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Lava: The Pixar Short of The Week

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Posted by Simoa • December 14, 2018

This week, “Lava” was the overwhelming favorite in our latest twitter short film poll.

I have to admit, I was more than a bit surprised that “Lava” won, and by such a large margin. I remember the short being distinctly unpopular when it first premiered in 2015, paired with Inside Out. There were lots of complaints about “Lava,” ranging from the story (or lack thereof) to the character designs. And while some of those negative responses are reasonable (to an extent), I think this short does have its merits. Maybe “Lava” isn’t technically or narratively groundbreaking, but it doesn’t have to be.

I saw Inside Out nine times in theaters, which means I also saw “Lava” nine times! And at almost every viewing, the reaction to Uku, the male volcano, opening his mouth to sing was derisive laughter. I couldn’t ever see what was so funny about it. What made me laugh wasn’t the short itself, but my mother’s wry observation at its conclusion: “Well, there’s someone for everybody.” And isn’t that just like Pixar, to not only anthropomorphize volcanoes, but make them yearn for romance and everlasting love? Sure, as someone in one of the above critical pieces noted, Pixar already did it before with umbrellas…but these are volcanoes! Massive ruptures in the earth’s crust that literally erupt fire and destroy everything in their path. But the volcanoes in “Lava” are gentle, with friendly faces and sweet singing voices.

Uku (Kuana Torres Kahele) is a lonely volcano in the middle of the sea who sings about finding his one true love.

“I wish that the earth, sea, and the sky up above-a
Will send me someone to lava.”

Thousands of years pass and he remains alone, literally eroded and sinking into the sea. One of the most brilliant moments of the short is the time lapse representing all these years.

via Giphy

And how quietly devastating is the sight of a volcano on the brink of extinction, never once experiencing the love that all the animals around him do? Turtles, dolphins, birds — all have a special someone, except for this craggy mountain of rock. He once bloomed in verdant greens, with bright sparks of red-orange lava, but all of that rich color and life disappear.

But not all hope is lost. Lele (Napua Greig) is an underwater volcano who believes Uku’s song is for her. She bursts forth to the surface while Uku descends into the sea. When she starts singing his song, Uku, reinvigorated by music and love, rises back up to join her, and they form an island called Ukulele.

“Lava” is considered by many to be Pixar’s weakest. Some people are a bit more extreme in their assessment, calling it the worst thing Pixar has ever made, offensive (!), worthless, total garbage. Dana Stevens over at Slate declared it an embarrassingly terrible horror show, but only after she spent four long winded paragraphs talking about other film releases in 2015. Truly bizarre! I might not agree with my nephew that “Lava” is Pixar’s greatest short, but I definitely trust his opinion more than anyone else’s.

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Director James Ford Murphy was inspired by his love of Hawaii, where he honeymooned with his wife over 25 years ago. He also wrote the short’s eponymous song and first pitched it at Pixar by singing and playing it on his ukulele. The song’s inspiration came from Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s beautifully haunting rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” which is very meaningful to Murphy. What he really wanted was to create something just like it in movie form.

There’s also the level of immaculate detail we usually expect from Pixar, particularly the inspiration from actual volcanic geology. Murphy also incorporated Lōʻihi, an underwater volcano, into the short. Lōʻihi formed the basis for “Lava,” as Murphy wondered if this volcano knew about Hawaii (the Big Island) and vice versa.

What I love most about the short’s backstory is that Lōʻihi came to represent Murphy’s sister, who married in her 40s.

“As my sister stood up on the altar, I thought about how happy she was and how long she’d waited for her very special day. There, at my sister’s wedding, I remembered Loihi and I had an epiphany… What if my sister was a volcano? And what if volcanoes spend their entire lives searching for love, like humans do?”

We got the answer in a sweet 7 minute musical.

Some fun facts:

  • Uku and Lele’s eyes were originally lava, but the result was creepy and they ended up looking too much like jack-o-lanterns.
  • The clouds around the two volcanoes were based on weather patterns and were also meant to resemble hula skirts and leis.
  • The voices of Uku and Lele, Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig, found out they had both attended hula school together when they met in the recording studio.
  • Did you know the Pizza Planet Truck appears in the short? Look very closely at one of the constellations in the sky during the time lapse!

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Presto – The Pixar Short Of The Week

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Posted by Nia • November 23, 2018

This week’s Pixar Short that was hand picked by Twitter followers in our latest poll is the underrated “Presto”! The short premiered in front of WALL-E back in 2008.

The film tells a simple story of famed and ever-so-dapper magician named Presto Digiotagione and his gorgeous white rabbit Alec Azam. The short starts in Preto’s dressing room as we’re introduced to Alec, who is unfortunately locked in his cage. His stomach begins to roar like a tiger; it’s clear he’s famished and eyeing the carrot that’s obviously out of reach. After several failed attempts to scoot his cage in the direction of the carrot and finally get his snack, Presto enters the dressing room and foils Alec’s plans of satisfying his hunger.

