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  • Writer's pictureLoren Javier

5 Under Appreciated Pixar Films

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, we did an article on under appreciated Disney films, so we thought we'd share 5 under appreciated Pixar films. Pixar has always been synonymous with quality film making, but, sadly, as their film library goes, some films have started to fall into obscurity. Either that or they were never allowed to fly. So, this is to those Pixar films that have gone appreciated. What films do you think are not as appreciated?

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A Bug's Life

One film that's sadly been falling into obscurity is Pixar's second film A Bug's Life. For the time, the film was a technological marvel, but, as computer animation improved, this film is a little worse for wear. That said, the film is small but mighty, just like the ants in it. It's got a great supporting cast and one of the best villains in Pixar history. I still have nightmares of Hopper.

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The Good Dinosaur

One film I never thought had a chance was The Good Dinosaur. I don't really know why people didn't like it other than the criticism that it was The Lion King told with dinosaurs. While I think its a valid point, I do think the film stands on its own. It's got a lot of pathos and the relationship between Arlo and Spot is touching. The film where they "talk" about family breaks my heart every time.

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Cars 3

The Cars sequels are generally considered to be on the bottom wrung of the Pixar movies, but Cars 3 is actually quite good. The film is about gaining confidence for both Lightning McQueen and his trainer Cruz Ramirez. The film also features some dazzling racing sequences that blow the first film out of the water.

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I remember the first time I watched Brave, I didn't like it. It was slow and I didn't like Merida that much. I thought they had her try too hard to be the "brave" girl. But, watching it in later years, I've really come to enjoy the film. It's got a lot of heart in terms of the relationship between Merida and her mother, both as a human and a bear.

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Finding Dory

By the time Finding Dory rolled about in the theaters, people were already suffering from Pixar sequelitis. While it did well in the theaters, after it left, it has already started to fade into obscurity. But, the film is not only quite funny, it's got heart. We root for Dory to find her parents. And there is a great supporting cast, including Ed O'Neill as the cranky octopus Hank.

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