Last but not least in our ranking of Pixar movies, we’ve got our healing era. Now this era is arguably my favorite because it really shows some growth in the company. With the exception of the very first era of films that came out of Pixar this one is the most consistent and the most solid. This era consists of 6 movies with wildly different storylines, most of which are original and extremely heartfelt.
The most important defining factor of this era is that nearly all of these movies deal with some kind of trauma, or deeply emotional event that the main characters need to heal from or find some meaning in. Instead of just being movies that are targeted to children with some good moments for adults, these movies are great for adults but also palatable to children. I think that is an important distinction that really elevated the quality of this entire set of films. With richer stories in this era it is also more difficult to rank them as they all hold some emotional impact. That said, rank them I must so here we go with ranking the final era of Pixar films, the healing era.
Overall all of these films had some kind of healing element in play. Healing from loss, healing from failed expectations, healing from something. Every single one of these films are a lot heavier then the films that came before them. Pixar is known for movies that are generally oriented at children but these films are definitely for full families, parents and kids, anyone that has ever lost something and need to find some guidance in how to get past it. They are all very internal and are some of Pixar’s most emotional stories.