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Animation Studios: Pixar Shorts

  1. ElCochran90
  2. Edgar

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)
The Adventures of André and Wally B.
The first sign of Pixar's life and vivid imagination and, naturally, the promising future of CGI. The Adventures of André and Wally B. congregates two minutes of pure simplicity, yet glorious and innovative animation. It is the birth of a modern animation empire.

Luxo Jr. 1986,  G)
Luxo Jr.
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)
Red's Dream
Touching... Pixar slowly starts to grow. It may resort to the overused technique of a dream sequence, but don't we all have illusions? Escaping from a world we didn't ask in the first place, Red's Dream enters that innocent, unavoidable realm.

Tin Toy 1988,  Unrated)
Tin Toy
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)
Knick Knack
Unprecedented, creative and amusingly funny, the music is a delight and the sexualized jokes are outstanding. Pixar starts to divide its humor for all ages, and the result is a tremendous and memorable joy to watch.

Geri's Game 1997,  G)
Geri's Game
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)
For the Birds
No matter how lazy (plot-wise) and uncreative the Pixar crew got this time, the film still entertains for the right reasons. No parables involved this time, unfortunately, but we still have the full feature films for maintaining our hopes.

Mike's New Car 2002,  G)
Mike's New Car
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)
Jack-Jack Attack
The unnecessary extension of The Incredibles' storyline is only useful to watch the remainging protagonistic member of the super-family in action! We had been previously shown a sample of this little baby's lunacy in the movie's climax, but hell... That baby can surely kick ass!

One Man Band 2006,  Unrated)
One Man Band
Genius, full of laughs and energy! No dialogues required for such talent and vision, and I even perceived an unusual foreign aroma. Among Pixar's best short films.

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)
Mater and the Ghostlight
The worst you will be able to see from Pixar, it surpasses the randomness and mediocrity of Mike's New Car and it even resembles an episode of Spongebob! 'Nuff said.

Your Friend the Rat 2007,  Unrated)
Your Friend the Rat
Utterly pointless. No constructive comment can be done from this point.

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)
A nothing-more-than-fun short story that forcedly tries to parallel WALL·E's story, it is worth a watch exclusively for fans of the original film WALL·E. Undeniably funny, yet ultimately pointless.

Dug's Special Mission 2009,  G)
Partly Cloudy 2009,  G)
Partly Cloudy
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)
Day & Night
Impressive combination of animation styles, something scary as an idea itself since it may be a sign of Pixar's declining ability in being creative. But I can't point my finger towards this and blame it yet; it has a tender message and this short caught my attention since the beginning.

La Luna 2011,  G)
La Luna
I ask for nothing more than creativity. Even spellbinding visuals aren't necessary. For some odd reason this felt more like something straight out of Shigeru Miyamoto's mind than from Pixar. Didn't bother me much; it created a micro-world, and that's big enough already.


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