Every Pixar Movie Ranked

10. The Incredibles (2004)

Budget: $92million
Box Office: $631.4million
Director: Brad Bird

The Parrs are far from the typical nuclear family living in suburbia. As well as juggling work, domestic life and growing up, they are among the many now-outlawed “Supers”, each with special powers that everyone previously relied upon to save the world before they were branded too dangerous. Now Bob Parr/Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson) is tempted out of retirement to fight a new threat, inadvertently dragging his family, wife Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and children Violet and Dash (Sarah Vowell and Spencer Fox) along for the ride.

Pre-MCU and pre-Bond reboot, Brad Bird crafted something that found itself equidistant between the worlds of the superhero and spy genres. It stops short of being a spoof and instead lovingly references the more ridiculous elements of genre filmmaking (supervillain monologues, the inherent dangers of wearing a cape while crime-fighting) while playing the family sitcom elements pretty straight. The animated action is top-notch and the retro-futurist designs and jazzy Michael Giacchino score give this very modern animation the feel of something from another era.


9. Ratatouille (2007)

Budget: $150million
Box Office: $623.7million
Director: Brad Bird

Ratatouille Review

Ratatouille is about Remy (Patton Oswalt), a wannabe chef who faces many obstacles on his way to achieving his dream, the biggest of which is that he’s a rat. Linguini (Lou Romano) is a human man so should be more at home in a busy kitchen, but truthfully he can barely cope with the washing up. In true Disney style, the human and animal worlds collide as Remy and Linguini learn to navigate the world of Michelin dining together.

Ratatouille is true testament to what Pixar can achieve even with the ugliest of protagonists. Director Brad Bird manages to depict difficult concepts like taste, talent, and nostalgia, in magical and heartwarming ways. It has a worthy villain, a feisty love interest and a rag-tag team of outsiders. Its warmth, wit, and visually stunning animation style means Ratatouille is a beloved Pixar film.


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8. Coco (2017)

Budget: $200million
Box Office: $807.8million
Directors: Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich

In Pixar’s first foray into Mexico, we follow Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a talented aspiring musician who idolises the deceased local celebrity Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) but who has been forbidden from indulging in his passion by his strict grandmother (Renée Victor). During the annual Day of the Dead celebrations, Miguel finds himself transported to the afterlife where he meets his ancestors and uncovers dark family secrets.

Pixar has always tackled weighty themes in approachable ways, and what more difficult focus for your animated story for families than death and grief? Using a combination of emotionally stirring music (especially the Oscar-winning song “Remember Me”), vivid animation influenced by Latin American culture and folklore, and some vulnerable, tender voice performances (particularly Gael García Bernal as comic relief and heart of the picture Héctor), Coco becomes one of Pixar’s most moving and memorable family journeys.


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