Top 10 Best Pixar Animated Movies of All Time

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  1. WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film directed by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. WALL-E follows a single robot left to pick up waste on a future, inhospitable, desolate Earth in the year 2805. However, he is visited by an Axiom probe, a robot named EVE, with whom he falls in love and chases throughout the galaxy.


    The animation, screenplay, voice acting, characters, aesthetics, soundtrack, use of limited conversation, and romantic sequences all received positive reviews. It was also a commercial success, grossing $521.3 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. With five nominations, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008, the Hugo Award for Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation in 2009, the penultimate Nebula Award for Best Script, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film, and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Many reviewers considered it to be the best film of 2008, as well as one of the best-animated films ever created.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Andrew Stanton
    Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy
    Release dates: June 23, 2008 (Los Angeles)/June 27, 2008 (United States)
    Running time: 97 minutes

    Wall E (2008)
    Wall E (2008)
    Wall E (2008)

  2. Toy Story 2, directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, is a 1999 American computer-animated film. It is the sequel to Toy Story and the second installment in the Toy Story franchise (1995). Woody gets kidnapped by a toy collector in the film, causing Buzz Lightyear and his companions to save him, but Woody is subsequently tempted by the prospect of immortality in a museum.


    Despite production problems, Toy Story 2 premiered as a massive box office success on November 24, 1999, grossing more than $497 million. Like its predecessor, it received significant critical praise and a rare 100 percent rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. It is frequently included on lists of the greatest animated films ever created, and reviewers consider it to be one of the rare sequel films that are superior to the original. The film won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 57th Golden Globe Awards, among other awards.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: John Lasseter
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
    Release dates: November 13, 1999 (El Capitan Theatre)/November 24, 1999 (United States)
    Running time: 92 minutes

    Toy Story 2 (1999)
    Toy Story 2 (1999)
    Toy Story 2 (1999)
  3. Inside Out is a 2015 American computer-animated film directed by Pete Docter, with a screenplay by him, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley. The film follows young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.


    The film's workmanship, writing, subject matter, plot, and vocal performances were well-received by the media (particularly those of Poehler, Smith, Kind, and Black). Inside Out was chosen as one of the top ten films of 2015 by organizations such as the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It grossed $858.8 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing picture of the year. Inside Out led the 88th Academy Awards season with two nominations (one of which it won) among other awards.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Pete Docter
    Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader
    Release dates: May 18, 2015 (Cannes), June 19, 2015 (United States)
    Running time: 95 minutes

    Inside Out (2015)
    Inside Out (2015)
    Inside Out (2015)
  4. Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows Woody, an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy toy, and Buzz Lightyear, a modern astronaut action figure. Their connection evolves from rivals competing for Andy Davis' affections to friends working together to reunite with Andy after being separated from him.


    Toy Story had the highest opening weekend gross, grossing over $373 million worldwide, making it 1995's second highest-grossing picture. The film received positive reviews from reviewers, and it has a rare 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was praised for its technical breakthrough in 3D animation, as well as the screenplay's humor and conceptual complexity, musical soundtrack, and vocal performances (particularly by Hanks and Allen), and is largely recognized as one of the best-animated films ever made.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: John Lasseter
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn
    Release dates: November 19, 1995 (El Capitan Theatre), November 22, 1995 (United States)
    Running time: 81 minutes

    Toy Story (1995)
    Toy Story (1995)
    Toy Story (1995)
  5. Pete Docter and Bob Peterson wrote the script for Up, a 2009 American computer-animated film directed by Pete Docter. Carl Fredricksen (Asner) and Russell Nagai (Nagai), an old widower and wilderness explorer, go on a journey to South America to fulfill a promise Carl made to his late wife Ellie. They meet a talking dog named Dug (Peterson) along the trip, and they come upon a big bird named Kevin who is being hunted by adventurer Charles Muntz (Plummer).


    Up was recognized as one of the top ten films of 2009 by organizations such as the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It grossed $735.1 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing movie of 2009. Up got five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, making it just the second animated feature picture to be nominated for the honor (after Beauty and the Beast), and won two, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, at the 82nd Academy Awards.


    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Pete Docter

    Starring: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson

    Release dates: May 13, 2009 (Cannes)/May 29, 2009 (United States)
    Running time: 96 minutes

    Up (2009)
    Up (2009)
    Up (2009)
  6. The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film developed by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows Bob and Helen Parr, a couple of superheroes known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, as they try to live a peaceful suburban life with their three children while hiding their abilities in order to comply with a government requirement. Due to Bob's desire to help others, the entire family gets lured into a conflict with an angry fan-turned-enemy.


