Lifted (2006 film)

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Poster of Lifted
Poster of Lifted
Directed by Gary Rydstrom
Produced by Katherine Sarafian
Written by Gary Rydstrom
Music by Michael Giacchino
Edited by Steve Bloom
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • December 29, 2006 (2006-12-29)
Running time
5 minutes
Country United States

Lifted is a 2006 Pixar computer-animated short film directed by Gary Rydstrom. This is the first film directed by Rydstrom, a seven-time Academy Award winning sound editor and mixer, and the first produced by Katherine Sarafian, who went on to produce Pixar's Brave.

The film was released theatrically and on home media with Pixar's Ratatouille (June 29, 2007). The short also received a sneak peek at The 42nd Chicago International Film Festival.[1]


A young alien, Stu, is inside a spacecraft taking an examination in alien abduction. He must snatch a sleeping farmer named Ernie (who bears a striking resemblance to Linguini, the main human protagonist from Ratatouille) under the watchful eye of his impassive examiner, a gelatinous blob named Mr. B.[2] Working from memory, Stu is expected to use an array of thousands of identical unlabeled toggle switches for this purpose and Mr. B gives no hints of which one(s) to use.

Stu's hesitant flicks of the switches turn out to be wrong, causing Ernie to bump into the walls and ceiling, but not waking him up. Frustrated, Stu yells and swipes randomly at the array; Ernie bounces crazily around the room like a pinball, knocking over the furniture in the process. Eventually, after checking his notes, Stu does succeed in maneuvering Ernie out the window and up into the ship, but he shuts off the tractor beam without closing the cargo hatch. As Ernie plummets toward the ground, Mr. B takes over and catches him, then works the switches with incredible speed to put him back in his bed and clean up the mess Stu made.

Ashamed over his failure, Stu starts whimpering and tries to hold back his tears. Mr. B generously allows him to launch the spaceship for the trip home. Stu cheerfully grabs the steering yoke and begins to maneuver; a moment later it slams to the ground, crushing Ernie's house. When it lifts off, its underside is covered with dirt and debris and nothing is left of the house except a tall pillar of dirt in the center of a crater, cut out by the open cargo hatch. Atop this, Ernie is still sound asleep in bed.

As the end credits run, the sound of Ernie's alarm clock is heard, followed by his yawn, a Wilhelm scream and a thud – indicating he has fallen into the crater.


"Lifted" was nominated for best animated short film on January 23, 2007 for the 79th Academy Awards.[3] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2006.

DVD release[edit]

Pixar included the film on the DVD release of Ratatouille and as part of Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1 in 2007.

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Preceded by
Mater and the Ghostlight
Pixar Animation Studios short films
Succeeded by
Your Friend the Rat