For years, Pixar has been ripping our hearts into tiny little pieces before mending them back together and wrapping them in warm blankets. Their films are pragmatic, utterly charming, and fun for the entire family. Before their delightful presentations, they butter you up with a heartwarming short film that'll make you laugh and just may make you cry. It'd be too hard for me to rank my favorite films from Pixar, so instead I'm going to pay tribute to the ones that have stuck with me through all of these years.
1. Inside Out (2015)
I'm going to start with the latest Pixar film that I've seen. Before witnessing this soon-to-be classic, it had been awhile since I was enchanted by what Pixar had to offer, so the film really caught me off guard. It's about a young girl named Riley who moves from the Midwest to a new home in San Francisco while her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness - argue about how to best handle a new house, city, and school. This movie really hits home as it shows us the toll that relocating can take on a young child. It also dives deep into our emotions, showing that something good can come from all of them. Inside Out tells such a beautiful and unforgettable story, one that you shouldn't be missing out on.
Here's the short that came before the movie, that I can't help but share with you guys. Unfortunately, the animation isn't available yet, since the film is still in theaters, but the video has the music and stills from the film. Enjoy.
2. Monsters Inc. (2001)
It's crazy to think that this movie is almost fifteen years old. Makes me feel not old, but experienced! This movie was quite different from what I was usually used to. I had seen movies with imaginative creatures, but none like this. In order to power their city, the monsters have to scare children until they scream; no screams, no power. Be that as it may, the children are deadly to the monsters, and after a child named 'Boo' (I see what you did there Pixar) comes through into their world, two monsters realize that things may not be what they think. Monsters Inc. was not only hilarious, but also told a heartwarming story of love and friendship, and one that I'll never forget.
For your enjoyment, below is the short film that showed before the movie.
3. Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story may have been the first Pixar film that I was introduced to as a kid, which is probably why it's my favorite of all-time. Yeah I know I said that it'd be impossible for me to rank my favorite Pixar films of all-time, but I will always have a number 1. This one has stuck with me for the longest, and has had the biggest impact on my life.
The movie followed a cowboy doll who turns jealous after being replaced by an all new spaceman figure as the top toy in a young boy's room. This story did more than fuel my childlike imagination. It creeped me out, brought me down, lifted me up, and above all, inspired me. It's lessons of friendship, forgiveness, and rising to the occasion have all stuck with me, making it one of the most unforgettable Pixar films to date.
This short film came out with Toy Story's home release, but was created about 7 years before the movie. By looking at this short film, you can really see how far Pixar has come.
4. The Incredibles (2004)
To be honest, I wasn't too fond of this idea when I first heard of it. If the superheroes weren't from DC or Marvel, then they were going to be subpar at best; at least that's what 9-year-old Traelon thought. But man, was I in for a surprise! After finally watching the movie, I was blown away. The Incredibles follows an undercover family of superheroes attempting to live the quiet suburban life, until they're forced back into action to save the world.
I absolutely love how this story pieces together. It shows a family struggling with issues that we all could relate to. Even though the Incredibles had their differences from time to time, they stayed at each others' sides and got through their struggles together because they're family.
Here's the short film that showed before the movie. Please, don't mind the subtitles. Enjoy.
5. A Bug's Life (1998)
Last, but definitely not least, is this visually breathtaking film. It follows a misfit ant who goes searching for "warriors" to help save his colony from greedy grasshoppers. He comes across a group of bugs that turn out to be an unskillful circus troupe. The misfit ant who is the main protagonist of the story, stands up for what's right, despite what the other insects think. He's a real trooper. This funny and charming movie taught us about friendship, forgiveness, and standing up for what's right. Lessons that will never be forgotten.
Here's the charming short film that was shown before the movie.