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The Pixar Short Films Collection [Blu-ray]
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Collection of 13 short films from the animation studio responsible for 'Toy Story', 'Monsters Inc' and 'Finding Nemo'. Features 'The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.', 'Luxo Jr.', 'Red's Dream', 'Tin Toy', 'Knick Knack', 'Geri's Game', 'For the Birds', 'Mike's New Car', 'Boundin', 'Jack-Jack Attack', 'One Man Band', 'Mater and the Ghostlight' and 'Lifted'.
Pixar's unprecedented string of hit animated features was built on the short films in this collection. John Lasseter and Ed Catmull used these cartoons the way Walt Disney used the "Silly Symphonies" during the 1930s: as a training ground for artists and a way to explore the potential of a new medium. Although it's only 90 seconds long, "Luxo, Jr." (1986) ranks as the "Steamboat Willie" of computer animation: For the first time, audiences believed CG characters could think and feel. (It was also the first CG film to make audiences laugh.)
When the artists began work on Toy Story, they had learned so much from the shorts, they were ready to undertake that landmark creation. In the later shorts, the viewer can see the artists continuing to experiment: with a more realistic human figure in "Geri's Game" and with new ways of suggesting atmospheric effects in "Boundin'." Some of the more recent shorts continue the adventures of the characters from the features. "Jack-Jack Attack" reveals what happened to the hapless baby-sitter while The Incredibles were off fighting Syndrome, while "Mater and the Ghost Light" shows that life goes on for the inhabitants of Radiator Springs. When Sully from Monsters, Inc. tries to adjust his seat in "Mike's New Car," the animators prolong the moment to wring every drop of humor from the situation--just as an earlier generation of animators milked Wile E. Coyote's antics for all they were worth. The long-unseen films for Sesame Street are an unexpected bonus. A delightful collection of entertaining shorts, and a significant chronicle of the growth of computer animation. --Charles Solomon
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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.
This DVD collection (also on blu-ray) contains all of Pixar's short films from The Adventures of Andre and Wally B (1984) to Lifted (2006). Although many of these shorts have appeared on home video releases of Pixar's feature length films (be it VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray), this DVD is still well worth it because not only is it nice to have them all available in one place, but also to experience Pixar's earlier works such as Tin Toy, Red's Dream and the aforementioned Andre and Wally B. The extras are also worth a look.
My top five:
- Luxo Jnr
- For The Birds
- Tin Toy
- Mike's New Car
If you like Pixar, then this DVD is a must, even if you have most of these already!
My favorites include Tin Toy in which a destructive baby goes on the rampage while the terrified toys cower under a couch and a drummer-boy toy tries to appease the little urchin, the uplifting Boundin' - the story of a sheep that suffered from depression after shearing until a jackalope comes by and brings out spectacular new talents in the sweet animal. This one has great country music and the story is a rhyming poem.
Jack-Jack Attack is the scary tale of a babysitter trying to control a weird baby who has supernatural powers, and in Knick Knack a snowman desperately tries to join the fun in the sun by attempting escape from his snow dome - the music here is especially charming. Another good one is Mater and the Ghostlight, a story of cars and trucks with a great country & western soundtrack.
I also enjoyed For the Birds, a simple story of little bluebirds who were nasty to a bigger, awkward bird and paid for it by losing their feathers, and Lifted, the story of an attempted UFO abduction that didn't quite work out because of the incompetence of the trainee abductor. Those who have seen Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles will probably not be too impressed, but I found the DVD highly entertaining and informative.
Disney and PIXAR invite you to discover these masterpieces of storytelling from the creative minds that brought you ‘TOY STORY,’ ‘MONSTERS, INC.,’ ‘FINDING NEMO' and many more on Blu-ray Disc for the ultimate high definition experience!
With revolutionary animation, unforgettable music and characters you love, these dazzling short films have changed the face of animation and entertainment and are sure to delight people of all ages for years to come. Experience them now in remarkable clarity that boasts six times the picture quality* and spectacular audio enhancement. Plus, you will get to experience and enjoy the pure Disney and PIXAR magic in Blu-ray High Definition! *May vary with some of the animated cartoons viewed.
FILM FACT: ‘Tin Toy’ won the 1988 60th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film; the first time a computer animated film had won in that category. ‘Geri's Game’ won the 1997 70th Academy Awards ® for Best Animated Short Film. ‘For The Birds’ won the 2002 74th Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. ‘Mike’s New Car’ was nominated for the 2002 74th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film. ‘Boundin' was nominated for the 2004 76th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film. ‘One Man Band’ was nominated for the 2006 78th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film. ‘Lifted’ was nominated for the 2007 79th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Short Film.
Directors: Alvy Ray Smith, John Lasseter, Jan Pinkava, Ralph Eggleston, Pete Docter, Roger L.Read more ›