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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 05/31/2009

As 'Up' Tops Box Office: We Pick Our Favorite Pixar Films

By Michael Cavna

"Up" (REUTERS/Walt Disney Co/Pixar/Handout)

"Toy Story" (DISNEY PIXAR)

As Pixar studio's 10th feature film, the 3D balloon-questing "UP," descends on theaters this weekend -- and easily tops the domestic box office at an estimated $68 million -- Comic Riffs wonders: Where do 78-year-old action hero Carl Fredericksen and "small mailman" Russell land on your personal popularity index? Does "UP" land squarely between, oh, "The Incredibles" and "Finding Nemo," say -- hard past a coupla "Toy Story" hits?

In other words: Now that Pixar has been releasing feature films for 15-some years, what is your fave Pixar film ever? (Feel free to tell us why, too.)

Here's the full ballot. Good luck, and remember, in this case with all these beloved and be-liked films, it's: "To affinity and beyond!"

By Michael Cavna  | May 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Kinda hard to include UP in that list, since it just opened. It was a tough call between Nemo and Incredibles for me. I'm pleased to see Ratatouille did so well as I loved the story (and to cook!)


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 31, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

While 'The Incredibles' is a great movie about family strife, 'Wall-E' broke the rules of what animated films could achieve. It is not just a wonderfully animated film, but a timeless love story and a better warning about environmental neglect than 'An Inconvenient Truth.'

Posted by: shay_d7 | May 31, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Up was up there with the rest of Pixars films. The differnce between Pixar/Disney films and Bluesky/Fox films is the soul.

Posted by: hhkeller | May 31, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't pick a favourite. I've seen most of them and they were all pretty much equally adequate. I can't think of one I'd go back to see again.

If I had to pick ~ Monsters Inc.

Posted by: filfeit | June 1, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I'd also have to say "Wall-E", which was something Chuck Jones might have done if he'd had access to computer animation.

Posted by: greggwiggins | June 1, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Toy Story. Certainly, subsequent films outdid TS as far as technical achievement, but it was the movie that opened up our imaginations to the possibilities to come.

And what better way to do that than having inanimate toys from our childhoods spring to life before our eyes?

After all, we know they did it when we weren't looking!

Posted by: mjwpok | June 1, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

it's difficult to decouple the enjoyment of each movie from the evolution of the technology that Pixar has emplyed in creating the series. For decades, it was considered a "holy grail" achievement in animation to depict hair or fur realistically, and then Pixar did just that for the central character of "Monsters, Inc." The almost unprecedented realism in the depiction of underwater illumination and the effects of moving water helped make "Finding Nemo" a much more visually convincing story (and hence easier to appreciate as a "real" movie rather than as "just" a cartoon, in many people's rather unenlightened estimation) than it would have been if it had been attempted a few years earlier. Similarly, "Wall-E" couldn't have been as enjoyable as it was had it been generated using the less sophisticated technology that was used for Pixar's earlier films. That evolution has continued, as is evidenced by the interaction among each one of the balloons in the cluster, which actually could not be foreseen until the computer calculated them. We can only assume that the emotional impact of Pixar's movies will become even stronger in the years to come, as the technology permits the animators to tackle more and more of the complex issues that categorize "real life".

Posted by: seismic-2 | June 1, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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