Ok, "Cars" the new Disney/Pixar feature is out - and although we don't expect it to score as high at the box-office as the previous ones, it is another milestone in animation and storytelling from Pixar. Letting cars do the acting and finally marry the idea of a character and a car (let's admit it: a thing everyone does in real life) is just great!
So "Cars", a sufficient reason to do a list of all the great short films Lasseter and his band of render-cracks did in the past:
Luxo Jr. 1 Since the 8-minute short which scored an OSCAR nomination in 1986, the desktop lamp jumping on a ball is Pixar's iconic logo. It was a great leap for computer animation, which was - until then - mostly scientific and boring.
Knick Knack 1989, a lonely snowman dreams of dating a blonde bikini-beauty. For the re-release of the short on the Finding Nemo DVD, Disney decided to trim back the girl's chest a bit...
Tin Toy Lasseter's first stint at animating Toys, which led to Toy Story later.
Geri's Game OSCAR gold for this one in 1997. Director Jan Pinkava scored big with this first try of Pixar animating real humans.
For The Birds Another OSCAR for Pixar with this short directed by Ralph Egglestone in 2002. The birds feather texture reappeared later in Pixar's Monster Inc.
Boundin' by Pixar and former Sesame Street creative Bud Luckey. Nominated in 2004 for a short film OSCAR.
One Man Band The latest of the Pixar shorts. The battle between two street musicians is the preshow on Cars. Directed by Mark Andrews and Andrew Jimenez.