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Adam Corn May 30, 2009

With "Up" just now releasing I thought it would be a good time to try out the ol' (new) STC poll system again.  Here is the list of Pixar flicks from WikiAnswers:

Toy Story
A Bug's Life
Toy Story 2
Monsters, Inc.
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
Cars
Ratatouille
Wall-E

They aren't listed above, but if you feel strongly enough about any of Pixar's shorts you can use them as individual choices as well.  As implied in the title, please do not include Up in your results as it's too new a release to accurately figure into the results.  Those of you who have seen it can feel free to let us know in your comments where it would place.

Lastly, the results aren't weighted by ranking so need to wrack your brain too much over the order of your picks. smile

Adam Corn May 30, 2009

1. Finding Nemo

All of Pixar's movies have their charming moments but Finding Nemo is the only one that made me laugh - or at least get a small chuckle - regularly throughout the film.  It's also the only one in which the score really impressed me on first listen.

2. The Incredibles

Worth multiple viewings for its action and effects alone, which make Fantastic Four look like a sad imitation despite it theoretically supposing to be the other way around.  The family unity theme felt a bit heavy-handed at first but the story has grown on me over time, as has the feisty music.

3. Monsters, Inc.

It's just so awww-inspiringly cute.  It also has probably the most interesting premise of any Pixar film and milks it for all its sugary sweet worth.

Runner-up goes to Toy Story 2 and congratulations for a commendable effort to Wall-E.  Toy Story, Cars, and Ratatouille all have their moments but aren't especially impressive on the whole.  I've yet to see A Bug's Life all the way through and with so many animated films out there now I kind of doubt I'll ever get around to it.

Oh and that bunny in Presto is tops!

Angela May 30, 2009

My ranking hasn't changed since the Wall•E thread, though that may well change after I see "Up" tonight.  As this is a "pre" poll anyway, the order still stands: 

1) Monsters, Inc.
2) Ratatouille
3) The Incredibles
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4) Cars
5) Wall•E
6) Toy Story
7) Toy Story 2
8) Finding Nemo
9) A Bug's Life

As you can see, Monsters, Inc. still reigns number one - but hey, I figure if there's anyone who could topple Pete Docter's masterpiece out of the top spot, it's..... Pete Docter. ;)  I'm a huge Brad Bird fan, so it's not surprising to see Ratatouille and The Incredibles so high up there.  On the other hand, I'm not big on Andrew Stanton, so Finding Nemo is quite a ways down the list.  His Wall•E fares better, but I dunno..... his way of storytelling borders a little too much on heavy-handedness for my liking.  I loved the Lasseter/John Ranft collaboration of Cars.  Maybe it's just my love for the subject matter at hand (look at me and Speed Racer), but I really didn't get the hate for the film.

As for best Pixar shorts, I'd say it's a three-way tie between One-Man Band, For The Birds, and Lifted.  Can't wait for Partly Cloudy!

Amazingu May 30, 2009

1. The Incredibles
2. A Bug's Life
3. Wall-E

I don't know what's going on, but the automatic fill-in Poll function only worked for The Incredibles for some reason...

Anyway, The Incredibles is just the best mixture of story and characters IMHO. It might not be the funniest of the bunch, but the characters were the most likeable and understandable and, for all their superhuman strength, quite easy to identify with.

I would love the hear Ms. Liu's reason for why she put Bug's Life at the very bottom of her list. It is by far the funniest movie Pixar has made if you ask me. It's not too heavy and just easy to digest, plus the credits are hilarious.

Wall-E just really hit home with me for some reason. I can't really justify it, it just felt really right to me.

I, on the other hand, have never quite understood why Monsters Inc. is so damn popular with everyone, and I never really cared for Toy Story that much either. Finding Nemo was okay, but Ellen Degeneres's character annoyed me too much, Cars was a lot better than I expected really, and Ratatouille (or Remi's Delicious Restaurant, as it is called in Japan) was extremely forgettable.

