Another year, another Pixar movie opening at number one. To honor Pixar’s spotless track record, here is a quick look at it’s history, and at the posters that illustrated it.
Toy Story (1995)
When Toy Story was released the hubbub was about it being the first fully computer animated feature film. Well, time has passed, and most people don’t even remember that. What they do remember is that it was a great flick with memorable characters. And yeah, it also looked great.
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Probably Pixar’s least significant achievement. Still a fun little film, and it looked good at the time, but it pales when compared to most other Pixar films.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
One of the very few sequels to great films that manages to actually be as good (some people would say even better) then the original. The poster, much like the ones for the first film, highlights the two main characters, Woody and Buzz. Neat and effective.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters Inc. managed to be even more financially successful than Toy Story 2, and because of that, and because of it’s overall quality, was an affirmation of the strength of Pixar as a movie producing company and as a brand.
The poster above in many ways follows the same conventions used in the Toy Story 2 poster, focusing on the two main characters and little else. But the characters are so beautifully created, and their interactions so perfectly rendered, that they are enough to mesmerize, even in a still like this.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo is the most commercially successful Pixar film to date. I would argue that it is also the most artistically successfully. And it’s rendering of the deep sea is simply stunning, and a leap forward from what Pixar had done before.
The film’s unique look lead to some truly beautiful posters. So beautiful that I just couldn’t bring myself to pick just one to show here. These posters are my favorites from the Pixar oeuvre, and some of the best posters for an animated movie I have ever seen.
The Incredibles (2004)
In The Incredibles Pixar tackled a subject that seemed more geared towards a slightly older audience. And the posters also showcase more action than it’s usual for earlier Pixar posters.
And yet, kids came, and loved it. And older kids and teens also came and loved it. And quite a few adults came and loved it, proving that the Pixar magic was still there.
I have to be honest, I though that Cars was going to be the first Pixar movie to truly disappoint commercially. The premise just didn’t seem interesting enough to appeal to a broad audience. And last year had a lot of computer animated films being released, many of them performing somewhat poorly at the box-office.
But Pixar showed once again it’s power, and Cars easily became the top animated film of last year. Even in a landscape cluttered with computer animated films, Pixar still managed to stand out.
And here is the latest, which puts a rat in the kitchen and asks us to root for him to stay there. The opening for Ratatouille was somewhat lackluster when compared to Pixar’s other films, but it was still above what most animated films make nowadays. And more importantly, the film is apparently really good.
Some really good movies. Some pretty great posters. What else can you ask for?