Pixar Feature Films

(NEW June 2018) Animated films are not their own genre, but their own medium. Film transforms the millenia-old ability to directly place color and lines on paper into a way to create entire worlds. This selection runs the gamut from family-friendly musical comedies to documentaries and mature explorations of the world around us. What they all share is a the ability to let the viewer catch a glimpse of the sublime.  You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) Finding Nemo

(2003 - dir. Andrew Stanton)

#4 -> #2 -> #2 -> #8

Prestige -> Genre Reputation -> Popularity -> Awards

This is the big one - the one the changed moviemaking forever. Snow White's triumph as a piece of art is matched by its financial and cultural success. Disney's power to shape and move billions of childhoods was made possible by this incredible piece of filmmaking. 
READ: The women behind 'Snow White' by CineSuffragette

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#2) WALL-E

(2008 - dir. Andrew Stanton)

#1 -> #4 -> #10 -> #2

Easily the most singable of the Disney Animated Classics, The Lion King was an instant hit. The exciting, moving story was inspired by Shakespeare, but is its own beast. 
READ: Disney's "War Efforts": The Lion King and Education for Death

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#3) Toy Story

(1995 - dir. John Lasseter)

#5 -> #1 -> #7 -> #12

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#4) Inside Out

(2015 - dir. Pete Docter)

#2 -> #7 -> #8 -> #4

Pinocchio's gorgeous animation and moving story are part of Disney's brilliant follow-up to Snow White. Does any other children's film explore so successfully what it means to be human?
READ: Review of Pinocchio by Roger Ebert

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#5) Ratatouille

(2007 - dir. Brad Bird)

#3 -> #7 -> #12 -> #4

Fantasia was not popular with audiences when it was first released, but over the decades many of its scenes have become iconic. This type of marriage of filmic movement and music was a grand experiment. 78 years later, music videos are commonplace, but no one has been able to hold a candle to Disney's achievement.
READ: Fantasia (1940) at DecentFilms

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#6) The Incredibles

(2004 - dir. Brad Bird)

#3 -> #9 -> #2

The 1991 film is the most critically-acclaimed exemplar of the 'Disney Renaissance.' Nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards back in a time when animated films were informally excluded from those sorts of accolades, Beauty and the Beast managed to dazzle and romance both adults and children at the same time.
READ: An Architectural Analysis of the Film Beauty and the Beast at Interiors.com

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#7) Toy Story 3

(2010 - dir. Lee Unkrich)

#5 -> #4 -> #7

Bambi is both the cutest Disney Animated Feature and the most heartbreaking. The animators studied deer and rabbits to make their characters realistic - but their oversized eyes and childish features make them some of the most adorable of all Disney's creations. But then, there is shocking tragedy at the heart of the film that transforms it into a powerful coming-of-age tale.
READ: How Disney’s 1942 Film Bambi Came to Be Influenced by the Lush Landscapes of the Sung Dynasty in Smithsonian Magazine

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#8) Monsters, Inc.

(2001 - dir. Pete Docter)

#5 -> #5 -> #13

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#9) Toy Story 2

(1999 - dir. John Lasseter)

#7 -> #6 -> #11

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10) Moana

(2016 - dir. Ron Clements, Jon Musker)

#7 -> #20 -> #18

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#11) Cinderella

(1950 - dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson)

#12 -> #9 -> #20

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#12) The Little Mermaid

(1989 - dir. John Musker, Ron Clements)

#10 -> #15 -> #20

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#13) One Hundred and One Dalmatians

(1961 - dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske)

#8 -> #4

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#14) Mulan

(1998 - dir. Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft)

#14 -> #23 -> #8

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#15) Wreck-It Ralph

(2012 - dir. Rich Moore)

#20 -> #19 -> #6

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#16) Tangled

(2010 - dir. Nathan Greno, Byron Howard)

#18 -> #21 -> #17

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#17) Lilo & Stitch

(2002 - dir. Chris Sanders)

#16 -> #22 -> #17

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#18) Sleeping Beauty

(1959 - dir. Clyde Geronimi)

#19 -> #7

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#19) The Princess and the Frog

(2009 - dir. Ron Clements, John Musker)

#15 -> #36 -> #13

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#20) Big Hero 6

(2014 - dir. Don Hall, Chris Williams)

#29 -> #22 -> #6

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#21) Lady and the Tramp

(1955 - dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson)

#23 -> #10

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#22) The Jungle Book

(1967 - dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)

#28 -> #5

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#23) Tarzan

(1999 - dir. Kevin Lima, Chris Buck)

#21 -> #35 -> #20

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#24) Peter Pan

(1953 - dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske)

#25 -> #14

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#25) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(1996 - dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)

#22 -> #38 -> #20

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#26) The Emperor’s New Groove

(2000 - dir. Mark Dindal)

#31 -> #26 -> #20

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#27) Dumbo

(1941 - dir. Norman Ferguson, Samuel Armstrong)

#24 -> #25

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#28) Alice in Wonderland

(1951 - dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson)

#30 -> #16

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#29) Hercules

(1997 - dir. Ron Clements, John Musker)

#34 -> #29 -> #20

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#30) Bolt

(2008 - dir. Chris Williams, Byron Howard)

#26 -> #48 -> #14

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#31) The Great Mouse Detective

(1986 - dir. Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker)

#27 -> #28

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#32) Winnie the Pooh

(2011 - dir. Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall)

#17 -> #47

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#33) Robin Hood

(1973 - dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)

#37 -> #17

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#34) Treasure Planet

(2002 - dir. Ron Clements, John Musker)

#35 -> #42 -> #20

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#35) Pocahontas

(1995 - dir. Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg)

#42 -> #40 -> #9

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#36) Fantasia 2000

(2000 - various directors)

#36 -> #46 -> #20

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#37) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

(1949 - dir. Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar)

#33 -> #33

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#38) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

(1977 - dir. John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman)

#39 -> #27

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#39) The Sword in the Stone

(1963 - dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)

#43 -> #24

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#40) Ralph Breaks the Internet

(2018 - dir. Rich Moore, Phil Johnston)

#41 -> #50 -> #14

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#41) Atlantis: The Lost Empire

(2001 - dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)

#32 -> #44

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#42) Brother Bear

(2003 - dir. Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker)

#40 -> #54 -> #17

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#43) The Rescuers Down Under

(1990 - dir. Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel)

#38 -> #37

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#44) The Rescuers

(1977 - dir. Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens)

#44 -> #34

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#45) The Aristocats

(1970 - dir. Wolfgang Reitherman)

#51 -> #31

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#46) Fun and Fancy Free

(1947 - dir. Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan)

#47 -> #39

#47) The Three Caballeros

(1944 - dir. Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young)

#45 -> #45

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#48) The Fox and the Hound

(1981 - dir. Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens)

#56 -> #30

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#49) Saludos Amigos

(1942 - dir. Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts)

#46 -> #49

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#50) Chicken Little

(2005 - dir. Mark Dindal)

#55 -> #56 -> #20

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#51) Oliver & Company

(1988 - dir. George Scribner)

#52 -> #43

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#52) The Black Cauldron

(1985 - dir. Ted Berman, Richard Rich)

#54 -> #41

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#53) Make Mine Music

(1946 - dir. Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador)

#48 -> #51

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#54) Melody Time

(1948 - dir. Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson)

#49 -> #53

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#55) Meet the Robinsons

(2007 - dir. Stephen Anderson)

#50 -> #52

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#56) Dinosaur

(2000 - dir. Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton)

#53 -> #55

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#57) Home on the Range

(2004 - dir. Will Finn, John Sanford)

#57 -> #57