With the recent release of Pixar’s newest visual marvel Brave, it’s time to take a look back at the wonderful library of films they’ve created over the years. Pixar’s movies have always been creative, fun, and a complete joy to watch, and they’ve created some of the best animated films of all time. Here’s a look at the five Pixar films that I enjoy the most.
5. Ratatouille – At the time of its release, this movie was Pixar’s finest example of a human character and his/her relationship with the main character (Sorry, Andy).
4. A Bug’s Life – Pixar’s second feature film, one that is often forgotten when discussing Pixar movies, was one of their best. The main protagonist, Flik, is one of the most likable characters that Pixar has ever created, and the evil grasshopper named Hopper is equally as unlikable. Add to that the hilarious circus crew that is recruited by Flik, and the smiles just keep on coming.
3. Toy Story 3 – This was the touching finale to Pixar’s most inspired tale. Certain moments at the end had me on the verge of tears, and the ending was the perfect cap to what is still the best story Pixar has ever told.
2. Finding Nemo – In a world without Toy Story, Finding Nemo would be my favorite animated film of all time. It’s a pretty simply story: a clownfish named Nemo gets taken by human divers and placed in a fish tank in a dentists office. Nemo’s dad, Marlin, then sets off on a journey across the ocean (with the help from his new-found forgetful friend Dory) to find his son. But the journey is as fantastic a ride as you could ever think of. The stages of grief Marlin goes through are as varying as the fantastic environments that their journey takes them to, and the moment of reunion between father and son is a moment nobody who has seen the movie will easily forget.
1. Toy Story – This is the film that started it all. In my opinion, Toy Story is the best animated film to ever be created, and it’s also one of the most unique and creative stories ever told. There are so many scenes that I look forward to watching whenever I see this movie, including the hilarious birthday party walkie-talkie mission and the horrifying feeling I get when Buzz and Woody are introduced to Sid’s room. Not to mention every character is funny and lovable, from classics like Mr. Potato Head and Rex to side-shows like RC and Mike.