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What's your favorite Pixar movie?

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We all need feel-good films now, and no one does them like Pixar. The animation studio has made 22 feature films - with the number 23, Soul, which are due to be released this year - and many other short animations, including Bao, Lava, Purl and Geri's Game. Choosing a favorite isn't easy, but we got our team to do it anyway.

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I don't have to choose one of the Toy Story films

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I wish I could pick just one, but Pixar's consistently great quartet of Toy Story films makes it nearly impossible. Pixar put the original on the map with its standout animation and instantly iconic characters for good reason. The sequel builds on it with a well-rounded adventure, while Toy Story 3 is like no other a belly blow with tears in the eyes. Even Toy Story 4 gives us an emotional epilogue worthy of the franchise's high bar and features some of the funniest scenes in the series.

If you were to put a (toy) gun to my head I would have to say ... Toy Story 2. Could be. Just because the connection to the video game is brilliant and the always fearful Rex who has won a victory over Zurg never gets old.

It's not a movie, but it would be a thorn in my side Not Say hello to Bao and the other Pixar shorts. If you haven't seen them, you don't know what you are missing out on. Just make sure you have some tissues around. Bradley Russell

The unbelievable

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The Incredibles is not your average Pixar movie. It's a family sitcom, a rousing superhero film, and wonderful praise to retro futurist Americana all rolled into one. It's grown up and violent, and surprisingly dark in places. These traits are part of the reason most Pixar fans tend to keep it criminally low on their internal rankings on the studio's back catalog, but the quirks of The Incredibles are exactly what keeps the film firmly on my regular new watch list. Brad Bird's brainchild was really daring for its time, taking the Pixar spirit to keep innovating in the animation space and taking the studio into radically new territory when it was just entering its teenage years. Oh, and there's Jack-Jack. Who doesn't love Jack-Jack? Alex Avard

Cars really turn my engine ...

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(To be very clear, I like cars in a purely platonic way. I just couldn't think of a pithy title related to cars for this entry.)

I know that out of all of the Pixar films that declare your favorite, I picked one very superficial submission. Cars don't grab the emotional punch of Inside Out, the art of Coco, or the creep-inducing songs of Moana. And Toy Story is also a thing I think. But for me I have the fondest memories of the movie Cars. My younger brother is of the generation Pixar = Disney and it was one of the first cinema experiences we ever had together and One of the first Wii games we played together. Seeing him sitting next to me in the cinema with a drink the size of his head, big eyes and loving every minute of it is what Disney is about for me. There might not be a “How Far I'll Go” moment, but the soundtrack includes Chuck Berry, Sheryl Crow and Hank Williams and I would do that over The Rock any day… So, I'm welcome? Ellen Causey

Toy Story 3 is almost perfect

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Toy Story 3 shouldn't be as good as it is. Trilogy closers are seldom considered the highest watermark in a series, let alone the best work that comes out of a studio. There are some notable examples here and there; The good, the bad, and the ugly, the Return of the King, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the Return of the Jedi, to name a few. But, by and large, Part 3 are not known to be excellent.

Toy Story 3 is a phenomenal exception that manages to improve on its predecessors in every way, from stronger laughs (Micheal Keaton's Ken is a riot) to some of Pixar's most nifty stories. Even now, thinking about the stove scene, my stomach sucks when I see some of my favorite characters from childhood prepare for their days to come. To be fair, having to see it in a movie theater with my family about a week before leaving for college probably helped cement its emotional impact. It's a tough job considering Wall-E, Bao, Monster’s Inc., and The Incredibles to choose from, but none of them has matched the effects of Toy Story 3 on me. Ben Tyrer

Wall-E: the silent film for the modern age

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Imagine a film that is so fascinating that, despite the lack of human dialogue, you are fixated on the first 39 minutes. Any dialogue, in fact, except for a talking hologram and a couple of robot loops. Now stop imagining it. Open your Blu-ray player. Put on wall E. Watch, enjoy and wonder what an amazing feat it really is, in this world of non-existent attention spans - I checked Whatsapp three times in the 20 seconds it took you to read my first sentence - and blockbusters that time and again the term “show, not tell” will be erased. Choosing a favorite Pixar movie is like giving birth to octuplets, then saying you can only keep one, but for me it has to be the story of Eva, Mo, and the title's Ragtag machine. Because the parts with language and language are just as delicate and beautiful and inevitable as their three-quarters of an hour structure. Ben Wilson

The truth hurts doesn't it?

