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Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
9 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
John Lasseter

Special Features:
"The Pixar Shorts: A Short History"
Audio Commentaries
Sesame Street: Surprise
Sesame Street: Light and Heavy
Sesame Street: Up and Down
Sesame Street: Front and Back

Other Info:
Widescreen and Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 54 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Experience these masterpieces of storytelling from the creative minds that brought you 'Toy Story,' 'Monsters, Inc.,' 'Finding Nemo' and many more. With revolutionary animation, unforgettable music and characters you love, these dazzling short films have changed the face of animation and entertainment and are sure to delight people of all ages for years to come."

The following films are included on the DVD:

1. "The Adventures of Andre and Wally B." (1984, Lucasfilm)
2. "Luxo Jr." (1986)
3. "Red's Dream" (1987)
4. "Tin Toy" (1988)
5. "Knick Knack" (1989)
6. "Geri's Game" (1997)
7. "For the Birds" (2001)
8. "Mike's New Car" (2002)
9. "Boundin'" (2003)
10. "Jack-Jack Attack" (2005)
11. "One Man Band" (2006)
12. "Mater and the Ghostlight" (2006)
13. "Lifted" (2007)

Mini-Review:
Upon first glance, you have to wonder what the point of this DVD is. After all, practically every single one of the shorts is included on other Pixar DVDs. Why would you want to buy them all again? Well, that's a perfectly legitimate question. And if you own all the Pixar movies on DVD, then you probably don't want this short collection unless you're a major, major Pixar fan and a bit of a technology geek.

The Pixar fans will like the commentaries that are included with these shorts. They'll also like the four Pixar shorts that were originally shown on Sesame Street. They feature the Luxo lamp and Luxo Jr. in short videos that are a minute or less in running time.

The technology geeks will enjoy "The Pixar Shorts: A Short History". They get into detail about the beginnings of Pixar at Lucasfilm and how the programmers were teamed with an animator, John Lasseter. It was the teaming of technology and art that transformed the hardware company into an animation powerhouse. For me, this 23 minute video was the highlight of the DVD (considering I had already seen all the other videos).

So if the documentary and brief unreleased Pixar shorts are of interest to you, you'll want to buy this DVD. Otherwise you'll just want to break out your old Pixar DVDs and watch them again.

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