History of Pixar Short Films
Aside from their full-length animated features, people are also looking forward to the next Pixar short films. With the release of Brave comes a new short titled La Luna. This will be the new addition to a long list of theatrical shorts and home entertainment shorts from the animation company. This includes the series of Toy Story Toons and Cars Toons.
Theatrical shorts include all the original stories from Pixar while the home entertainment shorts are adaptations or tie-ins to its feature movies. The Toy Story Toons and Cars Toons are spin-offs that were available on different mediums. Below are four of the early Pixar shorts.
The Adventures of Andre and Wally B is technically nota Pixar short but it was written and directed by the company’s co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and animated by John Lasseter. It was made by the Graphics Group at Lucasfilm and was the first 3D animated film made by Lasseter.
Luxo Jr. is officially the first Pixar short after Smith and Ed Carmull joined Steve Jobs to form Pixar Animation Studios. Lasseter used his lamp as a subject. It was nominated for an Academy Award and also inspired Pixar’s logo. It also introduced to the world the Luxo ball, which is an item found in almost all of Pixar’s films.
Red’s Dream is the only Pixar short that is not included in a theatrical or home video release. It is the first one to feature an organic character, Lumpy the Clown. Lasseter was credited for the short but he was only responsible for the clown. William Reeves made the rainy city at night setting while Eben Ostby did the bicycle. It also started the company’s tradition of placing Easter Eggs in its films. It featured references to Andre and Luxo.
Tin Toy is the result of Pixar’s search for a solution to its cumbersome software. The company developed a program that improved according to the animators needs. To test the software, Reeves suggested the baby while Lasseter added the toy. It gave Pixar its first Oscar Award and was included on the home video of Toy Story.