Fourteen long years haven’t aged the Incredibles a jot in the action-packed new trailer for Pixar’s long-awaited sequel.
There are moments throughout Coco, Pixar’s latest so-called return to form, in which the quality of animation is so extraordinarily well crafted that one would be forgiven for mistaking the format for stop-motion puppetry, not merely CGI. They’ve done it again. Somehow, Pixar have raised the bar.
The Frozen machine has never felt more marketably mechanical than it does in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
We asked you which is the greatest Pixar film?
The votes are in, the people have spoken!
Here is the ultimate Pixar ranking, as decided by YOU!
17. Cars 2 (John Lasseter, Brad Lewis, 2011)
Not all that surprising that the first Cars sequel is doing the lap of shame.
16. Brave (Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell, 2012)
Pixar went very Disney with their first fairytale. A decent film, this far down the ranking…there’s no sign of a reprise.
15. Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane, 2016)
They just kept swimming with this would-be franchise.
14. A Bug’s Life (John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, 1998)
Sweet and entertaining, maybe Pixar’s sophomore outing sits just on the wrong side of forgettable in their back catalogue.
13. The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015)
All style and no substance makes Pixar a dull film…
12. Monsters University (Dan Scanlon, 2013)
A welcome return for the lovable monsters, if not one all that inspired.
11. Cars (John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, 2006)
A fun feature for younger viewers. Doesn’t justify its sequels but does offer a jolly ride.
10. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
Both out-of-this-world and down-to-earth, WALL-E is spectacular.
9. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007)
Is it just me that remembers the ad campaign (‘It’s pronounced…) more than the film? Still, well worthy of a top ten spot.
8. Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, 2015)
A triumph that conducts your emotions like a philharmonic orchestra.
7. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)
It’s the lowest Toy Story on the list but, make no mistake, this third outing concluded a magnificent trilogy with real panache.
6. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, 2003)
Pixar’s first winner of the Best Animated Feature Award at the Oscars, first of many!
5. Monsters Inc. (Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman, 2001)
Incredible by virtue of its sheer creative innovation, not to mention of course the stunning animation of Sully’s fur!
4. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, 1999)
Jessie and Bullseye proved to by perfect – and devastating (‘When Somebody Loved Me’ – additions.
3. Up (Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, 2009)
Those infamous first five minutes earn this one a top three spot.
2. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)
One of the best superhero films of all time! Avengers eat your heart out!
1. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
Well, of course.
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The Cars films have always felt a little like Pixar, the pioneering animation studio behind Toy Story, Up and last year’s Finding Dory, in the third rather than fifth gear.
Cars 3 is the second sequel to have spawned from the 2006 original; the third in a franchise that has, for over a decade now, whiffed somewhat disappointingly of commerce rather than creativity. With over $10bn banked already from merchandise alone, Cars has certainly proved itself to be a hugely profitable vehicle. The unfortunate result is a series that opportunistically loads each new film with fresh and disposable characters at the expense of developing old ones. Cars 3 won’t win over the naysayers – it’s got its predecessors’ rusts and some – but fans should be satisfied whilst those on the fence may find themselves surprisingly touched by the time the credits role. Naturally too – damn it Pixar – the animation itself is dazzling.
Since 1995 Pixar have been taking American animation to new heights on both technical and emotional levels. To celebrate Cars 3 becoming the first Pixar film to be reviewed on thefilm.blog next week, I want to know: which is your favourite Pixar film?
Vote in the poll and comment your thoughts below!