Lauren Franco, The Incredibles: Don’t tell me you didn’t get excited over Incredibles 2 coming out, and don’t tell me you aren’t going to see it the week it comes out. If you haven’t ever said,
“WHERE’S. MY. SUPERSUIT????” you’re lying. It’s full of memorable quotes and gifs that rule Twitter and make people laugh even 15 years after its release. It’s about a family that overcomes change and frustration by taking down selfishness and grudges. Mr. Incredible’s ability to conquer his pride and understand the importance of a team is a good lesson to learn. He realizes there is no i in “team,” but there is an i in “incredibles.”
Jessica Clark, Toy Story: If you’re in college right now you were born roughly between 1992 and 2000. Toy Story was released in 1995, right near the beginning of our lives. You grew up loving Pixar because of Toy Story. Every movie you ever loved by Pixar followed in Toy Story’s success. Not to mention, we first heard the story of Andy, Woody and Buzz at the beginning of our lives, and then he went to college right about the time we did. Tear jerking, amirite?
Davis Hill, Up: Up is by far one of the most “high-flying” and amazing Pixar movies of all time. It taught me to reach for the skies and never stop believing. This adventurous comedy has always reminded me that you are never too old or young to follow your dreams. Also who doesn’t love a cast of talking dogs being freed from their evil owners? It even has a beautiful love story that can be topped by no other. This movie will remain one of my favorite movies of all time, even if it didn’t top our editors’ pick.
Max Preston, Toy Story: Most of the movies in this brackett are excellent, and Disney is a master in moving pictures, however, Toy Story is the best on this list. It’s without a doubt a classic, and I feel Disney is known for its creation of Toy Story. The movie is so unique and creative, it’s hard for me to pick another one over it. Two and three were also very good, but you have to resort back to the original as the best. Who didn’t own a Buzz and/or Woody toy when they were younger honestly? It’s no surprise my parents tell me they were my favorite toys, as well as movie, when I was a kid.
Jonathan Raitz, The Lion King: I’m not a music fanatic, but I think many of these millennials filling out these Disney brackets to pass the time are missing a crucial component of the criteria. How good was the soundtrack? I’m sorry, but movies like Toy Story, the Incredibles and even Monsters Inc have zero musical credibility to contribute to the conversation. Thus, this is why I would have to give the nod to Lion King after all aspects are considered. I could make a case for Tarzan or Hercules as well, but they don’t have quite the universal message that Lion King has. Besides you really can’t beat the Timon and Pumba duo. Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait.
Haley Remenar, Lion King: Basically this movie is the Gospel message. With the help of his father, a king must take back his throne from an evil usurper. Simba wins the battle for Pride Rock, and in our story, the Gospel story, Jesus Christ wins the battle for the universe. Besides the plot, this movie has some of the best music ever composed. The characters are well-developed, and the funny lines scattered throughout the movie keep audiences entertained from start to finish. It’s a tear-jerker and a thought-provoker. It is hands-down, the best Disney film of all time.
Amber Chavez, Coco: Coco had an amazing, family-focused storyline. Miguel Rivera proved it’s possible to follow your dreams and have your family by your side, even if it takes some work to do so. This is something I believe more kids (even adults!) need to see in movies. Coco also didn’t include a classic romantic subplot, which is part of what makes it stand out. Coco is an example of how much Pixar has grown since 1995 when Toy Story came out and foreshadows the endless possibilities of fantastic movies to come.
Evan Rodriguez, Ratatouille. Ratatouille is a beautiful film with an equally beautiful message to it. One gets the sense that they are immersed completely in the Parisian culinary scene throughout the film in a way which other Disney / Pixar movies have not imitated. Every character on screen both big and small has a depth of character to them which is normally reserved the main stars. Through and through, Ratatouille is the highest quality and one of the most enjoyable Disney / Pixar films to date.