List of Pixar shorts
Beginning with Pixar's second film A Bug's Life, all subsequent Pixar feature films, except Coco, have been shown in theaters along with a Pixar-created original short film, known as a "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.
Pixar's ideas and technical capabilities have developed by producing shorts since the 1980s. 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 — Light & Heavy (1990), Surprise (1991), Up and Down (1993), and Front and Back (1994).
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 outtakes and appeared as part of the film's credits. For each of their films, this content was a short made exclusively for the DVD release of the film.
|Title||Year||Director(s)||Initial release with||Academy Award for|
|Mike's New Car||2002||Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould||Monsters, Inc.||Nominated|
|Jack-Jack Attack||2005||Brad Bird||The Incredibles|
|Mater and the Ghostlight||2006||John Lasseter||Cars|
|Your Friend the Rat||2007||Jim Capobianco||Ratatouille|
|Dug's Special Mission||2009||Ronnie del Carmen||Up|
|George & A.J.||Josh Cooley|
|The Legend of Mor'du ||2012||Brian Larsen||Brave|
|Party Central ||2013||Kelsey Mann||Muppets Most Wanted||Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 3|
|Riley's First Date? ||2015||Josh Cooley||Inside Out|
|Marine Life Interviews||2016||Ross Stevenson||Finding Dory|
|Dante's Lunch—A Short Tail ||2017||Lee Unkrich||Coco|
|Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool ||James Ford Murphy||Cars 3|
|Auntie Edna ||2018||Ted Mathot||Incredibles 2|
Mater's Tall Tales
|Rescue Squad Mater||2008||Toon Disney|
|Mater the Greater|
|Tokyo Mater ||Theatrical with Bolt|
|Unidentified Flying Mater||2009||Disney Channel|
|Monster Truck Mater||2010|
|Heavy Metal Mater|
|Moon Mater ||DVD+Blu-ray with Mater's Tall Tales|
|Mater Private Eye |
|Air Mater ||2011||DVD+Blu-ray with Cars 2|
|Time Travel Mater ||2012||Disney Channel|
Tales from Radiator Springs
|The Radiator Springs 500½||2014||Disney Movies Anywhere|
Toy Story Toons
|Hawaiian Vacation ||2011||Theatrical with Cars 2|
|Small Fry ||Theatrical with The Muppets,|
DVD+Blu-ray with Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2
|Partysaurus Rex ||2012||Theatrical with Finding Nemo 3D,|
DVD+Blu-ray with Monsters, Inc. Ultimate Collector's Edition
|Toy Story of Terror! ||2013||ABC|
|Toy Story That Time Forgot ||2014|
|Compilation title||Release date||Format|
|Tiny Toy Stories||October 29, 1996||VHS|
|Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1||November 6, 2007||DVD, Blu-ray, Digital download|
|Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales||November 2, 2010|
|Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2||November 13, 2012|
|Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 3||November 13, 2018|
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Pixar made a series of clips featuring Luxo and Luxo Jr. for Sesame Street, which were Light & Heavy, Surprise, Up and Down, and Front and Back. Pixar also produced numerous animation tests, commonly confused with theatrical shorts, including Beach Chair and Flags 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:
|Blowin' in the Wind ||1985|
|Beach Chair ||1986|
|Flags and Waves |
|Volume Visualization with the Pixar Image Computer ||1987|
|Dance of the Waterlilies||1989||Toppan Printing|
|Wake Up ||Tropicana|
|Dancing Cards||California Lottery|
|Quite a Package ||Trident|
|La Nouvelle Polo||Volkswagen|
|Light & Heavy and Surprise ||Sesame Street|
|Moving Target||Cellular One|
|Gummie Savers Conga-Clio-award winner||Life Savers|
|Life At The Beach|
|Orange Kiwi Passion||Tropicana|
|Three Fruits Dancing|
|Grand Opening||Toys "R" Us|
|Introduction ||Apple Mac Classic|
|Swinging Bottle ||Listerine|
|Chomp Chomp||IncrediBites|
|In the Mood||Bunn Coffee Makers|
|Front and Back and Up and Down ||Sesame Street|
|Hungry||Bank South|
|Launching Magic||Jordan Magic Toothbrush|
|Ideas at Work||Dow Corning|
|About to Uncover||Arm & Hammer|
|Here, There and Everywhere|
|Woman Getting What She Wants||Levi's|
|We've Got Taste||Nutri Grain|
|Wacky Frootz-Clio-award winner ||Life Savers|
|Fresh Salad||Boston Chicken|
|Shaping Up Nicely||Prime Option Credit Card|
|Toy Story video game||Disney Interactive|
|Art Store Break||McDonald's|
|Christmas Conga||Tower Records|
|Magic Desktop||1996||Sun Microsystems|
|Check Me Out||Twizzlers|
|Let Me In|
|Toy Story CD-Rom – "Out of the Box"||Disney Interactive|
|Wild Frijoles||Rosarita|
|Shake It||Levi's Jeans for Women|
|Toy Story Treats||ABC|
|Look Away||1997||Nickelodeon & UNICEF|
|A Bug's Life – "Belt Loop 1"||1998||McDonald's|
|A Bug's Life – "Belt Loop 2"|
|A Bug's Life – "Big Toys"|
|A Bug's Life – "Nothing Good on TV"|
|A Bug's Life – "Nothing Good on TV Jr."|
|A Bug's Life – "Watches"||McDonald's Mexico|
|Filmreel Bumpers||1999||Buena Vista Home Video|
|Toy Story 2 – "Up Periscope"||2000||McDonald's|
|Toy Story 2 – "Remote"|
|Toy Story 2 – "Toys vs. Candy"|
|Toy Story 2 – "Surveillance"|
|Unknown Toy Story 2 Animations ||ABC|
|Jessie's Acceptance Speech||Cowgirl Hall of Fame|
|Vowellett – An Essay by Sarah Vowell||2005|
|Tex Action inside the car||2006||THX|
|Monster Moo Can||2009|
|Toy Story's Search Story ||2010|
Furthermore, in 1988, Apple'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. John Lasseter was credited as "Coach" in the credits of the film. The Pixar Co-op Program, a part of the Pixar University professional development program, allows their animators to use Pixar resources to produce independent films. The first CGI project accepted to the program was Borrowed Time (2016), directed by Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj; all previously accepted films were live-action.
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