Pixar is the Apple of animation. 10 cartoons we watch every year

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Since the premiere of “Toy Story” in 1995, the animation studio Pixar has released 25 full-length cartoons. It is officially considered that there is not a single failure among them (all paid off at the box office, have high marks, and so on). No other studio can boast of such an achievement. Moreover, in 21 years (since the introduction of the Best Animated Feature Film nomination in 2002), Pixar projects have won 11 Oscars (Walt Disney Animation Studios, its closest competitor, has 4 awards). The studio’s cartoons captivate with artistic techniques, make you cry and rejoice, telling stories of friendship, love and even death.

Briefly about the cartoons from the article

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Toy Story (1995)

  • Kinopoisk: 7.9.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

Toy Story is a success story. A risky experiment by animation technology creators John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, and investor Steve Jobs. Pixar’s first feature-length project and also the first fully computer-generated 3D feature-length cartoon in history. Becoming the most commercially successful project of the year and capturing the hearts of millions of people, Toy Story changed the world of animation forever. The cartoon was awarded a special award “Oscar” (the main nomination for full-length animated films did not yet exist). Cowboy Woody and astroranger Buzz Lightyear have become the idols of many children. All this, of course, grew into a major franchise. Toys, games, amusement parks and, of course, sequels. Toy Story: The Great Escape and Toy Story 4 won the Academy Award in the main category (the only Oscar-winning cartoon franchise).


“Monsters Inc” (2001)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.1.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Pixar certainly knows how to surprise with unusual stories. For example, the first work of one of the main directors of the studio, Pete Docter, who brought her the most Oscars (Up, Puzzle, Soul), was the cartoon Monsters, Inc. The uniqueness of the plot here lies in the fact that we are talking about monsters that are afraid of children. At the same time, the city in which monsters live generates electricity solely thanks to children’s cries, and therefore the profession of a scarecrow is very much appreciated here. But what if children stop being afraid of elite monsters? What to do if a child gets into Monstropolis and disturbs the peace of all its inhabitants? In addition, “Monsters Inc” casually (as far as possible for a children’s cartoon) goes through social topics (corporate intrigues, friendships and family relationships, and so on), some phobias (fear of the unknown, mass panic).

๐Ÿ†Finding Nemo (2003)

  • Kinopoisk: 7.9.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

“Finding Nemo” for some reason is considered almost the most children’s cartoon Pixar. However, many overlook the fact that if you think about it, this is one of the studio’s bloodiest projects, because there is an overkill in the opening scene alone. And through the main character, the clown fish Marlin, the nervous state of the parents is transmitted, trying at all costs to patronize their children. In addition, the creators of the cartoon studied diving in order to observe the ocean life on the Great Barrier Reef with their own eyes, and also attended lectures by ichthyologists to better understand the physiology of fish. However, all this is skillfully hidden behind a really sweet and vibrant story. Finding Nemo was the first Disney movie to be re-released since the success of the 3D remaster of The Lion King. And 13 years after the original was released, an example of the perfect sequel, Finding Dory, came to light.

“Cars” (2006)

  • Kinopoisk: 7.5.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

One of the most popular cartoons of the studio is “Cars”. It was here that the Mater tractor first appeared, which later became the star of a series of short films and comics. It is the collection of toy cars that is the dream of many children and even adults. The franchise received not only continuations of the original picture, but also spin-offs (moreover, Airplanes was created by Disney), TV shows, games, and so on. However, Cars is also Pixar’s biggest disappointment. The cartoon lost the Oscar race to the hit Warner Bros. “Run away”. The sequels to “Cars 2” and “Cars 3” are considered one of the studio’s most unsuccessful projects. Many critics attributed this to the fact that the first part was down to earth and told a personal story with humor, a romantic image of one-story America, and family values. The second part lost its originality and comfort and went into pure humor, while the third remained incomprehensible to the audience.

๐Ÿ† “Ratatouille” (2007)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.0.
  • IMDb: 8.1.


This project can be safely called the best kitchen drama, among cartoons – for sure. Naturally, this achievement was given to the tape for a reason. As with many other Pixar projects, the creators of the cartoon began to work long before the actual filming. They visited Paris, explored the sewer systems, the nooks and crannies, were imbued with the atmosphere of the restaurant business, worked under the supervision of a chef at the French Laundry restaurant, studied the habits of rats, and so on. Therefore, although Ratatouille is a fantastic cartoon, the story in it is alive and real. The audience feels very subtly when a movie conveys a real soul. The story of a chef who did not give up his dream despite his appearance and the misunderstanding of others captivated viewers of all ages from different parts of the world. As a result, another masterpiece and an Oscar for Pixar.

