List of Pixar shorts

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Beginning with Pixar's second film A Bug's Life, all subsequent Pixar feature films have been shown in theatres along with a Pixar-created short. Other Pixar shorts, released only on home media, were created to showcase what Pixar can do (either technologically or cinematically), or were created specifically for a client.

The first shorts were made while Pixar was still a computer hardware company, when John Lasseter was the only professional animator in the company's tiny animation department. Starting with Geri's Game, after Pixar had turned into an animation studio, all later shorts have been produced with a larger crew and budget.

In 1991, Pixar made four CGI shorts produced for the TV series Sesame Street. The shorts illustrates different weights and directions starring Luxo Jr. and Luxo - Surprise (1992), Light and Heavy (1990), Up and Down (1993), and Front and Back (1994).[1]

Also, beginning with A Bug's Life, Pixar has created extra content for each of their films that is not part of the main story. For their early theatrical releases, this content was in the form of "movie outtakes" and appeared as part of the movie's credits. For each of their films since Monsters, Inc. (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University excluded), this content was a short made exclusively for the DVD release of the film.[2] As of 2010, all of the short films except BURN-E and Dug's Special Mission are available to purchase on Apple's iTunes Store.

Shorts[edit]

Original[edit]

Title Year Initial theatrical release with Initial home release[a] with Academy Award for
Best Animated Short Film
The Adventures of André and Wally B.[b]
1984
Luxo Jr.
1986
Toy Story 2[3]
Nominated
Red's Dream
1987
Tin Toy
1988
Toy Story
Won
Knick Knack
1989
Finding Nemo[4]
Geri's Game
1997
A Bug's Life
Won
For the Birds
2000
Monsters, Inc.
Boundin'
2003
The Incredibles
Nominated
One Man Band
2005
Cars
Lifted
2006
Ratatouille
Presto
2008
WALL-E
Partly Cloudy
2009
Up
Day & Night
2010
Toy Story 3
Nominated
La Luna[5]
2011
Brave
The Blue Umbrella[6]
2013
Monsters University

Feature-related[edit]

Title Year Initial theatrical release with Initial home release[a] with Academy Award for
Best Animated Short Film
Mike's New Car
2002
Monsters, Inc. Nominated
Jack-Jack Attack
2005
The Incredibles
Mater and the Ghostlight
2006
Cars
Your Friend the Rat
2007
Ratatouille
BURN-E
2008
WALL-E
Dug's Special Mission
2009
Up
George & A.J. Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2
(web release on iTunes, Facebook and YouTube)
The Legend of Mor'du[7]
2012
Brave
Party Central[8]
2013
Muppets Most Wanted
Notes
  1. ^ a b Non-compilation
  2. ^ Produced by The Graphics Group, a subsidiary of Lucasfilm which would later become Pixar.

Short series[edit]

In 2008, Pixar began making shorts with previously developed characters. These shorts premiered on Toon Disney, Disney Channel or as a theatrical release.

Cars Toons[edit]

Mater's Tall Tales[edit]

Title Year Premiered
Rescue Squad Mater
2008
Toon Disney
Mater the Greater
El Materdor
Tokyo Mater[9] Theatrical, with Bolt
Unidentified Flying Mater
2009
Disney Channel
Monster Truck Mater
2010
Heavy Metal Mater
Moon Mater[10] DVD+Blu-ray, with Mater's Tall Tales
Mater Private Eye[11]
Air Mater[12]
2011
DVD+Blu-ray, with Cars 2
Time Travel Mater[13]
2012
Disney Channel

Tales from Radiator Springs[edit]

Title Year Premiered
Hiccups
2013
Disney Channel
Spinning
Bugged

Toy Story Toons[edit]

Title Year Premiered
Hawaiian Vacation[14][15]
2011
Theatrical/DVD+Blu-ray, with Cars 2
Small Fry[16] Theatrical, with The Muppets
DVD+Blu-ray, with Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2
Partysaurus Rex[17]
2012
Theatrical, with Finding Nemo 3D
DVD+Blu-ray, with Monsters, Inc. Ultimate Collector's Edition

Television specials[edit]

Title Year Premiered
Toy Story of Terror![18][19]
2013
ABC
Toy Story That Time Forgot[20]
2014
ABC

Compilations[edit]

Pixar released Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1, a collection of their short films, on DVD and Blu-ray on November 6, 2007. The disc is an updated version of the earlier-released VHS tape Tiny Toy Stories, and includes all of Pixar's shorts through 2006's Lifted, including the short The Adventures of André and Wally B., which was made by Pixar in 1984 as a Lucasfilm subsidiary before it became its own company. The second volume of Pixar shorts was released on November 13, 2012.[21]

Additional work[edit]

Beginning with Finding Nemo, Pixar has created additional material to serve as instructional material or as background material to illuminate aspects of a film. For straight to DVD/Blu-ray releases or theme park attractions.

