Massively underappreciated Pixar film. The homage to Seven Samurai is brilliant. I owned this on VHS and watched it nonstop after coming home from elementary school. I had the script memorized and everything.
Sometimes forgotten, always underrated. Pixar's second feature film keeps the thrill and imagination of Toy Story, balancing with a deep socialism metaphor. The CGI may be dated, sure, but you don't get anything better from the late 1990s.
I still don't understand the absolute hate this film gets. Maybe it is because I saw it when I was 8 years old, that could be part of it, but I don't think it is as bad as everyone says it is. It is certainly one of Pixar's most forgettable films, but it doesn't approach Cars/Cars 2 bad. I thought it was a cute take on The Seven Samurai. Does it replace SS? Absolutely not. The best thing about it is Kevin Spacey.
Essentially an animated Seven Samurai meets Aesop's Fable, Pixar's 2nd film isn't on the level of most of their others but it doesn't mean it isn't exciting & entertaining. From the visuals, performances (incl. Spacey's Hopper), & consistent gags, this is an enjoyable film from start to finish. It may lack a certain emotional punch but Pixar's next 3 films would definitely fill that requirement.