Pixar is a land of dreams and magic, the sort of place that wouldnt feel out of place in an animated fantasy movie if it didnt literally exist. With that in mind, we ought to perpetually cherish it. As much as it has been driven by sequels of late, Pixar is still cinemas last home for big-budget, original ideas.
They understand the power of impactful silences, of naked emotion and heart. No other studio has ever been as human, and in touch with what makes humans tick, even when their words are coming out of the mouths of fish, or elves, or cars. OK, maybe not so successfully with the last one.
Pixar remains the best and the idea of ranking its output is incredibly tricky. We gave it a shot anyway.
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In celebration of Onward, the studios 22nd film, weve ranked every feature film Pixar has ever made, from the mind-boggling highs of the original Toy Story to the relative disappointments of The Good Dinosaur.
22. Cars 2  
Unlike pretty much every other Pixar film, Cars 2 is aimed squarely at the kids. There are some thrills to be had the espionage storyline places Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) amid a nefarious scheme by villain Miles Axlerod (a Range Rover L322 voiced by Eddie Izzard, naturally) and its fun to see a Pixar version of London. But sadly, it lacks the original Cars sheen. JS
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21. Brave 
The message at the heart of Brave  obey your parents wishes doesnt rank as Pixars most progressive, but even if it was a powerful moral, turning the mother character into a bear might not be the best way to convey it. Princess Merida is a solid lead and the visuals are stunning, the waterfall particularly so, but Brave is also let down by a weak set of supporting characters, something the studio usually nails. JS
20. The Good Dinosaur  
The Good Dinosaur seems to have become a Pixar afterthought (not for its makers Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and Coco, told The Independent its the film that makes him most emotional). The Good Dinosaur has fighting spirit: its story of a wayward young Apatosaurus trying to reunite with his family delivers the goods the more you re-watch it. Still, its a far cry from Toy Story. JS
19. Cars 3 
The Cars franchise must have amassed more in merchandise sales for Pixar than any of its other releases. Its cynical to say that Cars was given a second sequel to capitalise on this, but sadly the film struggled to register as anything near the studios best. Theres a warmth to Cars 3 that certainly wasnt present in the previous instalment, but its a shame that a film about a character whos concerned he wont be remembered is this well  forgettable. JS
18. Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4 lacks the usual Pixar sparkle (Disney/Pixar/AP)
The runt of the litter when it comes to Pixars flagship franchise, Toy Story 4 feels like several different movies haphazardly stitched together probably because it was. Plagued by production troubles, its a film that works best when it plays as an adventure romcom anchored by Woody and Bo Peep. Whenever theyre off screen, and Toy Story 4 is distracted by a sentient fork or a villainous baby doll, it loses all of that traditional Pixar sparkle. AW
17. Monsters University 
When news of a Monsters, Inc follow-up surfaced, fans were in two minds: some questioned why youd revisit a film as opposed to making something new, while many rejoiced in the fact they would finally get to see Sulley reunited with Boo. Instead, what they got was a prequel showing John Goodmans big blue creatures days as a student at college the place he met his future scaring partner, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). The result is fun if unnecessary. JS
16. Incredibles 2
While it never totally justifies its existence, largely replicating what worked so well in the first film, this belated sequel at least makes up for its lack of creative energy with stunning animation. Theres a thrilling chase sequence through the skies between Elastigirl and the villainous Screenslaver here, while even post-Marvel, the comic-book storytelling feels dazzling. AW
15. A Bugs Life
Sandwiched in between two Toy Stories, one representing Pixar at its dazzling beginning and the other as it became a world-conquering behemoth, A Bugs Life is easy to overlook. But it remains delightful all the same, its lack of creative inventiveness made up for in its elegant creature designs and gentle humour. Its also at least aged better than DreamWorks Antz, which now bears the indignity of being anchored entirely around Woody Allen. At least Kevin Spacey is merely a supporting player in Pixars film. AW
14. Cars  
The first Cars film is unfairly overlooked (Pixar Animation)
