So somebody apparently made a list of best Pixar movies (well, he cheated, and did it by “the feels”, which is stupid). I love that type of stuff, and I love Pixar, so I’m making one. But with the disclaimer that I’m seeing “Inside Out” tomorrow.
Here are the Tier 1 movies. These are the masterpieces. This tier is really, really large, and makes up the majority of Pixar’s stuff. Basically, while I have my opinions, you can make the case for any movie in Tier 1 being put in any spot and I would find it hard to argue:
1) “The Incredibles” – Save one, and only one, jarringly out of place poop joke, this movie is perfect.
2) Hmmm…it immediately gets hard. Ranking the “Toy Story” movies is always difficult, but I’ll have to go with the original “Toy Story”. The plot itself is very underrated; the scene where Buzz attempts to fly and fails is gut-wrenching.
3) “Wall-E” – The first twenty minutes is outstanding. The rest is smart and fun, and the ending is cheesy but, yeah, moving. I loved it.
4) “Ratatouille” – This is Pixar’s forgotten masterpiece, and for some reason people seem to forget it’s another Brad Bird movie. But the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous, and it has a fantastic screenplay. It’s marred only by a subpar love interest, but the flaw is minor.
5) “Toy Story 2” – To show you just how close these movies are in quality, I almost put it in “Toy Story”‘s spot three spots above this one.
6) “Up” – I feel guilty putting “Up” this low on the list. The first ten minutes are frankly some of the best in the history of cinema, period. During the main body of the movie it gets a little too childish with the dogs in biplanes, but there are some absolutely, gloriously pitch-perfect character moments. “It’s just a house” is a beautiful stinger line.
7) “Toy Story 3” – Things get REALLY dark near the end (I’m not sure how comfortable I’d be showing eight year olds the “toys fall slowly into the pit of Hell” scene – that shit is freaking terrifying), but you can’t deny that it’s beautifully done, with the perfect bittersweet ending.
…And now Tier 2. Tier 2 movies are merely “Great”, and not “Near perfect”.
8) “Finding Nemo” – People will balk at me calling this a tier 2 movie, I know. Great as it was, I always felt it was more of a straight up adventure story, and a little bit weaker on character than the Tier 1 movies. Fantastic animation, though.
9) “Monsters, Inc.” – I loved this movie, but it’s probably more of a children’s movie than any of the others on this list. Wildly creative, though. Absolutely robbed of the Oscar. “Shrek” was fun, but…really?
10) “A Bug’s Life” – People seem to forget Pixar made this one. I’m not really sure why. It’s a perfectly fine movie, good characters, a solid plot, and generally a lot of fun. It’s just not on the level of the greats. Maybe a tic below “Monsters, Inc.”?
…And Tier 3. These are the newer Pixars, with the exception of “Inside Out”. These movies range from “Okay” to “Seriously?”:
11) “Brave” – This was dull, man. This was really, really dull. Beautifully animated, though.
12) “Cars” – It was…okay? I guess? Watchable? Decent? Nothing special.
13) “Monsters University” – I’ve seen none of this, so this is pure “I’ve heard from other people who saw it”. It almost made it above “Cars”. Decent, I guess? Nothing very memorable.
14) “Cars 2” – I keep telling myself this didn’t happen. Then I walk into the DVD section of Wal-Mart, and the nightmare becomes real again. Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
…And tomorrow, “Inside Out” will find its way onto the list. Hopefully in tier 1 and not tier 3.
…I’m off to be attacked by angry “Up” fans. And angrier “Finding Nemo” fans.