One Man Band (film)

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One Man Band
One Man Band poster.jpg
Original Poster
Directed by Andrew Jimenez
Mark Andrews
Produced by Osnat Shurer
Written by Andrew Jimenez
Mark Andrews
Music by Michael Giacchino
Edited by Steve Bloom
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
Running time
4 minutes, 33 seconds
Country United States

One Man Band is a 2005 Pixar computer animated short musical comedy film. The film made its world premiere at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France,[1] and won the Platinum Grand Prize at the Future Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.[2] It was shown with the theatrical release of Cars.

Andrew Jimenez in 2006.

The short was written and directed by Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews and produced by Osnat Shurer, head of Pixar's Shorts group. The score for the short was written by Michael Giacchino. Like many Pixar shorts, the film is completely free of dialogue and vocal effects, instead using music (played by the characters) and pantomime to tell the story.

On January 31, 2006 it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but lost to The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation by John Canemaker and Peggy Stern. It was included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2005.


Bass, a skilled and proud street performer, plays a routine tune in a deserted Italian village square in the afternoon, waiting for a pedestrian to tip him in his rusty iron cup. Soon, he spots Tippy, a humble and peasant girl clutching a big gold coin, with the intention of dropping it in the piazza fountain to make a wish. Bass, seizing the opportunity, immediately plays an impromptu piece, capturing the young girl's attention.

Just when Tippy is about to drop the coin into Bass's cup, a newcomer steps onto the scene. Treble, a suave and flamboyant street performer, plays a more attractive song, effectively stealing Tippy's attention, much to the anger of Bass. Not to be outdone, Bass ups his ante, with Treble daring to take it even further. As the two rivals unleash their arsenal of musical weapons, trying to vie for the attention (or rather, the tip) of Tippy, the girl cowers in their wild musical cacophony, and in the process, accidentally drops her sole gold coin, which falls down a drain and gets lost in the sewers of the village.

Heartbroken, Tippy sniffles, but then angrily demands from Treble and Bass a replacement coin for the one they made her lose. When both musicians come up empty handed, Tippy insists she take one of Treble's violins and Bass's iron cup in an attempt to get her money back by playing solo. She then tunes the violin and begins to play it like a true virtuoso, prompting a passing pedestrian to drop a large bag of gold coins onto her cup.

Elated, Tippy hugs the bag and approaches the fountain, but not before she pulls two coins out of her bag and tempts Treble and Bass. But as they eagerly reach out to grab them, she tosses the coins into the top of the fountain, out of reach, much to their dismay. A post-credits scene shows that it is now nighttime, with Treble standing on Bass, trying to reach for the coins in vain. As the two start to fall backwards, the film ends.


The violinists featured in the score for the film are:

  • Clayton Haslop ("Treble")
  • Mark Robertson ("Tippy")

The score was recorded at the Paramount Scoring Stage in Hollywood, CA. The filmmakers used a 38-piece orchestra as well as several soloists, including the ones listed above.[3]

The music during the credits is Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.


The film premiered on June 11, 2005, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.[4] It was shown with the theatrical release of Cars,[5] which was released in the United States on June 9, 2006.

DVD release[edit]

Pixar included the film on the DVD release of Cars in 2006 and as part of Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1 in 2007.


  1. ^ Amidi, Amid (June 16, 2005). "One Man Band". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "THE FFF’S WINNERS". January 23, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Jessen, Taylor (February 24, 2006). "The Coveted Five: 2006’s Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Simon, Ben (June 20, 2005). "Pixar's One Man Band poster". Animated Views. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ LaSalle, Mick (June 9, 2006). "'Cars' looks cool. But take it out for a spin for 2 hours and it runs out of gas.". SFGate. Retrieved November 29, 2014. The faces of the cars, for one thing, are far less expressive than the animated human faces we see in the brief short ("One Man Band") that precedes the feature. 

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