Looking for good family-friendly movies for your children that you can stand to watch with them? Well, one of the most obvious choices are the Pixar & Disney cartoons. Pixar Animation Studios and Disney make a great team and have come out with arguable some of the best, funniest and most clever movies of all time. Following you will find Youtube trailers for all the movies, a score to help you decide if it’s any good, my opinion and a summary of the movie. Are you surprised with our results? Overall the scores are quite high compared to other children’s movies. Cars 2 is the only Pixar movie not this list. Here are our results of the best Pixar movies.
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#12 – Cars
Mommy Bear’s Opinion - One of my son’s all-time favorite movies and I am surprised to see it down here. The critics didn’t like it that much but I know that lots and lots of little boys like it. We must have watched it 100 times (unlike Cars 2, which did not make this list).
Summary – Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there’s more to life than trophies and fame.
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This film has great animation and an engaging storyline. It does have some scary scenes that may be too much for younger children. I enjoyed watching the mother-daughter relationship grow through the different events they had to face together. Parents should be aware that in one scene a group of men’s bare behinds are seen and the naked backsides of three small boys (all for comedic effect). Also a heavyset woman wears a low-cut dress revealing ample cleavage, again for comedic effect.
Summary – Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.
#10 – A Bug’s Life
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This movie is well done. It is great for children and is a really fun movie for the whole family.
Summary – On behalf of “oppressed bugs everywhere,” an inventive ant named Flik hires “warrior bugs” to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by hopper. But when Flik’s cavalry turns out to be a ragtag group of flea circus performers, the stage is set for comic confusion…as well as unlikely heroes!
#9 – Ratatouille
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – A little more for adults than children but my children still like it quite a bit. They always seem to want to cook like a chef after they watch it, which is good. It’s cute and clever and has a good overall message.
Summary – In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
#8 – Monsters, Inc.
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This movie is very funny and not even that scary. There is peril in it but the monsters, for the most part, aren’t scary. I highly recommend it. We laugh every time we watch it.
Summary – The main characters, monsters, generate power by making children scream so you are cool the better you are at getting children to scream. In of the monsters evil plots a little girl gets out of her door and Sulley and Mike Wazowski find her and try to get her back in to her door.
#7 – The Incredibles
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – Lots of action and some funny parts. I like how the family all has to work together in the end.
Summary – Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world’s greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live “normal” lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.
#6 – Toy Story 2
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This is my and my children’s favorite Toy Story movie by far. We have watched this one probably close to 100 times. One of the best things about it is that girls and boys like it.
Summary – Woody is stolen and all the other toys go on an adventure to find him and bring him back home.
#5 – WALL-E
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This is the kind of movie that critics like but children do not. It is clever and has a good message but it is rather slow and I can’t remember the last time my young children actually sat through the whole thing.
Summary – After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe.
#4 – Toy Story
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – The boy next door is just mean and scary for very young children. It’s also kind of slow but it has a fun plot and the whole idea of talking toys is unique and fun.
Summary – Woody is Andy’s favorite toy until Andy gets a new toy for his birthday. Buzz Lightyear i s really cool and has batteries and buttons, etc. Andy loves all his toys but Woody feels left out. The toys get separated and try to find a way to get reunited before moving day.
#3 – Finding Nemo
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – Well done. It’s very clever and has some memorable lines. Most of my favorite scenes are between Marlin and Dory; they are funny and it is fun to see their relationship develop throughout the movie. This is a lot of people’s favorite Pixar movie.
Summary – When Nemo, a young clownfish, is unexpectedly carried far from his home, his overprotective father, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, embark on an epic journey that leads to encounters with vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish and hungry seagulls!
#2 – Up
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – It’s clever and fun to watch, just not over and over like some of the others. Kind of slow and geared a little more towards adults. It’s a very unique story though.
Summary – Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, Russell, an overeager 8-year-odl Wilderness Explorer who has never ventured beyond his backyard, is in the wrong place at the wrong time – Carl’s front porch! The world’s most unlikely duo reach new heights and meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, the rare 13-foot tall flightless bird. Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Carl realizes that sometimes life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you set out looking for.
#1 – Toy Story 3
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – Not my children’s favorite movie but apparently a lot of other people liked it and it has Disney-Pixar’s highest box office sales. I just thought it was quite scary in several parts (especially when they almost get burned in the incinerator). The end is really great though and makes up for a lot.
Summary – As Andy prepares to depart for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy’s faithful toys wonder what will become of them But when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and soon discover a wild new adventure is just beginning!
Mommy Bear’s Conclusion -
Keep in mind that just because it’s high on the list doesn’t mean your child will like it the best. One of the things I like about Disney-Pixar movies in general is that the whole family can watch them – girls and boys and moms and dads. Even people without children like to watch them. If I had to put them in order that my children watch repeatedly, it would be more like:
1 – Toy Story 2
2 – Cars
3- Monsters, Inc.
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