In our second to last era of ranking Pixar movies we have the moving on era. It is a much shorter era than the previous one with only 4 movies. But it is absolutely an era all about moving on and leaving the past behind a little. I think the real defining factor of this era of movies is that the sequels feel pretty far divorced from their original films, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All that means is that these characters and the audience are different from how they started. And by most measures that’s a good thing. It shows growth and hope and the fact that an animation company was able to capture that feeling in just a few movies is an astounding thing.
The ranking system for this era is going to feel a little different because I personally feel very strongly about these four movies. I think there is a very clear split in the quality of these four movies. That said I did watch every single one of these as an adult so obviously my perspective on them isn’t necessarily the target audience. However Pixar has always been great at creating films that appeal to everyone, regardless of age. So with that in mind, though the target demographic is mostly children for these films, if it doesn’t hold up to adult standards of storytelling and such then it’s not a real good Pixar movie.
This much shorter era of Pixar films was very hit or miss as far as the quality of films goes. However the top 2 films are so good that it saves this era from being a complete failure, that was nothing more than an extension of franchises that didn’t need to be extended.