Pixar movies are a staple of childhood for many people. They provide entertainment to families across the world and have become an American institution. But their order in which they were released can be confusing because some Pixar movies come out at different times than others. In this blog post, we will discuss Pixar movie release dates and how to watch them in chronological order so that you can enjoy Pixar movies as intended!
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story (1995) is a story of a friendship between a toy cowboy and a space ranger. John Lasseter began work on the movie in 1991 when he joined Pixar, which was still just an idea at that time. The animation studio wanted to produce computer-animated movies, but they did not have their own ideas for any of them yet.
The duration of the movie is around an hour and a half.
The cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz.
A Bug’s Life (1998)
A Bug’s Life is a 1998 comedy film made by Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Pictures released it. It tells the story of an ant named Flik who must rescue his colony from a group of mischievous grasshoppers led by Hopper. John Lasseter directed the movie., with a screenplay authored by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, and Joe Ranft.
The duration of the movie is around an hour and a half.
The cast includes Kevin Spacey as Hopper, Dave Foley as Flik, Denis Leary as Francis, Bonnie Hunt as Princess Atta, Phyllis Diller as the Queen.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 2 is the 1999 sequel to the 1995 movie Toy Story. The movie continues the adventures of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) as they deal with a kidnapping of their friend, Andy. In the first few minutes of the film, we learn that Sid has been playing with his toys as usual- destroying them in ways that children would do. His mother tells him that he needs to put his toys away before someone sees him and takes his toys from him. We then see Sid playing with a toy called Evil Dr. Porkchop, who rips off Sid’s arm and kills him. This sets a tone for how much more intense this movie was going to be than its predecessor.
The duration of the movie is one hour and 39 minutes.
The cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Wallace Shawn as Rex, John Ratzenberger as Hamm.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters Inc. is a movie on Pixar, first released in 2001. It’s an American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows the professional life of James “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman), a monster that scares children, and his best friend, Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), an octopus-like being with limited intelligence which works as a scarer at Monsters Inc.—and Sulley’s rivalry with Randall Boggs (voiced by Steve Buscemi), another top Scarer at the company.
The duration of the movie is 107 minutes.
The cast includes John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, and James Coburn.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Marlin, a clownfish, lives in Sydney, an Australian harbor city. He is eager to be popular with his neighbors, but they continue to ignore him. His son Nemo is very social and makes many friends. One day, when Nemo tries to escape school during a field trip, he is captured by scuba divers who take him to their boat. Marlin goes after him and finds himself in a fish tank at an office, where he is unable to escape. Nemo’s friends, the pufferfish Bloat and Bubbles alert Marlin of his son’s capture by luring him out of hiding with promises of food (they even go so far as to mimic humans).
The duration of the movie is listed as 100 minutes.
The cast includes Alexander Gould as Nemo, Hayden Rolence as Nemo (age 13), Albert Brooks as Marlin, and Ellen DeGeneres as Dory.
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles is a 2004 superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The plot follows a family of undercover superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live as normal suburbanites after all super-powered beings have been outlawed. But, when the villain arrives and they have no options left, they try to prevent the super-villain from taking over their city.
The duration of the movie is listed as 126 minutes.
The cast includes Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L Jackson.
Cars (2006) is a computer-animated movie that was produced by Pixar. It is a prequel to the movie Cars (2006). The film features Lightning McQueen and takes place in his hometown of Radiator Springs, where he spends time with friends before traveling around America for races. Lightning McQueen returns to Radiator Springs, where he is pampered by his friends. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) goes missing while traveling to California to compete in the Piston Cup Championship against The King (Richard Petty) and Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton). After falling out of his trailer in a down-and-out settlement known as Radiator Springs, he gets lost. While there, he gradually bonds with the town, meets new friends, and learns that the town’s iconic Route 66 Raceway was once a popular racing location where he once won his first race.
The duration of the movie is 100 minutes.
The cast includes Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bonnie Hunt.
Ratatouille is a 2007 comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film centers on Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef despite his species’ long history of being considered as vermin. He trains under the tough yet venerable chef Auguste Gusteau, alongside an arrogant young sausage maker named Emile, who constantly insults the intelligence, appearance, and aroma of Remy’s dishes. Though not initially successful because other chefs refuse to take him seriously due to his species, Remy proves himself when he inadvertently saves Gusteau from death. When Gusteau suddenly dies soon thereafter, Remy must face competition for his former mentor’s coveted position at the renowned restaurant.
The duration of the movie is listed as 115 minutes.
The cast includes Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, and Lou Romano.