Theres no doubt that Cars has a special place in this writers heart due to a brother who watched it on repeat as a three-year-old. Commonly disregarded as Pixar for kids, the film actually has much to recommend it, from the gratifying journey of its lead character who starts out arrogant and ends up a changed, erm, automobile to the moving mid-section in Radiator Springs, the ghost town McQueen finds himself stranded in. JS
13. Finding Dory
A belated sequel that no one expected to be quite as good as it was, Finding Dory positions Ellen DeGeneress forgetful fish centre stage, with lush results. There are a raft of memorable supporting characters and an appropriate amount of familial sadness to counteract the cheer. DeGeneres is spectacular, and the whole thing has a relaxed charm that makes it irresistible. AW
12. Up
 Pixar film Up doesnt live up to its incredible opening (Pixar Animation)
Ups opening sequence, charting a decades-long love story, is the most brilliant thing Pixar has ever done. The rest of Up is completely fine. Theres still a lot to adore here, of course, from the cutesy charm of its unlikely heroes (an old man and a plucky boy scout) to its sort-of talking dog. It doesnt, however, entirely conceal the fact that Up peaks very early. AW
11. WALL-E
WALL-Es early sequences, nearly wordless and anchored entirely by a lonely robot, are as radical and ambitious as Pixar gets. Much like Up, however, the film becomes slightly more conventional as it goes along. It finds itself in a traditional run-and-escape pattern, which is often smart and clever, but lacking in a ton of emotional resonance. AW
10. Onward  
Pixar has a near-perfect track record with its original films, and yet Onwards brilliance still came as a surprise. It follows two teenage elf brothers who, against all odds, are faced with the chance to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Its twists and turns subvert expectations throughout and there is slapstick comedy aplenty. You will belly laugh, you will slide towards the edge of your seat and as is the Pixar norm you will weep into your jumper. JS
9. The Incredibles  
Pixar was always going to tick superheroes off its list, and it did so in 2004 with a film that remains an unmitigated joy. The film has a lot of fun contrasting the Parrs banal home life with the breathless action scenes where they unite as crime-fighting superheroes. Plus points, too, for giving us the hilariously OTT fashion doyenne Edna Mode, voiced by the films director, Brad Bird. JS
8. Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is a Pixar great (Rex)
Finding Nemo more or less laid the groundwork for much that would follow, with parental absence and childhood trauma factoring into a number of the Pixar movies to be released in its aftermath. Finding Nemo remains remarkable on its own, though, for both its slapstick comedy and emotional power. AW
7. Inside Out
To its credit, Pixar has always avoided stunt-casting, for the most part preferring character actors over starrier celebrities. Inside Out is one of its best in that regard, with sentient emotions portrayed by their most obvious real-world counterparts Amy Poehler as a sunny Joy, Lewis Black as a literally hot-headed Anger, the marvellous Office alumna Phyllis Smith as Sadness. Away from its cast, Inside Out is also a glorious gut-punch, its feelings lived-in and authentic, its climactic character death by far and away the most heartbreaking in the Pixar canon. RIP Bing Bong, we hardly knew ye. AW
6. Coco 
Pixar further proved its verve with Coco, a film that tapped into a completely different culture while also exploring the fantastical. Mexicos Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind a film thats tied together by legacy and memory via a love of music. Its also an existential minefield as viewers are told that to be forgotten by your living relatives is to suffer a final death in the afterlife. Coco might be an entry point to the tough topic of death for many youngsters, but it remains a remarkable, often hilarious experience, albeit one filled with tears. JS
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1/22 22 | Cars 2 (2011)
Unlike pretty much every other Pixar film, Cars 2 is aimed squarely at the kids. There are some thrills to be had the espionage storyline places Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) amid a nefarious scheme by villain Miles Axlerod (a Range Rover L322 voiced by Eddie Izzard, naturally) and its fun to see a Pixar version of London. But sadly, it lacks the original Cars sheen.
2/22 21 | Brave (2012)
The message at the heart of Brave obey your parents wishes doesnt rank as Pixars most progressive, but even if it was a powerful moral, turning the mother character into a bear might not be the best way to convey it. Princess Merida is a solid lead and the visuals are stunning, the waterfall particularly so, but Brave is also let down by a weak set of supporting characters, something the studio usually nails.
