Top 10 Pixar Movies

For over two decades, Pixar movies have delighted audiences of all ages with their innovative style of animation and often touching brand of humour. Using the following criteria, we picked the cream of the crop.

Criteria: award wins and accolades; performance at the box-office; critical acclaim; votes from our social media followers.

10. Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
Year of release: 2003
Directed by: Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett

Awards/Accolades: Finding Nemo won the Oscar for best animated feature, and was nominated for another 3. Additionally, it won 9 Annie Awards, and was nominated for the Golden Globe for best motion picture (comedy or musical).

Box-office: The movie was a massive box-office success, raking in a little over 940 million U.S. dollars worldwide. It was the second highest grossing movie of 2003.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 99%. In its critical concensus, the website calls it "another beautifully crafted gem" in Pixar's crown, "breathtakingly lovely and grounded by the stellar efforts of a well-chosen cast."

Social media votes: With around 2% of the final votes, Finding Nemo finds itself at the bottom of this list.



9. Finding Dory
Finding Dory
Year of release: 2016
Directed by: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Awards/Accolades: Finding Dory was nominated for 3 Annie Awards and the Bafta for best animated film.

Box-office: The movie was a smash hit, earning a whopping 1.028.6 U.S. dollars worldwide. The sequel set numerous box office records, including the biggest opening for an animated film in North America and the highest grossing animated film of all time in North America.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 94%. In its critical concensus, the website calls it "funny, poignant, and thought-provoking ... a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story."

Social media votes: With around 5% of the final votes, Finding Dory ends up in ninth.



8. Up
Up
Year of release: 2009
Directed by: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Starring: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo

Awards/Accolades: Up won 2 Oscars, including best animated feature film of the year, and was nominated for 3 more. It also won 2 Golden Globes, including best animated film, 2 Baftas and 2 Annies.

Box-office: With around 735.1 million U.S. dollars worldwide, Up is the ninth highest grossing Pixar movie of all time.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 98%. In its critical concensus, the website calls it "an exciting, funny, and poignant adventure - another visual Pixar treat that offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth."

Social media votes: With around 5% of the final votes, Up places one spot higher in seventh.



7. Toy Story 2
Toy Story2
Year of release: 1999
Directed by: John Lasseter and Ash Brannon
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Awards/Accolades: Before there was a category for best animated feature at the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes, Toy Story 2 won the Golden Globe for best motion picture (comedy or musical), and was nominated for the Oscar for best original song. Additionally, it won 7 Annie Awards and the Grammy Award for best song written for a motion picture.

Box-office: Toy Story 2 set a few new box-office records back in 1999. Adjusting for inflation, it remains the best Thanksgiving opening of all time.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a perfect score of 100%. In its critical concensus, the website calls it "a rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, using inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages."

Social media votes: With around 5% of the final votes, Toy Story 2 places one spot below in eighth.



6. The Incredibles
The Incredibles
Year of release: 2004
Directed by: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee

Awards/Accolades: The Incredibles won 2 Oscars, including best animated feature of the year, and was nominated for 2 others. It also won an impressive 10 Annie Awards, and was nominated for the Golden Globe for best motion picture (comedy or musical).

Box-office: A bona fide hit, The Incredibles grossed around 633 million U.S. dollars worldwide.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 97%. In its critical concensus, the website declares that "The Incredibles easily lives up to its name, bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre."

Social media votes: With around 7% of the final votes The Incredibles places sixth.



5. WALL-E
WALL-E
Year of release: 2008
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger

Awards/Accolades: WALL-E won the Oscar for best animated feature of the year, and was nominated for another 5, including best writing and original screenplay. It also took home the top prize in the animation category at the Golden Globes and the Bafta Awards.

Box-office: While it broke no record for total gross or weekend opening, WALL-E did become the #1 G-rated movie of 2008, earning around 533.3 million U.S. dollars worldwide.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 96%. In its critical concensus, it states: "WALL-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers - and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext."

Social media votes: With around 9% of the final votes, WALL-E falls just shy of fourth.



4. Inside Out
Inside Out
Year of release: 2015
Directed by: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phillis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Awards/Accolades: Inside Out won the Oscar for best animated feature, and was nominated for best writing and original screenplay. It also won the Bafta and the Golden Globe for best animated film and a total of 9 Annie Awards.

Box-office: Grossing around 857.6 million U.S. dollars worldwide, Inside Out stands among the top 100 movies of all time.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 98%. In its critical concensus, the website hails it as "inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving...another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics."

Social media votes: Around 9% of the final votes secures its position at #4.



3. Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
Year of release: 2010
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton, Jodi Benson

Awards/Accolades: Toy Story 3 won 2 Oscars (best animated feature film of the year and best original song), and was nominated for 3 more, including the coveted best motion picture of the year. It also won both the Golden Globe and the Bafta for best animated film.

Box-office: The highly anticipated sequel surpassed studio expectations, making over 1 billion U.S. dollars worldwide: a feat achieved by only five animated movies.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a near-perfect score of 99% In its critical concensus, the website calls it "a rare second sequel that really works...deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion."

Social media votes: With around 12% of the final votes, Toy Story 3 comes in third.



2. Coco
Coco
Year of release: 2017
Directed by: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach

Awards/Accolades: In addition to 2 Oscars (best animated film and best original song), Coco won 10 Annies and the Golden Globe and Bafta for best animated film.

Box-office: Coco performed impressively well at the box-office in 2017 and 2018, with an estimated total of 805.2 million U.S. dollars worldwide, placing it among the 100 highest-grossing movies of all time.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a score of 97%. Its critical concensus reads: "Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly - and deeply affecting - approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death."

Social media votes: With around 18% of the final votes, Coco stands firmly in second place.



1. Toy Story
Toy Story
Year of release: 1995
Directed by: John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Annie Potts

Awards/Accolades: Toy Story was nominated for 3 Oscars, and its director, John Lasseter, received a special achievement award. It also won 8 Annie Awards, and was nominated for 2 Golden Globes, including best motion picture (comedy or musical). In 2005, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress.

Box-office: Although the third highest-grossing film in the franchise, Toy Story reigned supreme at the worldwide box-office in 1995, bringing in around 373.6 million U.S. dollars.

What the critics say: Rottentomatoes.com gives it a perfect score of 100%. In its critical concensus, the website declares: "Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with."

Social media votes: With around 28% of the final votes, Toy Story flies high.



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Sources:
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