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Top 10 best and worst Pixar cartoons of all time



  •  Pixar has released 1995 animated films since 23, and almost all of them have received critical acclaim.

  •  Despite the fact that most of the studio's works are considered masterpieces, not every cartoon enjoys unanimous love.

  •  Here are ten of the best and worst Pixar animated films ever made, according to critics' scores on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

Note: All ratings are current at the date of publication and are subject to change.

Top 5 best Pixar cartoons in the history of the studio

5. "Up" (2009)


Evaluation R: 98
Rating Metacritic: 88

  •  Pixar's selection of the best movie stories opens with the story of old man Carl Fredriksen, who, after the death of his wife, attaches thousands of balloons to his house in order to fulfill their common old dream and fly to South America. But at the last minute, Carl realizes he has a stowaway: an 8-year-old wildlife explorer named Russell...

  •  Up became one of the best cartoons of all time thanks to its winning combination of humor and sentimentality.

  •  “This roller coaster ride will leave everyone on the rise, even those of us who have reached the top and now, like Carl, see the curve of life move down,” is how independent critic Anthony Quinn put it about this project.

4. Puzzle (2015)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 98
Rating Metacritic: 94

  •  By centering the story around 11-year-old Riley and exploring the complexity of human emotions, Inside Out created a universal story that resonates with adults and young viewers alike.

  •  “The usual trauma of an 11-year-old girl coming to terms with her new life and school, while losing all her old, comforting, childish confidence, has been turned into a brilliant, bravura film. This is a comedy that is both wise and tender,” wrote critic Kate Muir for The Times.

3. Finding Nemo (2003)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 99
Rating Metacritic: 90

  •  The touching story of a caring single father, clownfish Marlin, and his son Nemo was praised by critics, with reviews emphasizing two things:

  1. great movie animation
  2. promotion of family values.

  •  Neil Norman of the London Evening Standard wrote that the animated film "offers as much thrill, dread, humor and psychological insight as sheer technical prowess, proving that a film can be art without being artistic."

2. Toy Story 2 (1999)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 100
Rating Metacritic: 88

  •  Many critics who liked the first part of "Toy Story" said that the sequel is not inferior to the original.

  •  “Toy Story 2 is a brilliant example of the rarest Hollywood phenomenon — a sequel to a popular movie that is as good, if not better, than the original,” wrote contributor Paul Clinton.

1. Toy Story (1995)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 100
Rating Metacritic: 95

  •  Critics immediately fell in love with Pixar's first cinematic release, calling it a humorous and sincere story that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

  •  Fun Fact: Toy Story is the first feature-length cartoon made entirely of computer animation. And it took from 4 to 13 hours to process each frame.

Top 5 worst Pixar cartoons of all time

5. Good dinosaur (2015)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 74
Rating Metacritic: 73

  •  In a prehistoric world where an asteroid flew past Earth, allowing dinosaurs and humans to live together, Apatosaurus Arlo finds a new friend in a naughty boy.

  •  Critics felt that "The Good Dinosaur" was too simple and superficial, although it had Pixar's signature humor.

  •  The Good Dinosaur is by no means a bad movie, wrote Christopher Orr for The Atlantic. He added that the project "opens new doors for Pixar as it is the studio's first feature film that is explicitly – and almost exclusively – for children."

4. Buzz Lightyear (2022)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 75
Rating Metacritic: 60

  •  Both viewers and experts praise the animation of this cartoon for its love for small details and a nice looking picture. Humor deserved special praise from foreign critics, the lion's share of which falls on a robotic cat named Sox.

  •  Why were the adventures of Buzz Lightyear called cute but mediocre? Perhaps the fact is that the creators did not reveal the motivation of the new protagonists and, more importantly, the villain. Or maybe the point is too adult plot, which is more reminiscent of "Interstellar" than a children's cartoon. And the agenda is there, in the form of an LGBT character.

3. "Cars" (2006)


Evaluation Rotten Tomatoes: 74
Rating Metacritic: 73

  •  The first three unsuccessful Pixar projects were occupied by Cars. And the first part was still the most successful of them, because it demonstrated an unusual concept of a world inhabited by anthropomorphic cars.

  •  Many critics have noted Cars as the end of Pixar's long reign of excellence. First of all, this is due to the overly banal and boring plot.

  •  “It had to end sometime,” Paul Arendt wrote for the BBC. "After a series of standard CGI films, Pixar finally released the failed project."

2. "Cars 3" (2017)


Evaluation R: 69
Rating Metacritic: 59

  •  The next part of the adventures of Lightning McQueen, who was pushed to the sidelines by new models, did not please critics a little less than the second part. In spirit, it was closer to the first "Cars", and the creators paid great attention to racing.

  •  “Cars 3 could have been rented out for a rainy family vacation, but the spark of imagination was gone,” said The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw of the project.

1. "Cars 2" (2011)


Evaluation R: 39
Rating Metacritic: 57

  •  The worst Pixar show has been at the top of the anti-ratings for several years now. The studio's bizarre decision to focus on international espionage instead of racing didn't do the project any good.