George and A.J.

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George and A.J.
The title screen from the Pixar short animated film "George and A.J." Against a blue background, there are nursing home-style nametags with the duo's pictures on them, including their names. George is on the left. He is an African-American man with a thin moustache and a balding head. A.J. is a big hefty or overweight man with blonde hair and a mullet.
Directed byJosh Cooley
Written byJosh Cooley
Produced byGalyn Susman
Pete Docter (executive)
Jonas Rivera (executive)
StarringJason Topolski
A.J. Riebli III
Steve Purcell
Peter Sohn
Bob Peterson
Edited byTim Fox
Jon Vargo (assistant editor)
Music byMichael Giacchino
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 12, 2009 (2009-11-12)
Running time
4 minutes
CountryUnited States

George and A.J. is a 2009 American animated short film, directed and written by Josh Cooley which uses characters from the film Up. Taking place during the events of the film, it follows what nurses George and A.J. did after Carl Fredricksen left with his house tied to balloons. Due to its budget, all of the animation was done in a limited "storyboard" style, with some objects moving by keyframes, while other things like characters and their mouths barely move at all; however, the characters' expressions and the story are still conveyed.


The short starts out with a scene from Up, where two nurses from the Shady Oaks Retirement Village knock on Carl Fredricksen's door to escort him to the nursing home. As seen in the film, Carl instead takes off in his house, while Russell braces himself underneath it. George and A.J. stare dumbfounded at the sky while their van's alarm goes off (it had been bumped by Carl's house).

They continue to stare dumbfounded when they return to the van, and in bed during the night. The next day, a news reporter does a story about sightings of a floating house. She attempts to get George and A.J.'s opinion, but they are still staring dumbfounded. Meanwhile, other senior citizens around the city, including at Shady Oaks, are watching the news report and celebrating Carl's "escape".

A week later, George and A.J. are back at their task of escorting elderly citizens to Shady Oaks in their van. Unfortunately, the seniors have been inspired by Carl in performing similar ideas, and every time George and A.J. come to a house to take a person away, the senior living there escapes with their house somehow. Finally, they arrive back at the Shady Oaks Retirement Village, only to find an old man outside the door who yells "So long, suckers!" and hits his cane against one of many canisters attached to the outside of the building; the other canisters soon follow and spew out a powerful gas. After the man goes inside, the entire building launches into the sky. Still dumbstruck, George and A.J. stare up. A few canisters fall down, and one lands on their van, setting off its alarm again. Suddenly, from behind them, a giant blimp starts to descend. It turns out to be Charles Muntz's Spirit of Adventure dirigible, and Carl is flying it with Russell next to him. The airship lands on top of the van, crushing it and causing to effectively stop its alarm. Carl and Russell climb out and George incredulously says "Mr. Fredricksen?" They walk past the nurses, and Russell mentions that next time he would like to steer. A.J. turns to George and says "That was the craziest thing I've ever seen!" They look down to find Dug in front of them. Dug speaks "Hi there!" through his translation collar, and George and A.J. are even more shocked than before.


  • Jason Topolski as George
  • A.J. Riebli III as A.J.
  • Steve Purcell[1] as Carl Fredricksen
  • Peter Sohn as Russell
  • Bob Peterson as Dug
  • Kim Donovan as Reporter
  • Claire Munzer as Old Lady
  • Valerie LaPointe as Mrs. Peterson

Home media[edit]

Instead of being released on DVD like Partly Cloudy, Dug's Special Mission, or any other Pixar short film, George and A.J. was initially released on iTunes as an extra feature that came with a purchase of the film.[2][3] It was later released to fans of Disney/Pixar on their Facebook page[4] and later to the official Disney/Pixar YouTube page.[5] It was later released on Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2.

The short also features a humorous commentary track in which Josh Cooley gives up in the first 30 seconds and asks Tom Kane to make it sound more exciting. Unfortunately for Cooley, Kane begins to make up epic false facts about the film to of which Cooley is annoyed by.


  1. ^ Mariotti, Greg (2009-11-11). "iTunes Version of Up Includes Exclusive Short: George and A.J.!". Pixar Talk. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  2. ^ "Connecting to Apple Music". iTunes.
  3. ^ "Pixar's up Tie-In George and AJ Now Online | /Film". Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  4. ^ "Pixar". Facebook.
  5. ^ Connelly, Brendon (November 21, 2009). "Pixar's Up Tie-In George And AJ Now Online". /Film. Archived from the original on September 28, 2021. Retrieved September 28, 2021.

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