pixar shorts volume 2 Review   Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2 (Blu ray/DVD combo)Now available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2

The collection is great for those out there who haven’t had the opportunity to see all the Pixar shorts that premiere (usually) in front of Pixar’s feature-length films.

The release contains the second half of Pixar’s animated shorts and is current all the way up to “La Luna” which premiered before this year’s “Brave”.  Also on this release are a pair each of “Toy Story Toons” and “Cars Toons” that Pixar’s sister studio in Canada made.

Excluding the Toy Story and Cars shorts, Pixar has made an art form out of their animated short films.  If it’s one thing that Pixar is well known for, it’s story, and the majority (with a few exceptions) of Pixar shorts tell a story, usually without words.  This is something that carries over from (and leads into) the bonus features on the disc, some rare student films from some leading names at Pixar when they were still CalArts film school students.  I was particularly excited about the bonus features, as this is truly a piece of Pixar history.  It’s always nice to go back and see some of the early work of some of these artists (and hear the stories behind them) before they became well known names in the field of computer animation.

Each of the animated shorts has an option to play with optional commentaries, which will give you about 2 and 1/2 hours of viewing time watching them with and without the commentaries.

The student films in the bonus features contain work by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter.  I highly recommend viewing these outright with the introductions on, as there are some wonderful summaries about the work it took or what was going on at the time these were made.

Overall, this release is appropriate for all ages, though it is missing the “play all” feature that Volume 1 had.

Synopsis:

From Disney•Pixar, the Award-winning studio behind ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Up’ and ‘WALL•E,’ comes a new collection of short films. Experience the revolutionary animation and unforgettable characters with 12 short films together for the very first time. This must-own collection also features seven rarely screened student films from directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 13, “Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2” will delight audiences of all ages.

Rated:  Collection Rated PG. Bonus material not rated
Run Time: Approximately 65 minutes

Short Films:

  • BURN•E – BURN•E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from ‘WALL•E.’ (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
  • Dug’s Special Mission – In this funny short based on the character from ‘Up,’ Dug is sent on a foolish mission by Alpha, Beta and Gamma so that they can hunt for the Bird of Paradise Falls by themselves. Soon Dug discovers that where he belongs is not where he’s been looking. (Directed by: Ronnie del Carmen)
  • George & AJ – Inspired by Carl’s escape, senior citizens around the city unite to make their own “escapes,” much to the chagrin of George and A.J., in this short that features characters from ‘Up.’ (Directed by: Josh Cooley)
  • Air Mater – In this hilarious short, Mater decides he wants to learn how to fly and is accidently recruited by an elite group of formation flyers, the Falcon Hawks. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
  • Time Travel Mater – When a clock lands on Mater’s engine, he travels back in time to 1910 where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
  • Your Friend The Rat – ‘Ratatouille’s’ Remy and his brother Emile guide fans through world history from a rat’s perspective. (Directed by: Jim Capobianco)
  • Partly Cloudy – This humorous short features baby-delivering storks who receive their special packages high in the stratosphere, from clouds who sculpt babies and bring them to life. (Directed by: Peter Sohn)
  • Presto – When Presto, a great turn-of-the-century magician, neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. (Directed by: Doug Sweetland)
  • Day & Night – This short follows Day, a sunny fellow, who encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly dark moods. As their suspicions turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world. (Directed by: Teddy Newton)
  • Hawaiian Vacation – Fans will love this “Toy Story Toon,” as Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Ken and Barbie the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams – without ever leaving home. (Directed by: Gary Rydstrom)
  • Small Fry – Fans’ favorite team of toys is back in this clever “Toy Story Toon.” Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant where he finds himself in a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
  • La Luna – The timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances, in which he discovers his Papa’s and Grandpa’s unusual line of work. (Directed by: Enrico Casarosa)

Bonus Features:

Seven rarely seen student films from renowned directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, including:

  • Nitemare
  • The Lady & The Lamp
  • Somewhere in the Arctic
  • A Story
  • Winter
  • Palm Springs
  • Next Door