The Pixar Shorts: A Short History

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Duration: 23 min

I have always admired animations for their creativity and execution, so this video turned out to be a real treat. “The Pixar Shorts: A Short History” is a 22 minute 35 second video, documenting the start of animations at Pixar, and how they evolved to give the world its first fully-animated feature film, the Toy Story.  It is a part of a collection of short movies of Pixar before 2007, titled ” Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1″.

A Scene from "Luxo Jr.".

A Scene from “Luxo Jr.”.

If you are an animation enthusiast, or if you have come across one or two animated movies in your lifetime, or even if you have only ever heard the word “animation”, then this is a must for you! It is an inspiring tale of how a combination of PhD holding computer programmers and animators came together to produce some of the best animated short films ever made. The ideas and “behind the scenes” working of the team, the technology that they had available with them in the 70’s and 80’s, and the progress they made can be rightly summed up in one sentence of John Lasseter:

“Art challenges technology and technology inspires the art.”

It starts with the pioneers comparing the technology of those days with the modern times, and their management of those minimal resources to bring forward something that will leave an impression in the minds of the people for a lifetime. Their ultimate aim: Make an animated movie. First off, they start with the making of “The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.” Their combination of people worked its magic: John Lasseter in the team was an experienced animator, who knew nothing of programming and graphic animation, and the rest of the team consisted of PhD holding computer scientists. While the PhDs did the actual animation and wrote programs, the animator added the emotions, the character, and the life in the films. It progresses to the making of Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, and Tin Toy, and ultimately to the inspiration of the group to make Toy Story.

This is an amazing, amazing video and a must-watch! The full collection includes:

The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.

The story of Andre saving himself from the bee, Wally B.

A Scene from "The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.".

A Scene from “The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.”.

Luxo Jr.

An emotional tale of two table lamps, Luxo Jr. and Luxo Sr., as Luxo Jr. starts playing with a rubber ball, and deflates it in the action.

Red’s Dream

The story of a unicycle waiting to be purchased.

Tin Toy

Shows the horror of toys who see that a baby, Billy, can be pretty destructive with them.

Knick Knack

This one’s based on the longings of a snowman named Knick.

Geri’s Game

The story of an old man, “Geri”, playing Chess by himself.

For the Birds

A bird tries to fit in with the rest of the group on a telephone line.

Mike’s New Car

Mike shows off his new car to his friend.

Boundin’

The story of a sheep and its regain of confidence after its wool has been shaved off.

Jack-Jack Attack

The story of an infant, Jack-Jack, and his babysitter, Kari.

One Man Band

The competition of street performers for the coin of a little girl.

Mater and the Ghostlight

“Ghostlight” tries to scare other cars in a town.

Lifted

The story of a little alien trying to clear his exam of abducting a sleeping human.

Happy watching!

Qudsia

MS student at School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST, I am interested in science and technology, food, and weird music (but I don’t blog about weird music). I can be contacted at qudsiyah17@gmail.com.

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