5. CARS (2006)
The most underrated Pixar movie and one of their most ageless, Cars takes place in the most intricate and clever alternate universe of their films, where humans don’t exist, but sentient, alive automobiles make up the planet’s population. The tale of a big-city race car who crashes in a small town and learns better values, Cars may share a similar plot to Doc Hollywood but it has some of the best voice acting of any Pixar movie and a plot so rewarding it was remade again just a few years later, as Planes.
4. FINDING NEMO (2003)
Pixar makes two types of movies: dual-level ones, with additional layers for adult viewers, and straightforward movies aimed at those too young to be buying their own tickets. Finding Nemo does ultimately belong in the latter group, but it’s the very best of those movies. The most quotable of any of Pixar’s works, it also has the unstoppable power of worming its way into even the most closed-off of hearts.
3. TOY STORY (1995)
The very first feature length, computer-animated movie was released by Disney & Pixar in November 1995, and animation would never be the same again. The influence of Toy Story really can’t be overstated. What’s as impressive, though, is that it holds up incredibly well twenty years later. Sure, the humans move really stiffly and the toys’ lips don’t always match the audio properly, but the comedy and the heart remains as strong today as it was two decades ago.
2. WALL-E (2008)
The most visually wondrous of any of their movies, WALL-E is art masquerading as entertainment. Between its dystopian pessimism, the dreary lack of a colour scheme, and the sheer absence of any dialogue (outside of the names WALL-E and EVE) for the first half of the movie, it’s possibly the biggest narrative gamble for an mainstream animated film since 1940’s Fantasia. And if that weren’t enough, WALL-E also finds time to become one of the most touching and involving love stories of the last decade.
1. THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
In the early ‘00s, superhero movies were just beginning to establish themselves as a reborn subgenre, thanks to the first two X-Men and Spider-Man movies. Pixar’s entry into the subject proved to be their greatest effort, making their tale of a family of superheroes really a tale of the dangers inherent in trying to relive the glory days instead of appreciating things in the present. The Incredibles was the first Pixar movie to truly speak to adults on a whole different level. Coupled with vivid animation, memorable characters, and eye-boggling action sequences, The Incredibles remains the pinnacle of Pixar’s catalogue.
The only question is, where will Inside Out rank?