Wanderer May 30, 2009 (edited May 30, 2009)

Of the Pixar movies I've seen:

1: Wall-E
2: The Incredibles
3: Finding Nemo
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4: Ratatouille
5: Up
6: Toy Story

Boco May 30, 2009

1. Wall-E
2. Ratatouille
3. Monsters, Inc.

I've really enjoyed all of Pixar's movies (still haven't seen Cars yet), but these three definitely stand out as my favorites.  For some reason they just really clicked with me.  Great stuff!

shdwrlm3 May 30, 2009

1. The Incredibles
2. Ratatouille
3. Toy Story 2
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4. Finding Nemo
5. Monsters, Inc.
6. Toy Story
7. Cars
8. A Bug's Life

I'm a huge fan of superhero stories, and I thought Brad Bird did a great job with the genre. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the best superhero movie to date. I'm still surprised they haven't greenlit a sequel yet, as I think it's the one with the most potential.

Ratatouille was just good fun. I'm not at all a foodie, but I loved the film's message that anyone can cook. I find it to be their funniest movie as well.

It was a battle between Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo for third place, but Toy Story 2 wins for being the rare sequel that's better than the original. The abandonment angle was surprisingly effective, though I'm a little worried that they may repeat it for Toy Story 3. Speaking of which, the new teaser trailer is out: http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/toystory3/

I haven't seen Wall-E yet, and only saw A Bug's Life once and barely remember it save for the male ladybug joke. I did finally manage to see Cars recently, and it was much better than I thought it'd be. Still, I'm kinda surprised it's getting the sequel treatment before some of the others.

Ramza May 30, 2009

1. Wall-E
2. Ratatouille
3. Toy Story 2

Yeah.

And screw Finding Nemo. The first three minutes made me want to cry so much that I couldn't handle watching any more of the film.

SonicPanda May 31, 2009 (edited May 31, 2009)

I think I've made this sort of list before. But, giving it some fresh thought.

1. The Incredibles
2. Monsters, Inc.
3. A Bug's Life

I want to also praise Nemo, Ratatouille, and WALL*E - consider them in a dead heat for fourth. On the other hand, I'm not as fond of Lasseter's output aside from Bug's Life. I haven't seen Toy Story 2, admittedly, but Cars doesn't hold up in repeated viewings (and with two nephews, are there EVER repeated viewings), and Toy Story just seems mean-spirited since the initial tech-shock has worn off.

My favorite shorts are probably Presto and Jack-Jack Attack ('THE BABY WAS ON FIRE!'), but I haven't seen all of those yet either.

Angela May 31, 2009

Amazingu wrote:

I would love the hear Ms. Liu's reason for why she put Bug's Life at the very bottom of her list.

Short answer: I'm just not a big fan of insect-related animations.  I will admit, though, that A Bug's Life is one of the better one.  I've placed it last on my list, but this is a list for Pixar, so it's still solid animation fare.  Besides, there's just something inherently funny about the idea of David Hyde Pierce voicing a stuck-up stick bug.  And young Hayden Panettiere's performance as Dot was, well...... as cute as a bug.  ^_~

Speaking of which, has anyone ever seen the live 3D showing "It's Tough to be a Bug!" at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Adventure Park resorts?  I remember it from years back; the main thing I remember were the seats 'moving', simulating the idea of bugs crawling beneath our butts.  It was trippy. :p

XLord007 May 31, 2009

1. Ratatouille
2. Wall-E


Up is my actual third choice, but since that's verboten, I left it out.  I could have put Toy Story 2 as my third choice, but I thought it sucked, and I haven't seen any of the others.

Crystal May 31, 2009 (edited May 31, 2009)

1. Monsters, Inc.
2. Ratatouille
3. The Incredibles

1. Monsters, Inc:
Interesting concept:  screams are used to power the Monster city and how can you not love Boo.

2. I love food.  I heard consumption of ratatouille increased as a result of this film.

3.  Superheroes rule.  Action, action, action.

Zealboy May 31, 2009 (edited May 31, 2009)

1. Ratatouille
2. The Incredibles
3. Finding Nemo
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4. Monsters Inc.


I was not crazy about Wall-E and I really didn't like Toy Story at all.  The others I have never seen.

