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Pixar Short Films Collection - Vol. 1 - Blu-ray DVD / animation DVD / family and children's DVD review
Unrated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
  Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 06 November 2007   Runtime: 54 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Blu-ray
DVD features:Audio tracks (Uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, "Knick Knack," "Tin Toy," "Red's Dream," "Luxo Jr.," "Geri's Game," "For The Birds," "Mike's New Car," "Boundin'", "One Man Band," "Lifted", "The Pixar Shorts: A Short History," Audio commentaries, Easter eggs (wireframe animatic of "Luxo Jr" short, movement techniques developed by Pixar, lighting demo, Eben Ostby's 1986 short "Beach Chair"

Pixar is an amazing animation studio. Their films are technically engaging with excellent story-lines - so much to offer to children, adults, animation enthusiasts and audiophiles.

What we have here is a collection of Pixar's short films so far. There are thirteen in all, from The Adventures of Andre and Wally B (1984), made when Lucasfilm ran what is now Pixar, to Gary Rydstrom's clever Lifted, which preceded Ratatouille in theaters last summer. All but one (Jack-Jack Attack) has a commentary track, providing some insight and entertainment to those interested. There is a 23-minute feature on the making and history of Pixar's shorts, with all the usual cast of characters we love seeing on Pixar's other DVD releases. It's fascinating to see where these brilliant films came from, and they touch on each.

I'm very pleased to see this collection with commentary on most (the same commentary tracks recorded for the shorts already released with Pixar feature films are used). Not all of these shorts have been available on DVD before, and those that had did not all have commentary. It would have been nice to have seen Who is Bud Lucky with Boundin'. It was included on The Incredibles DVD and should be seen.

Children don't mind watching these things repeatedly, and one key to excellent features lies in their ability to not only entertain but to not annoy parents during these repeated viewings. Thank you, Pixar! (Dreamworks Animation, take note.)

Keep an eye out for an easter egg. It's not too hard to find; even children will likely stumble upon it.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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