If it feels like trying to rank all 15 Pixar films in order of quality is like trying to rank your children by how much you love them, that is probably by design. Whatever your thoughts about Pixar’s films — particularly the last five years’ worth, which have broken the studio’s perfect critically beloved streak — no one believes they’re not deeply cared for: Even the misguided ones feel endlessly fussed-over. No one ever accuses Pixar of not feeling.
It is worth noting, then, that none of these movies is bad. But when you’ve made 15 films, one of them has to be No. 15 and one of them has to be No. 1. We tried to keep context in mind — Toy Story had an ability to blow your mind in 1995 the way nothing could in 2015 — and also ambition: In the world of children’s entertainment, nothing has set Pixar apart more than its burning desire not to coast or mail it in. Some of these movies work better than others, but all of them were trying to do something special. But some are more special than others. Here’s our ranking.