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Two types of Pixar shorts- some absolutely classic animation
on 15 January 2010
A great chance to see Pixar shorts both old and new on one disc.
There are two types of shorts here- the 1980s ones (5 of them) from when CG was brand new, computers were less powerful than today's mobile phones and yet Pixar managed to give character and life to some simple objects in a brilliant way. There's an interesting 30-minute documentary which makes you realise that in the 80s animating was so heavily computer-programming and maths based and very far removed from modern CG packages. You can't fail to be impressed. "Luxo" remains an absolute classic, a defining moment in animation.
Then there's the later shorts (1997 and beyond) which are either test pieces, giving animators and directors their first taste of doing their own film, or spin-off shorts relating to their feature film work. These are still great- especially Jack Jack Attack which is just brilliant- but they're not the sheer technical marvel that the 1980s ones were. Some of them are less impressive than their features and very slightly disappointing. It's still great to see them all in one place though.