Having seen Up, I would rank it 5th, under Monsters Inc.

allyourbaseare Jun 1, 2009

1. Monsters, Inc.
2. Wall-E
3. Ratatouille

Monsters, Inc. is a shoe-in mostly because it was the first movie I saw with my wife.  ... and that Boo is just so darned cute!!

Wall-E has really taken a shine to me lately.  Besides a phenomenal soundtrack, there's a very playful and touching story behind it.

Ratatouille is last and is going to get bumped off (probably) by Up.  (Saw it this weeken, EXCELLENT).  Anyhoo, we love food.  Love it.  One of our favourite things to do is to go out to a nice restaurant and treat ourselves to a fine meal.  A great movie overall.

Angela Jun 1, 2009

Angela wrote:

1) Monsters, Inc.
2) Ratatouille
3) The Incredibles

Crystal wrote:

1. Monsters, Inc.
2. Ratatouille
3. The Incredibles

Welcome to my Sisterhood. ;)

STC Poll System Jun 8, 2009

Displaying the top results out of 9 unique answers submitted.
The percentage of respondents who selected each answer is in parentheses.

1. Ratatouille (67%)
2. The Incredibles (58%)
3. Monsters, Inc. (50%)
3. Wall-E (50%)
5. A Bug's Life (17%)
5. Cars (17%)
5. Toy Story 2 (17%)

Angela Jun 8, 2009

Three cheers for Remy! 

Think I'll finally pop in that Blu-ray edition as a means for celebration this weekend. :)

Adam Corn Dec 15, 2009

Having just seen Up last night (it finally came to Japanese theaters) and since I don't notice a dedicated thread anywhere, just thought I'd mention here that it now goes at the top of my Pixar list. smile

In fairness to its fellow Pixar movies this was one of the few I've seen in the theater, but The Incredibles and Wall-E both fall in that category as well and neither impressed me this much.  What a fantastic film.

Amazingu Dec 15, 2009 (edited Dec 15, 2009)

Adam Corn wrote:

Having just seen Up last night (it finally came to Japanese theaters) and since I don't notice a dedicated thread anywhere, just thought I'd mention here that it now goes at the top of my Pixar list. smile

Absolutely.
I saw it on the plane home last month, but even on a tiny-ass crappy "in-flight entertainment system" I absolutely loved it.
I feel compelled to push Wall-E out of my Top 3 in favor of Up.

The Incredibles is still my Number 1 though.

Angela Dec 15, 2009

Adam Corn wrote:

Having just seen Up last night (it finally came to Japanese theaters)

Man, Japan sure does suck when it comes to timely film releases.  Up came out, when, in May?  Is that the usual turnaround time for an overseas movie to hit over there?

Ashley Winchester Dec 15, 2009

Angela wrote:
Adam Corn wrote:

Having just seen Up last night (it finally came to Japanese theaters)

Man, Japan sure does suck when it comes to timely film releases.  Up came out, when, in May?  Is that the usual turnaround time for an overseas movie to hit over there?

Personally, if you're going to talk about anyone getting the shaft with release dates, I think you need to talk about video gamers in Europe. Seriously, what is up with that! Add to that the list of games they never even got and it ain't funny - and this is coming from an American.

Amazingu Dec 16, 2009

Angela wrote:
Adam Corn wrote:

Having just seen Up last night (it finally came to Japanese theaters)

Man, Japan sure does suck when it comes to timely film releases.  Up came out, when, in May?  Is that the usual turnaround time for an overseas movie to hit over there?

Half a year is pretty common yeah, but it's better nowadays than it used to be.
Waiting times are getting shorter, and occasionally there'll be a worldwide release (Harry Potter movies tend to manage this) or extremely occasionally something will hit Japan sooner than the rest of the world (like Spiderman 3)

Adam Corn Dec 16, 2009

Yeah the delay in getting Western movies here in Japan isn't as bad as it used to be but it's still typically one of the last countries to get a release.  It varies a lot by studio and genre - most big-budget action films come here relatively quickly but comedies, indie movies and superhero flicks tend to take forever.  Inglorious Basterds just came out here a month ago.

I suspect Disney delays Pixar's films till winter to not conflict with their Ghibli releases, which completely dominate the summer box office.  (Even though there wasn't a new Ghibli film this year.)

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