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What Are the Names of All the Pixar Movies?
By Timothy Sexton
Source: Pixar Box Office Figures
Pixar Studios revolutionized the very foundation of animated feature-length films by being at the forefront of the computer-generated animation revolution. No other production company today has enjoyed such a long streak of commercial and critical success as Pixar. These movies become not just hits but blockbusters, because both adults and children are entertained as well as moved by them.
"Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2"The first "Toy Story" was Pixar's first feature-length film, released in 1993. As such, it set the stage for the move away from standard two-dimensional, hand-drawn animation, which today is almost impossible to find on the big screen. Due to the success of the original, a sequel was commissioned as a direct-to-video release, but was instead released theatrically because it was considered to be so good.
"A Bug's Life""A Bug's Life" was released in 1998, the same year that a similarly themed computer animated movie called "Antz" was released. "A Bug's Life" crushed "Antz" both commercially and critically, and nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Musical or Comedy Score.
"Monsters Inc."Released in 2001, "Monsters Inc." became the first Pixar film to gross more than $100 million in America. It was an even bigger hit internationally, winding up with a worldwide gross of more than half a billion dollars.
"Finding Nemo"With a worldwide gross of over $800 million, "Finding Nemo" is the most commercially successful Pixar film to date. "Finding Nemo" was released in 2003, and became the first Pixar film to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
"The Incredibles" and "Cars""The Incredibles," released in 2004, imagines what might happen if superheroes were forced to live normal lives for a little while. "Cars" was released in 2006, and dropped viewers into a world where cars come alive. With the release of "The Incredibles," Pixar won back-to-back Oscars for Best Animated Feature (after "Finding Nemo" in 2003). "Cars" also won the Best Animated Feature award.
"Ratatouille" and "Wall-E""Ratatouille" was released in 2007 and "Wall-E" was released the next year. So critically acclaimed were both movies that they were both serious contenders for not a nomination for Best Animated Feature, but for Best Picture. Although they both failed, each did receive a Best Screenplay nomination.
"Up"In 2009, Pixar released "Up" to almost universal critical acclaim. Many critics wondered whether an animated movie featuring an elderly man as the hero and an even more elderly man as the villain could strike a cord with the younger viewers so necessary for success at the box office for Pixar. Domestically, "Up" outgrossed "Wall-E," "Ratatouille" and "Cars."