Fourteen years in development and costing a reported $180 million, Wall•E was Pixar’s biggest risk when it came out in 2008: a politically-charged story about a lonely robot cleaning up a devastated, trash-covered Earth and falling in love with the first sentient being he meets. And for the first 45 minutes, there’s no dialogue at all. But the result is delirious – romantic but technological, funny but sad, and the peak of Pixar’s craft. After all, there are not many animations that can pull off an underlying message of impending ecological catastrophe without completely killing the vibe. This daring, dazzling, winsome movie is definitely one of them.
Pixar has been busy revolutionising and redefining animations since Toy Story came out back in 1995. For over 25 years, the studio has released a string of masterpieces, many of which are easily some of the best animated movies ever made. Generally speaking, Pixar movies are just consistently brilliant, effortlessly appealing to both kids and adults alike with their quirky stories, likeable characters, and resonate themes. Films like Coco, Soul, and Wall-E aren’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects (death, a life lived without purpose, ecological disaster) and grand ideas, delicately weaving in these topics with a light touch, wit and stunning, kaleidoscopic visuals.
Pixar shows no sign of slowing down, either. This year they’re releasing their 24th movie, Luca with three more films in production, Turning Red, Lightyear, a Buzz Lightyear origins story, and an untitled film set for a 2023 release. With all that to come, what better time to dive back into Pixar’s catalogue and highlight the greatest movies the studio has to offer. Below, you’ll find our picks for the top 10 best Pixar movies of all time.
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