- Animation Age Ghetto: One of the biggest breakouts.
- Broken Base:
- 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, Inside Out, and Finding Dory. The fandom seems split on whether the first one is a positive step forward or not, being criticized as a stereotypical princess movie. Fortunately, the latter two did much better critically and financially, with Finding Dory even becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of its time (in terms of the North American box office).
- 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.
- On whether Pixar has managed to get out of their Dork Age; some people feel that they have due to the universal acclaim of Inside Out and very positive reception of Finding Dory, but others feel that they still have some ways to go, with The Good Dinosaur widely being considered So Okay, It's Average and Finding Dory still being seen as slightly below Pixar standards.
- Creator Worship: The Pixar Regulars, and not without reason.
- 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 as aggressively mediocre, became the studio's first financial flop and left many worried that Inside Out was just a fluke.
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 undoubtedly put a strain on his own contributions).
Thankfully, Finding Dory was successful and well-enough received to save the studio some face and shortly thereafter, Lasseter publicly announced that Pixar would not be making any sequels in the coming decade. Time will tell what the general public will think of Cars 3 and Coco, 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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Sequelitis: Zig-zagged. The Toy Story series is widely regarded as one of the best film series' of all time, while Finding Dory is considered a very good followup to Finding Nemo (although not quite as impressive). However, Cars 2 as well as Monsters University and Cars 3 to a lesser extent have been criticized for being completely unnecessary sequels.
- 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.
- 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