The animation industry has seen many dramatic changes, from styles to technological developments. Animation studio Pixar has always been a name that certifies the quality of each of their films.

Following comes top 5 of the best 3D animation featured films of Pixar. These films are not only commercially successful, but also aesthetically pleasing. And the storytelling in these movies are exceptionally touching to the hearts of billions of people.

Up (2009)

IMDb: 8.2

Considered a senior to “Inside Out” (2015) by the same director Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, Up is also an excellent product from the Pixar animation studio. The film tells the journey to Paradise Falls of old widower Carl Fredricksen and a boy “wild explorer” named Russell.

The unexpected but interesting journey on the house pulled by the giant balloons in “Up” has become an indispensable image in many people’s childhood. The trip of two people, one young and one old, is not just an adventure, it is also about conquering dreams and about an optimistic attitude, filled with beautiful emotions and full of colors.

Like many other Pixar films, the film won the box office and received a rain of praise, straight to the prestigious Oscar gold statue for the best animated film category at the 2010 awards ceremony.

Inside Out (2015)

IMDb: 8.2
“Pixar never disappoints the audience” is what many people commented after enjoying the movie “Inside Out”.

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Inspired by his daughter’s story, director Pete Docter created a story set in the brain of 11-year-old Riley Anderson. The five main characters of the film include 5 emotions: Joy (Joy), Anger (Anger), Disgust (Disgust), Fear (Fear) and Sadness (Sadness) with the task of guiding the girl’s emotions. when starting a new life in San Francisco.


Creative script, stunning visuals, strong moving and touching viewers’ hearts were the factors that made “Inside Out” sweep many prestigious awards that year, such as Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA (award of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 3 (2010)

IMDb: 8.3
Toy Story is an American animated film released in 1995, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. This is a film that has completely turned the tide of the international animation industry, as it is Pixar’s first theatrical film and the first 3D computer-animated film in history. “Toy Story” currently has 4 movies released in 1995, 1999, 2010, and 2019.

The film revolves around a group of toys that feel and act like humans but pretend to be inanimate objects whenever people are around, with the two main characters being the cowboy Woody and the space policeman Buzz Lightyear. Although it was the first feature-length film Pixar produced, with a breakthrough in 3D animation techniques and a clever and sophisticated script, “Toy Story” immediately attracted the attention of a large audience, attracting a large audience. about big profits, and also a premise for Pixar to make sequels. Veteran actor Tom Hanks voiced the character Woody is also considered an integral part of the success of this series.

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Season 3 of “Toy Story” released in 2010 was considered the final installment of the series at the time. With state-of-the-art 3D animation technology, the film provides a great visual experience for the audience, along with a good plot that promotes the spirit of the first part. The film received countless critical acclaim from both professionals and the general audience, broke multiple box office records, and brought Pixar the next best animated feature Oscar.

WALL·E (2008)

IMDb: 8.4
In 2008, the animation studio Pixar released a movie about robots, but it was not rigid, or filled with fire and death scenes like many films of the same genre. The film tells about the journey to find love of WALL-E, who is a garbage cleaning robot on the earth – then there was no life and was covered with garbage.

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It is often assumed that cartoons are synonymous with children’s movies. But in this area, Pixar deserves to be one of the pioneers when it comes to creating works for all ages. The film is not only about love but also towards a living message about what people are doing to the earth. Children enjoy the beautiful and interesting images of WALL-E, while adults find other humanistic meanings as well.
That is the reason why “WALL-E” is not only loved by critics, but also entered the list of favorite movies of many audiences around the world, and excellently won the award for best animated film at the awards ceremony. The 81st Academy Awards took place in early 2009.

Coco (2017)

IMDb: 8.4
“Coco” is undoubtedly one of the best film that Pixar animation studio has ever created. The film has brought home both Oscar and Golden Globe in the film category. Best 3D animation at the awards ceremony 2018.
No longer focusing too much on the American culture familiar in many other films, “Coco” tells about the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos through the adventures of young Miguel to the world of the dead.


The creativity of the film crew makes the audience many times excited by what they see on the big screen, but also moves to tears in the deep movie scenes, and in the touching musical melodies to the heart of the viewer.

The film is also a remarkable step forward for Pixar in terms of technology development. The movie scenes in the world of the dead shimmering fancifully, lit by nearly 8 million light sources of different sizes, is a technological achievement that no other 3D animation has ever done before.
With deep family values but also very funny humor, “Coco” is a movie not to be missed for those who want to see a work that has both quality in content and image as well beautiful.


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