Continuing a decades-old tradition in animation, Pixar films have been released to theaters preceded by a short film, often created as part of the technical development process needed for continued innovation. But many of these short films have received at least as much praise and acclaim as the feature films that follow.
On this second-of-its-kind release, “Pixar Short Films Collection 2” showcases many familiar characters from “Cars” to “Toy Story” to “Ratatouille” but more enjoyably features the short film originals that have delighted audiences.
Among the most intriguing and revolutionary are “Day & Night” and “La Luna,” but almost all of the included shorts are at the very least entertaining. “Time Travel Mater” tells the story behind Cars Land at the Disney California Adventure theme park while “Small Fry” and “Hawaiian Vacation” reunite Woody, Buzz, and pals following their emotional appearances in “Toy Story 3.”
Each of the shorts features available commentary from directors and/or animators, offering amusing and interesting making-of stories. But for those who want to know more about some of Pixar’s biggest names in filmmaking, this collection offers a series of student films created while each were in college, introduced by the filmmakers themselves, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter.
No Pixar film collection would be complete without this new release.
“Pixar Short Films Collection 2” is available now at retailers like Amazon.com.