Here at Reject HQ, we have discussions. These discussions usually span a range of topics, but are — for the most part — movie related. And in the past, many of these discussions would end in the slamming of doors, the throwing of various pieces of dinnerware and/or some sort of wager on box office results. Somehow, very few of them ever make it to the actual website, where our beloved readers (all of you) can weigh in with your opinion. It’s a shame. So we’ve decided to bring them to you, on a daily (or near daily) basis. Hopefully you will join in — just don’t throw plates at each other, please.
Yesterday a trio of Rejects — including myself, Brian Gibson and Dr. Abaius — sat down to watch and review Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray, as I am due to review it for This Week in Blu-ray (which will be live as soon as I get through Mad Men: Season 3, I promise). And the discussion went to, as it always seems to do, our favorite Pixar movies. It’s a great time to have said discussion, as we have a bit of distance from the latest Pixar release UP, and Toy Story 3 is still a few months away. So there’s no hype-machine to influence our opinion. That said, I’ve always held tight to the concept of a reverse-chronological Pixar favorites list (except for Cars). At the top of my list would be a tie between Wall-E and UP, followed closely by Ratatouille. I believe that Pixar’s storytelling ability has evolved greatly over the last 4 years, and they’ve begun to tell bold adventure and thoughtful human stories. Then the rest seem to be in perpetual motion around these three films, with Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles being the clear standouts in the pre-2006 era.
Anyone who has seen Pixar’s entire catalog is likely to have a different favorite, which is what might make this discussion fun. But remember, the key is not just what you like, but why you like it. That leads me to today’s two-part daily discussion question:
What is your favorite Pixar movie to-date, and why?