Pixar Animation Studios transformed the animation industry with these 13 short films, available in one collection for the first time ever.
There's probably something for everyone in these groundbreaking short films, which redefined the category and made audiences look at animation in a whole new way. This anthology includes three Academy Award winners and five additional nominees. Kids are most likely to enjoy the ones featuring some of their favorite characters from Cars,Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. And they're bound to inspire some very animated discussions!
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These short films are very different than the animated movies preschoolers are used to, and they may not know what to make of them. Five-year-olds may enjoy watching Sulley and Mike take a ride in "Mike's New Car," in which everything goes wrong and they end up having to rely on an older mode of transportation--their own two feet!
Because the stories are not spoon-fed to them in a traditional manner, these short films will really make kids think. They've probably already seen some of them in the theaters--like "Lifted," in which an alien student messes up his first lesson in abduction, and "One Man Band," featuring competing street musicians vying for an observer's gold coin--but they'll get more out of them after watching them again. A great one for kids in this age group is "Boundin'," a Dr. Seuss-like tale of a preening lamb who loses his pride after his shiny coat is shorn. When a great American jackalope comes bounding on to the hillside, he teaches him what it takes to rebound in a world of ups and down.
Tweens may gain a lot of insight from watching these short films with the audio commentary on, and listening to mastermind John Lasseter explain how and why specific characters, scenes and techniques were created. Recognizing that the credits for each film are almost as long as the film itself, they'll also gain a newfound appreciation for the craft. Tweens can find many good messages in these films, especially "For the Birds," in which the clique mentally turns on a flock of birds who make fun of an outsider who just wants to join them.