5 great Disney Pixar movies you forgot about

Your guide to infinity and a beyond binge-worthy weekend
A still from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul.”
A still from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul.” Photo credit © 2020 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

With Disney Pixar's "Lightyear" now in theaters, there's no better time than the present to look back at the catalog of some of the best Pixar movies that you can watch at home right now.

Now, just focusing specifically on their feature-length selection, let's ruffle some feathers and narrow down our list of favorites to binge with the family this weekend, all on Disney Plus.

Toy Story (1995)

Pixar's first feature-length movie, the "Toy Story" franchise continues to deliver timeless, relatable stories to this day.

This inaugural feature sees a young boy's (Andy) toy collection come to life whenever he's not around. A mischievous bunch led by a cowboy named Woody (Tom Hanks) is joined by new-arrival Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), who is convinced he's a real-life astronaut. Buzz ventures to escape his new home, getting his comrades into trouble along the way as they discover the world outside Andy's bedroom.

"Toy Story" is now streaming on Disney+.

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Another movie that pushed the boundaries of animation, "Monsters, Inc." is set in an alternate world filled with monsters, where their primary source of power comes from the screams of human children.

Fortunately, this fear-based plot is comforting, humorous and charming throughout. It follows two monsters, Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), who stumble across a human child named Boo, who has crossed into their world. It's up to them to sneak Boo home without their fellow monsters finding out, who believe all humans are toxic.

"Monsters, Inc." is now streaming on Disney+.

Cars (2006)

A world full of anthropomorphized vehicles, "Cars" follows an ambitious up-and-coming racing driver named Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he looks to beat his older rivals to the Piston Cup.

This cocky young driver loses his way, literally and figuratively, stumbling across a middle-of-nowhere town named Radiator Springs — where nobody knows his name. Stuck in this town, McQueen is taught lessons of humility, compassion and the perils of judging a book by its cover.

"Cars" is now streaming on Disney+.

Ratatouille (2007)

A common theme throughout many Pixar movies, "Ratatouille" plays heavily on the idea that you should never judge a book by its cover.

In a high-end Parisian restaurant, aspiring chef Remy (Patton Oswalt) forms an unlikely friendship with a young kitchen worker. The two form a partnership that will allow both to flourish. Oh, and did we mention that Remy is a rat?

Usually shunned by all humans who see him, Remy is given a chance to succeed and eventually prove the doubters wrong who judge him purely on his appearance.

"Ratatouille" is now streaming on Disney+.

Soul (2020)

A remarkable movie that tackles death, grief and the simpler joys in life, "Soul" is another flick everyone can enjoy.

Joe (Jamie Foxx), a jazz musician and teacher, finally gets his chance to shine and show the music world what he can do, but tragedy strikes. Suddenly both alive and dead in a strange world, Joe ventures to find his way back to reality to make the most of his opportunity. Along the way, he stumbles across another lost soul — literally and figuratively — who he helps guide and find meaning in life.

"Soul" is a beautifully constructed movie that emphasizes the importance of finding your true passion and purpose in life — a lesson everyone can learn from.

"Soul" is now streaming on Disney+.