List of Pixar shorts
Beginning with Pixar's second film A Bug's Life, almost all subsequent 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 Geri's Game, after Pixar had converted 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, 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 Disney's Animated Storybook and Disney's Activity Center. 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.
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.
Among all the Pixar feature films, only Coco, Toy Story 4, and Onward do not have theatrical Pixar shorts, as Coco had a Disney Animation short called Olaf's Frozen Adventure and Onward had a 20th Century Animation short based on the animated series The Simpsons called Playdate with Destiny.
Theatrical short films
SparkShorts is a series of animated short films produced by Pixar filmmakers and artists, similar to its sister series Short Circuit 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.
|Title||Year||Director(s)||Premiered||Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film|
|Smash and Grab||2019||Brian Larsen|
|Title||Year||Director(s)||Initial release with||Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film|
|Mike's New Car||2002||Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould||Monsters, Inc.||Nominated|
|Jack-Jack Attack||2005||Brad Bird||The Incredibles|
|Mr. Incredible and Pals||Roger L. Gould|
|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 and A.J.||Josh Cooley|
|The Legend of Mor'du||2012||Brian Larsen||Brave|
|Party Central||2013||Kelsey Mann||Muppets Most Wanted|
|Riley's First Date?||2015||Josh Cooley||Inside Out|
|Marine Life Interviews||2016||Ross Stevenson||Finding Dory|
|Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool||2017||James Ford Murphy||Cars 3|
|Auntie Edna||2018||Ted Mathot||Incredibles 2|
|Lamp Life||2020||Valerie LaPointe||Disney+|
Mater's Tall Tales
|Rescue Squad Mater||2008||John Lasseter||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||Rob Gibbs||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
|Hiccups||2013||Jeremy Lasky||Disney Channel|
|The Radiator Springs 500½||2014||Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse||Disney Movies Anywhere|
Toy Story Toons
|Hawaiian Vacation||2011||Gary Rydstrom||Theatrical with Cars 2|
|Small Fry||Angus MacLane||Theatrical with The Muppets|
|Partysaurus Rex||2012||Mark Walsh||Theatrical with Finding Nemo 3D|
Forky Asks a Question
|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?|
|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|
|Toy Story Toons||2012||DVD, Blu-ray|
|Cars Toons: Bonus Disc||2013||DVD|
|The Radiator Springs 500½||2014||DVD|
|Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 3||November 13, 2018||DVD, Blu-ray, Digital download|
|Forky Asks a Question||January 10, 2020|
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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|
|Flags and Waves|
|Volume Visualization with the Pixar Image Computer||1987|
|Dance of the Waterlilies||1989||Toppan Printing|
|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|
|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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