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DVD Review: Pixar Short Film Collection, Vol 1

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In the world we live in now, Pixar is nothing less than an institution. Every film it releases is an event and each of them receive excellent reviews and make piles of money. Of course, Pixar wasn't always so admired and ubiquitous. It was once a money-losing division of LucasFilm that was sold off to Steve Jobs for a paltry 5 million dollars. All of this is laid out in a behind-the-scenes feature on the new Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume I DVD. More importantly--as the title indicates--13 of Pixar's landmark short films are included, too.

As you watch the shorts (dating from 1984) it's amazing to watch the changes in the animation as the years progress. The oldest one, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. isn't entirely recognizable as a Pixar product, but the second Luxo Jr. certainly is. It features what is now the Pixar logo--the curious lamp that flexes to and fro. The fourth short, Tin Toy, is an obvious precursor to Toy Story while the fifth, Knick Knack, would re-surface 14 years later as the lead-in to Finding Nemo (with profound breast reductions to its two bikini-clad characters).