Welcome to the RELEVANT Pixar Bracket, where our intrepid team of culture writers had it out to determine the greatest Pixar movie of them all. Here’s how we did it:
Field of 16, Single Elimination
We picked 16 of the 19 Pixar movies (not including The Incredibles 2, out Friday), basing the 16 off their domestic box office earnings. That meant the three lowest-grossing movies—Cars 2, Cars 3, and The Good Dinosaur—were thrown out. Technically, Coco would have missed the cut based on this system (it was #17), but we were more excited to talk about that movie than Cars 2 (#16), so we swapped it in. If the NCAA can do it, so can we.
One Writer Defended Each Movie
Each movie in the bracket received its own defender from RELEVANT’s team of culture writers, contributors and critics. Some people defended more than one movie, but no one ever had to argue against themselves, so that wasn’t a problem.
One Writer Issued All the Verdicts
Jon Negroni, a regular RELEVANT contributor, is the creator of the uber-popular and uber-compelling Pixar Theory (it has its own Wikipedia page!). He donned the curly wig for this bracket and picked all the winners. If you’re upset, blame him.
Each Round Was A Little Different
For each round of eliminations, we set a different debate style. You can find those as an intro to each section, but in short, it went like this: Twitter-length arguments, mini-debates, blind essays, then a final mega-debate.
Click through each page to each how each round of the bracket played out, or, skip right to page six to see our winner!