You may disagree to the point of taking me out back and giving me a lashing, but Ellen DeGeneres‘s best ever performance is Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. The soulful story of the tiny, orange clownfish is Pixar’s highest-grossing film, and Ellen’s role as the brain-addled Dory is the best performance in Pixar’s exceptional canon. Last weekend Pixar’s latest offering, Wall-E, made toast of the other summer movies at the box office. (My 10 bucks helped that number. I was at the opening show.)
Pixar even thrust Ellen back into the limelight with Finding Nemo in 2003, and every movie they have released has captured my heart.
Today I’m counting down all nine of Pixar’s films from good to better to best.
9) A Bug’s Life
The parable of “The Ant and the Grasshopper” has never been so funny. And who knew bugs could be circus performers?
It seemed like a niche movie dedicated to NASCAR fans, but I saw it anyway because it was Pixar. I wasn’t disappointed. Bonnie Hunt voices Sally Carerra, the big city girl with a small town heart. I’m a sucker for her brand of passion, even when it comes at me from a talking Porsche.
7) The Incredibles
The message: If you’re a hero, be a hero. And maybe we’re all heroes, especially Holly Hunter.
6) Toy Story
This movie confirmed what we’ve all always known: toys come to life when we’re out of the room. What we didn’t know was how much drama and personality was hiding in the toy chest.
5) Toy Story 2
When the sequel is even better than the original, you know you’re onto something. Toy Story 2 had better action, better animation, better jokes, and it embodies the kind of spirit that has become the hallmark of Pixar films. And by “spirit”, I mean “the ability to make me cry.”
4) Monsters, Inc.
You know that place in your mind between sleeping and waking? That is where Monsters, Inc. lives. Watching it is like recapturing the vivid innocence of your childhood dreams. KITTY!
Making me love a rat who works in a kitchen in Paris? That’s impossible. Unless you’re Pixar. I am not the first to say this, but the climactic scene with Anton Ego is comparable to the moment the Grinch’s small heart grows three sizes.
2) Finding Nemo
The scene where Dory speaks Whale is one of the best moments in animated movie history. Caaaan yoooou giive uuuus direeeeectioooons?
Is there such thing as a perfect love story? Yep. And Wall-E is it.
What’s your favorite Pixar film? Did you see Wall-E last weekend? If not, what are you waiting for? Hop to!