Pixar are without doubt one of the greatest movie studios in the history of the industry, and in my opinion, still the greatest animation studio around today. From their very first feature film, 1995’s Toy Story, Pixar have pushed the boundaries of children’s story telling as well as computer animation, and have had hit after hit.
This unprecedented success has caused Pixar to surpass the influence of their parent company, Walt Disney Studios, so much so that when you think of a Disney animated character or film, it will actually be a Pixar creation, and along with Marvel’s output, as well as the Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Pixar is what represents the Disney brand for a modern movie-going audience.
Pixar’s films are truly entertaining, with the power to make mass audiences worldwide feel happy and uplifted, as well as make us go on a roller-coaster journey in which we laugh, cry and feel extreme joy, all in under 100 minutes. In recent years many people have believed that Pixar, the film studio that could once do no wrong, have finally started to lose steam both artistically with Cars 2, and also commercially with Brave, a film not very well received for Pixar’s standards. I still see these films as successes in their own right.
Though the Cars franchise cannot be viewed and enjoyed by older audiences in the same way the likes of Toy Story and Finding Nemo can, there is no doubt that the financial success of those films have been extremely positive for both Pixar and Disney, and when it comes to Pixar’s much younger fans, the stars of Cars like Lightening McQueen and Mater are probably as popular, if not more popular than the likes of Buzz and Woody and Mike and Sully.
The success of Cars, in terms of it being entertaining for their desired younger audience, can be seen with the sheer amount of Cars merchandise around, as well as the hugely successful Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure. When it comes to the not-well-received Brave, I have always seen it as Pixar’s attempt at a classic Disney Princess tale, and for me it was a great film that had the wit and beautiful animation that I come to expect from Pixar, as well as the charm and nostalgia of Disney’s most iconic and memorable princess films.
Following on from a similar article I wrote in which I focused on the villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I will now be focusing on the villains of the Pixar Universe, as for me, a film and its heroes are only as good as its villains.
As Pixar has continuously impressed and entertained me in one way or another with all of their films, be it their long running franchises like Toy Story, or incredibly original films like Up, Wall-E and Ratatouille, I feel the villains of these beautiful pieces of animation should get the praise and attention they so truly deserve.
So without further ado, here are the 10 most awesome Pixar villains, and SPOILERS FOLLOW…
This article was first posted on August 27, 2013