Friday, April 17, 2020

My Top 5 Pixar Shorts

When Disney+ launched, I decided to watch all of the Pixar movies in chronological order. When Pixar first began computer animation, they produced shorts. The first short they produced was completed in 1984 and is one minute long, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B.

If you dedicate just a bit of time to watching the shorts that were released before Toy Story in 1995, it becomes even more clear how good the Pixar team is at story-telling and technology.

So as a Pixar fan, I want to share my favorite Pixar shorts.

5. La Luna, 2012, 6 minutes
This is, by far, the most beautiful of the shorts. The story is sweet and it seems to be that the animation is a precursor to the lighted animation in Coco.

4. The Blue Umbrella, 2013, 6 minutes
It just a cute love story about how things that are meant to be eventually come to be.

3. Loop, 2020, 11 minutes
Loop features a non-verbal autistic character that is paired with a kid for a canoe trip at a day camp. The animation is gorgeous and the life lesson is off the charts valuable.

2. Piper, 2016, 6 minutes
I could put this on a loop because it makes me feel like I'm lying on a beach watching the sandpipers scuttle around.

Honorable Mentions
Tin Toy, 1988, 5 minutes (A direct precursor to Toy Story)
Luxo Jr., 1986, 2 minutes (Where we get the lamp in the logo)

1. Lifted, 2006, 4 minutes
This is the absolute funniest of all of them. Of course the animation is great, but the story is just funny.

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!

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