104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
This is the second collection of Pixar Shorts, but the first one that I've seen. I have to admit that I loved the Toy Story films and "UP" was one of my favorites but I've missed "Cars" and it's sequel and the others.
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 Wonder where all those outdated toys from movie tie-ins that failed go?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.
"Day and Night" is a wordless piece - as is "Partly Cloudy" - and what I'll call the "serious" ones. This is a case where you'll get more out of it after you hear the commentary track.
While "Small Fry" was close in the "funniest short in the set", the hands-down winner is the opener: "Your Friend The Rat". Two characters from "Ratatouille" present - in about seven minutes - the "History of the Rat", just like the old Disney Educational cartoons of the 1950s did. Director Jim Capobianco uses 2-D, hand drawn animation as well as other "old school" techniques along with CGI in a short you'll watch a few time just to catch the jokes and clever satire.
As fellow reviewer N. Schoenfeld pointed out in his "review" (actually a "preview" since he had not yet seen the collection) the Bluray set is pricey, but I'm not reviewing price here. The images are sharp - even on my 30 year-old standard def TV screen - and there is an amazing amount of creativity here. The "Cars" and "Toy Story" shorts will appeal to small children (but they won't get a lot of the "inside" jokes"). They'll probably be bored with the "serious" ones and the less flashy "Student Films" too. But adults who love great animation will find a lot in this set to enjoy!
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
84 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
If you like Pixar Shorts and want to watch them all in one place without popping discs in and out this is a great deal.
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.
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
With very few exceptions, the content on this disc can be found on the full-length PIXAR Blu-rays, so if you already have those, think carefully before buying.
Also, (as mentioned by others), what genius forgot to program a "Play All" feature on a disc with a bunch of 5 minute films??
96 of 129 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
Anyone who has seen Pixar shorts, knows how wonderful they are. The content on this disc is no exception. But this is a product review, so the value of the product as well as the film itself should be taken into account.
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
By now, everybody knows about the significant influence that the Pixar Animation Studios has had on the Disney Studios. Their "Toy Story" and "Cars" series, as well as "Finding Nemo," "Wall-E," "The Incredibles," and others have been commercial and critical successes, and that is good for all parties involved, including us, the consumers. But, once in a while, when we buy a Pixar/Disney film, the bonus section usually features a Pixar Short, one that doesn't make it to the big screen. So it was a great idea to put all those shorts together and present them in one package, the result being the awesome "Pixar Short Films Collection," and like Volume one, this Second Volume is as just as fabulous.
"Pixar Short Films Collection 2" includes twelve shorts with different kinds of animation, and many of them feature some of Pixar films' memorable characters. However, I have to say that my favorites were "Your Friend the Rat," in which Remy and Emile (from Ratatouille) tell us about the positive roles of rats in history; "Presto," perhaps the funniest one, where a magician's starving rabbit sabotages his act, because the magician doesn't feed him; "Partly Cloudy," in which a baby-delivering crane gets assigned to deliver the most ferocious babies (porcupines, sharks), and the poor guy can't take it anymore; "Halloween Special Vacation," featuring our friends from "Toy Story;" "Time Travel Mater," showcasing Mater, from "Cars;" and "La Luna," in which a boy, his father and grandfather do maintenance work in the moon - perhaps the most touching of all.
This fantastic collection of short films is a most for any animation fan. For that matter, it is like buying a whole film, due to its running time. In addition, the bonus material in the Blu-ray and DVD edition includes some short student films by Pixar's crème de la crème, like John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter, as well as filmmaker commentaries. (USA, 2012, color, 75 min plus additional materials). Reviewed on December 3, 2012 by Eric Gonzales for Disney Blu-ray
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
Twenty bucks for a collections of short films seemed a little steep, but I felt like it was money well spent after the first 10 minutes.
It's difficult for me to imagine that you won't love this, but I know everyone's different. I will say this: If you've ever seen and enjoyed a Pixar film, you owe it to yourself to watch this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2014
The shorts are all super cute but the disc format needs some help. The Pixar Short Films Collection 1 has the 'play all' option - this one does NOT so every few minutes, you're sent back to the main menu to pick another one.
There is no - throwing this on for 75 minutes of background noise with this disc.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2015
The shorts included are:
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? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating "dangerous" babies. Crocodiles, porcupines, rams and more - Gus's beloved creations are works of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery stork partner, Peck. As Gus's creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck's job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend's fiery temperament?
Presto (2008) - A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) - A fast food restaurant mini variant of Buzz forcibly switches places with the real Buzz and his friends have to deal with the obnoxious impostor.
Mater's Tall Tales: Time Travel Mater (4 Jun. 2012) - When a clock lands on Mater's engine, he travels back in time to 1909 where he meets Stanley, an ambitious young car on his way to California. With the help of Lightning McQueen, Mater alters history by convincing Stanley to stay and build Radiator Springs. Stanley meets Lizzie and they commemorate the opening of the new courthouse with their wedding.
Your Friend the Rat (2007) - Remy and Emile (from "Ratatouille") plead the case for rats by illustrating the historical and scientific facts about the species and their interaction with humans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
These are shorts that they show with Pixar features. Some are clever, most are just okay. I think they tested out ideas in these shorts so it might be best if you are a big Pixar fan. Few are worth watching a second time, so get it only if you are a collector.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
There are some boring ones and a couple are good. This was just okay...not very excited and was a little disappointed. The cloud short film is the best and I would love to see more of that one in the future.