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Pixar Movies Ranked Best to Worst, Based on How Many Times Your Kid Made You Watch It

Jun 14 2018 - 1:50pm

Although Disney/Pixar movies are unique in their appeal to both kids and parents, the colorful animated movies [1] definitely have a way of getting into our kids' heads, causing them to want to play the films over and over until we're left singing the songs from them in the shower and alone in the car. Sure, we all have our preferred rankings of which Pixar movies [2] are the best, but because our kids rule all (please don't tell them that), here's the official ranking of the 19 films currently in existence purely based on how many times they probably made you watch them on repeat.

Cue "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story and "Remember Me" from Coco [3] to play as you scroll through.

Coco (2017)

It's no surprise that for our kids, the newer Pixar films will have been the most influential, however, Coco isn't tops for that reason alone. The film's sweet and emotional plot, plus its seriously catchy songs, will definitely contribute to keeping this one in the top slots for years and years to come — and will make you cry no matter how many times you've seen it. (Watch it now on Netflix [5]!)

Inside Out (2015)

The first of its kind in the way it approaches emotions and how to handle them all, we're happy to have Inside Out so close to the top. Our kids learn valuable lessons about all of their feelings each time they ask to watch it "again! again!" and it's so cute, we don't really get sick of it either.

Cars (2006)

It's difficult not to attribute Owen Wilson [6]'s voice to all red cars once your child gets into the mania that is Cars. Despite there being two sequels, the original story is the most repeat-worthy, and your child won't let that fact go amiss. Get ready to find yourself singing "Life Is a Highway" the next time you're stuck in traffic — with or without the kids.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

OK, hear me out — if I had it my way, the OG Toy Story would be at the very top of this list (Pixar really outdid itself with its debut film back in 1995). However, Toy Story 3 certainly has the most toddler appeal, and toddlers are the most likely culprits of repeat movie viewings. Although the ending just about tore me to pieces, this third installment features tons of especially toddler-friendly characters like Trixie the dinosaur, Bonnie, and, surprisingly, teenage Andy.

Finding Dory (2016)

Although I personally think nothing could top Finding Nemo, there's something about Dory's specific charm that draws kids more into Finding Dory. Plus, it has great messages that make it worth watching over and over (and the fact that it's readily available on Netflix doesn't hurt either).

Up (2009)

Who would have thought a kids' movie featuring a 78-year-old balloon salesman would be such a hit with the younger set? Although Up has plenty of adult appeal — and can get pretty emotional at times — characters like Russell, Kevin, and Dug bring the comic relief hard and leave kids in fits of giggles they can't control. Plus, it's about a house floating thanks to hundreds of balloons, aka a kid's dream.

Toy Story (1995)

The one that started it all, Toy Story will forever be a classic in the eyes of '90s babies — but that's not to say it isn't repeat-worthy for today's kids. I haven't met a kid who didn't obsess over the characters and their unique personalities (especially Rex and Mr. Potato Head), as well as the humor in the sometimes-hectic plot lines.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo may be one of the purest films in existence, which is why there's no reason to fret over your child opting to hit "play" on it hundreds of times. Anything that showcases the love a parent — even an overprotective one — has for their child is worth watching over and over again, right? Plus, those colors are beyond captivating, even for little babies just starting to focus on things for more than a few seconds.

The Incredibles (2004)

Although we're thinking that Incredibles 2 may just top its predecessor (largely due to the 14 years of anticipation) [7], there's just something so good about the first film that makes it easy to watch again and again. Instead of asking "where are my shoes?" every morning, expect your Incredibles-obsessed kids to ask where you put their supersuits.

Cars 3 (2017)

Although the third installment of Cars had some big shoes to fill thanks to the first film, Cars 3 ended up completely surpassing expectations [8] — and its predecessor. It is hilarious, has a solid dose of girl power, and doesn't really have a "bad guy."

Brave (2012)

Although some of the scenes could be a little jumpy for younger kids (watching Merida's mom turn into a bear isn't exactly lighthearted), Brave is full of the stuff kids love about movies — humor, fun characters, and a little adventure. Plus, parents love it too for its positive messages and the fact that Merida doesn't need to find love to have a happy ending.

WALL-E (2008)

Although WALL-E manages to be captivating despite its serious lack of dialogue, it's likely not going to be one of the films your child thinks to ask to watch on the regular. That said, WALL-E is the sweet little robot every kid will wish they could have as a friend and was the main reason my little cousin begged for a "pet robot" on his Christmas list for a year or two.

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

There's something incredibly charming about a pair of friendly monsters whose job it is to scare children taking care of an adorable little human. However, because of the amount of darkness and screaming in this film, I haven't met a young kid who wasn't at least a little spooked while watching, causing the "let's watch it again" effect to fade.

Ratatouille (2007)

A rat who can cook and isn't gross at all? Genius! Although there are certainly tons of kids who would love to watch Alfredo and Remy's partnership blossom over and over, Ratatouille has always appealed to me more as an adult who loves to cook and has had her fair share of sh*tty bosses at customer service jobs. That said, Remy is hilarious and adorable despite being a rodent, so there's that.

Cars 2 (2011)

Caught in the middle between a great film and a pretty awesome third installment, Cars 2's plot lines are admittedly kind of boring (though I'll give it this, that scene of Mater in the bathroom with the bidet is comedy gold). Because the film really focuses on newer characters, as well as Lightning and Mater, we don't see much of the old gang from Radiator Springs, which is arguably one of the main reasons kids loved the first Cars so much.

Toy Story 2 (1999)

The second installment of the Toy Story franchise is, as I've said many times, just OK. While Woody's character gets developed and we meet Jessie and Bullseye (who is, by far, one of the best characters from then on), not much happens in the film to make Toy Story 2 the one your kid will want to watch over and over — not with the first and third movies being so incredible.

Monsters University (2013)

The prequel that no one asked for, Mike and Sully's times in college likely go over kids' heads. Monsters University features many of the same characters we know and love from the first film, so do your child a favor and just skip this one if you can so that you don't need to watch it on repeat.

A Bug's Life (1998)

It's a (somehow) heartwarming film about a bunch of bugs that was definitely better than Dreamworks's Antz — which was a film in the same vein — but still . . . meh. Sure, Flik is nerdy and charming and Heimlich is hilarious, but is A Bug's Life repeat-worthy for even the most excitable child? Definitely not.

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Although the sweet animated dinosaur Arlo does remind me of the cartoon dinosaurs I love from The Land Before Time, I'd much faster pop the latter onto the screen for my kids, despite its lack of Pixar status. Did many kids even ask to see The Good Dinosaur when it was new, let alone ask for it to play on repeat once it was on DVD? Please advise.


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