Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 Movie Poster Image
Animation heaven! Hilarious mini-stories will delight all.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 54 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The DVD extras include four very short Sesame Street segments featuring the lamp characters that illustrate preschool concepts like "front and back."

Positive Messages

Most of the films don't have an overt message, but a couple reinforce the positives of friendship, joy, and empathy, and show the negatives of greed, teasing, and pressure.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters range from impulsive and childish like the alien in "Lifted" to well-intentioned but overwhelmed like the babysitter in "Jack-Jack Attack."

Violence & Scariness

A mix of mild cartoon violence and surprises. In "Geri's Game" an old man pretends to have heart attack. "For the Birds" features birds pecking on another bird's feet to force it to let go on a wire. In "Mike's New Car," a character slams his hand under the hood. In "Jack-Jack Attack" a super-powered baby bursts into flames and shoots lasers. In "Mater and the Ghostlight," the tow truck character gets scared in the dark because of spooky stories.

Sexy Stuff

In "Knick Knack" a snow-globe snowman is motivated to escape his glass home when he sees an attractive bikini-clad mermaid toy.

Language
Consumerism

The shorts that include characters from feature films might encourage kids to covet co-branded merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of 13 short animated movies is entirely wholesome, with just a few minor moments that might bother the most sensitive children. The elements of surprise, exaggeration, and slapstick are common in many of the shorts, so be prepared to see some mild cartoon violence. In "Mike's New Car," characters from Monsters Inc. have difficulty operating a car and the monster Mike gets smashed by the car's hood, bumped against its running motor, and altogether frustrated and upset by the experience. In "Geri's Game," an older man plays chess with himself and fakes a heart attack to distract his opponent -- a twist of logic that might escape, or even slightly disturb, younger children. In "Jack-Jack Attack" a babysitter has trouble with the baby from The Incredibles when he catches fire and shoots destructive laser beams. The humor in each of these films overwhelmingly overshadows any potential dark side.

User Reviews

Adult Written by413804 February 4, 2012

Awesome

Sooooooooo good!
Parent of a 5 year old Written bylovekind June 1, 2010

good for 5+

Well this is Pixar we are talking about so I can't see me giving them any other rating.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMarioMii February 8, 2012

We need to have a variety to think about

My dad told me to stop playing games once, and then he told me to watch a movie. My older sister wanted to watch this one because she thought that would be goo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 24, 2011

Pixar makes great short films!

You know pixar actually makes better short films than other short films. The short film "Knick Knack" was very probably my least favorite short film b... Continue reading

What's the story?

The stories of the 13 short films in this collection vary from simple to more complex. Several include characters from feature-length Pixar films, like Cars, Monsters Inc., and The Incredibles. The first bunch of films do not have dialogue. Even though the films are short, some pack a great deal of action or emotion into a few minutes. In "Tin Toy," a brand new plaything is both fascinated and terrified of a crawling baby. When he seeks shelter under the couch, he finds dozens of other terrified toys hiding out too. "Boundin'" tells the story of a freshly shorn lamb who's getting teased by other animals for the way he looks. A friendly Jackalope teaches him to brush off the teasing and find a way to enjoy himself -- by jumping up and down joyfully. "For the Birds" shows a bunch of little birds chirping away on a wire, until they're interrupted by a bigger bird. They reject the big bird and pay the price when they get flung off the wire dramatically.

Is it any good?

Each of the short films is a tiny jewel of animation and filmmaking. The 13 films improve chronologically, too, with the first one being more of a record of Pixar's early work and the later ones being masterful combinations of visuals and storytelling. Some of the shorts will be more appealing to children, like the slapstick antics of "Mikes New Car," and some might appeal more to adults, like "Lifted," which chronicles the attempts of a young alien to perform a complicated human abduction under pressure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about inanimate objects as characters. Who are the lamps in the Luxo short -- mom and kid, older and younger friend, some other combo? What makes you think that? Are there other household objects that you think could be good characters?

  • Talk about imagination. Many of these shorts and the Pixar features came out of a discussion between friends. Can you imagine what those conversations were like? Have you ever had wild, imaginative discussions with friends? What happens when you try to draw or otherwise create the things you imagine?

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