From Disney.Pixar and the creative minds behind The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Toy Story comes the studio's newest collection of delightful and inspiring animated stories, featuring ... See full summary »
After Nurses George and A.J. of the Shady Oaks Retirement Village witness Carl leaving with his house towed by balloons, other senior citizens around the city are inspired to make their own "escapes", much to George and A.J.'s chagrin.
A.J. Riebli III,
Disney and Pixar present an incredible new collection of 12 short films, featuring multiple Academy Award® nominees (Best Short Film, Animated: "Presto," 2008; "Day & Night," 2010; "La Luna," 2011) and a host of family favorites. Join the celebration of imagination with this collection, packed with unforgettable animation, fantastic stories and captivating characters. Plus, enjoy all-new extras that share how Pixar's storied talent got their start - including student films from acclaimed directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter!
Am a great fan of Pixar, short films and feature length films. All of them, even the lesser ones, are wonderfully animated, are immensely charming and the best of them have funny moments, touching ones and endearing characters that stay in the mind forever. In terms of the short films, they are often almost as good or equal to the feature films they accompany beforehand. A few actually manage to be superior.
The first collection of Pixar shorts was absolutely wonderful. So is this second (of three), though the overall quality is not quite as consistent. All the shorts still range from good to outstanding, though the previous collection had a higher number of outstanding shorts. One can also see how far the studio has come on overtime since their ground-breaking 'Luxo Jr', mainly in the animation quality. The collection here includes 'Your Friend the Rat', 'Presto', 'Burn-E', 'Partly Cloudy', 'Dug's Special Mission', 'George and AJ', 'Day and Night', 'Hawaiian Vacation', 'Air Mater', 'Small Fry', 'Time Travel Mater' and 'La Luna'.
My favourites of the shorts are 'Presto', 'Day and Night' and 'La Luna', like 'Partly Cloudy' is just as good. 'Presto' contains some of the cleverest and funniest content of all the Pixar shorts and one of the best animated ones too. 'Day and Night' is very charming and 'La Luna' is touching. The other shorts are enjoyable but one's enjoyment is dependent on whether you like the lead characters or not, they're fine to me but Mater is an acquired taste especially.
In all the shorts, the animation is wonderful. Especially in 'Presto' and 'La Luna'. The latter also has one of my favourite music scores of all the Pixar short films.
Like with the other collection, there are plenty of funny moments in namely 'Presto', bags of charm in all the shorts and 'La Luna' has a lot of genuine emotion without being too sentimental. The collection works best when the stories are simple, but effectively so when the charm and emotional impact really comes through. That's why 'Presto' and 'La Luna' especially are such winners and truly appreciated too what 'Day and Night' had to say in such a truthful and moving way without preaching. The collection is also at its best when completely wordless, with the expressions in the eyes, face and mouth saying volumes.
Summing up, wonderful again. 9/10
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