My Top 5 Pixar Movies

June 18, 2008

Mike Wazowski

Originally uploaded by Matt McGee

With Wall-E about to hit theaters in a little more than a week, Casa McGee is in Pixar mode. I’m excited, the kids are excited … not sure about Mrs. McGee, but I think she’s excited about it, too. I’m definitely the big Pixar fan in the family, but the kids love the movies, too, of course.

Last night at dinner I made the kids give me their Top 5 Pixar movies, and then I shared mine:

1.) Monsters, Inc. — I’m not ashamed to admit this is my favorite movie of all-time. I love everything about it, and the storyline never fails to make me cry. Maybe it was just perfect timing — a story about a little girl and monsters that came out with a year or two of having a daughter. It was too perfect.

2.) Finding Nemo – And here’s the heartfelt father-son story. Okay, so I’m a sucker for anything involving kids and parents (or parent-figures like Sully from Monsters). Plus, Nemo is just a non-stop animation tour de force and the colors are a joy to watch. (I sound like Ebert, don’t I?)

3.) Cars – I actually didn’t like this one on first viewing. Well, I liked it but it wasn’t all that. On many repeated viewings, though, I’ve become a bigger fan. Wonderful characters (Mater is the best Pixar character ever) and funny cameos from people like Bob Costas. This one has aged well.

4.) Ratatouille – This is where I had trouble making my list. But I chose Ratatouille because I like the story a lot, and the kitchen animation is stunning. It’s the only time I’ve ever wanted to eat the food right off the screen.

5.) The Incredibles – By far the most violent of all Pixar movies, which is both good and bad. I chose it over Toy Story because I think it’s a very good action/adventure movie, and the animation is better than Toy Story. That said, there are some slow sections in The Incredibles. I still like it, but don’t need to see it again anytime soon.

So, now the big question is … where will WALL-E fit into this list after next week?

If you have any favorite Pixar movies, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


  • Reply buddy techle June 19, 2008 at 1:16 am

    dude you had a typo. you spelt toy story wrong as monsters inc and toy story 2 wrong as finding nemo. learn to not make typos

  • Reply JWP June 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Dude, learn to capitalize your sentences and proper nouns. And it’s “spelled”, not “spelt”, redneck.

    Nemo should be first, btw.

  • Reply PSR June 20, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Totally agree with buddy on this one. Toy Story should be number one on this list, knocking the Incredibles off of this list. The author even said himself that he wouldn’t really need to see the Incredibles anytime soon, but Toy Story has a great story that one can find coming back to a few times and wouldn’t feel overburdened by watching it. Nemo is definitely a close second.

  • Reply Matt June 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I just didn’t like Toy Story as much as the others. I know I’m not in the majority on this, but I think the others are better.

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