The List: Ranking Pixar movies from best to worst

Joel Oliphint
“Finding Dory”

Since the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will accompany montages from Pixar movies at the “Pixar in Concert” event held at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, March 18, we thought we'd take a look at the animation studio's output thus far.

Pixar's track record is pretty incredible, so even the films toward the bottom of the barrel aren't actuallybad (“Cars 2” being the notable exception). DreamWorks Animation has a lot of catching up to do. Nevertheless, here's a ranking of Pixar films from best to worst. Note: I didn't see “The Good Dinosaur,” and even though Disney owns Pixar, I'm leaving out Disney Animation Studios productions like “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6.”

“Toy Story 3”

I never realized how much I cared about Woody, Buzz and the gang until they were sliding down a sea of trash, staring a furnace of death in the face.

“Toy Story”

Director John Lasseter could have let the marketing geniuses behind an animated film about toys ruin his movie, but he didn't. An instant classic.


If you didn't shed a tear in the opening montage of this 2009 film, you have no soul. Bonus points for accurately portraying what dogs would actually say if they could talk.

“Toy Story 2”

The “Star Wars” spoofs were a little on the nose, but the story and characters save it.


Kids didn't always have enough patience for the silence, but this little robot could say so much without saying anything at all, and the will-they/won't-they drama of WALL-E and EVE would make even Ross and Rachel jealous.

“Finding Nemo”

I tire of animated films that kill off a parent within the first five minutes, but Pixar again took what could have been a clichéd adventure quest and brought it to the next level with humor, drama and ocean animation that hadn't been seen before.

“The Incredibles”

I also tire of deadbeat dads in film and TV, but all is redeemed in this one, too.

“Finding Dory”

The rare sequel that's just about as good as the original.

“Monsters Inc.”

A cute and well-executed idea, but monsters under the bed, no matter how well-intentioned they are, will still draw the ire of baggy-eyed parents clutching their coffee mugs after sleepless nights.

“Monsters University”

See “Monsters Inc.”

“Inside Out”

My kids enjoyed this movie and then promptly forgot it ever existed, and so did I. Plus, Pixar killed off the movie's best character.


Good, but at the end of the day, it's still a rat cooking food.


The mother bear scared the crap out of my kids. In retrospect, that's a pretty rational response to a mom who turns into a bear and almost kills her child.


The run time of 116 minutes was about 40 minutes too long. And “Cars” is also responsible for the criminally dreadful spin-off franchise “Planes.”

“Cars 2”

Like “Cars,” but much, much worse.