So yeah, a while ago I made a tier for the films of Pixar Animation Studios, probably one of my favorite animation studios out there, and they've made up a great part of my childhood and have been a great artistic influence for me, and made me want to get into directing films and animating. But aside from that snip of backstory, allow me to explain why the films are ranked as such.
S-Tier: Ratatouille is what I consider to be Pixar's magnum opus, and one of my favorite movies ever. Everything in it just works despite its off-kilter premise: you'd think that a film about a rat wanting to cook would just be absolutely nonsensical, but the film has such a beautiful, inspirational message that pervades throughout: a great artist can come from anywhere.
As some of you know, I've seen Inside Out twice already. It's already what I consider to be one of the best movies to be released this year, it's just outright brilliant and I could relate to it very well. Although it doesn't reach Ratatouille's heights for me, it's still an excellent return to form for Pixar, and I hope this shows a brighter future for them down the road after the minor slump they've had for five years.
Up is one of those films that truly makes me feel like a kid again. The opening is cinematic perfection, making outstanding use out of ten minutes to sympathize us with Carl and Ellie as children and growing up, then stabbing you in the heart with a glass shard. The music does it in, too. It's not only an uproariously funny comedy, but a rip-roaring adventure of a movie with tons of heart, and quite definitely tons of tears.
Toy Story 3 myself I was hesitant about putting up in here, because I consider all three Toy Story movies to be outstanding anyway. It's just that the ending was so perfectly executed that it just elevated the film to another level for me. Too bad that TS4 being announced sadly ruined any feeling of closure it had.
Finding Nemo is still a great movie, but I'd be redundant considering everybody here has seen that movie multiple times and grown up with it.
A-Tier: Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are both equal to me in terms of quality, they're both considered animated film classics for a damn reason, especially more than a decade after the fact.
Most of you wondered why I didn't place WALL-E higher when I originally posted this, so here's why. The first half or so of the movie is literally flawless to me. Touching, ethereal, and not a single sentence uttered. Just pure movie magic to me. The second half is good, but it didn't feel like it lined up to the tone of the former half. Still a great movie though, ain't knocking it down. I just like other Pixar movies better.
The Incredibles has sorta resonated less with me overtime, but I still love the movie. Ratatouille and The Iron Giant are the better of Brad Bird's animated works, at least in my opinion. And Monsters, Inc., still good. It's aged very well, and I have a lot of fond memories with it, considering it was the first Pixar movie I had the pleasure of seeing as a kid in theaters.
B-Tier: MU is without a doubt the strongest film in Pixar's "slump" they had after TS3. It has absolutely sumptuous animation, is hella funny throughout, and has an almost infectious enthusiasm. However, it doesn't reach Pixar's usual quality for me mostly because it didn't really hit all the right notes, plus you can pretty much tell this is Revenge of the Nerds x Monsters, Inc., at least to me. It's a good movie, but not an outright great one. Though that's not necessarily bad, it's still quite enjoyable on its own merits. Even a lesser good Pixar movie is better than most animated films out there currently.
C-Tier: Lemme get this out of the way, I think Cars is a decent movie and I will defend it when people call it a piece of shit or whatever of the like. Yes, it does suffer from being too long and having some lowbrow humor at points, but I enjoyed it overall. I adored the art direction, and although the "modern guy goes into small town" thing has been done before (looking at you, The Majestic), its done so in a well manner here. Plus, the race sequences are positively rousing. It's just an overall inoffensive movie, and simply not as bad as its rep would suggest. Although, it had the unlucky fate of being released between The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the latter of which is Pixar's masterpiece imo.
A Bug's Life has just never resonated with me, I'm sorry. Out of all the Pixar movies, this is the one that's just "there" for me. Nothing really stands out about it aside from the Randy Newman song at the end credits, and even though there are still debates whether this or Antz is better, neither are really that good in my opinion. The whole plot gives a whole sense of deja-vu because the "scrappy rises and ends up defeating legion of bad guys" plotline has been done so many times before, and doesn't try to juggle up the formula here.That said, I'm not shitting on those who like the movie, have fond memories of it or anything like that. Just saying that it never really "grabbed" me, so to speak.
D-Tier: If you know me in any capacity, you know of my nearly intense dislike for Brave. It's a failure of female empowerment, and squanders every bit of potential it had in its story from becoming the sequel to Brother Bear nobody want, Mother Bear. Merida is a snotty, unlikable protagonist, kinda bad considering y'know, we're supposed to sympathize with her on her journey throughout the film. Brave is just a movie that feels like it's checking stuff off a list throughout its 102-minute runtime, clicking all the cliche beats and never coming out of its shell to try anything new. It does have its merits, such as damn stunning animation and some nice music, but otherwise, this movie was pretty unremarkable as a whole. Pixar at least tried to do something different with a princess main character in this film, but yeah. You can try, but still fail. Better luck next time, Pixar.
F-Tier: Cars 2 is without a doubt Pixar's worst movie, it being a sequel to what many people consider to be their weakest movie before this heap of scraps was released. Stricken with an inept script, painfully unfunny jokes, a plot that's all over the place, and to put the cherry on-top making the comic relief the main character and shoehorning in an necessary spy plot. The mere reason for this movie's existence was Disney wanting to capitalize on the Cars franchise more due to the toys selling like hotcakes (they've made an excess of $4.08 billion), and it's quite evident here. Sad how the Cars franchise and it's spinoff Planes have become much more toyetic than Pixar's own series about toys. Irony is cruel sometimes. Even if the animation and races are greatly executed, it does little to save this shame of a movie.