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Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1
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1. "THE ADVENTURES OF ANDRE AND WALLY B." (1984, Lucasfilm). After blue humanoid André is awakened in a forest by a pesky bee, he tries to escape. But the bee (named Wally B.) chases after him, and both characters run off screen. Finally, Wally reappears with a bent stinger. Interesting only for its historical value
2. "LUXO JR." (1986). When a large desklamp watches a smaller, younger desklamp play with a ball, he can't quite manage to do it himself.
3. "RED'S DREAM" (1987). Propped up in the corner of a bicycle store, Red the unicycle dreams about a better place.
4. "TIN TOY" (1988). When a wind-up one-man-band toy sees just how destructive a baby can be, he does everything he can to flee -- until the baby gets hurt.
5. "KNICK KNACK" (1989). A snowglobe snowman wants to join a party of other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but his glass dome gets in his way. (This is the well-known version with the less-endowed bathing beauty.)
6. "GERI'S GAME" (1997). A man plays a game of chess against himself, 'becoming' each player by moving to the other side of the chessboard and taking his glasses on and off.
7. "FOR THE BIRDS" (2001). A group of small birds perched together on a telephone wire reject a larger, awkward-looking bird, and pay the price for it.
8. "MIKE'S NEW CAR" (2002). When Mike (from "Monsters Inc.Read more ›
"The Adventures of Andre and Wally B. (2 minutes) - 5.5/10 - Interesting animation experiment at the dawn of the age of CGI, but not much of a story.
Included on the "Tiny Toy Stories" VHS tape.
Luxo Jr. (2 minutes) - 7.7/10 - The first computer animated short nominated for an Academy Award. Just a couple of lamps playing ball, but somehow Pixar manages to bring "life" to the lamps with the larger lamp acting as parent to the smaller in spite of a lack of any real physical features with which to add expression.
Included with the Toy Story 2 DVD.
Red's Dream (4 minutes) - 6.6/10 - Red is a unicycle that is the only item in the bargain bin at a toy store. He copes with his surroundings by dreaming of better things. Like Luxo, you are made to care about the main character even though he has limited ability to express himself. Shows Pixar experimenting with more complex forms than in previous films.
Included on the "Tiny Toy Stories" VHS tape.
Tin Toy (5 minutes) - 7.1/10 - Kind of an early proof of concept of Toy Story. A curious baby is after a wind-up toy.Read more ›
Most of these are personal projects or experiments by staff animators, and they are labors of love. If you already own the "Pixar collection" up to this point, you have these movies. If you only own a few Pixar movies, this is the way to catch up. Highly recommended for newbies and collection completists.
Each individual short is entertaining in some way, though they are short films and aren't intended to last more than a few minutes each. Many times the credits roll on seemingly longer than the shorts they accompany. But... if you recognize the history of computing and computer animation that is involved here, you realize just how much work went into these shorts and how truly amazing they are given the technology available when most of these shorts were created.
Perhaps the most 'priceless' (to borrow from the credit card commercials) portion of this collection is the included documentary: The Pixar Shorts: A Short History. It looks at the players involved, the hardware involved, and the work that went into creating these classic works. How Pixar Animation Studios came to be, and why they were creating these shorts.
Taken in context with the shorts themselves, you realize just how far we've advanced when it comes to computer animation and animated film. Technology that shows up in video games, movies, virtual reality for training purposes and more.
Pixar was on the forefront of the tech and this collection does a good job of introducing viewers to all of that great history. Worth a full price purchase? Probably not so much. On sale or discounted through an Amazon marketplace purchase? certainly worth consideration.
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I love Pixar shorts but I was disappointed that the "alien abduction failure" cartoon (don't remember the original name) was not included in this film nor the 2nd Pixar... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sybel Herring
These shorts are delightful, like a little spoonful of creativity.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Christmas present for my daughter as companion to Volume 2 - she loves this one as well!Published 9 days ago by Kristen S. Atkinson
While I initially thought about deducting one star for the shorts I didn't especially enjoy, I didn't have the heart to because I love the majority of them - and they're just so... Read morePublished 20 days ago by shopgirl76
These PIXAR SHORTS are the best! My daughter received them as a Christmas Gift. The whole family watched and enjoyed them. Timeless treasure of how Pixar has evolved. Read morePublished 24 days ago by 3GIRLSMOM
These were a perfect gift for my wife. She's a huge Disney and Pixar fan.Published 1 month ago by Brandon Wolfe
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|Pixar Films: DVD vs. Blu-Ray?||
I have Toy Story 2 Blu Ray/DvD combo and have made the comparison and this is the difference: The almost undetectable noise in the DvD image is completely gone in the Blu Ray. I made the jump to Blu Ray only because I found a player for less than $80, and I only buy BD/DvD combo packs which are... Read More
Sep 17, 2010 by Jack Pacini | See all 2 posts
|Where are the hidden bonuses?||
Dec 7, 2009 by grh | See all 2 posts
|I wonder how many mins is the behind the scenes featurette and animation...||
It could have been worse. They could have made one new short that would have been exclusive to this collection and then you'd have to buy it.
Dec 13, 2007 by Ike Iszany | See all 2 posts
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I put both in the cart and tried to place order per Amazon website's Blu-ray page but didnot come up with $10 off. I called customer service center and they had no idea of this promotion and tried to tell me that it was in the $23.95 price. I asked for supervisor and then got the adjustment. Lot... Read More
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|Knick Knack Original or Not?||
I understand wanting things to remain true to the original and most of the time I completely agree. I dont care if Bugs smokes a cigar or if Donald Duck doesnt wear a seat belt. Most of the time I want the original.
On this particular issue though I can't help by wonder why the huge fuss? Its... Read More
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