Disney History: Pixar

Few movie companies have been as successful in their time as Pixar - we’ve witnessed some truly historical films over the past two decades thanks to Pixar, and in today’s blog, we’ll briefly touch on every film that Pixar has ever released in the months of May and June! Buckle up, it is quite the list!

Finding Nemo (May 30th, 2003)

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Arguably the most influential movie of the decade, Finding Nemo stirred a passionate Pixar fan base and created lifelong relationships with many of their viewers. Until 2010, Finding Nemo was the highest-grossing Pixar film of all time, and for good reason!

Cars (June 9th, 2006)
Just 3 short years after the release of Finding Nemo, and with a few Pixar films in between, Disney and Pixar found another treasured character lineup with Cars! This movie was not only a box office hit, it was another foray into the realm of “toys” that could be easily recognized on the shelves by kids who loved the movie. Taking the idea of toy cars and turning it into a feature-length epic was a brilliant idea by Pixar, and has turned Cars into quite the franchise!

Ratatouille (June 29th, 2007)

After the release of Cars the year prior, there was just no telling where Pixar would go next until we all saw Ratatouille. Set in essentially two completely different worlds that coexisted beautifully, Ratatouille was a super-fun, yet moving, example of the brilliance of Pixar and their animators. For some perspective, Ratatouille was the first feature-length film that had the duality concept play a role throughout the entire film. Although there are moments in Finding Nemo in which the humans can be seen talking to the fish, Ratatouille found a way to make two characters who couldn’t possibly communicate with words - and write the story in such a way that the communication was non-verbal, yet easy for a young audience to understand. Can you tell we love this movie?

Wall-E (June 27th, 2008)
After the success of Ratatouille a year prior, Pixar went after it again with the “limited communication” structure and absolutely knocked it out of the park. For being a story with an inherently negative outlook, Wall-E delivered the joys, laughs, smiles, and certainly tears, of a classic Pixar movie. It ended up winning (yes, winning and not just nominated) for 10 awards and is one of the most decorated Disney movies ever.

Up (May 29th, 2009)

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As if Pixar hadn’t already been making history for several years in a row, they decided to grace us all with another classic, Up, at the end of May of 2009. A truly Magical tale Up takes us all on an adventure of both setting and character development. One of the more troubling movies, especially in the beginning (get your tissues ready for that one, by the way), Up finds a way to make you smile, laugh, and cry all within a couple of hours. If you’re looking for a feel-good movie with a twist of meaningful life-lessons, Up is an absolutely fantastic place to start.

Toy Story 3 (June 18th, 2010)
The third installment of Pixar’s original franchise, Toy Story 3 was set to take the box office by storm in 2010. In what was certainly a first for Pixar, they waited over a decade between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, and it was well worth the wait. Kids that grew up alongside Andy and the gang got to return to the theater to see their old friend leaving for college, and for new Pixar fans, Toy Story 3 was a fabulous adventure to get started with. I won’t lie to you, I cried harder watching Toy Story 3 than I did in any other Disney film. Maybe it’s because I was sitting next to my mother, who sat next to me while I enjoyed my Disney favorites growing up, or maybe it’s because I was off to college at the same time. Regardless, it’s an incredibly touching film and is something every Disney fan needs to see.

Cars 2 (June 24th, 2011)
Celebrating 25 Years of movie magic, Pixar released the sequel to Cars in June of 2011. Although it isn’t a critically acclaimed film, and certainly didn’t get the ratings that the original got, it was a pleasant follow-up and introduced us to a new version of Lightning and Mater!

Brave (June 22nd, 2012)

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Pixar’s first foray into the realm of “History”, Brave was a wonderful exploration of the days of bows and arrows, kings and queens, and scary monsters! Merida has become a household name, and is one of the most beloved Disney princesses of this era! If you’re up for a real adventure, Brave is your one-way ticket!

Monsters University (June 21st, 2013)
Go back to the days of college fraternities and mischief with Mike and Sulley in the prequel to Monsters, Inc.! Much like the first Monsters movie, both Mike and Sulley have some growing up to do, and Monsters University is where they did it! Interestingly, Monsters University was the first Pixar “prequel” film, and if they’re ever thinking of doing another, they certainly have the blueprint! Monsters University wasn’t ever going to be as groundbreaking as Inc. was, but it still found a way to make huge box office numbers and put smiles on Pixar fan’s faces!

Inside Out (June 19th, 2015)
For the first time in nearly a decade, Pixar took the month of June off in 2014, however, they came back with a storm in 2015 and the release of Inside Out, a critically acclaimed masterpiece. Winning as many, and many of the same actually, awards as Wall-E, Inside Out was another “first” for Pixar. It features characters that are actually the emotions inside Riley’s brain, and nearly the entire story actually takes place inside her head! As another character-development style film, Inside Out, does an incredible job of building a lesson into the story-arch, and we’re all better off for it.

Finding Dory (June 17th, 2016)

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In what would become a part-revival, part-new, and entirely brilliant film, Pixar broke the box office again with Finding Dory. Although it’s hard to imagine another “Finding __” movie doing as well as the first, Finding Dory actually blew Finding Nemo out of the water! (pun completely intended) Yet another epic adventure story from Pixar, this flick takes you on a new adventure with Dory, our favorite forgetful fish! An instant classic, Finding Dory is a fabulous movie for adults and kiddos, alike!

Cars 3 (June 16th, 2017)
In the third installment of the Cars franchise, Lightning is pushed out of the competition by new and upcoming race cars. Determined to get back into the sport he loves, Lightning finds a new companion and heads back to the track to prove, once again, that he is the best racecar in the world! Although it isn’t the most critically acclaimed of the Pixar movies, it was still considered a box office success, with revenue exceeding the total budget by over $200 million!

Incredibles 2 (June 15th, 2018)
Although it only came out this year, the Incredibles 2 makes it on the list! Certainly not better than the first installment, but certainly not worse, the Incredibles 2 was a wonderful movie and it was so great to see the Parr's back in action! What did you think of the most recent Pixar movie? Let us know in the comments!


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