Pixar's Most Average Films That Received Negative Response From The Viewers

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Deanna Rivera in TV & Movies

Last updated: 09 March 2020, 03:50 GMT

“Where story is king.”- Pixar has earned twenty-seven Academy Awards, eight Golden Globes, and three Grammy Awards, along with many other awards and acknowledgements. The home of animated fantasy movie with big-budget and original ideas.

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Back in 1991, Pixar and Disney worked together to create the first ever computer-animated feature film, Toy Story but they officially merged with each other in 2006.

Although, films from Pixar has received both critical and financial success, there are still notable exceptions.

Cars 2

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Star race car Lightning McQueen was invited overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race together with his pal, Mater. But Mater gets himself caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own- international espionage.

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With an average score of 5.5/10 based on 203 reviews from the Rotten Tomatoes site, it is the first Pixar film to garner a "rotten" certification. Some reviews said that it fails to deliver a great story. Cars was a good movie with a great plot, but Cars 2 was a mix of stories.

According to The New York Times,

"The original Cars was not greeted with exceptional warmth, but the sequel generated Pixar's first truly negative response."


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The story revolves around Princess Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of Queen Elino and King Fergus. Granted of one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

One writer said that beyond the animation, the story is somewhat flat and basic with all the twists that makes it easy to see well ahead of time. Most people will most likely find the lack of creativity in the script's details the biggest disappointment in Brave.

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The Good Dinosaur 

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In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo who is timid in nature makes any tasks difficult for him. Until one day, he lost his way home and makes an unlikely human friend. While travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

One thing The Good Dinosaur’s flaw is the animation, one review from a writer,

”So basically, if this was some kids cartoon from some lesser studio, this would be pretty good. For Pixar though, it's a big disappointment.”

Cars 3

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The legendary car racer, Lightning McQueen, is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves but sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

David Fear of Rolling Stone gave the film a positive review, saying:

"There's an emotional resonance to this story about growing old, chasing glory days and the joy of passing the baton that leaves the other two films choking on its digitally rendered dust. The end goal this time out isn't just to sell a few more toys and Lightning McQueen lunchboxes. It's actually tapping into something deeper than a corporate bottom line."

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But some says the movie has very little of the heart, soul, and humor of the original. It has a very different feel, with the 'next gen' cars speaking and acting like spoilt millennials.

Monsters University

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The inseparable relationship between Mike Wazowski and James P. "Sully" Sullivan is not the case during their days at Monsters University, when they not the best buds but actually couldn't stand each other. This movie unlocks the door to how Mike and Sully overcame their differences and became the best of friends.


People love the animation of the film especially the cuteness of the main characters, Mike and Sully, and even amazed with every single details of the surroundings. The problem is the story itself; some says that there are parts of the film that had resemblance to Revenge of the Nerds and Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire.

Overall, it still keeps the Pixar’s charm.

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This month, Pixar and Disney introduced another character from their newest animated fantasy film ‘Onward’.

The film was set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

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