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.
Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.
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