Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Top 5 Pixar Movies

With no due respect to perspective and time, I'll rank Ratatouillie, which I saw yesterday for the first time.

Ryan's Top 5:

1. Toy Story - Good stuff, I remember seeing it in the theater and loving it.

2. The Incredibles - I've only seen this one once, too, but I remember liking it a lot.

3. Ratatouille - I really have no reason to rank this above Finding Nemo. I'd put them at a tie but for some reason I feel like that violates the rules that we haven't made up about the site. This one has Patton Oswalt, which is a definite tie-breaker, in any case.

4. Finding Nemo - I enjoyed it.

5. Boundin' - Wow, this list made me realize how much Pixar I haven't seen (Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., A Bug's Life). In any event, I liked this short more than Cars.

Dan's Top 5:

1.Ratatouille - a very talented cast (feat. Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Dennehy, Will Arnett, and even Peter O'Toole) and a solid story from Brad Bird that's not too over-the-top make this my favorite Pixar film yet.

2. The Incredibles - Again, I have to give credit to Brad Bird for this one. The characters are really strong (no pun intended) and there's a lot of quality humor in it. If I hadn't seen it on Starz so many times, I'd probably have the DVD by now.

3. Finding Nemo - The film that convinced me that quality at Pixar isn't about to fade away any time soon. Really no complaints at all with this one.

4. Toy Story - As it was the first Pixar movie I saw, I hadn't warmed up to the idea of seeing computer-animated kids movies yet. Nonetheless, it's really a good piece of work.

5. Monsters, Inc. - It's the unique concept for this story that puts it on the list over Cars, which was also pretty good.

Pixar movies not seen: A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2.

Tim's Top 5:
1) Toy Story 2 - I saw Toy Story 1 and 2 back-to-back, so it's hard to separate them, but Toy Story 2 is less of a Tim Allen fest, and therefore is, by definition, superior.

2) Toy Story - A film that really wowed me, I thought it was going to be another lame Disney movie, and it turned out to be a really-interesting movie, regardless of its novelty as the first computer-animated film.

3) The Incredibles - Perhaps the most political film ever aimed at kids who can't yet read, it lends itself readily to debating exactly what Brad Bird was saying about the modern democratic state. It also had Samuel L. Jackson, who would go on to make Snakes on a Plane.

4) Monsters, Inc. - Billy Crystal is really not very good, but the movie as a whole was considerably more appealing than I'd ever have guessed.

5) Finding Nemo - Not a bad film, all told. Ellen DeGeneres is much more funny than I'd have guessed, Albert Brooks is less annoying than he could have been (or ever is in his own movies), but it wasn't his Hank Scorpio moment either.

For the record, I've not seen Cars, Meet the Robinsons (has anyone?), or Ratatouille Edit: now I've seen Ratatouille, it's probably #4.

3 comments:

Timothy S said...

Here's Tim's list:

1) Toy Story 2 - I saw Toy Story 1 and 2 back-to-back, so it's hard to separate them, but Toy Story 2 is less of a Tim Allen fest, and therefore is, by definition, superior.

2) Toy Story - A film that really wowed me, I thought it was going to be another lame Disney movie, and it turned out to be a really-interesting movie, regardless of its novelty as the first computer-animated film.

3) The Incredibles - Perhaps the most political film ever aimed at kids who can't yet read, it lends itself readily to debating exactly what Brad Bird was saying about the modern democratic state. It also had Samuel L. Jackson, who would go on to make Snakes on a Plane.

4) Monsters, Inc. - Billy Crystal is really not very good, but the movie as a whole was considerably more appealing than I'd ever have guessed.

5) Finding Nemo - Not a bad film, all told. Ellen DeGeneres is much more funny than I'd have guessed, Albert Brooks is less annoying than he could have been (or ever is in his own movies), but it wasn't his Hank Scorpio moment either.

Mr. Fox said...

Hey Tim, you can be a contributor with editing access if you want...the only real "ground rules" (much like the unwritten constitution of the UK) are that you come up with an idea whenever you want, and respond to someone else's idea when they post. Just say the word...

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