11 Pixar Movies That Taught Us Life Lessons We Couldn't Learn In School

11 Pixar Movies That Taught Us Life Lessons We Couldn't Learn In School

Possible spoilers but you should definitely see these movies!!


If you grew up a Disney kid, or just a lover of animated films, you've heard of a little company called Pixar Animation Studios. Creator of iconic films such as "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo," and "The Incredibles." After rewatching the movies throughout the years, you can learn something from the story. Here are some of your favorite movies throughout the years!

1. "Ratatouille"

"Ratatouille" is the story about a rat, Remy, who dreams about being a chef one day. Throughout the movie, he faces many obstacles by family members and the other cooks in the kitchen of Gusteau's restaurant that believe that a rat cannot cook. The moral is that although people may tell you what you can and cannot do, you are the ultimate decision maker of what you want to do with your life. For Remy, it was his dream to cook.

2. "Inside Out"

"Inside Out" goes inside the mind of a young girl whose life has been practically perfect. Until her parents move from Minnesota to California. As this big change takes place, her emotions start to go haywire due to uncertainty, making new friends, and keeping. In this movie, you learn that it's perfectly normal not to be happy all the time. As someone who struggles with this daily, some of the bad moments can turn great. A good cry can turn into a touching moment. A moment of weakness can turn into a lesson worth learning.

This movie also teaches us the importance of mental health in its own way. Although this is a perfectly healthy little girl's mind, for someone struggling with depression or anxiety, this can allow some insight into the mind. It is okay to be accepting of your emotions. Embrace it and don't be afraid to share it.

3. "Toy Story 3"

This movie is the closer a perfect franchise (even though "Toy Story 4" is scheduled to come out in 2019). We see Andy as a young man ready to leave for college. His toys just want to be played with again. This story teaches us that change is hard and leaving someone who you've loved for years is sometimes the best thing for them. In the eyes of these toys, they get another chance to make a kid happy.

4. "UP"

You may know this as the movie that made you cry in the first ten minutes it started. "UP" is about an old man who lost his wife. With all the dreams they had, life got in the way. He wanted to pursue the adventure in her honor. By the end of the movie, you learn that no matter what you do in life, as long as it is with the person you love (partner, friend, family, etc.), it is always an adventure. Life gets crazy but it's who you spend it with that makes it count.

5. "Brave"

"Brave" is the story of a girl with crazy, wild red hair that just wants to be her own person without a man. The story is great for young girls but to anyone who just wants to do things their way. Her mother wants her to be the perfect princess for her future husband. She wants to keep her independence and do what she wants. It's okay to be independent and not always have your life together. You're young. You will figure it out in time.

6. "Coco"

If you haven't seen this movie, watch it! It's on Netflix (you're welcome) This movie is about family. You can't pick your family but no matter what, you still love them. Of course there are times when they may not get you but be proud of who you are. It is because of your family.

7. "The Incredibles"

I am only talking about the first one. The Parr family is one of a kind. You may find things that your family relates to, but I'm pretty sure none of your family members have immense flexibility. Dealing with super powers can be tricky, especially when it's illegal. But you should be proud of who you are, superhero or not. Embrace your strengths because it is what makes you, you.

8. "Wall-E"

You learn that anyone can fall in love, even two robots. The main lesson is to KEEP OUR EARTH CLEAN! We don't want to end up in space all fat and have robots do everything for us. Keep the earth green, my friends. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!

9. "Monsters Inc."

You all remember the fears of thinking that there was a monster under your bed? Pixar took it to a whole new level, but it put a different light on some monsters like Mike and Sully. Lesson of the story: Don't judge book by its cover. They may look scary but they ultimately care to get back to wear she belongs.

10. "Finding Nemo"

Besides the lesson of not shutting your child out of the world because of your own fears, the other lesson is to just keep swimming! Life is unpredictable and you may have to deal with some difficult things. You may have to swallow your pride and deal with it. Either way, you have to just keep going.

11. "Toy Story"

Especially in this day of age, acceptance is super important. No matter what color skin you are, age, cowboy or space agent, accept everyone for who they are. For all the differences between you. Embrace it because they are still human beings.

Pixar never fails to bring the child out in all of us. Not only does it bring us great entertainment, but it teaches us important life lessons. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to binge-watch Pixar movies.

Cover Image Credit:


Popular Right Now

To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating
Facebook Comments