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All 20 Original Pixar Shorts, Ranked – Our Final Countdown

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Part two of two – Pixar Shorts ranked

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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.

4. Lou

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.#

3. Lifted

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.

2. Presto

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.

1. Bao

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.

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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

Films on Disney Plus Star

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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