3/22 20 | The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Good Dinosaur seems to have become a Pixar afterthought (not for its makers Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and Coco, told The Independent its the film that makes him most emotional). The Good Dinosaur has fighting spirit: its story of a wayward young Apatosaurus trying to reunite with his family delivers the goods the more you re-watch it. Still, its a far cry from Toy Story.
4/22 19 | Cars 3 (2017)
The Cars franchise must have amassed more in merchandise sales for Pixar than any of its other releases. Its cynical to say that Cars was given a second sequel to capitalise on this, but sadly the film struggled to register as anything near the studios best. Theres a warmth to Cars 3 that certainly wasnt present in the previous instalment, but its a shame that a film about a character whos concerned he wont be remembered is this well forgettable.
5/22 18 | Toy Story 4 (2019)
The runt of the litter when it comes to Pixars flagship franchise, Toy Story 4 feels like several different movies haphazardly stitched together probably because it was. Plagued by production troubles, its a film that works best when it plays as an adventure romcom anchored by Woody and Bo Peep. Whenever theyre off screen, and Toy Story 4 is distracted by a sentient fork or a villainous baby doll, it loses all of that traditional Pixar sparkle.
6/22 17 | Monsters University (2013)
When news of a Monsters, Inc follow-up surfaced, fans were in two minds: some questioned why youd revisit a film as opposed to making something new, while many rejoiced in the fact they would finally get to see Sulley reunited with Boo. Instead, what they got was a prequel showing John Goodmans big blue creatures days as a student at college the place he met his future scaring partner, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). The result is fun if unnecessary.
7/22 16 | Incredibles 2 (2018)
While it never totally justifies its existence, largely replicating what worked so well in the first film, this belated sequel at least makes up for its lack of creative energy with stunning animation. Theres a thrilling chase sequence through the skies between Elastigirl and the villainous Screenslaver here, while even post-Marvel, the comic-book storytelling feels dazzling
8/22 15 | A Bug’s Life (1998)
Sandwiched in between two Toy Stories, one representing Pixar at its dazzling beginning and the other as it became a world-conquering behemoth, A Bugs Life is easy to overlook. But it remains delightful all the same, its lack of creative inventiveness made up for in its elegant creature designs and gentle humour. Its also at least aged better than DreamWorks Antz, which now bears the indignity of being anchored entirely around Woody Allen. At least Kevin Spacey is merely a supporting player in Pixars film.
9/22 14 | Cars (2006)
Theres no doubt that Cars has a special place in this writers heart due to a brother who watched it on repeat as a three-year-old. Commonly disregarded as Pixar for kids, the film actually has much to recommend it, from the gratifying journey of its lead character who starts out arrogant and ends up a changed, erm, automobile to the moving mid-section in Radiator Springs, the ghost town McQueen finds himself stranded in.
10/22 13 | Finding Dory (2016)
A belated sequel that no one expected to be quite as good as it was, Finding Dory positions Ellen DeGeneress forgetful fish centre stage, with lush results. There are a raft of memorable supporting characters and an appropriate amount of familial sadness to counteract the cheer. DeGeneres is spectacular, and the whole thing has a relaxed charm that makes it irresistible.
11/22 12 | Up (2009)
Ups opening sequence, charting a decades-long love story, is the most brilliant thing Pixar has ever done. The rest of Up is completely fine. Theres still a lot to adore here, of course, from the cutesy charm of its unlikely heroes (an old man and a plucky boy scout) to its sort-of talking dog. It doesnt, however, entirely conceal the fact that Up peaks very early.
12/22 11 | Wall-E (2008)
WALL-Es early sequences, nearly wordless and anchored entirely by a lonely robot, are as radical and ambitious as Pixar gets. Much like Up, however, the film becomes slightly more conventional as it goes along. It finds itself in a traditional run-and-escape pattern, which is often smart and clever, but lacking in a ton of emotional resonance.
