Part two of two – Pixar Shorts ranked
Here we go. We’re continuing our look at how these Pixar Shorts should be ranked. Pixar is an animation studio many of us have grown up loving and admiring. Their original shorts that often play before their features often get overlooked! That’s a huge shame because many of these shorts have some of the passion and heart behind them that many of us have been missing from old Disney teasers.
We’ve compiled our definitive ranking of all 20 of Pixar’s original shorts, from worst to best. While shorts featuring some of Pixar’s well-known characters like Mater and the Ghost Light and Mike’s New Car can be hilarious, they’re not original enough for this list.
You’ve probably read part-one, so, here’s the final part of our countdown.
10. Day & Night
2010, shown with Toy Story 3
While the two beings in this short don’t technically fall in love in this one, you do get similar feelings from this short. As the Day and Night feud over which one is truly better, coming together in acceptance at the end. What does elevate this short above the others though is a visual gimmick. Swapping between the same settings at different times of day does make for some really interesting and cute animation.
9. Geri’s Game
1997, shown with A Bug’s Life
The first animated short to be made after Toy Story had been released. Geri’s game is great based on its writing and visual comedy. The idea of a man playing chess with himself becomes something more and more absurd the further the short goes on. It culminates in an incredibly funny sequence that’s been stuck in the minds of everyone who saw it ever since it first released.
8. Partly Cloudy
2009, shown with Up
Adorable and full of heart Partly Cloudy does what Pixar does best. It gives a fun twist on an otherwise simple and timeless story: Where do babies come from? Especially the less cute ones? Endlessly rewatchable just for the cute baby animals alone. This short uses interesting storytelling and heartwarming writing to appeal to anyone. Bonus points for premiering in front of Up, preparing you for the emotional journey to come.
7. Sanjay’s Super Team
2015, shown with The Good Dinosaur
As Disneys pushes for greater diversity in their pitches and stories, one of the most charming recent results has been Sanjay’s Super Team. Giving a cool action superhero twist to classical Hindu beliefs. It does this in an exciting and action-packed manner. It shows some of the most dynamic and exciting action scenes from Pixar’s filmography. While still keeping the heart that makes a lot of their films so memorable.
6. One Man Band
2005, shown with Cars
This was probably one of the first genuinely interesting and engaging Pixar shorts in many memories. Taking the musical styles of old Disney animations and silly symphonies. One Man Band combines a funny and charming story with intense music that sticks in your memory long after the short is over.
5. La Luna
2011, shown with Brave
A very cute coming of age story, La Luna does what Pixar does at its best: heartwarming stories that take widely-held stories and give them a unique twist. Here, the phases of the moon being dictated by a family line of sweepers provide the perfect setting for a still-complex story. It’s about fathers and sons, showing how individuality can sometimes be the greatest gift of all.
2017, shown with Cars 3
Most people probably missed Lou, as it premiered ahead of Cars 3, a sequel to a series many passed on when it came around. Regardless, Lou provides a return to some charm as we continue to assess how Pixar shorts should be ranked. With a sweet story of a living Lost and Found trying to teach a playground bully a lesson. Visually interesting, the short uses a lot of great physical comedy to balance out its tender and heartfelt moments. Definitely worth a watch if you missed it the first time around.#
2006, shown with Ratatouille
One of the most extreme concepts of any of these Pixar shorts. Lifted stars an Alien taking a sort of driving test as he tries to abduct a human for the first time. As with a lot of the other best shorts on this list, this film manages to convey all its storytelling without the use of words. The animation works as part of both the comedy and the story to provide something that’s quite unique.
2008, shown with WALL-E
The funniest short of them all. Presto goes to some near Looney-Tunes level heights of comedy and ingenious storytelling. It doesn’t even need words to tell its story. A magical hat provides all the comedy necessary, and you’re sure to laugh out loud at some of the antics that result. Endlessly rewatchable, this short is perhaps the peak of Pixars comedic filmography.
2018, shown with Incredibles 2
If Presto was the peak of Pixars comedy, the Bao is the current peak of their emotional output. With just the visuals and animation alone, it tells a simple story. It’s about a mother coping with her only child leaving the nest. Trying to fill the void with a little Bao baby, only to find that all good things must always come to an end. It provides a similar twist as many other Pixar shorts, but it does something very powerful. It uses a metaphorical reality to show a real human truth underneath. If you haven’t rewatched it recently, it’s absolutely worth it, but be sure to keep a box of tissues handy.
That’s our list, we’ve ranked the Pixar shorts. As we’ve seen, Pixar has a vast array of short films and animations that can make us laugh, cry, and everything between. Its a shame so many have been overlooked for so long. If you have Disney+, it’s definitely worth going through all of them and picking your own favourites out of the list. Here at TheCultureCrossing.com, we hope to at least give you a place to start. They’re all a treat to watch and rewatch.
If you haven’t already you can check out the first part of this list HERE.
Do you have a different opinion on these rankings? Do you agree or disagree with our list or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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