    It was the fourth highest-earning picture of the year, creating $633 million worldwide. The Incredibles received critical and popular acclaim, with many critics hailing it as one of the best superhero films ever made. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. It was the first totally animated film to win the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Incredibles 2 was published as a sequel in June 2018.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Brad Bird
    Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Peña
    Release dates: October 24, 2004 (El Capitan Theatre)/November 5, 2004 (United States)
    Running time: 115 minutes

    The Incredibles (2004)
    The Incredibles (2004)
    The Incredibles (2004)
  7. In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures produced Finding Nemo, a computer-animated adventure film. It follows Marlin, an overprotective clownfish, and Dory, a regal blue tang, as they search for their baby Nemo, who has gone missing. Along the journey, Marlin learns to take chances and accepts Nemo's ability to look after himself.


    Finding Nemo received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature on May 30, 2003, making it the first Pixar film to accomplish so. It was widely applauded by critics, who commended the film's visual aspects, storyline, and characters, which were described as amusing by both young moviegoers and their parents. Three other categories were nominated for the film, including Best Original Screenplay. It was also the highest-grossing animated film at the time of its debut, and the second-highest-grossing film of 2003, grossing $871 million worldwide by the conclusion of its first theatrical run.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Andrew Stanton
    Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
    Release date: May 30, 2003
    Running time: 100 minutes

    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Finding Nemo (2003)
  8. Toy Story 3 is a computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2010. It is the sequel to Toy Story 2 and the third entry in the Toy Story series (1999). It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of the previous two films and co-director of Toy Story 2. In this film, right before Andy departs for college, the toys are sent to a day-care center instead of the attic, and it's up to Woody to persuade the other toys that they weren't abandoned and should return home.


    It was the second Pixar picture (after Up) and the third animated film overall (following Beauty and the Beast and Up), as well as the third Walt Disney Pictures film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The film was nominated for four more Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature, and Best Original Song, and won two of them. Toy Story 3 was the first animated film to gross $1.067 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2010, the fifth highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release, and the highest-grossing animated film of all time.


    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Lee Unkrich

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles

    Release dates: June 12, 2010 (Taormina Film Fest)/June 18, 2010 (United States)
    Running time: 103 minutes

    Toy Story 3 (2010)
    Toy Story 3 (2010)
    Toy Story 3 (2010)
  9. Ratatouille is a computer-animated comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2007. It was directed by Pixar Animation Studios and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The title refers to the French cuisine ratatouille, which is served at the conclusion of the film, as well as the main character's species, a rat. The story is set in Paris and follows Remy, a rat who aspires to be a chef and attempts to achieve his objective by forming an alliance with the garbage boy of a Parisian restaurant.


    Ratatouille had its worldwide premiere on June 22, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and was released in the United States on June 29, 2007. The film's screenplay, animation, voice performances, and Michael Giacchino's music received widespread critical praise, grossing $623.7 million worldwide. It was also nominated for multiple awards, including Best Original Screenplay, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Ratatouille was later named one of the top 100 films of the twenty-first century in a BBC survey of worldwide critics conducted in 2016.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Brad Bird
    Starring: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo
    Release dates: June 22, 2007 (Kodak Theatre)/June 29, 2007 (United States)
    Running time: 111 minutes

    Ratatouille (2007)
    Ratatouille (2007)
    Ratatouille (2007)
  10. The computer-animated monster comedy film Monsters, Inc. (Monsters, Inc.) was released in 2001 by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows two monsters, James P. "Sulley" Sullivan and his one-eyed sidekick and closest friend Mike Wazowski, who work for Monsters, Inc., a factory that generates electricity by frightening human children. The monster world, on the other hand, believes that children are dangerous, so when a little human girl slips into the factory, she must be sent home before it's too late.


    When it was released on November 2, 2001, Monsters, Inc. was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $577 million worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing picture of the year. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the first time, and "If I Didn't Have You" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

    Detailed Information:

    Directed by: Pete Docter
    Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Mary Gibbs
    Release dates: October 28, 2001 (El Capitan Theatre), November 2, 2001 (United States)
    Running time: 92 minutes

    Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    Monsters, Inc. (2001)



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