13/22 10 | Onward (2020)
Pixar has a near-perfect track record with its original films, and yet Onwards brilliance still came as a surprise. It follows two teenage elf brothers who, against all odds, are faced with the chance to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Its twists and turns subvert expectations throughout and there is slapstick comedy aplenty. You will belly laugh, you will slide towards the edge of your seat and as is the Pixar norm you will weep into your jumper.
14/22 9 | The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar was always going to tick superheroes off its list, and it did so in 2004 with a film that remains an unmitigated joy. The film has a lot of fun contrasting the Parrs banal home life with the breathless action scenes where they unite as crime-fighting superheroes. Plus points, too, for giving us the hilariously OTT fashion doyenne Edna Mode, voiced by the films director, Brad Bird.
15/22 8 | Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo more or less laid the groundwork for much that would follow, with parental absence and childhood trauma factoring into a number of the Pixar movies to be released in its aftermath. Finding Nemo remains remarkable on its own, though, for both its slapstick comedy and emotional power.
16/22 7 | Inside Out (2015)
To its credit, Pixar has always avoided stunt-casting, for the most part preferring character actors over starrier celebrities. Inside Out is one of its best in that regard, with sentient emotions portrayed by their most obvious real-world counterparts Amy Poehler as a sunny Joy, Lewis Black as a literally hot-headed Anger, the marvellous Office alumna Phyllis Smith as Sadness. Away from its cast, Inside Out is also a glorious gut-punch, its feelings lived-in and authentic, its climactic character death by far and away the most heartbreaking in the Pixar canon. RIP Bing Bong, we hardly knew ye.
17/22 6 | Coco (2017)
Pixar further proved its verve with Coco, a film that tapped into a completely different culture while also exploring the fantastical. Mexicos Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind a film thats tied together by legacy and memory via a love of music. Its also an existential minefield as viewers are told that to be forgotten by your living relatives is to suffer a final death in the afterlife. Coco might be an entry point to the tough topic of death for many youngsters, but it remains a remarkable, often hilarious experience, albeit one filled with tears.
18/22 5 | Toy Story 3 (2010)
If an entire generation came of age with Pixar, Toy Story 3 marks their final step into adulthood. Ranking the Toy Stories is a matter of consternation for any self-respecting Pixar fan, but its not outrageous to claim that the third is the best one. It feels like a goodbye not only for young Andy, who says farewell to his toys as he prepares to head to college, but also for the most sustained period of greatness in Pixar history. Everything works here, from the Barbie and Ken comedy to the melancholy brilliance of our heroes believing theyre facing imminent death.
19/22 4 | Monsters, Inc (2001)
Sulley and Mike the unlikely pals at the heart of Monsters, Inc are characters for the ages and precisely why the film lands as well as it does. Which isnt to say theres nothing else to marvel at. Its concept (monsters only scare kids because their screams power the city they live in) is ingenious and its supporting players the villainous Randall, the studious Roz, not to mention the long-suffering George make it a treat to revisit. Wary of its high placement? Look no further than the chase sequence on a conveyor belt of doors that double as portals to different worlds. Its masterful.
20/22 3 | Toy Story (1995)
Where it all began. After a series of shorts released from 1984, Pixar announced itself as a major player in the film game with 1995s Toy Story, a benchmark for animation 25 years on. Theres no denying that without Toy Story we wouldnt have any of the films that follow, but its testament to the studios genius that it managed to retain the wonder and adventure presented in this world. Its that rarity that makes the impossible seem real even more impressive for an animated film.
21/22 2 | Ratatouille (2007)
It feels like sacrilege to say that Ratatouille, Pixars most traditionally animated film, is its second best. Theres not a ton of spectacle here, no elaborate water effects or invented worlds, but rather a twinkly and dreamy take on Paris. Its gorgeous, and matched in power by the films incredibly weird yet marvellous storytelling. Both a wacky comedy about a rat who cooks, and a rich celebration of nostalgia, childhood joy and imagination, Ratatouille is a daring encapsulation of Pixars singular brilliance.
