One should note that when a movie is made by Pixar, you can pretty much expect it to be good, if not great. Every single one of their feature films released so far have been nominated for at least one Oscar (and they've won six overall). In 2010, Up became the second animated and first CGI film to be nominated for Best Picture.
None of their films have really failed critically or commercially, either. On Rotten Tomatoes, both of the Toy Story films have perfect scores, their lowest rated movie (Cars) has a 75% rating, and their second-lowest rated movie (A Bug's Life) has a 91% rating. As of this writing (August 7 2009), six of their films sit on the Internet Movie Database's "top 250 films" list, and only Cars and A Bug's Life are left off that site's Top 50 list for animated films (with Up and WALL-E topping the list).
Of course, if you think they're not business-minded, keep in mind that their films have never failed financially, either. Of the ten films they have released to date, only two (Toy Story and A Bug's Life) have failed to break the $200 million dollar mark in the US, and no film has failed to break the $200 million mark in foreign box office take; the studio's highest grossing film, Finding Nemo, made over $300 million domestically and over $500 million overseas. As of this writing, the average domestic box office take of a Pixar film is around $240 million, and all ten films have made over five billion dollars in combined domestic and foreign box office take.
In a recent compilation of the 50 top grossing movies of the millennium, only nine of them were original stories (not sequels, adaptations or remakes). Five of those were Pixar productions.
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