YMMV / Pixar


  • Animation Age Ghetto: One of the biggest breakouts.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: They are experts at this. Their biggest hits include that one movie with the talking rat that helps a French chef cook and the one with the talking cars and that love story between two virtually intelligible robots that's completely silent for the first half and that one where the old guy ties a bunch of balloons to his house or the—hey! Don't go yet! Come on, even Jeffrey Katzenberg acknowledged their success with this formula, using Ratatouille as his example. Masterfully described in this comic, which doubles as a Take That towards DreamWorks Animation and their most identifiable asset.
  • Award Snub: Only two of their films, Up and Toy Story 3 received Academy Award Nominations for Best Picture, meanwhile, films like Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Inside Out were ignored.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Toy Story
  • Broken Base: Over whether the Cars series and Brave are even worth watching.
    • Adversely, which is worse, Cars 2 or Brave.
    • Is Monsters University a worthy follow-up to the first film and a clever homage to 1980s college films, or an aggressively mediocre, middling prequel?
    • Is The Good Dinosaur a mess whose Troubled Production really shows in the final product, or a touching and misunderstood film that didn't deserve to be Pixar's first financial flop?
    • Some fans don't want Pixar to make sequels, some do, and some don't really want them to but are okay with them being made anyway. Similarly, almost every individual unreleased sequel has a similar break between those anticipating and dreading them.
    • Fans noticed all of Pixar's movies were all male-lead and started asking for some films starring women and girls to balance it out. Pixar has since responded with Brave and Inside Out, and while the fandom seems split on whether the former is a positive step forward or not, being criticized as a stereotypical princess movie, the latter did much better critically and financially. Time will tell of this part of the fandom's opinion on Finding Dory.
    • A more positive example: which Pixar film is the best? One might think this would have an easy answer, but because most of their output from the beginning has been well-reviewed and amassed a hugely dedicated following, you can't call one film their best without it being a disservice to all the others.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Merchandise for the Cars series has been noted to sell extremely well.
  • Creator Worship: The Pixar Regulars.
  • Doing It for the Art: Steve Jobs spent a fortune on this small company that no one knew about for a decade before they exploded into fame.
  • Dork Age: After a hot streak towards the end of the 2000s, Pixar ran into a series of films that had poorer reception between 2011-2013, with other films in production at the time feeling the whiplash. Cars 2 began it, being the studio's first film in its entire history to be a critical flop, as well as its first since the creation of the "Best Animated Feature" Oscar not to get a nomination. Their next two films were incredibly polarizing, and while Brave won the aforementioned Oscar, it was generally considered undeserving over Wreck-It Ralph. As their next film, The Good Dinosaur, entered hot waters, John Lasseter caught on and decided to postpone it to save the studio further embarrassment. The next film in the roster, Inside Out, was critically lauded as another Pixar masterpiece and a return to form... and then The Good Dinosaur finally came out, was written off and aggressively mediocre, became the studio's first financial flop and left many worried that Inside Out was just a fluke. Even before all of this, John Lasseter acknowledged that the studio had entered an awkward transitional period as the original creators were training up-and-coming filmmakers to succeed them, but the successors weren't turning out the kind of films they were looking for (Lasseter being the head of both Pixar and Disney also undoubtably put a strain on his own contributions). Thankfully, Finding Dory was successful and well-enough received to save the studio some face. Time will tell if Cars 3 and Coco end up have a similar effect to what happened with The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out (albeit in reverse), though hopes for both Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 remain very high.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The Pixar Theory.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Do NOT refer to Pixar films as "Disney films" around Pixar fans. Their movies are considered a separate group of movies from Disney's.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With DreamWorks Animation, but this has since died down a little.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Joe Ranft's sad death in a car crash in 2005 becomes even sadder when you realize that Disney supremo Wolfgang "Woolie" Reithermann, a mentor to some of the animators including Lasseter, died the exact same way 20 years prior (and just for good measure, former Disney studio chief and Renaissance alumni Jeffrey Katzenberg nearly died the same way as Ranft and Reithermann 10 years after Ranft's death and 30 years after Reithermann's, but he only broke his arm).
  • Hype Backlash: When you've been around for close to 30 years and almost all of your movies have received nothing but critical acclaim and oodles of cash, this is to be expected.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: It had to happen sooner or later. Cars 2 may not have started it, but needless to say it hasn't helped.
  • Misblamed: Despite the creators making it clear that, as per their contract with Disney, they will only do sequels if they like the idea enough and not just for money, every one of their sequel announcements has been swiftly met with cries of "Sellout!"
    • They're also blamed for the drop-off in traditional animation in American features. And that's all we're gonna say about that.
    • Because it's a spin-off of the Cars movies, non-Cars fans tend to blame Pixar for Planes, despite it actually being made by DisneyToon Studios.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Averted so far. They've gotten plenty of flack for being a part of a fixed income scandal with other major animation studios including DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky but it has yet to sully any of their names.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: By the early 1990s, everything CG was kinda plastic... so Pixar did a film starring plastic characters. Then computer technology allowed to depict living animals better (bugs, furry/scaly creatures, fish, and then humans).
  • Stunt Casting: Subverted! Pixar certainly has commendable star power for each film, but make it a point to match the actor to the character, not vice versa.
    • With one half-exception. While Frozone is generally his own self, they couldn't resist giving Samuel L. Jackson the opportunity to ham it up just for fun.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Some of the characters are just too adorable. Some notable examples being Dot, Boo and Bonnie.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Their entire filmography. Most critics agree that any Pixar film with a rating less than 90% is a disappointment. In fact, one of the best things you could say about the studio was that their worst recieved film (for a time, at least) was still a critical success.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome

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