22/22 1 | Toy Story 2 (1999)
The toy repairman montage; Jessies heartbreaking flashback; that traffic cone action sequence Toy Story 2 is effervescing with pitch-perfect scenes. It takes what made the original film so special and expands on it, while always keeping the spotlight on the central theme: belonging. Toy Story 2 is one of the great adventure films, too, putting the characters on a quest to retrieve Woody after hes stolen by fiscally minded toy collector Al, voiced indelibly by Wayne Knight. As close to a perfect film as youll get.
1/22 22 | Cars 2 (2011)
Unlike pretty much every other Pixar film, Cars 2 is aimed squarely at the kids. There are some thrills to be had the espionage storyline places Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) amid a nefarious scheme by villain Miles Axlerod (a Range Rover L322 voiced by Eddie Izzard, naturally) and its fun to see a Pixar version of London. But sadly, it lacks the original Cars sheen.
2/22 21 | Brave (2012)
The message at the heart of Brave obey your parents wishes doesnt rank as Pixars most progressive, but even if it was a powerful moral, turning the mother character into a bear might not be the best way to convey it. Princess Merida is a solid lead and the visuals are stunning, the waterfall particularly so, but Brave is also let down by a weak set of supporting characters, something the studio usually nails.
3/22 20 | The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Good Dinosaur seems to have become a Pixar afterthought (not for its makers Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and Coco, told The Independent its the film that makes him most emotional). The Good Dinosaur has fighting spirit: its story of a wayward young Apatosaurus trying to reunite with his family delivers the goods the more you re-watch it. Still, its a far cry from Toy Story.
4/22 19 | Cars 3 (2017)
The Cars franchise must have amassed more in merchandise sales for Pixar than any of its other releases. Its cynical to say that Cars was given a second sequel to capitalise on this, but sadly the film struggled to register as anything near the studios best. Theres a warmth to Cars 3 that certainly wasnt present in the previous instalment, but its a shame that a film about a character whos concerned he wont be remembered is this well forgettable.
5/22 18 | Toy Story 4 (2019)
The runt of the litter when it comes to Pixars flagship franchise, Toy Story 4 feels like several different movies haphazardly stitched together probably because it was. Plagued by production troubles, its a film that works best when it plays as an adventure romcom anchored by Woody and Bo Peep. Whenever theyre off screen, and Toy Story 4 is distracted by a sentient fork or a villainous baby doll, it loses all of that traditional Pixar sparkle.
6/22 17 | Monsters University (2013)
When news of a Monsters, Inc follow-up surfaced, fans were in two minds: some questioned why youd revisit a film as opposed to making something new, while many rejoiced in the fact they would finally get to see Sulley reunited with Boo. Instead, what they got was a prequel showing John Goodmans big blue creatures days as a student at college the place he met his future scaring partner, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). The result is fun if unnecessary.
7/22 16 | Incredibles 2 (2018)
While it never totally justifies its existence, largely replicating what worked so well in the first film, this belated sequel at least makes up for its lack of creative energy with stunning animation. Theres a thrilling chase sequence through the skies between Elastigirl and the villainous Screenslaver here, while even post-Marvel, the comic-book storytelling feels dazzling
8/22 15 | A Bug’s Life (1998)
Sandwiched in between two Toy Stories, one representing Pixar at its dazzling beginning and the other as it became a world-conquering behemoth, A Bugs Life is easy to overlook. But it remains delightful all the same, its lack of creative inventiveness made up for in its elegant creature designs and gentle humour. Its also at least aged better than DreamWorks Antz, which now bears the indignity of being anchored entirely around Woody Allen. At least Kevin Spacey is merely a supporting player in Pixars film.
9/22 14 | Cars (2006)
Theres no doubt that Cars has a special place in this writers heart due to a brother who watched it on repeat as a three-year-old. Commonly disregarded as Pixar for kids, the film actually has much to recommend it, from the gratifying journey of its lead character who starts out arrogant and ends up a changed, erm, automobile to the moving mid-section in Radiator Springs, the ghost town McQueen finds himself stranded in.
