Toy Story

1995, Pixar/Walt Disney

This is it, the CGI film that launched a studio and started a trend that shows no sign of wearing out. Earning Pixar universal praise (100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), as well as earning ten times its investment, Toy Story remains the gold standard of modern animated storytelling. There's not much more I can say that hasn't already been said.

       

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Toy Story 2

1999, Pixar/Walt Disney

Defying all odds, Pixar produced a sequel that has earned the same universal acclaim as the original (100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). Again, there's little else I can add to this legend.

       

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Toy Story 3

2010, Pixar/Walt Disney

Verging on miraculous, Pixar's second sequel joins the first two with universal acclaim, and raked in over a billion in ticket sales—the first time ever for an animated film. Although its Rotten Tomatoes score dropped to 99% (gasp!), it was the best-reviewed film of 2010.

       

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Toy Story 4

2019, Pixar/Walt Disney

It seemed impossible. Another Toy Story? How could they possibly pull this off without it seeming like a money-grab, milking a franchise for all its worth? Well, they did the impossible, landing as the fourth-best reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes and raking in another billion-plus. The critics were a bit divided, some having penned bewilderingly harsh reviews, but honestly I tend to think they were miffed that Pixar managed four home runs in a row.

       

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