When it comes to movies, there are a lot of unpopular opinions that I can deal with. I’ve heard of people who have hated The Dark Knight and people who have loved Battlefield Earth. I’ve had friends who’ve hated The Empire Strikes Back and loved The Phantom Menace. I’ve even known someone who’s hated Meryl Streep and loved Katherine Heigl (there is a special eighth level of hell reserved for that person). After all of that, though, I have yet to meet a single person who doesn’t hold at least one or two Pixar movies very close to their heart. People like me can complain and complain about how Disney has creatively neutered the studio or how making Cars 2 was equivalent to giving up a home run on the last pitch of a perfect game, but at the end of the day nothing will change the fact that no other studio over the past two decades has managed to even come close to matching Pixar’s gold standard.
Today, in honor of the release of Pixar’s Monsters University, I thought it might be fun to find out what your favorite Pixar movie is? There really are no right or wrong answers here (except for Cars 2, that would be a wrong answer), so feel free to justify your choice however you want. As for my pick, I’d be a little torn. Do I go with the quirky fun of Finding Nemo, or the nostalgia bombshell of Toy Story 3, or the hindsight-defying originality of Wall-E or Ratatouille? I could make a strong argument for nearly any one of Pixar’s films, but at the end of the day I would still be left with one choice…
Yes, my favorite Pixar movie is Up, a film which I believe embodies every single characteristic that sets the studio apart from its competitors. I can’t think of many other animated movies that can match the combined one-two punch of consistent comedy and unwavering emotional potency that Up is able to deliver. The ease in which Up moves between sweetness, sadness, humor, and pure wonder is something that never ceases to amaze me with each successive viewing. Top that of with a premise this refreshingly original and you end up with one of the best pieces of family entertainment made in the course of my lifetime.
Now that I’ve had my chance to fawn, I’d like to hear from you. What is your favorite Pixar movie and why? Sound off in the comments below!