List of Pixar shorts

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This is a list of animated short films produced by Pixar Animation Studios.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5]


Theatrical short films[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Initial release with Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Theatrical Home[a]
A Computer Animated Hand[b] 1972 Edwin Catmull and Fred Parke
The Adventures of André & Wally B.[b] 1984 Alvy Ray Smith
Luxo Jr. 1986 John Lasseter Toy Story 2[6] Nominated
Red's Dream 1987
Tin Toy 1988 Toy Story Won
Knick Knack 1989 Finding Nemo[7]
Geri's Game 1997 Jan Pinkava A Bug's Life Won
For the Birds 2000 Ralph Eggleston Monsters, Inc.
Boundin' 2003 Bud Luckey The Incredibles Nominated
One Man Band 2005 Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews Cars
Lifted 2006 Gary Rydstrom Ratatouille
Presto 2008 Doug Sweetland WALL-E
Partly Cloudy 2009 Peter Sohn Up
Day & Night 2010 Teddy Newton Toy Story 3 Nominated
La Luna[8] 2011 Enrico Casarosa Brave
The Blue Umbrella[9] 2013 Saschka Unseld Monsters University
Lava[10] 2014 James Ford Murphy Inside Out
Sanjay's Super Team[11] 2015 Sanjay Patel The Good Dinosaur Nominated
Piper[12] 2016 Alan Barillaro Finding Dory Won
Lou[13] 2017 Dave Mullins Cars 3 Nominated
Bao[14] 2018 Domee Shi Incredibles 2 Won

SparkShorts series[edit]

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
Purl[15][16] 2018 Kristen Lester YouTube
Smash and Grab[17][18][16] 2019 Brian Larsen
Kitbull[16] Rosana Sullivan Nominated
Float[16] Bobby Rubio Disney+
Wind[16] Edwin Chang
Loop[16] 2020 Erica Milsom
Out[16] Steven Hunter
Burrow[19] Madeline Sharafian


Title Year Director(s) Initial release with Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Theatrical Home[a]
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
BURN-E 2008 Angus MacLane WALL-E
Dug's Special Mission 2009 Ronnie del Carmen Up
George and A.J. Josh Cooley
The Legend of Mor'du[20] 2012 Brian Larsen Brave
Party Central[21] 2013 Kelsey Mann Muppets Most Wanted
Riley's First Date?[22][23][24][25] 2015 Josh Cooley Inside Out
Marine Life Interviews 2016 Ross Stevenson Finding Dory
Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool[26] 2017 James Ford Murphy Cars 3
Auntie Edna[27] 2018 Ted Mathot Incredibles 2
Lamp Life[28][29] 2020 Valerie LaPointe Disney+


  1. ^ a b Non-compilation
  2. ^ a b Produced by The Graphics Group, a subsidiary of Lucasfilm which would later become Pixar.

Short series[edit]

Cars Toons[edit]

Mater's Tall Tales[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Premiered
Rescue Squad Mater 2008 John Lasseter Toon Disney
Mater the Greater
El Materdor
Tokyo Mater[30] Theatrical with Bolt
Unidentified Flying Mater 2009 Disney Channel
Monster Truck Mater 2010
Heavy Metal Mater
Moon Mater[31] Rob Gibbs DVD + Blu-ray with Mater's Tall Tales
Mater Private Eye[32]
Air Mater[33] 2011 DVD + Blu-ray with Cars 2
Time Travel Mater[34] 2012 Disney Channel

Tales from Radiator Springs[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Premiered
Hiccups 2013 Jeremy Lasky Disney Channel
The Radiator Springs 500½ 2014 Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse Disney Movies Anywhere

Toy Story Toons[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Premiered
Hawaiian Vacation[35][36] 2011 Gary Rydstrom Theatrical with Cars 2
Small Fry[37] Angus MacLane Theatrical with The Muppets
Partysaurus Rex[38] 2012 Mark Walsh Theatrical with Finding Nemo 3D

Forky Asks a Question[edit]

Title Year(s) Director(s) Premiered
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

Other work[edit]

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.[2] 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:

Title Year Commissioned for
Blowin' in the Wind[39] 1985
Beach Chair[40] 1986
Flags and Waves[40]
Volume Visualization with the Pixar Image Computer[41] 1987
Dance of the Waterlilies 1989 Toppan Printing
Wake Up[42] Tropicana
Babies 1990 Life Savers
Galaxy Toppan Printing
Dancing Cards California Lottery
Quite a Package[42] Trident
La Nouvelle Polo Volkswagen
Pump Pillsbury
Light & Heavy and Surprise[2] Sesame Street
Cracks 1991 Fleischmann's
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
Lunchbox Tetra Pak
Boxer[42] Listerine
Introduction[43] Apple Mac Classic
Interview 1992 Volkswagen Polo
Swinging Bottle[42] Listerine
Daydream Tetra Pak
Balloon Kellogg's All-Bran
Logo IBM
Chomp Chomp IncrediBites[citation needed]
Ladybug La Poste
In the Mood Bunn Coffee Makers
Cello 1993 Kellogg's All-Bran
Front and Back and Up and Down[2] Sesame Street
Hungry Bank South[citation needed]
Stranded Tetra Pak
Bursting Carefree
Chuckling Straws Fresca
Launching Magic Jordan Magic Toothbrush[citation needed]
Ideas at Work Dow Corning
Arrows-Clio-award winner 1994 Listerine
Kaleidoscope Coca-Cola
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[42] Life Savers
Fresh Salad Boston Chicken
Shaping Up Nicely Prime Option Credit Card[citation needed]
Strong Option
Logo Paramount Pictures
Balloon 1995 Chips Ahoy
Flamingo Ortho
Pinheads Dockers
Amazin' Straws Hershey's
Learning Lesson Coca-Cola
Secret Weapon'
Pin Box
Toy Story video game Disney Interactive
Art Store Break McDonald's
Christmas Conga Tower Records
Magic Desktop 1996 Sun Microsystems
Magnets-Clio-award winner Hallmark
Check Me Out Twizzlers
Let Me In
The Tastetations Hershey's
Toy Story CD-Rom – "Out of the Box" Disney Interactive
Wild Frijoles Rosarita[citation needed]
Shake It Levi's Jeans for Women
Toy Story Treats ABC
Look Away 1997 Nickelodeon & UNICEF
Moo Can THX
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[43] 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[44] 2010 Google

Furthermore, in 1988, Apple's Advanced Technology Group produced "Pencil Test," a computer-animated short to showcase the Apple Macintosh II line.[45][46] 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.[citation needed] John Lasseter was credited as "Coach" in the credits of the film.[47] 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.[48][49] 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.[50]

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