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The problem with trying to choose the best Pixar movie is that it is a decision that is fraught with pitfalls. Explain that any Pixar movie released after 2007 is bad and you will attract the wrath of the internet. Suggest that Up and Wall-E did more damage to Pixar's reputation than they are good, and you will deserve the scorn of your friends and co-workers. Monsters, Inc is out of the question because I attended the London premiere as a kid - yes, it was magical and I am biased by it. If you suggest the two obvious answers (because they are the right ones) in Toy Story followed by Toy Story 2, you are being blamed for a lack of imagination. This leaves us with the unbelievable, cars, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and A Bug’s Life. Well, The Incredibles kept us waiting 14 years for a bad sequel, so that's over. I'm scared to death of rats so that Ratatouille can go straight to the trash can. I'm assuming Ellen picked cars, so that's an automatic no. Finding Nemo is fun, but it's not a shark story, so that's out of the question either. Then we're left with A Bug’s Life, a movie I have vague memories of being scared of ... but it's certainly better than Antz, so you have it. Josh West

Coco - remember me ...

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Coco deserves to be at the top of the list of the best Pixar movies. It's humorous and incredibly beautiful, yes, but this is the animation studio at its deepest. Set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, it begins with aspiring musician Miguel trapped in the underworld. In the end, however, it comes down to exploring issues of lost loved ones, the power of memory, and the harm bitterness can do for everyone around you. It moves and I defy everyone not to end up being devastated and lifted up at the same time.

Coco is also the celebration of a culture that we don't normally see the focus of on the big screen. The result is a magical experience that will stay with you. Indeed do you remember me ... Benjamin Abbott

Wall-E gets better every year

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Since Ben has already pointed out that Wall-E has tacitly become the best (mostly) silent film for decades, I'll take the deviating route and follow Alex's playbook by pointing out that it's also a hauntingly relevant portrayal of climate collapse. The last time I saw Wall-E was on a flight last year, and even in the confined space of an airplane chair with a screen about two inches in size, I was impressed with how the film reflects the increasingly dire situation on our planet. I hadn't seen the movie since I was a teenager, and I remember vividly watching Wall-E’s ignorant citizens and malicious corporations and thinking they were weirdly exaggerated that people could never bend so low. Not so much after the 100 year saga of 2019! Frankly, more people should see Wall-E, partly because it's adorable and brilliant, but also because its message is both timely and essential. Austin Wood

All of them?

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I'm one of those weird people who don't have a favorite because they're all kind of good. Except maybe cars, because someone explains to me how it all works? Have you evolved? Is this the future after humanity that will bring us an Elon Musk killing spree? Are they born or made? How do they reproduce? Can cars have sex? What options does a car have when it wants to drive faster than normal? Do you go to the dentist? Where does the gas come from if there are no fossils? HOW DOES IT WORK? Anyway, I basically like all Pixar movies so my favorite is usually the last one I've seen which is Coco. Oh, and the first 20 minutes of Up and all of the parts with Dug in.Leon Hurley

Dug's special mission

Did you even know it existed? No, and neither did I until I went through the list of Pixar movies to decide which is the best. Well, 4 minutes 43 seconds later, I'm back and this has shot to the top of the list. It's just a short film, probably against the rules here, but it's 4 minutes of pure gold dug. As a precursor to Up, Dug watches a rock, Dug sits in a hole, Dug walks down the hole. It's dark in the hole. It's Dug's birthday too. It's a short laugh and it really cheered me up. Which is probably something we all need in these strange times. I can't recommend taking five minutes to see this masterpiece enough. James Jarvis

from the inside to the outside

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You can't ask me that. It's like choosing your favorite puppy! But good. There is something about the way Inside Out made me look into my own mind that has been with me for years. It came at a time when I wasn't at my best emotionally, and all of a sudden, all of these emotion monsters existed in Riley's head, with the power to manipulate her emotions and fuel memories like an elaborate mental marble run to make you feel better - or worse - was powerful stuff. The idea that emotions are in control and literally pulling the control panel in my head has brought me a lot of comfort over the years, especially when things feel a little too much. Plus, you can't beat all the dream chat, cute characters, amazing storage library and top notch story.

Don't even let me start thinking about bing bong, I'll sob. Sam Loveridge

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