Top 10 Pixar Movies

Founded in 1986 as Pixar, this computer animation film studio has made a name for itself in the industry for its groundbreaking and high quality movies that are enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike. Thanks to its use of CGI, relatable stories and original comedy, the animation studio is loved by many and was bought by the Walt Disney Company in 2006. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Pixar movies. Special thanks to our users TheYoshikart64, Cal Smith, Callum Prentice, lortrotk, Erik blidner, Ton Gomez, beauxbatonsboy and Kayla Frances for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.
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CGI-animated features wouldn’t be what they are today without this production company. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Pixar movies.

#10 – “A Bug’s Life” (1998)


Mashing up Aesop’s “The Ant and the Grasshopper” fable with Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” period piece, “A Bug’s Life” follows an ant named Flik and his insect friends as they protect the colony from grasshoppers. Like most Pixar flicks, it’s got incredible animation and comedy that’ll appeal to kids and adults; but it’s the stunning visuals, its sense of adventure and dialogue that put it here.

#9 – “Toy Story 2” (1999)

This flick was initially conceived as a direct-to-video film; but we’re sure Pixar was glad they released “Toy Story 2” in theaters instead. This comedy adventure featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and company didn’t only prove sequels aren’t always bad, but also showed they could measure up to the originals. With more fully developed characters, many funny moments and fantastic animation, it definitely deserved its critical acclaim and $485 million in box office receipts.

#8 – “Ratatouille” (2007)


This is an inspiring tale about following your dreams, even if it’s not what others expect. Focused on a rat named Remy who wants to become a chef, this movie’s so charming you’ll want to believe a friendship between a rat and a human is actually possible. People related so well to these animated characters that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded it an Oscar.

#7 – “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)


With its creatively designed monsters and visuals, “Monsters, Inc.” delighted both the young and young at heart. But it’s Sulley’s hilarious friendship with Mike and heartwarming relationship with Boo that makes the movie such an entertaining take on our childhood fear of closet monsters. Pixar created such a magical world with this film that the 2013 prequel, “Monsters University,” was also a critical and commercial success.

#6 – “The Incredibles” (2004)


Can you go wrong with superheroes, comedy and computer animation? Pixar can’t: this winning formula nabbed the studio massive box office success and multiple accolades. By putting humans at its center and including some implied sexuality and violence, “The Incredibles” is one of Pixar’s most grown-up films. And with a killer use of action and some great advances in animation techniques, it’s certainly super.

#5 – “WALL-E” (2008)


Bringing together sci-fi, romantic comedy and robots in a dark vision of the future where human beings are too fat to move, “WALL-E” is unlike any Pixar movie before it. Part of what makes the Oscar-winning flick so fantastic is that we’re somehow able to connect with its robots, since they’re able to say so much with so few words. But it also has wondrous visuals and a cautionary-but-optimistic message that speaks to all.

#4 – “Up” (2009)


At times happy, heartbreaking, frustrating, exciting and inspiring, “Up” revolves around a senior citizen whose attempt to fly to South America by tying thousands of balloons to his house becomes complicated thanks to a young boy. With endearing characters, hilarious situations and a tear-inducing montage featuring Carl Fredericksen and his late wife, it’s no wonder it was the second animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

#3 – “Finding Nemo” (2003)


It’s not an Oscar winner and one of 2003’s highest-grossing films for nothing: by drawing on a father’s bond for his child and the lengths he’ll go to protect him, “Finding Nemo” is universal, relatable and emotional. But that’s not all – thanks to its fishy characters and the cast’s incredible voice-over, Pixar created a visually spectacular flick that’s also touching and funny.

#2 – “Toy Story 3” (2010)


Just when you thought Pixar wouldn’t be able to top “Toy Story 2,” along comes “Toy Story 3.” Reuniting Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang, the third film sees Andy’s childhood playthings coping with their owner going to college. Mixing comedy, drama and action with dark themes, the detail-oriented film really toyed with our emotions (and even made us cry!). How’s that for a 3D computer-animated family flick?

#1 – “Toy Story” (1995)


It may be Pixar’s first feature length computer-animated offering, but it’s also their best. Using never-before-seen CGI techniques, the studio stunned moviegoers. It also captured our hearts with the witty and moving story of a bunch of toys that just wanna be played with. Thanks to a talented voice cast and its all-ages appeal, the critically acclaimed box office smash also inspired filmmakers to go to infinity and beyond when it comes to their art.

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