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The Bluray at hand contains a dozen shorts, clocking in at 75 minutes. Each can be played with, or without, the Directors' commentaries. (So you get about 2 ½ hours of entertainment in the base package). The other bonus is really neat. It's a selection of seven "Student Films" from the three top Pixar directors: John Lassiter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Doctor. These were made in the late 1980s and each one (they run about six minutes each) is introduced by the Director. Some are just animated line drawings with sound while others are more fully realized and were shown in the Mike and Ike Animation festival. All were new to me and I found them fascinating and fun.
As to the "core dozen", there are both what I'll call "funny" and "serious" shorts and not all use the CGI method of animation. Two are offshoots of the film "UP". The first features Dug, the dog. It's okay. The other "George & AJ" shows that the senior, Carl (Ed Asner) in "Up" was not the only one who wanted to escape the retirement home. I liked that one.
There are two offshoots of "Cars" with the hayseed pickup, Mater, telling "tall tales". Clever.
"Toy Story" has two offshoots too and they are a hoot! "Hawaiian Vacation" does a real job on Barbie and Ken (especially Ken) as they try to leave the toy chest for Hawaii. The other "Small Fry" takes digs at Fast Food "meal deal prizes". Wonder where all those outdated toys from movie tie-ins that failed go? You (and Buzz Lightyear) will find out here.Read more ›
However, there are two ways this falls short of the first volume:
1) The first volume had some Pixar stuff that had never been collected along with specials/shorts from the various title discs. Everything on this disc is found elsewhere.
2) The first volume had a "Play All" option which was great for just popping the disc in and watching. This volume doesn't seem to have that feature - which means you have to keep selecting the next short to watch. My kids love watching these and I frequently popped the first disc in while working in the kitchen or on a drive to occupy them - and now this is no longer an option for the second volume.
Also, (as mentioned by others), what genius forgot to program a "Play All" feature on a disc with a bunch of 5 minute films??
Mater's Tall Tales: Air Mater (Oct. 2011) - Mater's decision to fly lands him accidentally at a big airshow.
BURN-E (2008) - If BURN-E (a welding robot) had known how much trouble he'd be caused by WALL-E's pursuit of EVE, then he'd have taken the day off.
Day & Night (2010) - The personifications of daytime and nighttime learn to get along.
Dug's Special Mission (2009) - Alpha, Beta, and Gamma try to keep Dug (from "UP") out of their way while they hunt for Kevin the Snipe. However, their instructions for his "very special mission" keep backfiring on them.
George & A.J. (2009) - After Nurses George and A.J. of the Shady Oaks Retirement Village witness Carl (from "UP") leaving with his house towed by balloons, other senior citizens around the city are inspired to make their own "escapes", much to George and A.J.'s chagrin.
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) - The toys throw Ken and Barbie a Hawaiian vacation in Bonnie's room.
La Luna (2011) - A fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
Partly Cloudy (2009) - Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from?Read more ›
Considering this product is the price of a feature film release, and that there are 40 mins of content here, and 50+ mins of content on volume 1, I don't see the value here. It would be better if all shorts up until now were contained on one set, and with a greater amount of special features. (These special features do exist, but unfortunately you have to buy all of Pixar's feature films, along with their shorts, to get them all). I wouldn't be as critical, but Disney is notorious for releasing something, then re-releasing it, followed by a re-re-release a year later.
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Not nearly as funny as the first collection. I was disappointed with it.Published 3 days ago by Susan Taylor
I bought this because we had the first one, watched it once, and haven't watched it since. The first 4 or so cartoons are grim and melancholy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kami
Christmas present for my young-at-heart daughter - she loves it!Published 5 days ago by Kristen S. Atkinson
I love Pixar! These were perfect for a night in on the couch! I love how the shorts revealed other sides of the actual movies!Published 16 days ago by Luisiana Cruz
My husband and I just watched the DVD and loved most of the shorts. I doubt anyone loves them all equally. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Vanessa
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