๐Ÿ†WALLโ‹…E (2008)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.3.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

WALLโ‹…E is a true animated reflection on what the future holds for humanity. It contains a lot of nuances that frighten with their plausibility: the ecological crisis, global immersion in virtual reality, the superiority of artificial intelligence, and so on. It becomes even more creepy from the realization that the main villain of the cartoon could actually be right. At the same time, these arguments are well hidden behind humor and action. But the main thing about “WALLโ‹…E” is one of the most romantic love lines in animation. This tape is considered one of the best works of Pixar in history. Recognition from critics, audiences, regular hits in various lists of the best, “Oscar”, “Golden Globe” and the award “Saturn” in the category “Best Animated Feature Film”. And the opening 10-minute silent scene is still considered the standard of directing and staging to this day.

๐Ÿ† “Brave” (2012)

  • Kinopoisk: 7.4.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

Brave is a rather unusual cartoon for Pixar. It is filmed in the genre of a classic fairy tale and is more reminiscent of the work of Disney. It is not surprising. Film director Brenda Chapman worked for Mickey Mouse for a long time before joining Pixar. She became the studio’s first female director. In Brave, Chapman combined the classic story of a Disney princess with the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, as well as a Scottish spirit and atmosphere. It is also impossible not to mention the fact that the release of the cartoon with a strong and independent main character successfully coincided with the start of the fourth wave of feminism. According to the plot, the princess of the Scottish kingdom Merida does not agree with the established rules that girls are married out of convenience and are not allowed to take up arms. However, in the fight against ancient foundations, she awakens a much more dangerous evil, which can only be dealt with by discarding strife.

๐Ÿ†”Puzzle” (2015)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.0.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Inside Out is one of Pixar’s best Pete Docter cartoons. Unlike “Monsters Corporation” and other early works, here the author delved into the psychology and inner world of a person as much as possible. The basis for the plot was the director’s observations of his own daughter. He tried to convey feelings, emotions and memories through images on the screen. Docter even consulted with psychotherapists and psychiatrists during the development of the script. And the main characters are just the emotions themselves (Sadness, Joy, Anger, Fear and Disgust), living in the head of an eleven-year-old girl named Riley. Her family is forced to move. A new home, school, classmates, no friends from the old hockey team – all this makes the emotions in Riley’s head work hard to make the girl feel happy again. “Puzzle” is a high-quality and understandable cartoon for all ages.

๐Ÿ†โ€œThe Secret of Cocoโ€ (2017)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.6.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Pixar stories often have a very solid foundation in real life situations. So, “The Secret of Coco” seems to take the viewer to Mexico on the eve of the celebration of the Day of the Dead. And he does it with the utmost attention to detail. Naturally, the creators of the cartoon were personally present at such an event before writing the script. Pixar, as usual in their best work, raises the most important questions: relationships within the family, connection with ancestors, the search for a calling in life, the battle for a dream, and so on. They are transmitted through the story of the boy Miguel. He dreams of becoming a musician, but his entire family are shoemakers who hate music. It turns out that this is due to some kind of generic incident, the details of which can only be learned by going to the Land of the Dead. Among Pixar’s projects, “The Secret of Coco” also belongs to the title of the cartoon, the ending of which made the largest number of viewers cry.

๐Ÿ†”Soul” (2020)

  • Kinopoisk: 8.4.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Soul is another Pete Docter masterpiece and Pixar’s biggest contemporary hit of the moment. The director continued to explore the inner world of a person, this time looking into the very soul. Despite being primarily a children’s cartoon, Dotker managed to fit into it philosophical questions about the human person, determinism, and fate. The main character is again a man with a great craving for music – school teacher Joe Gardner. One day he gets a chance to perform at a jazz concert. For joy, he does not look at his feet at all, falls into the hatch and enters the next world. And here begins an amazing journey where no one has ever been before. And, as critics noted, despite the fact that the ending of the cartoon will be clear at the beginning, the story itself is told in an unusual way and often develops in unexpected ways. And most importantly, the cartoon teaches you to appreciate life and do what your soul lies in.

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