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24 August 2012 @ 09:26 am
Pixar Movie Ranking  
Because it's the popular thing to do right now, here's my ranking of Pixar movies.

--- Great ---
1: The Incredibles
2: Up
3: Monsters, Inc.
4: Wall-E
--- Good ---
5: Toy Story
6: Toy Story 2
7: Toy Story 3
8: Ratatouille
--- Okay ---
9: Brave
10: Finding Nemo
11: A Bug’s Life
--- Meh ---
12: Cars*
-- WTF Pixar? ---
13: Cars 2*

Okay, i haven't seen Cars or Cars 2. However the concept behind Cars didn't thrill me since i really have no interest in cars (okay, except for cars like this one :) and it sounded like the plot was rather derivative, so i gave it a pass. So i had even less interest in Cars 2, especially after seeing the reviews.

One of the prime factors in sorting this list was how much would i want to rewatch the movie again? And how would i feel about popping the DVD in and watching it again right now?

Brave and Finding Nemo are kind of indistinct at this point. I haven't chosen to view Finding Nemo more than once or twice, and obviously haven't been able to view Brave more than once yet. They could in theory go up when/if i get to rewatch them.

So how does everyone else order them? I was trying to think of how to do a poll asking the question, but i couldn't come up with a good system. I know! How about a poll about polls?

Poll #1862220 Redundant Poll of Redundancy

What's the _best_ way to do a poll about ranking X items, where X is around a dozen?

X Text Entry questions, so you can just type in the answer for each position
1(20.0%)
X Drop down box questions, each of which has all X options listed.
1(20.0%)
Less than X Text Entry questions, all that matters is the top couple choices and maybe the bottom couple choices
0(0.0%)
Less than X Drop down box questions, all that matters is the top couple choices and maybe the bottom couple choices
0(0.0%)
Don't bother with a poll, just tell people to put their own list in the comments
1(20.0%)
I have a better idea! Which i will explain below!
2(40.0%)

What are the _acceptable_ ways to do the above?

X Text Entry questions, so you can just type in the answer for each position
3(21.4%)
X Drop down box questions, each of which has all X options listed.
3(21.4%)
Less than X Text Entry questions, all that matters is the top couple choices and maybe the bottom couple choices
2(14.3%)
Less than X Drop down box questions, all that matters is the top couple choices and maybe the bottom couple choices
1(7.1%)
Don't bother with a poll, just tell people to put their own list in the comments
3(21.4%)
One of the better ideas that was explained below!
2(14.3%)

This is so you can explain your cool idea that's better than my ideas without having to leave a comment if you want. (Also a demo of text entry questions.)

This is a drop down box, just for the sake of demoing it

Drop
0(0.0%)
Down
0(0.0%)
Box
1(25.0%)
Ticky!
3(75.0%)


(I expect drop down boxes would be a little more work for me, but would actually display the results the best, although i'd probably have to put the polls behind cuts because once you'd answered them they'd probably be veeeeery long. I'll have to take a look at what this poll looks like.)
 
 
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Kirin: Servbot-3Dkirinn on August 24th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm totally gonna answer the poll that doesn't exist yet instead...

Except I tried to order them and had a hard time, so I went with a bunch of ties, which would totally muck up most of the proposed poll systems. Hmm. If you made a poll where each movie was a question, answered with a drop-down of 1-10 points or something, that'd allow ties. But also be really long when answered. Is there a better way to do free-form scoring polls? Though, the fact that I've only seen just over half of 'em also complicates things.

Anyway:

1: Up / Wall-E / Brave
4: The Incredibles
5: Finding Nemo / Toy Story
7: A Bug’s Life

Want to watch someday: Ratatouille / Monsters, Inc.
Maybe?: Toy Story 2 / 3
Meh: Cars / 2
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on August 24th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Huh, you clearly had a very different initial impression of Brave than i did. I loved the first... 15-30 minutes i think? And then though it got kind of tired and cliched.
Kirin: kirinkirinn on August 24th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yup, I quite liked it! In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous from start to finish, I liked the character relationships. Some of the more slapstick bits were just okay, but they weren't bad.
Steuard: lakesteuard on August 24th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Why not radio buttons (in a row/column grid with titles and rankings)?
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on August 24th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Is there actually a way to do that in LJ? I don't see anything obvious in that regards when trying to create one.
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on August 25th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Let's see if this works: Can I embed a Google poll in a LJ comment?


Google polls have a way to do a grid, but it appears that you can only offer up to 5 choices, so you can't directly rank all the movies. If the above doesn't embed properly, there's a sample here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHNPSDBSY2VMSk9qdG90a1p6X21YeEE6MQ

(I'd like the numbers to go from 1-14, but can't make it go that high.)
--Beth
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on August 25th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
My ranking would be:

1. Incredibles
1B. The first 15 minutes of "up".
2. Toy story 2
3. Toy story 3
4. Toy story
5. Monsters Inc.
6. Cars 2
7. Brave
8. Ratatouille
9. A Bug's Life
10. Wall-E
11. Finding Nemo
12. Cars
13. The rest of the movie "Up".

I thought they were all worth seeing once. The plot of Up just didn't hold together, and the characterization at the beginning didn't follow through on it's promises of greatness. Cars followed so precisely a Michael J. Fox movie plot that I couldn't stomach it, but the characters have become more developed in all the shorts and the other feature that I actually enjoyed Cars 2. It is my most recently watched Pixar flick, having seen it again with Peter just this week.

Incredibles had themes I resonated with -- "If everyone is special, that means nobody is." plus it was a fun movie. Toy Story 2 made me cry even more than Up.

--Beth
Silverhawk: springsilverhawk on August 25th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
(con'd from above) star system) or with a drop down with the number of choices to do an actual ranking.