Disney is always one to deliver when it comes to movies. Their Pixar films are loved by many and continue to have sequel after sequel to this day with new films being made.
Toy Story 4 is the most recent Pixar movie, a follow up and ending to the trilogy. Despite it receiving mixed reviews from fans, it will go down as one of the most successful and loved franchises in Disney. They hit the nail on the head when they released Toy Story(1995) as their first Pixar film ever.
Although there are 21 movies in total, we ranked our top 5 favorite Pixar movies.
#5 – Finding Nemo (2003)
An overprotective clownfish, Marlon, and a regal blue tang, Dory, go on the hunt for Marlon’s son, Nemo, after a diver scooped him up in the depths of the ocean. They travel all the way to Sydney, Australia, where along the way, Marlon takes risks and learns that Nemo can take care of himself.
Finding Nemo is funny from start to finish, while also teaches its viewers the importance of family and learning to take risks.
The sequel, Finding Dory, was released in 2016, and follows the journey of, the lovable fish, Dory on a quest to find her parents.
#4 – Monster’s Inc. (2001)
Mike and Sully work at Monsters Inc, a company that generates power by scaring human children. However, they believe children are toxic, so when a young girl, who they name Boo, enters the factory, they must return her home before it is too late.
The plot is interesting because you are so used to seeing the child’s side of what they think monsters are. This being reversed, it is awesome to know what goes on in the monster world and shows young children that some monsters aren’t really that bad at all. With the characters’ humor, it makes for a film the whole family can watch.
This sparked the 2013 prequel, Monsters University, that shows where Mike and Sully met and their life before working at the company. Fans still want a sequel to see where Boo is now.
#3 – Inside Out (2015)
Young Riley is uprooted from her life as she and her family moved from the Midwest to San Francisco and her emotions (joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust) try to navigate how to adjust to these new surroundings. Sadness loses the core memories in long-term memory and her and Joy go on a long journey to get them back. Without Joy, Riley cannot feel happy and a slew of problems commence.
Haven’t you ever wondered what goes on inside your brain? Inside Outshows you just that. Although, it only depicts 5 emotions out of the 100s we experience, it perfectly sums up what goes on in an 11 year old mind.
#2 – Toy Story 3 (2011)
The toys are accidentally dropped off at a daycare center while Andy is getting ready to go to college. They discover that all of the toys are ruled by Lotso, the pink bear who smells like strawberries, but is not as sweet as them. Woody tries to find another home for the toys and stumbles upon Bonny, whose mom works at the daycare. Andy wanted to take Buzz and Woody with him to college, but ultimately gives them all to Bonny.
It remains the highest grossing Pixar film of all-time and is the first to cross the $1 Billion mark. No matter what age you are, Toy Story 3 will have you sobbing every time you watch. From the moment Andy is packing for college to when the toys almost die in the incinerator to the very end when he leaves his toys and Woody says, “so long partner.”
#1 – Toy Story (1995)
Andy, the toys’ owner, receives a Buzz Lightyear action figure for his birthday. Sheriff Woody thinks he is being replaced as Andy’s favorite toy. Woody accidentally knocks Buzz out of the window and goes to save the space ranger. They wind up trapped in the next-door neighbor, Sid’s, house, who tortures and destroys toys.
The first ever Pixar movie was a huge success. The concept of your toys coming to life anytime you left the room, is probably what every child believes what happens anyway.
*Honorable Mentions: Toy Story 2, The Incredibles, Finding Dory, and Brave.