No matter if you’re five, 15, or 55, Pixar films are more than just for entertainment (though they do succeed at that). Pixar has a knack for making animated movies that can move you to tears one minute then have you bursting with laughter the next–-and that’s not all they’re good at. Often times, Pixar films have an underlying lesson throughout the film so GenTwenty has taken some of the most popular Pixar films to tell you what they were meant to teach us.
It’s almost a universal understanding that “Up” is a heart-breaking movie. Sure, it’s hilarious because there’s bitter, old Carl and obnoxiously cute, young Russell. The two make quite the pair, but it’s the younger boy who actually brings the lesson home when he says, “That might sound boring but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember most.” When old memories come back, sometimes it’s the smallest things that bring back the biggest smile–so don’t take them for granted.
There really isn’t a lesson we don’t learn from “Toy Story.” From teamwork to never underestimate the little guy, “Toy Story” is chock-full of good lessons. The biggest lesson to take away from this movie is, “Don’t let anyone keep you from believing in your dreams.” For the entire movie, Buzz believed that he was actually a space ranger while others were trying to tell him he was just a toy. But when he needed to, Buzz definitely flew to the rescue.
The biggest and most obvious lesson to come out of “Brave” is that a woman can be the hero. Merida is one of the only Disney female heroines who isn’t directly tied back to her male romantic counterpart. The sword fighter simply doesn’t have time to think about romantic interests at all; she believes she has better things to do before she settles down with a suitor. And that’s a lesson that many women need to hear, even if it’s from an animated movie.
“Finding Nemo” was one of the first movies I remember watching with my parents, curled up into my mother’s side. Thinking back on that now, it’s so significant because “Finding Nemo” is essentially, at its core, about listening to your parents. Marlin does seem like an over-bearing parent, but he is Nemo’s only parent and he is worried for Nemo’s safety. The movie is a gentle reminder that parents can be pains, but they only do it for the well-being of their child. So appreciate them and they’ll never leave your side.
As most 20-somethings do, it’s easy to brush aside Pixar films because they’re aimed at children but these movies are filled with lessons that can be taken by anyone from five-year-olds to 70-year-olds.
Now we want to know, what Pixar film has taught you the biggest lesson?