This is a list of
animated short films produced by Pixar Animation Studios.
Beginning with Pixar's second film
, almost all subsequent A Bug's Life Pixar feature films 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 Pixar's technology or cinematic capabilities, or on commission for clients.
Pixar began producing shorts in 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 small animation department. Starting with , after Pixar had converted into an Geri's Game 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 . The shorts illustrate different weights and directions starring Sesame Street Luxo Jr. and Luxo — , Light & Heavy , Surprise Up and Down, and Front and Back.
During the development of
Toy Story, Pixar set up a division to work on Pixar video games called Pixar's Interactive Products Group, specifically Toy Story entries in the and Disney's Animated Storybook . Due to the intense resources required, the division was eventually folded and the staff were redistributed to start creating short films to accompany Pixar's theatrical releases. Disney's Activity Center 
A Bug's Life, Pixar has created extra content for each of their films that are 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.
Among all the Pixar feature films, only
, Toy Story , Coco , Toy Story 4 , Onward , Luca and Turning Red do not have theatrical Pixar shorts. Instead, Lightyear Coco had the Disney Animation short for only two weeks, Olaf's Frozen Adventure Onward had the 20th Century Animation short , based on the animated series Playdate with Destiny , and The Simpsons Soul, Luca, and Turning Red received only a limited theatrical release (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Toy Story 4 and Lightyear are the only post- Toy Story films not to have any theatrical short at all.
Theatrical short films [ edit ]
SparkShorts series [ edit ]
SparkShorts is a series of animated short films produced by Pixar filmmakers and artists, similar to its sister series from Disney. It consists of longer independent shorts. Under the project, Pixar's employees are merely given six months and limited budgets to develop these animated short films.
Pixar Popcorn [ edit ]
Associated Feature Film
To Fitness and Beyond
Toy Story 4 2021
Cars 3 James Ford Murphy
Finding Dory Michal Makarewicz
Soul of the City
Soul Christopher Chua
Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Love
Toy Story 4 Robert H. Russ
Chore Day the Incredibles Way
Incredibles 2 Alan Barillaro
A Day in the Life of the Dead
Coco Allison Rutland
Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Three Heads
Toy Story 4 Robert H. Russ
Dancing with the Cars
Cars 3 Juan Carlos Navarro Carrión
Cookie Num Num
Incredibles 2 Jae Hyung Kim
Short series [ edit ]
Cars Toons [ edit ]
Mater's Tall Tales [ edit ]
Rescue Squad Mater 2008
John Lasseter Toon Disney
Mater the Greater
Tokyo Mater  Theatrical with Bolt
Unidentified Flying Mater 2009
Monster Truck Mater 2010
Heavy Metal Mater
Moon Mater  Robert Gibbs
DVD + Blu-ray with Mater's Tall Tales
Mater Private Eye
Air Mater  2011
DVD + Blu-ray with
Time Travel Mater  2012
Tales from Radiator Springs [ edit ]
The Radiator Springs 500½ 2014
Disney Movies Anywhere
Toy Story Toons [ edit ]
Forky Asks a Question [ edit ]
What Is Money? 2019
Bob Peterson Disney+
What Is a Friend?
What Is Art?
What Is Time?
What Is Love?
What Is a Computer?
What Is a Leader?
What Is a Pet?
What Is Cheese? 2020
What Is Reading?
Dug Days [ edit ]
Bob Peterson Disney+
Cars on the Road [ edit ]
Dino Park 2022
Steve Purcell Disney+
Salt Fever Brian Fee
Show Time Bobby Podesta
B-Movie Brian Fee
Road Rumblers Steve Purcell
Gettin’ Hitched Bobby Podesta
Compilations [ edit ]
Tiny Toy Stories October 29, 1996
: Deluxe CAV Laserdisc Edition
Toy Story December 18, 1996
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
Toy Story of Terror!/ Toy Story Toons August 19, 2014
Cars Toons: Bonus Disc 2013
The Radiator Springs 500½ 2014
Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 3 November 13, 2018
DVD, Blu-ray, Digital download
Other work [ edit ]
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( December 2011)
Pixar made a series of clips featuring Luxo and Luxo Jr. for
, which were Sesame Street , Light & Heavy , Surprise Up and Down, and Front and Back. Pixar also produced numerous animation tests, commonly confused with theatrical shorts, including  and Beach Chair . They also produced several commercials after selling their software division to support themselves until Flags and Waves Toy Story became successful. Pixar continues to produce commercials related to their films. Some of their other work includes:
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  (2016), directed by Pixar animators Borrowed Time Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj; all previously accepted films were live-action.
See also [ edit ]
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