Toy Story and Toy Story 2

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1. Toy Story and Toy Story 2
They were the answers to our childhood question: What do our toys do when we're not around? Toy Story was the first entirely computer-generated film, changing animation forever. Tom Hanks is the voice of Woody, a lovable cowboy, and Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut. The unlikely pairing is the magical ingredient in both films, as their friendship is both hilarious and heartwarming. Whether it's concocting a strategy to reunite with Andy or saving Woody from an overzealous toy collector, it's always amusing to watch the funny twosome execute their wacky plans.
Finding Nemo

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2. Finding Nemo
This Oscar®-winning—and highest-grossing—Pixar film made us want to dive right in with the curious-to-a-fault clown fish Nemo and his overprotective single father, Marlon. When Nemo was scooped up by divers after swimming away from the reef , we clung to hope that Marlon and scatterbrained Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) would rescue him and return him to the sea. As if the stunning visuals weren't enough, Pixar offers a touching storyline that strums our heartstrings as well.
The Incredibles

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3. The Incredibles
Love of family is at the core of this action-packed Pixar gem. Dissatisfied with his mundane life in suburbia, Mr. Incredible is lured back into the world of superheroes—not without his family, of course—after a stranger recruits him for a mission to stop an out of control robot on a remote island. With a wife that can contort her body every which way, a daughter who can turn invisible and a son who moves at the speed of light, the Incredibles are a force to be reckoned with, but also an awkward fit in their traditional suburb. The value of family and teamwork are the true powers that guarantee this thrilling film lives up to its title.
Monster's, Inc.

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4. Monsters, Inc.
In Monsters, Inc., Pixar gives us a glimpse into the lives of the creatures who hide under our beds bumping in the night and even seeking refuge in our closets. The town of Monstropolis' power source is the number of screams collected from children. Secretly, the monsters view kids as dangerous and toxic. But the tables turn on the monsters when 2-year-old Boo follows them into the closet and invades their world. Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal), top scream generators of Monsters, Inc.—the largest scare factory in Monstropolis—embark on a side-splitting quest to bring Boo home. The scary creatures deliver an unexpected charm that not only calms our fears, but also nurtures them with laughter.

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5. Up
Widowed 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl discovers an unlikely co-pilot after 8-year-old Russell stows himself away in the house-bound hot air balloon Carl's crafted. His plan is to fly to the wilds of South America to fulfill his lifelong dream of great adventure hits a rough patch when he encounters his childhood hero, who turns out to be anything but. Together, Carl and Russell learn to appreciate life's simple pleasures—balloons! Ice cream cones!—along with the more complex. This touching Pixar motion picture reinforces the age old adage that one is never too young—or old—to dream.

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The distant future doesn't seem so far off in this film that explores love and other social mores in the postapocalyptic world. Compassionate garbage collector and robot WALL-E is left alone to clean up the mess mankind has left on a trash-covered Earth. He falls for Eve, a robot that comes crashing into his world and quickly becomes the object of his affection. We momentarily forget about going green in the scenes where WALL-E and Eve glide around—suddenly, trash has never looked so beautiful. Pixar intricately weaves a beautiful story made of emotion and metal with this computerized masterpiece.

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7. Ratatouille
Leave it to Pixar to push the envelope with an animated paradox: a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. Remy travels from his home in the French countryside to Paris, only to be heartbroken when he learns that his cooking idol, Gusteau, has passed away. When Linguini, a culinary-impaired young man, catches Remy practicing in Gusteau's restaurant, the two form an alliance to make Remy's dreams come true. It's nothing short of culinary marvel as Remy hides under Linguini's hat and acts as puppeteer by pulling his hair to direct his hands. The idea of Remy may be hard to swallow, but this is one rodent you'd think twice about extinguishing.

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