I am a sucker for cartoons – especially Pixar cartoons. One of my very favorite family traditions it to go with my brother to the latest releases (oh, and we take some of my children, too).
That being said, I am a bit concerned with the direction that Disney-Pixar seems to be taking. Their animation has always been groundbreaking – but the true secret behind their success has always been that their storytelling has been breathtaking. They invite the audience into a previously-unknown world. But quite frankly, their last few releases have failed to do that (notice how low I rank their latest works).
In addition, I fear that they are dabbling in Dreamworks’ territory of potty-humor. They are better than that. And for the record, aside from Dreamworks’ infatuation with sequels, their original works like Kung-Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon are quickly catching up in the creative plot category.
Without further ado, here is my rankings of Disney-Pixar feature films (some of them being some of my favorite films of all-time (another blog for another day):
13) Cars 2 (2011): An average children’s movie at best. They just wanted to sell product. Too much Mater.
12) Brave (2012): Scattered story. They did too much and therefore not enough with the characters. However, I did love that they told a parent-child story. So much potential!
11) Wall-E (2008): Propaganda. Too much – and insensitive to obesity.
10) A Bug’s Life (2001): Indifferent. The more I watch it the more I like it. But it really does not give me enough reason to watch it more?
9) Ratatouille (2007): This movie did not really bring me into another world. However, the film continues to grow on me.
8) Toy Story 2 (2002): These characters will never get old. But sequels are sequels.
7) The Incredibles (2005): So creative – and far different than anything before it at the time.
6) Cars (2006): Fun.
5) Up (2009): I cry every time she dies.
4) Toy Story 3 (2010): Like seeing old friends. Never as good as it used to be – but so good to go back. The ending makes the movie.
3) Finding Nemo (2004): Incredible underwater detail. Father and son. Pixar in the prime.
2) Monsters, Inc (2003): Probably should not be this high – but for some reason I loved this story. I can’t wait for the sequel – but I am afraid for the worst.
1) Toy Story (2000): I don’t think I have ever seen a better animated movie in my lifetime. Forever changing the craft.