The 20somethings of today have grown up with Pixar – there’s no doubting that. From the moment Toy Story came into our lives, we were mesmerized by the magic before our eyes. As kids, there is nothing we could possibly have wished harder for than our toys coming to life, so to see this actually happen, well, it was almost to good to be true.
And then it just kept getting better—monsters, cars, planes, superheroes, fish – we were introduced to worlds we had always wished to find, but never knew the way. Pixar gave us that. Yes, there was a rough patch in time during which they sort of fell off track (let us not revisit it), but with the release of Inside Out, arguably their best motion picture since the first Toy Story, it seems they’ve got their A-game back, and then some.
The movie, which takes you inside the workings of the human mind, giving life to, well, life, is an absolute wonder, and a testament to the creative genius that is Pixar studios. Seriously, only they could come up with this shit.
To celebrate the resurgence of Pixar, we have rounded up a list of their top 5 best characters. With such a short list it was a very hard choice to make, but somebody has got to do it.
5. Edna Mode – The Incredibles
Sassy, chic, and the superhero sartorial expert, Edna is one of the most memorable characters in The Incredibles, giving the Incredibles’ family much needed reality checks as well as stylish and functional costumes. Just remember – no capes.
4. Sully/Boo – Monsters, Inc.
This movie turned the idea of the scary closet monster on its head with its imaginative twist of monsters needing children’s screams simply to power their cities. Sully was the perfect scarer until he develops a friendship with an adorable little girl he nicknames Boo, and if your heart didn’t melt watching the two bond, then you’re the real monster.
3. Woody – Toy Story
Watching Toy Story as a kid, I hated Woody and was entranced by Buzz, the cool new kid on the block. But as the years and movies have gone by, I find myself relating more and more to poor, neurotic Woody. Of course he doesn’t want to share his spotlight with Buzz, he’s used to being Andy’s favorite! Who amongst us hasn’t experienced that kind of jealousy?! And let’s be real, Buzz was absolutely delusional at first, insisting he wasn’t a toy and all. We would all be fed up with Buzz if we met him. While I still vibe with the tiny astronaut’s charisma, Woody is the character I want to root for these days. We are all Woody.
2. Bing Bong – Inside Out (*Spoiler Ahead*)
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the end of my screening of Inside Out, and part of the cause for all those tears is undoubtedly a certain charming half-elephant-half-dolphin-half-cat imaginary friend, Bing Bong. I’ve heard plenty of people confess that they were certain Bing Bong had nefarious intentions when he runs into Joy and Sadness, but Pixar went the more heartbreaking route of having this imaginary friend be a metaphor for growing up and letting go. Thanks to his loving sacrifice for Riley coupled with his infectious theme song (Who’s your friend who likes to play? Bing Bong, Bing Bong!), Bing Bong steals your heart and the movie.
1. WALL-E – WALL-E
This is a character so sweet, so cute, and so charming that I actually was willing to watch his love story despite the fact that there was hardly any dialogue. It takes a certain level of charisma to hold attention without any words, and this hardworking little robot has just that. I looked into his big, googly eyes and fell so hard in love that I was willing to overlook the whole preachy consumerism storyline – that’s a damn good romantic lead.