Your mistake presumes that 1) I'm offended (I'm not), 2) I think kids shows are naturally "crappy" (I don't), 3) I want them to cater to me (I don't), 4) I loved <Pixar films> when I was a kid (in fact, I appreciate them substantially more now that I can understand their nature), 5) that I think they're at all immature (I don't).
Your counter argument fails on all levels. TV Tropes can argue "just as validly" for my position, as well.
Both tropes are equally as relevant here: as in, they're not.
Pixar produces mostly kid-friendly fair that is mostly not targeted towards kids, but allows products that are targeted towards kids. To reiterate, most of the focus and themes of those films are things kids cannot relate to. To kids, most of these are "setting elements" - basically MacGuffins that help the plot move forward (if they are understood at all). To adults, the people, events, and so-on are those of real people in un-real situations.
The stories are adult stories. There are a few exceptions.
Your use of "crazy warped" indicates, if anything, I might have offended you somehow. I'm sorry: that's not my intent. :/
But seriously: re-read those plot descriptions and really think about them. Heck, I noted that How to Train Your Dragon, in fact, is a kids' movie. Megamind is not. Both Dreamworks. I'm a big fan of both. Different base movies. I have the ability to differentiate between two movies I really like (one being a kids' film, one kid-friendly film that's not a kids' film), both of which I was introduced to in my adulthood.
If you want a set of further differentiation in Pixar films we've not yet talked about, but that I've seen and recall:
1) Antz: for adults
2) Prince of Egypt: for kids (I love this film)
3) Shrek (and sequels): for adults (well, sort-of; some of them are)
4) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron: for adults (not great, but decent)
5) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: for kids (also not very good; I will note, however, that this one, of any on the list, may well fall to your linked article)
If you can't see the difference in these films (with the noted possible exception of Sinbad, I submit) then it's a perception problem - obviously, I don't think that perception problem is on my end, and you don't think it's on your end. Thus we can agree to disagree.
To sum up my position, again: is the primary protagonist and their major motivations something children can relate to?
If yes: it's a kids' movie.
If no: it's an adults' movie (but can be child-friendly).
EDIT: It's worth noting that someone does not always set out to create one and end up with their intended goal. There are many (myself included - and the two articles we both linked prove this - that find it hard to differentiate. Intent or expectation doesn't always generate what is intended. That doesn't negate what is created or necessarily hamper its validity. This is true of authors, directors, and producers.
EDIT 2: I've seen more Pixar films than I thought I'd seen, but I'm not going down the whole list - too many. They tend to be either really good or not-so-much. Very few "fairly okay" films. Interesting.
I'm pretty ambitious. I honestly think I could make that script, and I'm sure someday I'll try.
Good luck! I really hope it'll turn out better than any previous attempts and, if so, it gets picked up.
Or maybe a Pathfinder TV show. Kinda aiming for an Avatarish demographic. ;D
As far as the TV Show, that could definitely work (though it needs to stay far away from the old show). Again, the animated field is something I solidly agree with you on. In all cases, it wouldn't be Studio Ghibli, Pixar, or Dreamwork. None of those companies - as awesome as they are - would willingly tackled the nuanced nature of Pathfinder morality and similar related elements. That kind of nuance isn't child-friendly at all.
The fact that (regardless of how evil it's supposed to be relegated to) you can summon Western-style demons isn't something that they'll handle. Studio Ghibli... might... but it's not really likely. Especially not as Pathfinder presents them.
A list of their films shows: Grave of Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, maybe the Tales from Earth Sea (I've not seen that one) indicate the ability to handle maturity and violence, but the first two, at least, are pretty much predicated on the opposite position PF takes (that judicious application of violence or self-willed independence can solve problems).
Similarly, Bluth is awesome, but his style (even in his closest-to-it work, Titan A.E., which is a great film) doesn't quite encapsulate the "grit" or the "heroicism" (I know it's not a word, but let's go with it - the clarity of alignment and purpose, let's say) of PF. I think Titan A.E. would definitely come the closest, though. (Of course, I might just be mis-remembering it - it's been quite a while since I've seen that one, I have to admit.)
EDIT: for a bit more clarity and word-choice.