Title Year Initial home release with
It's Tough to Be a Bug!
1998
N/A (attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure Park)
Exploring the Reef
2003
Finding Nemo
Turtle Talk with Crush
2004
N/A (attraction at Epcot, Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy)
Mr. Incredible and Pals
2005
The Incredibles
The Incredible Socks
Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs
2010
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3[22]

Other work[edit]

Pixar animated a series of clips featuring Luxo and Luxo Jr. for Sesame Street, which were Light & Heavy, and Surprise. Pixar also produced numerous animation tests, commonly confused with theatrical shorts, including Beach Chair and Flag and Waves. They also produced over 30 commercials after selling their software division to support themselves before Toy Story entered production. Some of their other work includes:

Title Year Initial home release with Commissioned for
Flags and Waves[23]
1986
Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 (Easter Egg)
Beach Chair[23]
Volume Visualization on Image Computer[24]
1987
Dance of the Waterlilies
1989
Toppan Printing
Wake Up[25] Tropicana
Skateboard
1990
Life Savers
Dancing Cards California Lottery
Quite a Package[25] Trident
Light & Heavy and Surprise Sesame Street
Boxer[25] Listerine
La Nouvelle Polo Volkswagen
Plump Pillsbury
Galaxy Toppan Printing
Grands
1991
Pillsbury
Cracks Fleischmann's
Conga-Clio-award winner Life Savers
Orange Kiwi Passion Tropicana
Warehouse
Three Fruits Dancing
Logo
1992
IBM
In The Jungle[25] Listerine
Violin Kellogg's All-Bran
Arrows-Clio-award winner
1993
Listerine
Conga (Wacky)-Clio-award winner[25]
1994
Life Savers
Logo Paramount Pictures
Hot Air/Circus
1995
Chips Ahoy
Tex
1996
THX
Toy Story Treats ABC
Look Away
1997
Nickelodeon & UNICEF
Moo Can THX
Monster Moo Can
2009
Toy Story's Search Story
2010
Google

Furthermore, in 1988, Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group produced "Pencil Test," a computer-animated short to showcase the Apple Macintosh II line. Although Pixar was not officially affiliated with this film, several members of the Pixar staff advised and worked on it, including directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and producer Galyn Susman.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Pixar's Classic Short Film, Luxo Jr., To Play With Toy Story 2". Pixar. November 15, 1999. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Seiley, Jack (March 9, 2004). "Finding Nemo Collector's Edition DVD Review". Ultimate Disney. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Anne (February 1, 2012). "Pixar's 'La Luna,' Timeless Coming of Age Fable from Director Enrico Casarosa". Indiewire. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Chai, Barbara (January 6, 2013). "A Short Pixar Film's Unusual Pedigree". Wall St. Journal. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "‘Brave’ 3D Blu-Ray Bonus Features to Include New ‘Mor’du’ Short, Alternate Opening, Bloopers and Much More". Stitch Kingdom. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Fischer, Russ (August 9, 2013). "‘Monsters University’ Short Film ‘Party Central’ Revealed". /Film. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Disney-Pixar to Premiere Its First Disney Digital 3-D(TM) Short Film Oscar(R)-Winner John Lasseter Directs Animated Short Based on "Cars" Character". Pixar. December 9, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ Bastoli, Mike (September 14, 2010). "Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales trailer". Big Screen Animation. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "First Glimpse: Disney/Pixar’s Cars Toons ‘Moon Mater’ and ‘Mater Private Eye’". Stitch Kingdom. September 14, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Weiner, David (August 17, 2011). "ET Exclusive: 'Air Mater' Takes Flight". ET Online. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Sukovaty, Valarie. "Travel Back in Time with Mater – ‘Time Travel Mater’ to Premiere June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park and June 16 on ABC". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ Rocchi, James. "Closing Up the Toy Box?". MSN Movies. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ Barnes, Brooks (February 17, 2011). "The ‘Toy Story’ Gang to Ride Again". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ Lussier, Germain (19 August 2011). "The ‘Toy Story’ Gang Will Return In ‘Small Fry,’ Attached To ‘The Muppets’". /Film. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Breznican, Anthony (August 9, 2012). "FIRST LOOK: Pixar dives deep in new bath time 'Toy Story' short -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (October 7, 2012). "Pixar Announces Toy Story of Terror TV Special". Animation World Network. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2013). "ABC 2013-14 Schedule: Rebel Wilson Gets Post-’Modern Family’ Slot, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Tuesday, ‘Dancing’ Shrinks To One Night". Deadline. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "ABC Sets ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Christmas Special". Variety. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Pixar Short Films Collection: Vol. 2 Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Buzz Lightyear's Space Station Adventures on DVD". NASA. June 17, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b Simon, Ben (November 21, 2007). "Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1". Animated Views. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ VintageCG. "Pixar - Volume Visualization on Image Computer (1987)". YouTube. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b c d e Sciretta, Peter (July 22, 2009). "Pixar’s Television Commercials". /Film. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 

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