Before the release of Light-year, the bell is hosting Pixar week– a celebration of the toys, mice, clownfish and more that helped define one of the greatest studios of the 21st century. At the heart of the occasion is the Best Pixar Character Bracket, a relentless tournament to determine the most iconic figure of all. Check back throughout the week to vote for your favorite characters and read a selection of stories that highlight some of Pixar’s greatest moments. To infinity and beyond!
A cowboy, a monster, a robot and an astronaut. These are the individuals who are on the brink of glory in Pixar’s Best Character category and the figures who exemplify Pixar’s incredible range of personalities over the past 27 years. Over the course of the week, we’ve seen clashes between skeletons, superheroes, bugs and racing cars, but now, after 64 competitors have joined the fray, only four remain.
For the most part, 1-seeds have emerged as the champions of their respective regions: From Andy’s Room comes Woody; in The Axiom, it’s Wall-E; and from Pizza Planet, there’s Buzz Lightyear. But at 42 Wallaby Way, the region that represents everyone’s favorite blue tang fish, things didn’t go according to plan.
James P. Sullivan, also known as Sulley, of Monsters Inc. it’s the square bracket breaker that kept this thing from turning to chalk. Sulley won a vulnerable Dory 67-33 after Dory nearly got caught by the 13-seed Squeeze Toy Aliens at Sweet 16. Sulley, while clearly a fan favorite, was probably not most observers’ choice for the Final Four. But after taking down Dory and Remy’s 1 and 2 seed challenge, as well as strong early challengers Bruce and Dash Parr, no one can question his credentials.
Now, can Sulley make the final turn against the original Pixar icon? That’s up to you. Let’s vote, honey!
Voting for the Final Four is officially open. The timing for these polls and the championship round is slightly different: Final Four voting will close at 4:00 pm ET on Friday; Championship voting will open at 5pm and will continue until 9pm. As always, you can vote right here, on twitterand on Instagram.
(1) Woody, Toys Story vs. (3) Sulley, Monsters Inc.
Let’s start with the obvious: not a single snake has been seen on Woody’s boots throughout this tournament. This man has nothing to fear and apparently has no weaknesses; from the start, Woody saddled the Bullseye and galloped into the Final Four at record pace. No other character in the tournament averaged a higher margin of victory (86 percent). Of course, as a 1-seed, he’s been blessed with some relatively easy confrontations (Pants Dad [who?]Boo, Roz), but even if he had faced better competition, would anyone expect Pixar OG to falter?
Fun fact: Woody has already dropped three Monsters Inc. characters after his slap of Mike Wazowski. Imagine if Woody beat Sulley; this guy will have ruthlessly annihilated essentially all of Monsters Inc. squad on the way to the final. But that’s exactly the motivation Sulley needs to not only avoid defeat, but avenge his fallen castmates. In a practical sense, this means that the Monsters Inc. hive that pushed three of its characters to the Sweet 16 and two to the Elite Eight could rally around Sulley. These voters have led some impressive victories – not just on behalf of Sulley, but also Mike, who defeated Joy and the lovable Nemo, and Roz, somehow the third character out of the last 16.
Monsters Inc. fans: How bad do you want this? Let your voice be heard below!
Which character should advance?
This poll is closed
(1) Woody, ‘Toy Story’
(3) Sulley, ‘Monsters, Inc.’
15364 total votes
(1) E-wall, E-wall vs. (1) Buzz Lightyear, Toys Story
It’s a battle of the sci-fi characters! Yesterday, I questioned whether Wall-E was a true candidate or suitor. He responded with a convincing victory over Mr. Incredible – who undoubtedly could have been a top seed – with 57 percent of the vote. Now, I have to be honest: I kind of expected Bob Parr to take this one. The Incredibles it’s an all-time timer and the sequel isn’t too bad either. But Wall-E is doing really well based on his only film. Also yesterday, Adam Nayman wrote on the site: “Whether or not Wall-E is Pixar’s best movie – and there’s a strong case to be made – is almost certainly the studio’s weirdest and most troubling.” Maybe that’s the secret to Wall-E’s success. It appeals to a type of voter who appreciates the uniqueness of a film that explores themes much darker and more mature than expected from a Pixar film.
If Wall-E is for the mature voter, then its opposite this round is for the kids, or at least the kids at heart. Buzz Lightyear is the reason we did all this brace before the release of his new spinoff, and he has remained as safe a bet as any to make it to the championship round. If he gets through Wall-E, he has a great chance to face Woody in the finals. Toys Story Confrontation. Will Buzz achieve greatness on his movie’s opening day and take on his rival-turned-best friend in the championship? This tempting prospect comes down to you.
Which character should advance?
This poll is closed
(1) E-Wall, ‘E-Wall’
(1) Buzz Lightyear, ‘Toy Story’
15569 total votes