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With: (voices) Bret 'Brook' Parker, Bud Luckey, Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Jason Lee, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bob Peterson, etc.
Written by: Mark Andrews, Brad Bird, Rob Gibbs, Roger Gould, Andrew Jimenez, John Lasseter, Bud Luckey, Jeff Pidgeon, Jan Pinkava, Joe Ranft, Dan Scanlon, etc.
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Roger Gould, Andrew Jimenez, John Lasseter, Bud Luckey, Jan Pinkava, Gary Rydstrom, Dan Scanlon, Alvy Ray Smith
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 54
Date: 03/18/2013

Pixar Short Films Collection (2007)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Toys and Monsters

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

At last, those amazing, groundbreaking Pixar shorts are all available in one place, with the exception of the new Your Friend the Rat, which appears on the Ratatouille DVD. There are thirteen in all, boasting three Oscar wins and five more nominations. It begins with the rudimentary experiment The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984), which must have been very impressive in its day. Some of the early shorts have dated in their technological achievements, but their simple ideas are still somewhat more effective than in the newer shorts: Luxo Jr. (1986), Red's Dream (1987), the once-remarkable Tin Toy (1988) and Knick Knack (1989). From there, the animation gets more advanced with the peculiar films Geri's Game (1997) and Boundin' (2003), while the feature films begin spinning off their own shorts: Mike's New Car (2002), Jack-Jack Attack (2005) and Mater and the Ghostlight (2006). Some shorts, like One Man Band (2005) go to great lengths to show off, but the end joke is disappointingly simple. My favorite is Jack-Jack Attack (2005), although its major drawback is that it depends upon a viewing of The Incredibles to make sense. After that, I love the simple, brief For the Birds (2000) and the more elaborate Lifted (2006) for their jokes related to weight and gravity. And I still love the cheerful, bouncy Knick Knack (1989), with its Bobby McFerrin score. Extras include a brief featurette and two more "Luxo Jr." shorts produced for TV's "Sesame Street."

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