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Rating the Pixar Films

Prompted by episode 40 of the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod which saw host Aaron Wallace rank the 10 Pixar films, I have decided to do the same. However, as I am yet to see WALL.E and UP, I will only be ranking the first 8 Pixar films. Wall.E is on it’s way (we have the DVD but that’s going back in favour of the Blu-ray – ordering mix-up!) so this list may change sometime soon.

1. Monsters, Inc.

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2. Toy Story
3. Toy Story 2
4. Cars
5. Finding Nemo
6. Ratatouille
7. A Bug’s Life
8. The Incredibles

Possibly the most controversial placing is Cars at number 4 but I loved this film, and have watched it more than any other Pixar film since its release. I thought it was beautifully set (created?) with some sublime animation and a great coming of age story. Interestingly I liked the film Cars before I became a fan of motor car racing, F1 specifically.

As for The Incredibles, I liked this a lot at the cinema but I have struggled to re-watch since then and have never actually managed to watch it all the way through for a second time. Maybe that’s something I should put right, and let’s see if that changes it’s place in this list.

Monsters, Inc. is released on Blu-ray in 4 days and that is something that fills me with joy – to see Sully’s fur (also picked up by Aaron in his podcast) in high definition will be a sight to behold.

Writing this list also reminds me that although I rate Toy Story 1 and 2 very highly, I haven’t seen them a in a while. I actually remember watching Toy Story on DVD around a friend’s house at Christmas in 1996 and dismissing it as a kid’s film when it was suggested to watch – how wrong I was, and how enthralled I was for the subsequent 81 minutes.

Interesting bit of trivia is that only Toy Story/Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and Cars have attractions at Disneyland Resort Paris:

Crush’s Coaster
Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast
Cars Race Rally

Unless you count the scream metres from Monsters’ Inc. which reside in Disney Studios? There used to be photo opportunities with Flik and Bruce, plus an Incredibles backdrop to take photos against. Many of the Pixar characters are represented in the parades though. Our last trip was in 2009 so more Pixar representation may be present now.

Incidentally, the podcast that inspired this comes very highly reommended – one of the best out there and a must listen for all fans of anything Disney: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod

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The one we’ve been waiting for – Snow White on DVD & Blu-ray

Any fan of Disney DVDs will know all about the Disney Vault and how some titles come out for a short while and are then locked away in the aforementioned vault. We have every one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics on DVD, well every one except Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. We’ve been waiting for this to come out for quite a few years now. In October it comes out on Blu-ray, 6 weeks before the DVD release. However, the Blu-ray version comes packaged with a DVD copy too, as seems to be the Walt Disney way these days. Even if you don’t have a Blu-ray player surely it’s worth getting the Blu-ray version for just a few pounds (or dollars!) more and future proofing yourself for that possible Blu-ray player or PS3 purchase?

Snow White on Blu-ray and DVD

Snow White on Blu-ray and DVD

I have heard that the Blu-ray transfers of already released Walt Disney Animated Classics is absolutely top notch. If we didn’t own them all on DVD we’d have the Blu-rays too – one day! In other Disney and Pixar Blu-ray news, the awesome Monsters, Inc. is released on Blu-ray on July 27th – just 2 days before my birthday!

Scary!

Scary!

With the release of Toy Story 1 and 2 on 3D very soon, and the much anticipated Toy Story 3 being released next year, it can only be a matter of time until we see the awesome Woody and Buzz in all their high definition glory.

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