Animation Studios: Pixar Shorts
Very incomplete list, but it covers the essentials, so I can't complain that much.
1.- Tin Toy (1988)
2.- Knick Knack (1989)
3.- Luxo Jr. (1986)
4.- Geri's Game (1997)
5.- One Man Band (2006)
6.- The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984)
7.- Lifted (2006)
8.- Presto (2008)
9.- For the Birds (2000)
10.- Day & Night (2010)
11.- Red's Dream (1987)
12.- Partly Cloudy (2009)
13.- BURN-E (2008)
14.- Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
15.- Boundin' (2003)
16.- Mike's New Car (2002)
17.- Mater and the Ghostlight (2006)
18.- Your Friend the Rat (2007)
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The Adventures of André and Wally B. 1984, Unrated)
Luxo Jr. 1986, G)
Pixar is officially born independently from Lucasfilm and evolves at an extraordinary pace. Luxo Jr. is a timeless short masterpiece, featuring inert objects with charming personalities for the first time. The huge attention to landscape details featured in The Adventures of André and Wally B. is temporarily dropped, introducing us to minimalist brilliance. A treasure to admire and to behold, the Academy wasn't still able to understand what was being displaced in front of their eyes.
Red's Dream 1987, Unrated)
Tin Toy 1988, Unrated)
Pixar's huge brilliance being born and displayed in short films reaches its highest peak with Tin Toy, unarguably the crew's most visionary effort and the best sample of John Lasseter's outstanding craftsmanship. This little piece was the one that established the landmark world constructed in Pixar's first feature. This is not only one of the Academy's most correct choices, but also the best argument that this talented animation crew stated against the monstruosity of the original human's condition (shown through a baby, an icon that is supposed to be tender and cute, but it's not) and the "moralizing" of inert entities.
Knick Knack 1989, G)
Geri's Game 1997, G)
Unfortunately, Geri was quickly forgotten among those avant-garde Pixar characters. Back in 1998, I remember the elder youth being extremely amused and even heart-moved in my movie theater. Nowadays, the old-aged protagonist is dead... metaphorically speaking. Nevertheless, Geri's Game is Pixar's last great short and a reminder of the senselessness of our weak condition. Oh, how banal hobbies can be, but undeniably uplifting, like good old-school emotional escapists. Sing me up for playing chess against him! He can't play alone.
For the Birds 2000, Unrated)
Mike's New Car 2002, G)
The two famous main characters from Monsters Inc. are put inside a car while four minutes of your life are wasted. Please, enough with the slapstick violence lame jokes! The animation is worse than the one seen in the feature and you'll be in the necessity of watching it again just to remember what gags it featured.
Boundin' 2003, G)
I don't know if the famous animation crew was trying whether to reference those old, unknown Merrie Melodies shorts or to take a different course just to determine the reaction of the audience. Beats me, this is their worst short (released theatrically, of course), and when it tries to be funny, it is random, and when it tries to be cheerful, it is unusual and unfamiliar. Seeing it once will suffice.
Jack-Jack Attack 2005, G)
One Man Band 2006, Unrated)
Lifted 2007, G)
Oh, how preposterous those close encounters of the fourth kind can be, hehe. Rydstrom references Tin Toy discreetly and grabs the protagonist of Ratatouille for his portrayal of alien lunacy, the irony being found in the "stereotype" of alien races being supposedly smarter than the human being. Cool short film that displays 2,000 switches of fun.
Mater and the Ghostlight 2006, Unrated)
Your Friend the Rat 2007, Unrated)
Presto 2008, G)
Presto confirms Pixar's current lack of ability in the creation of shorts. Ideas have run out, so the Looney Toones legacy immediately plays its role here, contrasting humankind's self-interest and selfishness with the personification of what seems to be a Bugs Bunny... adapted to the new CGI era! An idea that, besides being horribly overused already, may scare animation fans. Nevertheless, some moments of high slapstick creativity compensate what this short could have been, but wasn't.
BURN-E 2008, Unrated)
Dug's Special Mission 2009, G)
Partly Cloudy 2009, G)
Enchanting, and a light improvement over some past Pixar short projects, Partly Cloudy draws on the tradition of explaining little children where the babies actually come from. Very grateful parents and amazed little audiences, it is visually impressive and obviously creative, referencing, at the same time, those classical Looney Tunes jokes with the poor stok being tortured by impossible situations. One thumb up.
Day & Night 2010, G)
La Luna 2011, G)