10/22 13 | Finding Dory (2016)
A belated sequel that no one expected to be quite as good as it was, Finding Dory positions Ellen DeGeneress forgetful fish centre stage, with lush results. There are a raft of memorable supporting characters and an appropriate amount of familial sadness to counteract the cheer. DeGeneres is spectacular, and the whole thing has a relaxed charm that makes it irresistible.
11/22 12 | Up (2009)
Ups opening sequence, charting a decades-long love story, is the most brilliant thing Pixar has ever done. The rest of Up is completely fine. Theres still a lot to adore here, of course, from the cutesy charm of its unlikely heroes (an old man and a plucky boy scout) to its sort-of talking dog. It doesnt, however, entirely conceal the fact that Up peaks very early.
12/22 11 | Wall-E (2008)
WALL-Es early sequences, nearly wordless and anchored entirely by a lonely robot, are as radical and ambitious as Pixar gets. Much like Up, however, the film becomes slightly more conventional as it goes along. It finds itself in a traditional run-and-escape pattern, which is often smart and clever, but lacking in a ton of emotional resonance.
13/22 10 | Onward (2020)
Pixar has a near-perfect track record with its original films, and yet Onwards brilliance still came as a surprise. It follows two teenage elf brothers who, against all odds, are faced with the chance to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Its twists and turns subvert expectations throughout and there is slapstick comedy aplenty. You will belly laugh, you will slide towards the edge of your seat and as is the Pixar norm you will weep into your jumper.
14/22 9 | The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar was always going to tick superheroes off its list, and it did so in 2004 with a film that remains an unmitigated joy. The film has a lot of fun contrasting the Parrs banal home life with the breathless action scenes where they unite as crime-fighting superheroes. Plus points, too, for giving us the hilariously OTT fashion doyenne Edna Mode, voiced by the films director, Brad Bird.
15/22 8 | Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo more or less laid the groundwork for much that would follow, with parental absence and childhood trauma factoring into a number of the Pixar movies to be released in its aftermath. Finding Nemo remains remarkable on its own, though, for both its slapstick comedy and emotional power.
16/22 7 | Inside Out (2015)
To its credit, Pixar has always avoided stunt-casting, for the most part preferring character actors over starrier celebrities. Inside Out is one of its best in that regard, with sentient emotions portrayed by their most obvious real-world counterparts Amy Poehler as a sunny Joy, Lewis Black as a literally hot-headed Anger, the marvellous Office alumna Phyllis Smith as Sadness. Away from its cast, Inside Out is also a glorious gut-punch, its feelings lived-in and authentic, its climactic character death by far and away the most heartbreaking in the Pixar canon. RIP Bing Bong, we hardly knew ye.
17/22 6 | Coco (2017)
Pixar further proved its verve with Coco, a film that tapped into a completely different culture while also exploring the fantastical. Mexicos Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind a film thats tied together by legacy and memory via a love of music. Its also an existential minefield as viewers are told that to be forgotten by your living relatives is to suffer a final death in the afterlife. Coco might be an entry point to the tough topic of death for many youngsters, but it remains a remarkable, often hilarious experience, albeit one filled with tears.
18/22 5 | Toy Story 3 (2010)
If an entire generation came of age with Pixar, Toy Story 3 marks their final step into adulthood. Ranking the Toy Stories is a matter of consternation for any self-respecting Pixar fan, but its not outrageous to claim that the third is the best one. It feels like a goodbye not only for young Andy, who says farewell to his toys as he prepares to head to college, but also for the most sustained period of greatness in Pixar history. Everything works here, from the Barbie and Ken comedy to the melancholy brilliance of our heroes believing theyre facing imminent death.
19/22 4 | Monsters, Inc (2001)
Sulley and Mike the unlikely pals at the heart of Monsters, Inc are characters for the ages and precisely why the film lands as well as it does. Which isnt to say theres nothing else to marvel at. Its concept (monsters only scare kids because their screams power the city they live in) is ingenious and its supporting players the villainous Randall, the studious Roz, not to mention the long-suffering George make it a treat to revisit. Wary of its high placement? Look no further than the chase sequence on a conveyor belt of doors that double as portals to different worlds. Its masterful.
