Every Pixar movie sequel, ranked according to IMDb


When it comes to animation, Pixar is the gold standard, especially in its heartfelt and sometimes surprisingly mature storytelling. But while competing studios like Dreamworks Animations will always be planning more sequels, Pixar is much more reluctant to do so.

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However, in the rare event that a sequel does come out of the woods, they’re almost always as great and thought-provoking as the original movies. Even if fans have to wait over 10 years for the long-awaited sequel, it just means the studio has put more care and effort into it. Unless the deductible is Cars.

8 Cars 2 (2011) – 6.1



The original Cars The film is criminally underrated when it comes to Pixar animation in general. It’s a simple film about a group of sensitive cars trying to fix a road. There’s a lot of heart in the 2006 film, but the sequel deflects any sort of soul or that typical Pixar emotion at every turn.

Cars 2 focuses more on Mater, who was the comic relief in the original film, and the sequel leans heavily on the character’s idiocy. What follows is a globetrotter show that is fun, especially as it expands what Cars world, but it’s also a complete comfort food, even when it comes to a children’s movie. The animation is surprisingly photorealistic, but it’s only impressive for so long until the jokes start to piss people off.

seven Cars 3 (2017) – 6.7



Lightning McQueen and Cruz in Cars 3

Cars 3 learned from Cars 2 mistakes, as Lightning McQueen is back in the lead role and Mater is a supporting character again. The result is much better than its predecessor. Not only that, but it completely turned the second movie upside down, as it’s much more serious as well.

While there doesn’t appear to be any interest in the show from its creators other than as a money maker, Cars 3 has a surprisingly resonant story about aging. Pixar was back to doing what they do best. It is still far from being the perfect animated film, and compared to the first Cars movie, there is still a lot to be desired, but it’s worth a look.


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6 Monster University (2013) – 7.2



Ozzma Kappa in training at Monsters University

Monster college is not just a sequel, but a prequel, and it was the right move on Pixar’s part because Monsters Inc. had the most perfect ending possible and would have ruined it immediately. The movie chronicles the time when Mike and Sully first met, and it’s full of reminders of times in college everyone went through.

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While not quite as candid as the original film, it is said to have touched some viewers on an emotional level. The kids who grew up with the first movie are said to have packed their bags and gone to college around the time of the 2013 movie’s release.


5 Finding Dory (2016) – 7.3



Like Cars 2, Find Dory focuses more on the supporting character from the first movie than the protagonist, but it works a lot better in the 2016 movie. It’s always amazing when the exact same thing that happened in the first movie happens in the sequel (for example The Hangover), but Pixar did it perfectly.

Finding Dory is so moving, so punchy and so original. Despite the 13-year gap between the first and second films, the series doesn’t feel outdated at all, and it’s one of the most refreshing Pixar films of the 2010s. audience in the first 10 minutes like the first movie, but not all movies need to.


4 Incredibles 2 (2018) – 7.6



Mr. and Mrs. Incredibles prepare for a fight in Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is the highest-grossing Pixar movie for a reason. It has it all, and between the jazzy music, the wonderful animation, and the return of fan-favorite characters, the sequel was perfect for many. What is fascinating about the Incredibles The sequel is that even though it follows the 14-year-old original, it picks up where the first one left off, so much so that it even recreates the final scene from the 2004 film. And that’s exactly what the fans wanted.

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It would have been interesting to see the superhero sequel see kids as adults and how their relationship to their powers worked a decade and a half later. But it was so exciting to see them in the thick of it with The Underminer. It also introduces more of Jack-Jack and his powers, which have been a hit with audiences.


3 Toy Story 4 (2019) – 7.7



A lot of people thought the movie was not needed after Toy story 3, but the quadruple served as the perfect epilogue to the events of the third film. It even addressed some issues fans needed answered, like what happened to Bo Peep after Toy story 2.

The biggest review on Toy story 4 it’s that he’s shelved some of the best toys in the series. However, it also introduced so many new toys that fans want to see again, such as Duke Caboom, Forky, and Bunny and Ducky. And as it is Toy story tradition, the finale is somehow so heartbreaking but so touching at the same time.


2 Toy Story 2 (1999) – 7.9



Jessie hugging Buzz in Toy Story 2

After Toy story, which completely changed and revolutionized the way animated films were made, there was no way Pixar could have followed through with a sequel to match it.

But that’s exactly what the studio did, and even with the replacement of the director during production, Toy story 2 ended up being a more emotional roller coaster, and it was more exciting too. He introduced new characters to the fold, such as Jesse and Bullseye, but best of all was Zurg, who managed to act both as a development in Buzz’s story arc and as a brilliant tribute to Star wars.




1 Toy Story 3 (2010) – 8.3



Ken and Barbie first met in Toy Story 3

Toy story 3 isn’t just Pixar’s best sequel, but it’s one of the best sequels ever, regardless of studio or genre. Even for Pixar, there was such a mature premise, and when all the toys are holding hands in the incinerator, accepting their fate, it’s a scene even adults can’t handle.

Even the little moments, like the toys playing poker in the vending machine and the love story between Barbie and Ken, are all classic moments. Toy story 3 is funnier than most comedies, more entertaining than most family movies, and more touching than most dramas.

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