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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 [Blu-ray]
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Disney and Pixar present an incredible new collection of 12 short films, featuring multiple Academy Award(R) nominees (Best Short Film, Animated: "Presto," 2008; "Day & Night," 2010; "La Luna," 2011) and a host of family favorites. Join the celebration of imagination with this must-own collection, packed with unforgettable animation, fantastic stories and captivating characters. Plus, enjoy all-new extras that share how Pixar's storied talent got their start -- including student films from acclaimed directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter!
The artists at the Pixar Studio used their early short films the way Walt Disney's artists used the "Silly Symphonies": to explore the medium of animation and to hone their skills in preparation for their first features, Toy Story and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, respectively. Today, Pixar is the most successful animation studio in the world and they continue to test ideas, techniques, technologies, and artists in short films. "Day & Night," Teddy Newton's clever study of two characters who look alike but act differently, and "Presto," Doug Sweetland's slapstick duel between a fussy magician and his recalcitrant rabbit, recall the great Warner Bros. and MGM cartoons of the '40s and '50s. In contrast, a gentle nostalgia pervades Enrico Casarosa's charming "La Luna," the story of a small boy finding his own way of performing a magical job. All three films earned Oscar nominations. Other shorts bring back characters the artists still enjoy animating: Remy from Ratatouille, Dug from Up, Mater from Cars, and the whole Toy Story gang. The tone and the look of the films vary widely, but they all exhibit a palpable delight in the art of animation and a desire to push the medium in new directions. The bonus features include student films by Oscar-winning directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. It's fun to look for the roots of the great Pixar films in these early works: the turquoise and purple monster in Stanton's "A Story" looks a bit like Sully in Monsters, Inc.; the little boy's room in Lasseter's "Nitemare" anticipates Andy's room in Toy Story. This delightful collection is an all-too-rare family entertainment that an entire family can actually enjoy together. (Rated G: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
(Your Friend the Rat, Presto, Burn-E, Partly Cloudy, Dug's Special Mission, George & A. J., Day & Night, Hawaiian Vacation, Air Mater, Small Fry, Time Travel Mater, La Luna)
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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.
Shorts that are definitely on other digital releases include:
Mater's Tall Tales: Air Mater (Oct. 2011) - Comes with 'Cars 2'
Day & Night (2010) - Comes with 'Toy Story 3'
George & A.J. (2009) - Comes with 'UP'
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) - Comes with 'Cars 2' and 'Toy Story of Terror'
La Luna (2011) - Comes with 'Brave'
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) - Comes with 'Toy Story of Terror'
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.
I'm not sure why you would ever need the two discs (same thing, ones Blu-Ray, ones DVD), but it was cheap so I got it anyway because it's the only way to get the Blue-Ray disc.
Lastly, there is no play all feature. I don't know what they were thinking! You have to scroll through the list and manually select for each short. It was just poorly constructed. The first volume of shorts had a play all feature.
Besides that, the new and original shorts were very cute. I absolutely love La Luna. So cute. :D
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