Ranking Pixar

Pixar

Some friends and I started talking about Pixar movies and we all had different ideas about which one is our favorite. So I decided I needed to rank all the movies in order. This will probably change in six months and if I made this list a year ago it would probably very different.

  1. WALL-E (2008)
  2. The Incredibles (2004)
  3. Up (2009)
  4. Ratatouille (2007)
  5. A Bug’s Life (1998)
  6. Cars (2006)
  7. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  8. Toy Story (1995)
  9. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  10. Finding Nemo (2003)

I know most people will say, “Finding Nemo, last? What’s up with that?” Well for my personal taste that is the way it broke down and I’m sticking with it. Yes I know it is still the highest grossing Pixar movie to date. There are four Pixar movies in the pipeline, one of which we get this year, Toy Story 3. The others are Cars 2, Bear and the Bow, and Newt. It’s always good to know we have more magic to look forward to.

I’m still amazed at the impact Pixar has had on both family entertainment, animation, and movie making. The stories they have created are still engrossing and fresh with each new story. Everyone in the industry has copied Pixar and just like Colton said long ago, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Does anyone make 2D animated movies anymore, not counting stop-motion animation? Dreamworks is the biggest competitor to Pixar. So how do they compare? I think the chart below made by Gagnon II pretty much sums it up. Click for the full size version.

Pixar vs. Dreamworks

Keep on rockin’ Pixar. I’ll keep spending my money on your flicks. Deal?

Songs created from Disney and Pixar Movies

A nineteen-year-old in Australia made this song using nothing but sounds and scenes found in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” A certain appreciation of modern down tempo chill out music helps. Think Portishead, Air or Boards of Canada.

This one is even more impressive. The video for this track ‘Upular’, is composed using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from the Disney Pixar film ‘Up’

The Ambient Life

“Freeband Communication and IIPIC share a vision of the future: a world in which information and communication technology render one’s surroundings into a thinking and caring environment.

The results of the Freeband Communication research program should be visualized in a compelling film. I approached the material using infographics to explain the vast quantities of data. To create a relationship with the continuing technology the film starts with a minimalist introduction in a narrow color spectrum and gradually transitioned to an abundant, multicolored world.”

Freeband – The Ambient Life from The QBF.

Pigeon: Impossible

by Lucas Martell

“A rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase”