Today marks the release of Inside Out, the 15th film from Pixar Animation Studios. Massachusetts natives Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to Joy and Disgust, two of the five voices inside the head of pre-teen girl Riley who dictate her daily life.
In the 20 years Pixar has been making movies, they’ve rarely stumbled, producing hits from Toy Story to Finding Nemo while raising audience expectations of animated films and forcing other studios to follow their lead.
With such a prestigous pedigree, it’s not shocking that Inside Out is getting positive reviews. What’s surprising is that many are calling it the best Pixar film ever.
Hitfix said that Inside Out was not only Pixar’s best, but “one of the best films of the 21st century, the project that most completely reflects the studio’s tenets of refined storytelling and entertainment.’’ The Dissolve gaveInside Out five stars, only the third time in the site’s history a new release has earned that honor.
And as of now, Inside Out has a 99 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, putting it in a three-way tie with Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3 for third place all-time for Pixar movies behind Toy Story and Toy Story 2, each of which earned 100 percent. (Even that is an unfair comparison, as both Toy Story films have a limited number of reviews, as they were released before the advent of online criticism.)
So where does Inside Out rank? It’s too soon to tell, but I have some thoughts. Here is my ranking of all 15 Pixar films since 1995.