Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Disney Pixar Movies of All Time until 2017. Pixar had been creating short animated films for many years, but had dreamed of the opportunity for a full feature length. In 1991, they were approached by Disney, the lead animating studio of all time. The deal was for three full-length feature films to be created by Pixar and released by Disney. What came from the combination of these to studios would change animation forever. Each film has memorable characters, funny lines, and a gripping story at the heart of it all. Whether you are at, child, or child at heart, these Disney/Pixar films are great to watch over and over again. Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Disney Pixar Movies of All Time until 2017.
List of Top 10 Best Disney Pixar Movies of All Time until 2017
10) A Bug’s Life
1998 was the year for computer-animated bugs. DreamWorks had put out “Antz”, while Disney/Pixar had “A Bug’s Life”. When Jeffery Katzenberg left Disney, he created DreamWorks and is said to have taken the idea of “A Bug’s Life” with him. Though “Antz” came out first it was nothing compared to the magic of the comedic voice talents that filled the “A Bug’s Life” cast. In the film, Flik (Dave Foley), a small ant with big ideas, tries to save his colony from the tyranny of an evil grasshopper, Hopper (Kevin Spacey). He accidentally mistakes circus bugs as warriors and the comedy ensues. The funniest moments in the film are during the credits when animators created outtakes of the bugs. This film shows that no matter how small you are, you can make a difference.
9) The Incredibles
“The Incredibles” was the first Disney-Pixar film to have a story through the eyes of a human. Written and directed by Brad Bird, the film premiered in 2004. The film was based on the struggle every parent has; trying to find the balance between work and family. In the film, retired superheroes live undercover from a sue-happy world that no longer needs them. Living in the past, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) finds a way to save the world as his superhero alter-ego. Things take a turn for the worst when he finds out the man he has been working for, Syndrome (Jason Lee), is actually killing off real superheroes to pretend to be one. This action-packed animated film was the first Disney/Pixar film to have a PG rating as it was more violent than others.
8) Monsters Inc
In 2001, Disney/Pixar showed us the city of Monstropolis where monsters go into the human world to scare children; it turns out children’s screams power the city of Monstropolis and without them, Monsters could not live. What makes this movie even more hilarious is when a little girl, Boo, enters their world it seems the monsters are terrified of her! With the voice talents of John Goodman and Billy Crystal, the shtick will keep children and adults rolling in the aisles; yet it tugs at the heart strings with the unlikely relationship between a little girl and a monster. This movie shows you it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s who you are on the inside that truly counts.
7) Toy Story 3
Andy is going off to college. When he decides to store his beloved toys in the attic, they are accidentally taken to Sunnyside Daycare, where things aren’t as sunny as they seem. Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and the rest of the gang need to make their escape and get back to Andy before he leaves. The third installment of the “Toy Story” series superseded every trilogy that has ever been made. It was the first sequel ever to be nominated for Best Picture. It was also the highest grossing movie in 2010 as well as being the highest grossing animated movie ever until it was passed by “Frozen” in 2014. It made over one billion dollars worldwide.
6) Finding Dory
Most Disney/Pixar sequels had failed to bring the same joy and heart as the original; “Finding Dory” is one of the few exceptions. It has been a much anticipated film since the release of “Finding Nemo” in 2003. Just like the original, the film stays true to the original themes of loss, family, and reconciliation. In the film, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), our favorite, forgettable blue tang fish, suddenly remembers a clue that can lead her back to her parents and rejoins her quest to find her family. The title itself shows not only Dory on the hunt for her parents, but also trying to find her self. This film should be the example of what Disney/Pixar sequels should be. The life lesson shows that no matter what obstacles are in our way, it is only our self doubt that can hold us back.
“Up” was the second animated movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It won two Oscars that year including Best Animated Film and Best Original score. “Up” is an adventure story about Carl, a retired balloon salesman, who decides to fly his home to Paradise Falls in South America. Of course, the bitterly sad underlying story is that this was a promise he made to his late wife, Ellie. Though there are many great comedic moments, the movie itself is a tearjerker in the beginning and end of Carl and Ellie’s love story. A great lesson showing that one’s entire life can seem like it may last merely minutes as it is portrayed in the film. This is one of Top 10 Best Disney Pixar Movies of All Time until 2017.
4) Inside Out
We’ve all been led by our emotions. Disney/Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out” shows the troubling life of a tween and how emotions can lead us to make decisions that can change our lives forever. It starts off with Joy (Amy Poehler) who takes charge of Riley’s other emotions including Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black). When Riley’s mom and dad move her to San Francisco, her emotions are sent into turmoil. Though, it starts off as a hilarious comedy, the movie takes a dark turn when the other emotions battle for control after Joy is sucked up into long-term memory. The movie has many teachable moments for both kids and adults in expressing emotions. In fact, the characters themselves are helping autistic children communicate how their feelings with their teachers and parents.
3) Finding Nemo
Writer/Director Andrew Stanton got the idea for “Finding Nemo” from his own personal life and story with his son. Andrew was an overprotective father, but knew one day he would have to allow his son to go out into the world on his own. In the 2003 film, Marlin (Albert Brooks), a not-so-funny overprotective clownfish tries to rescue his son, Nemo, from divers who took him away. Marlin’s only help is Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a memorable fish, who suffers from short-term memory loss making her very forgetful. The endearing film is touching for parents as well. “Finding Nemo” not only won an Oscar for Best Animated Film it also won AFI’s Movie of the Year Award.
In 2008, Disney/Pixar showed us a foreboding future in which the world is taken over by overconsumption and waste. What made “WALL-E” so intriguing is the majority of the film is told without words and yet is able to capture the attention of children and adults alike. The robot, WALL-E, is a lovable guy with a heart bigger than the trash heaps surrounding Earth. While cleaning up the Earth from all its waste, WALL-E falls in love with EVE, a probe sent down from space to see if the Earth is once again habitable for the human race. The robots themselves with their personalities and expressions seem more humane and personable than the humans themselves in the film.
1) Toy Story
In 1995 the world of animation was changed forever with the first full length film from Pixar. Thanks to Disney, Pixar became a household name with the movie “Toy Story.” This film set the precedent for all other Disney Pixar films and has become the template for every film from the studio since. In the movie, a cowboy (Tom Hanks) and a space ranger (Tim Allen) vie for the love of Andy, a child and their owner. The movie touches on that fear of being replaced by the one’s you care about, but also has a comical and witty humor behind such a touching storyline. Director John Lasseter was recognized in 1996 for a Special Achievement Oscar Award for developing an inspired application of techniques which made the first full length computer-animated feature film possible.
These are the Top 10 Best Disney Pixar Movies of All Time until 2017. Though these movies bring us joy, they also show us the complexities of human nature. Each has an underlying, more serious truth. They deal with family; protecting their safety, loss of a loved one, and learning to let go. They deal with emotions; fear, anger, sadness, disgust, joy and all the levels in between. They show us the core of all humanity through the magic of animation. They show us that not matter who or what you are, you have a strength that can move mountains and change the world for the better; which is a good lesson for anyone to learn.