Inside Out has now been released and that got us thinking, is this the best Pixar film to date? A huge claim considering Pixar has so many great films to choose from and consistently release instant classics. Inside Out fits neatly into the pantheon of legendary Pixar films. The question for today however is how does Inside Out shape up compare to other Pixar classics? Here at Third Act Film we each composed our top five Pixar films.

What Is The Best Pixar Film?

James Forbes

  1. Toy Story 3
  2. Inside Out
  3. WALL-E (The first half)
  4. Up
  5. The Incredibles

Like many of us, I grew up with Toy Story and each film felt as though it was targeted at me. Literally as I watched Toy Story 3, it was with my mother and I was getting ready to go off to uni; many tears I assure you. Coming in for my second place is WALL-E, I love WALL-E but I only love the first half. As soon as they introduce other people separate from WALL-E and Eva my interest was lost.

Inside out slots into second place for me, not quite beating my all-time favourite of Toy Story 3. Perhaps by Inside Out’s third film, I can be as emotionally attached as I have been with the Toy Story series to consider it my new number one, only time can tell.

The remaining three from my list left me feeling emotionally drained, in a positive way. To be honest, all of Pixar’s films are excellent and making a shortlist of 5 films is just cruel.

What Is The Best Pixar Film?

Todd James

  1. WALL-E
  2. Toy Story Trilogy
  3. Monsters Inc.
  4. Ratatouille
  5. Inside Out

Imagine making a top 5 list about one production company, and NOT having Up in there somewhere. This was a really tough choice, which is partly why I cheated. Putting all of the Toy Story films together might annoy some people, but they would probably take up three spots otherwise. The reason I’ve chosen WALL-E as my favorite is that even though the end isn’t as good or as emotional as other Pixar films, the first half hour is some of the most well crafted, intelligent film making I’ve ever seen. To have a character that can’t talk, and is essentially an emotionless robot, but to still feel so much and be so interested in that character is amazing.

I also want to give a mention to Monsters Inc. which I feel is criminally underrated. Mike and Sully have the best comedic chemistry outside of Buzz and Woody, and it’s set in such an interesting world, with a simple but fun story. I think it’s hard to disagree with any of my choices, but also easy to ask ‘where’s Up?’.

What Is The Best Pixar Film?

Chris Elliott

  1. WALL-E
  2. The Incredibles
  3. Toy Story 3  Monsters University
  4. Monsters University  Toy Story 3
  5. Inside Out

As Third Act’s resident curmudgeon (does the “music” in your headphones really need to be that loud?), I expected coming up with a Top 5 Pixar films to be difficult. Having consulted IMDB to find out which cartoons actually were made by Pixar, it is a testament to their quality that selecting a Top 5 was actually quite tricky (especially since I’ve not seen them all yet).

Even though it means agreeing with Todd (generally considered to be a sign of the coming apocalypse), WALL-E gets the top spot for being one of a very few kids films that actually became art. The Incredibles takes the usual Pixar approach of taking an adult concept (in this case a man’s mid-life crisis) and packaging it in a way both kids and adults can enjoy.

Toy Story 3 elevated itself above the others with one scene (you know what scene – now stop crying) and Monsters University jumps up a couple of spots (I’d otherwise say that Monsters Inc. was better) by having that rare thing in a prequel… unexpected ending. The way that Monsters University finished was both a breath of fresh air in writing a prequel as well as a superb moral lesson for anyone. To hell with it, I’m bumping it up another spot for that one scene alone.

What Is The Best Pixar Film?

Amy Biss

  1. Up
  2. Inside Out
  3. Ratatouille
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. Monsters Inc

This may be controversial as I have not included WALL-E in my top 5. I agree that it is very artistic, I just didn’t think it was one of their best. I have only watched it once, when it came out at the cinema. so I could be pleasantly surprised if I watch it again.

Pixar is great at story-telling, which is why I found this list to be difficult. All of these films (maybe excluding Ratatouille, which I feel is a very underrated movie) I have cried at. This may seem strange, but I like the feeling of crying at movies.

Up is my favourite by far. Every time I watch it, you can guarantee I will cry, at the same point. EVERY TIME!! I just like the relationship between the two main characters, and how this grows and develops.

I know choosing Inside Out is a bit of a cheat as it has only just come out, but if you have read my review, you would know that I really liked this movie. Especially Sadness (I have no idea why?) I have seen it twice and the second time it was just as great if not better than the first.

That’s it from us, what are you favourite Pixar films?