Pixar films by ranking: ‘Wall-E’ takes the cake

By Ivan Mateo

Pixar films teach audiences about a myriad of lessons of life through their portrayal of relationships, emotions, dreams and more. With an eclectic, vibrant cast of characters ranging from rats who dream of becoming chefs to toys that come to life

Let’s begin ranking Pixar movies from worst to first.

In general, sequels have an almost impossible time surpassing its predecessor, but “Toy Story” ignores the common belief by ranking at positions eight and six.

There used to be long-winded debates about whether or not Pixar had a bad movie, which was on-going until “Cars 2” was released. The film is widely regarded as Pixar’s worst film.

On the other hand, its predecessor “Cars” has a favorable message: slow down in life because it can get too fast at times.

“A Bug’s Life” exemplifies how sometimes a group of misfits can band together to muster up enough courage to overcome odds.

In “Ratatouille,” a rat named Remy dares to dreams the improbable but proves that what we need in life are aspirations and opportunities.

“Monsters University,” the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” portrayed the initial meeting of Mike and Scully in college. However, the film still leaves out Boo.

The introduction of a female protagonist in “Brave” came as an amazing surprise and a formidable success. While the mother-daughter relationship produces interesting themes and interactions, the execution of the supernatural elements gets a bit weird.

In “Finding Nemo,” Nemo and Dory show the audience how we need to trust others in order for them to help us reach goals.

“The Incredibles” shows audiences how a movie centered around a family of superheroes can be quite successful (take note, “Fantastic Four”)!

With the “Toy Story” franchise, every child’s imagination of toys coming to life becomes reality. Woody and Buzz Lightyear were introduced to every child as the epitome of ideal best friends. However, the original “Toy Story” will forever hold a place in this writer’s heart, with the film’s sequels following closely behind.

The newly released “Inside Out” proves once again how simply and magnificently Pixar can captivate an audience. Emotions are difficult for an adult to grapple, so the portrayal of children handling emotions brings this film into another dimension.

The first 20 minutes of “Up” reduce almost anyone into a puddle of tears with its heartbreaking, beautiful tale of Carl and Ellie. The rest of the movie shows it’s never too late to go on new adventures and make friends along the way.

Topping the list is “Wall-E.” Besides being beautifully animated like all Pixar films, “Wall-E” displays a love story between two robots without any dialogue.

The amazing (yet frustrating) problem I have with ranking all the Pixar films is the fluid nature of my list. Sometimes, “The Incredibles” can be my favorite, while other times “Up” or “Toy Story” is. Maybe Pixar’s new movie, “The Good Dinosaur,” will be my favorite when it is released in November.

Until then, “Wall-E” takes the cake.

1) Wall-E (2008)

2) Toy Story (1995)

3) Up (2009)

4) Inside Out (2015)

5) The Incredibles (2004)

6) Toy Story 3 (2010)

7) Finding Nemo (2003)

8) Toy Story 2 (1999)

9) Brave (2012)

10) Monsters, Inc. (2001)

11) Ratatouille (2007)

12) Monsters University (2013)

13) Cars (2006)

14) A Bug’s Life (1998)

15) Cars 2 (2011)

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Courtesy of WALT DISNEY PICTURES and PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS

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