20/22 3 | Toy Story (1995)
Where it all began. After a series of shorts released from 1984, Pixar announced itself as a major player in the film game with 1995s Toy Story, a benchmark for animation 25 years on. Theres no denying that without Toy Story we wouldnt have any of the films that follow, but its testament to the studios genius that it managed to retain the wonder and adventure presented in this world. Its that rarity that makes the impossible seem real even more impressive for an animated film.
21/22 2 | Ratatouille (2007)
It feels like sacrilege to say that Ratatouille, Pixars most traditionally animated film, is its second best. Theres not a ton of spectacle here, no elaborate water effects or invented worlds, but rather a twinkly and dreamy take on Paris. Its gorgeous, and matched in power by the films incredibly weird yet marvellous storytelling. Both a wacky comedy about a rat who cooks, and a rich celebration of nostalgia, childhood joy and imagination, Ratatouille is a daring encapsulation of Pixars singular brilliance.
22/22 1 | Toy Story 2 (1999)
The toy repairman montage; Jessies heartbreaking flashback; that traffic cone action sequence Toy Story 2 is effervescing with pitch-perfect scenes. It takes what made the original film so special and expands on it, while always keeping the spotlight on the central theme: belonging. Toy Story 2 is one of the great adventure films, too, putting the characters on a quest to retrieve Woody after hes stolen by fiscally minded toy collector Al, voiced indelibly by Wayne Knight. As close to a perfect film as youll get.
5. Toy Story 3
If an entire generation came of age with Pixar, Toy Story 3 marks their final step into adulthood. Ranking the Toy Stories is a matter of consternation for any self-respecting Pixar fan, but its not outrageous to claim that the third is the best one. It feels like a goodbye not only for young Andy, who says farewell to his toys as he prepares to head to college, but also for the most sustained period of greatness in Pixar history. Everything works here, from the Barbie and Ken comedy to the melancholy brilliance of our heroes believing theyre facing imminent death. AW
4. Monsters, Inc
Sulley and Mike the unlikely pals at the heart of Monsters, Inc are characters for the ages and precisely why the film lands as well as it does. Which isnt to say theres nothing else to marvel at. Its concept (monsters only scare kids because their screams power the city they live in) is ingenious and its supporting players the villainous Randall, the studious Roz, not to mention the long-suffering George make it a treat to revisit. Wary of its high placement? Look no further than the chase sequence on a conveyor belt of doors that double as portals to different worlds. Its masterful. JS
3. Toy Story 
Where it all began. After a series of shorts released from 1984, Pixar announced itself as a major player in the film game with 1995s Toy Story, a benchmark for animation 25 years on. Theres no denying that without Toy Story we wouldnt have any of the films that follow, but its testament to the studios genius that it managed to retain the wonder and adventure presented in this world. Its that rarity that makes the impossible seem real even more impressive for an animated film. JS
2. Ratatouille
It feels like sacrilege to say that Ratatouille, Pixars most traditionally animated film, is its second best. Theres not a ton of spectacle here, no elaborate water effects or invented worlds, but rather a twinkly and dreamy take on Paris. Its gorgeous, and matched in power by the films incredibly weird yet marvellous storytelling. Both a wacky comedy about a rat who cooks, and a rich celebration of nostalgia, childhood joy and imagination, Ratatouille is a daring encapsulation of Pixars singular brilliance. AW
1. Toy Story 2  
‘Toy Story 2’ has many perfect scenes (Rex Features)
The toy repairman montage; Jessies heartbreaking flashback; that traffic cone action sequence Toy Story 2 is effervescing with pitch-perfect scenes. It takes what made the original film so special and expands on it, while always keeping the spotlight on the central theme: belonging. Toy Story 2 is one of the great adventure films, too, putting the characters on a quest to retrieve Woody after hes stolen by fiscally minded toy collector Al, voiced indelibly by Wayne Knight. As close to a perfect film as youll get. JS