The film takes place in the future, where humankind has become pampered and lazy after living for hundreds of years in space. Earth is surrounded by garbage that blocks the sun’s rays. WALL-E, the pampered trash compactor robot, finds himself alone on Earth after all other life has abandoned it. Over time he collects various knickknacks and trinkets that fascinate him, such as a Rubik’s Cube. One day an unmanned spaceship lands and deploys an advanced probe robot named EVE. WALL-E falls in love with the curious new robot, who eventually takes a plant that he found earlier to space inside her body.
After she leaves him behind for dead, a spaceship arrives, which carries a fleet of other robots whose mission is to clean up the Earth by gathering all trash into a ball and incinerating it. The deteriorating WALL-E manages to rejoin EVE, protect the plant and ultimately return to space where he can finally fulfill his purpose in life alongside a newly found robot friend.
The duration of the movie is 98 minutes.
The cast includes Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, and Jeff Garlin.
Up is a 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film. Bob Peterson and Pete Docter directed this animated comedy, both of which are co-founders of Pixar Animation Studios. It tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, who, at 78 years old, sets out to fulfill his childhood dream to explore the wilds of South America in a house lifted by helium balloons. Up also follows Carl’s 8 year old eager explorer Russell as he endeavors to help this 78 year old man fulfill his lifelong dream.
The duration of the movie is 96 minutes.
The cast includes Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger and Jordan Nagai.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
It follows Andy, now all grown up and moving towards college, who finds out that he still has one Christmas wish left. With this opportunity, Andy decides he should use his final wish to bring his beloved toys one last time to see “Al’s Toy Barn” for some fun. He packs up Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, and the other toys in his room before heading downtown with his mom to gather the rest of the toys Max has squirreled away (he’s helped by Bonnie). The movie is sad but also happy at the same time – it’s a great end to an already wonderful series.
The duration of the movie is 103 minutes.
The cast includes some big names such as Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack.
Cars 2 (2011)
Lightning McQueen and his tow-truck buddy Mater have enjoyed themselves plenty together, but nothing compares to what happens when they compete in the World Grand Prix for the first time. Lightning is focused on reclaiming his title as the champion, but when Mater meets British master spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), he takes a detour into international espionage.
The duration of the movie is 104 minutes.
Merida lives isolated in the castle beside her neglectful mother, Elinor, who doesn’t fully understand her daughter. Merida is a teenager and wants to go off on an adventure outside of the castle walls, but she also loves her family deeply and doesn’t want them to be upset with her. One day at pixie hollow, after having fun in the mud near their home, Elinor isn’t happy with how dirty her daughter is and makes Merida clean herself up.
Merida later comes across a witch who offers her a Pixar spell that will change her fate. Merida is told to eat an apple which contains the Pixar spell, but it turns out this pixie hollow witch only means for harm and not good. The pixies are captured by Mor’du, who was once prince of Scotland before he became cursed into a bear forever because he wanted power.
The duration of the movie is approximately 108 minutes.
Monster University (2013)
“Monster University” takes place before “Monsters, Inc.” and tells the story of Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, two monsters that enroll at a monster university to learn how to become a scarer. However, their efforts are derailed by a fraternity led by a charming but evil monster named Johnny.
The duration of the movie is 112 minutes.
The cast includes Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Helen Mirren.
Inside Out (2015)
The film centers on Riley Andersen, who is born in Minnesota to parents Kyle and Diane, only to be uprooted to San Francisco when her father starts a new job. Riley has to adjust to a new life in San Francisco and at school, where she is bullied for being “different.” Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness try their best to guide her through this difficult time as they learn how growing up affects Riley.
The film takes place primarily inside the mind of Riley Andersen. The five Emotions of Riley are characters in their own right, each with a different personality.
The duration of the movie is about 109 minutes.
Amy Poehler plays Joy, Phyllis Smith is Sadness, Lewis Black is Anger, Mindy Kaling is Disgust, and Bill Hader is Fear in the film.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Set in an alternate timeline where dinosaurs never became extinct, “The Good Dinosaur” tells the story of one pug-sized Apatosaurus who, along with his pet human friend Spot, sets off on a quest to find their way back home. After getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, they must venture into the Great Valley, where they meet Arlo’s new family and try to get back to the kids’ home before Papa gets too worried.
Along the way, Arlo learns some hard truths about himself and others while finding out what he is capable of. This paves the way for him to gain important insight about himself and find what it means to make things right by trying harder.
The duration of the movie is about 100 minutes.
The cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, and Maleah Nipay-Padilla as the pug’s mother.
Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Dory is a movie in 2016 that takes place a year after finding Nemo. It starts in a facility where there are many marine animals, including a tank where Nemo and the rest of the fish live. The story tells about when Dory, one of the fish from the tank, goes missing from the tank. She washes up on shore and meets some new friends during her journey. Her friends talk about her memory because she has short-term memory loss, which means she forgets things soon after they happen. They help her remember important things like how to get back to the facility where Nemo lives. One of her friends remembers that there is a revolving door, and Dory gets lost and starts to spiral down a drain. The Pixar movie shows Dory’s journey to get back home while she meets new friends along the way.
The duration of this Pixar film is about 109 minutes.
The cast includes Ellen DeGeneres as the pug Dory, Albert Brooks as Marlin, and Diane Keaton as Dory’s mother.
Cars 3 (2017)
Cars 3 (2017) is a Pixar movie and is about a racecar and its journey to win a championship, but with some moral dilemmas along the way. The movie starts with a scene where Lightning McQueen, the racecar from the Cars franchise, is racing in California. His car spins out of control and ends up crashing into a wall which causes him to be injured. He then visits Doc Hudson’s old doctor, who fixes his injuries but tells him he might want to consider retiring because he has been racing for a long time and is too old to continue. The Pixar movie follows his journey of recovery, training with an eager young racecar named Cruz Ramirez, and going against the new champion Jackson Storm, who has been dominating races lately.
The duration of the movie is about 107 minutes.
The Pixar film stars Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer as the voice actors for the characters McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm, respectively.
Pixar’s movie Coco is based on Mexican culture where people of Mexico celebrate Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The Pixar movie is about a 12 year old boy named Miguel who loves music but has to hide it because his family doesn’t allow him to listen or play music at all. He finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he meets up with Hector, an escaped convict from there, and together, they try to get back to the Pixar movie’s living world.
The duration of this Pixar film is about 109 minutes.
This Pixar movie features a star-studded cast including Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Anthony Gonzalez as the voice actors for Hector, Miguel, and Dante, respectively.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
On their first day of school after ten years of forced retirement, the Parrs find that their son, Dash, is now too old for public school and must instead attend a superhero training academy. Bob learns that he has been fired from his job at an insurance company due to budget cuts, but Helen’s new boss recognizes him as “Mr. Incredible” and offers him a lower-paying job at his company’s tech support department. Meanwhile, Dash trains under his new mentor, Nova Corps officer, and celebrity superhero Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).
When Mr. Incredible is sued by crime fighter-turned-archenemy Syndrome for using excessive force during a fight in Metroville, he defeats him, but the jury decides that his behavior must be reined in to avoid damage to public property resulting from their confrontations.
The duration of the movie is 118 Minutes, starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible and Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
The latest Pixar movie is a long-awaited sequel to Toy Story 3. After the end of the third Pixar movie, Andy has grown up and left for college. Decades have passed, and it’s time for toys to face their final destiny as they are all donated. Woody, Buzz, and Jessie find themselves in a daycare with no kids to play with them. This lonesome adventure will bring the toys together but also make them realize that they need to go home too.
The duration of the movie is about 100 minutes, starring Tom Hanks as the voice actor for Woody and Annie Potts reprising her role as Bo Peep.
Elf brothers Ian and Barley (Tom Holland, John C. Reilly) embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world. In this thrilling comedy from the makers of “Lion,” two brothers, Ian and Barley, embark on a fantastic journey to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good quest, theirs is filled with mysterious maps, perplexing obstructions, and incredible discoveries. However, when Mother finds out that her children have vanished, she must act before Ian and Barley are devoured by a terrible goblin.
The duration of the movie is 110 minutes.
It has a budget of $175 million and grossed over $558 million worldwide against its budget.
Joe is a jazz band instructor in the sixth grade whose life hasn’t quite gone as planned. He’s exceptional at it. But when he travels to another world to assist someone in finding their passion, he learns what soul means fast.
The duration of the movie is about 100 minutes.
This Pixar movie features the voices of Daveed Diggs as Joe Kagan, Tanisha Cidel as Deja, and Jamie Chung as Christina Seo.
The animated prequel to the Academy Award-winning original follows one young boy’s unforgettable summer with gelato, pasta, and countless scooter rides. Luca recounts these occurrences with his new best friend, but everything is jeopardized by a very dark secret: he’s a sea monster from another dimension who lives beneath the sea.
The duration of the movie is an hour and a half.
The cast of Luca includes Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Saverio Raimondo.