Pixar Movies Appeal to Kids of All Ages

Monsters, Inc.
Everyone grows up afraid of the big, scary monster hiding in the closet or under the bed. If only we had known that the monsters that hide in our rooms are often fluffy blue lovebugs, like Sully, who are just doing their job.  Thanks to Monsters, Inc., we now understand that monsters don’t scare us with evil intentions. Just like monsters scaring kids for energy, our mommies and daddies may make us eat vegetables and drink milk for a reason beyond causing fear and discomfort.
Kayleigh Kostecki (Class of 2019): “I like the little girl because she’s so cute but the monsters are scared of her.”
Jacqui Yuke (Class of 2019): “I liked it because the monsters are afraid of the humans, but usually humans are afraid of monsters.”

A Bug’s Life
This microscopic adventure is Pixar’s take on David vs. Goliath.  The grasshoppers who collect seeds and plants at the end of every season are the bullies to the ants, who represent your average boy or girl in elementary school. In the end, the ants use creativity and confidence to scare off the grasshoppers and enjoy the benefits of their own hard work. The movie teaches kids to question the “authority” of mean people and to decide if they are willing to succumb to it.
Dara Kazmierowski (Class of 2019): “It’s interesting to see how an ant colony really works.”
Audrey Warner (Class of 2019): “I liked to see things from a bug’s point of view.”

This culinary-themed film proves that not only trained chefs can cook. If our friend Remy the French rat can prepare amazing gourmet dishes, everyone else can with a little motivation and the right materials! The foreign setting provokes curiosity of not only the culinary world, but also the different cultures and countries across the ocean.
Brian Dolan (Class of 2022): “I watched Ratatouille and now I know I can make pancakes. I made them this morning.”
Audrey Warner (Class of 2019): “The best part is when all the rats are in the kitchen making food and give it to the critic.”

Sometimes little kids have trouble following the dialogue-driven plots of modern movies. Wall-E gives their simple little minds a break with its opening act, when our cute, robotic protagonist meets the love of his life, Eve, exchanging nothing but beeps, boops, and mechanical flirtation. While the environmental message of the film’s latter half may float over the heads of many youngsters, their parents can use the movie as a push towards a greener, healthier lifestyle.
Ian Plattner (Class of 2022): “I like Wall-E because he picks up rocks.”

Toy Story Series
Ever wonder what your toys do when you aren’t home? If Woody and Buzz had these wild adventures while Andy was preoccupied, imagine the parties hosted by your Dragon Ball Z action figures and Bratz Dollz! These movies not only entertain you until the credits start rolling, they offer a glimpse into the secret fun and excitement of children’s active imaginations.
Jacqui Yuke (Class of 2019): “I liked it because it’s about how the toys are all alive like humans.”
Dara Kazmierowski (Class of 2019): “I liked the idea of Woody not liking Buzz but saving him anyway.”

Finding Nemo
While most animated films are specifically targeted at the young, Finding Nemo sends important messages to both children and their parents. For kids, Nemo’s encounters with danger suggest that parents’ warnings are for safety, not for annoyance, and that our moms and dads will go to great lengths to protect us. Aquatic adventures with turtle bros and other sea creatures spark a sense of wanderlust and excitement among younger viewers. Nemo’s rebellious behavior also discourages parents from being overprotective because children will often resent it and react irresponsibly.
Audrey Warner (Class of 2019): “I liked it because it’s underwater.”
Fred Neuburger (Class of 2023): “I watch it so many times because Dory forgets things.”