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Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 1 [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • SKU: 4004076
  • Release Date: 10/04/2011
  • Rating: G
  • 4.6 (14)
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.6
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 14)

Special Features

  • "The Pixar shorts - a short history"
  • Audio commentaries

Synopsis

Lifted
Pixar animator Gary Rydstrom's 5-minute comic short Lifted observes the foibles of a klutzy alien during his training as a "human abductor." His assignment: to kidnap a sleeping human farmer, by luring the farmer aboard the spaceship. The attempts fail again and again, to the growing irritation of the alien's instructor. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Red's Dream
A lonely unicycle sits in the back corner of Eban's Bikes dreaming of the one day that a talented clown might walk into the shop and recognize its potential in this Pixar short that found animators dealing with such challenging issues as rendering nighttime scenes and creating realistic rain. When dreams of stealing the show from his juggling sidekick give way to the sound of raindrops falling just outside the window, the forsaken sale item is forced to face the realization that he may remain unsold for some time to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jack-Jack Attack
Originally conceived as a sequence from the Pixar hit The Incredibles but later cut from the film so that the baby's superpowers would be a surprise, this computer animated short follows an unsuspecting babysitter as she attempts to wrangle a particularly brainy baby. Experts say classical music helps infants to develop better cognitive skills, but for his exceptional child Mozart proves the key to unlocking some truly remarkable superpowers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Knick Knack
Pixar animator John Lasseter pays special tribute to the genius of Chuck Jones with this computer animated short about a snow-globe snowman that discovers life on the outside isn't all that it's cracked up to be. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Adventures of André and Wally B.
A Lucasfilm production that holds the unique distinction of being the first 3-D animated film that key Pixar player John Lasseter ever worked on, André and Wally B uses geometric shapes to tell the story of a clever forest dweller who unwisely draws the ire of a fast-flying bee. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Boundin'
Longtime Pixar writer/animator Bud Luckey dreams up this humorous tale about a high-plains lamb shorn of his most distinctive trait. His illustrious coat of wool unceremoniously sheared from his shivering body, a once-proud lamb becomes the laughing stock of the hilltop. Just when it seems that the lamb's once buoyant spirit has been hopelessly torpedoed, along comes an optimistic jackalope to help put things in perspective. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

For the Birds
A flock of small birds perched high atop a telephone wire are joined by a dopey bigger bird that just wants in on some of the fun in this Academy Award-winning animated short from Pixar. While at first the larger fowl doesn't realize that he is being made fun of, a curious development finds out clueless but lovable feathered friend eventually getting the last laugh. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mater and the Ghostlight
Loveable tow truck Mater may be rusty on the outside, but his engine is still as sturdy as the day he rolled off of the assembly line as he sets out to explore the ghostly blue light that's preventing the citizens of Radiator Springs from getting a good night's sleep. Originally included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of Pixar's Cars, this computer animated short features one of the film's most popular characters in an all-new adventure. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Pixar Shorts: A Short History
Tin Toy
The credits list at the end of Tin Toy is almost as long as the film itself. This 5-minute exercise in stop-motion photography "stars" a drum-major toy by the name of Tinny. Bedevilled by a destructive baby, Tinny does his best to avoid his toddling tormentor. But when baby falls down and hurts himself, the Tin Toy does the Right Thing. The 1988 "best animated film" Academy Award winner, John Lassetter's Tin Toy would serve as an excellent warmup for the far more elaborate 1995 feature Toy Story. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mike's New Car
Originally conceived by director Pete Doctor long before Monsters Inc. proved an enormous hit for Pixar, this animated short follows playful beasties Mike and Sully as they attempt to master a state-of-the-art six-wheel drive car featuring all of the latest gadgets. Now that Mike has established himself as a true star in Monsters, Inc and played a pivotal role in solving the energy crisis that plagued Monstropolis, he has decided to reap the rewards of his newfound stardom by purchasing a fancy new car. When Mike's road test takes a frustrating detour and Sully proves that monsters and motors don't mix, the two friends quickly determine to make their way to work by foot for the time being. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Luxo Jr.
Inspired by the architect's lamp that adorned his desk at the time he was learning to make models, animator John Lasseter crafted this Academy Award-nominated short film concerning a diminutive lamp that discovers a fun new toy, and the elder illuminator that watches amused from its desktop perch. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Geri's Game
John Lasseter and company set out on a mission to perfect human and cloth animation in this Academy Award-winning short film about a playful codger named Geri who challenges himself to a game of chess in the park. As the competition against himself begins to heat up, the eternally youthful chess player attempts to lighten the mood by playfully feigning a heart attack and finding new uses for his false teeth. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

One Man Band
As a peasant girl with a single coin approaches the piazza fountain and prepares to make her wish, two dueling street musicians attempt to redirect the coin into their tip jars in this computer animated Pixar short that found the filmmakers and composers working in close collaboration. At first Bass slides up beside the little girl playing the same familiar tune as always, but when ambitious newcomer Treble adds a catchy string accompaniment the competition really starts to get interesting. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 (14 Reviews)
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