost 10 years old and looking forward to the 3D re-release!

5) Up
The first five minutes will bring a tear to your eye and the next 2 hours will take you on an adventure as good as any. The film Indy 4 should have been!

4) Toy Story
Arguably (and technically) this should probably be number 1 and if it was a best of list it would be, but as it’s a list of my favourites it sits here.

3) The Incredibles
With a mix of comic book heroes, classic James Bond and the family dynamic this probably should be my favourite Pixar, however it doesn’t quite top the next 2 for me…

2) Toy Story 3
Probably the best third film in any trilogy (it jumps around with Return of the King), the last 20 minutes feature as big an emotional punch as any live-action film. Story-telling at it’s absolute best.

1) Ratatouille
Although the rest of the top ten was a struggle to order, there was never any doubt in my mind that this was going to be number 1. I love this film and it’s easily my favourite Pixar movie. The story is incredibly unique and the film is so re-watchable I never get tired of it.

So that’s the order of my favourite Pixar films, what are yours?

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