Ranked: Pixar’s Original Shorts

Disney’s Pixar Animated Studios are known for their classic feature-length films including the Toy Story trilogy, Wall-e, and, most recently, Brave, but it would be rude to forget their short films amongst their talent.

Here are my rankings of all Pixar’s original short films, which can also be found, regularly updated, on my Letterboxd account.

1. Day & Night (2011)

This is one of few Pixar films that I’ve seen on the big screen, and I think it also has to be my favourite. The idea itself is genius; it’s simple but brilliant and looks absolutely fantastic. I don’t really know what the message is but it feels very heartfelt and I enjoy just as much with every viewing.

2. La Luna (2011)

One of my favourite shorts from Pixar. Without any dialogue, the short is beautifully animated, but most of all La Luna is charming and sweet, and tells a heartfelt story of three characters from three different generations. It really is rather wonderful.

3. Lava (2015)

A beautiful love story which is incredibly sad at times. And that song will be stuck in your head for days!

4. Presto (2008)

Pixar’s funniest short by a long mile. Presto is hilarious.

5. The Blue Umbrella (2013)

A lovely and incredibly cute short film with exceptional animation. The music, as well, is beautiful; I could listen and watch this on repeat for days! So uplifting.

6. Partly Cloudy (2009)

A lovely idea, making this especially fun to watch with younger siblings as the short explores where storks get the babies that they deliver from. It’s funny and sweet, and a perfect additional feature to Up.

7. For The Birds (2000)

Another funny short from Pixar. I laughed a lot. The animation is incredibly detailed too.

8. Lifted (2006)

A funny concept as a young alien takes his first lesson in UFO driving and human abducting. Could have been better but I love the idea.

9. Geri’s Game (1997)

I love this old man. Another charming story and great Pixar short.

10. Luxo Jr. (1986)

Luxo means an awful lot to Pixar so you’ve got to love this short.

I think a quote from Anchorman would serve as an even better review: “I love lamp.”

11. Red’s Dream (1987)

A beautiful animation but the story’s not quite as strong as Pixar’s more recent shorts. Also, clowns are terrifying.

12. One Man Band (2005)

13. Knick Knack (1989)

14. Tin Toy (1988)

15. Boundin’ (2003)

16. The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984)

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