When Presto realizes it’s almost time for him to be on stage, he quickly starts preparing for his magic show. He makes sure all the locks are shut on his door and eyes his dressing room suspiciously before unlocking his dresser revealing his, drum-roll please, magic hats. His act is based off two hats that are linked to each other, one that is shaped like Sorcerer Mickey’s hat from Fantasia and the other like your standard black magicians’s hat. Whoever, or whatever, is wearing the sorcerer hat, Presto can reach his hand through his magician’s hat to pull the object or animal through, thus completing his bit. It’s clear when the show starts, Alec is fed up and just wants his snack. This causes Presto’s act to not go as planned as he desperately tries to get Alec to put the sorcerer’s hat on so he can pull Alec through his magician’s hat. Instead, what proceeds is a slew of comical bits where instead of Alec coming through the magician’s hat it’s an egg to Presto’s face, Presto’s hand stuck in a mouse trap, a ladder flying through and hitting Presto where it hurts, and even Presto himself as he survives a death defying stunt at the end resulting in Alec’s refusal to listen to him. Albeit his show looking like a disaster for Presto he ends up delivering one of the most exhilarating magic acts of his career. In the end, despite things going awry, Alec gets his carrot and Presto gets even more acclaim.

This short is one of my all-time favorites. What draws me to it each time is the fact that it pays homage to all the great shorts that came before it; from Looney Tunes to the classic Tom and Jerry episodes, the inspiration is obvious in the gags that pull the story from beginning to end. You could even say that Alec, with his motivations and character design, is a modern day Bugs Bunny. “Presto” thrives in gags that bring the plot forward and help carry the story; it’s clear that the set-up is going to be Alec wanting his carrot and doing anything to get it, even if it means embarrassing Presto and ruining his career. Each gag is escalated the more that Alec doesn’t get what he wants and in return there is never a dull moment.

Some fun tidbits about “Presto”:

  • I love the fact that Presto himself was modeled after my favorite actor William Powell. His physicality and charm (even at Presto’s worse moments) throughout the short is based off the actor. You could even see a little bit of Nick Charles from The Thin Man in Presto’s mannerisms throughout the short.

  • Pete Docter and his team actually re-used the theater that’s seen in Presto for the newsreel in the opening of Up. The stage that Charles Muntz reveals the skeleton on is the same one seen in the short.

  • If you look on the second balcony all the way on the left you will be able to see two iconic characters from the Muppets watching Presto’s magic show: Satler and Waldorf. I wonder what they thought of the performance…

  • “Presto” was nominated for Best Animated Short Subject at the 36th Annie Awards and was also nominated for Best Animated Short Film. Despite Presto not winning any awards, it was still well received and is even more beloved today.

If you haven’t seen “Presto” before or you would like a well deserved re-watch, you can check out the short below:

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Piper – The Pixar Short Of The Week

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Posted by Joanna • November 13, 2018

The Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 3 is out on Digital and Blu-ray today – why not give “Piper” a watch and then dive into this little Pixar short exploration?

Since premiering before Finding Dory in June 2016, “Piper” has quickly become a firm favourite with Pixar fans, and even went on to win the 2017 Oscar for Best Animated Short. This is our first post in our ‘Pixar Short Of The Week’ series, where our Twitter followers vote on what short they’d like us to delve into next. “Piper” won with over 50% of the votes in this week’s poll – I think that alone tells you how beloved it is. It ticks all the boxes – very cute, heart-warming message, a sense of humour, beautiful to watch… And I’ve found that I appreciate it even more now in 2018 than I did when I first watched it in theatres two years ago.

Piper concept art

This is, in part, due to my new-found passion for birdwatching. I don’t know how many people share this joint interest in Pixar and birdwatching, but if any of you are out there, I’m sure you’ll agree that “Piper” is the dream.

Fun fact (maybe): On pixar.com, Piper is described as a Sandpiper – director Alan Barillaro was inspired by ‘watching Sandpipers react to waves and run on the beach’. But ‘Sandpipers’ are actually a large family of birds. Piper is in fact a Sanderling (Calidris alba, as opposed to Hungrius Littlus Birdis) – these are the birds that run in and out with the waves, poking around in the ‘intertidal zone’ for food. They are also the only birds in the Sandpiper family that lack a hind toe – and look!

No hind toe! (Especially obvious if you look at Piper’s mum’s feet).

This is what I love so much about “Piper” – it achieves this perfect balance of realism and magic. On the one hand, the level of detail is such that I can do bird identification, but it’s also a short about a precious baby bird expressing real human emotions and overcoming her fears through a friendship with a tiny crab. It’s a technological triumph, but – and this is the key to the success of the film – it’s also a wonderfully told story.

“Piper” actually started out as a project to push the limits of new animation technology, which is made apparent when you see the animation of individual grains of sand, the frothy movement of the waves, and the independent fluttering of feathers. I love that people appreciate the sheer skill that has gone into the creation of the short, but are also able to just enjoy it and immerse themselves in it.

Look at that feather animation! Look at the sand!

Piper concept art. They even got the Sanderling plumage spot on.

The birds are stylised, but realistic. You can tell the aim wasn’t to fool the viewer into thinking they’re watching a live action sequence. Honestly, it looks better than live action. It looks better than real life! The way they experimented with camera movements and depth of field makes it all so captivating. And the “Piper” crew was able to design the characters in such a way that they can express more emotion.

This is important, because “Piper” is also amongst the many Pixar shorts that have zero dialogue – the connection you feel to the characters is not brought about through words, but is instead completely reliant on their facial expressions and behaviour, along with the music (by the legendary Adrian Belew). It’s the subtle yet complex animation that makes all this possible. Barillaro was inspired by Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E when finding ways to animate communication between non-speaking, non-human subjects. Their gestures are understandable, but the birds haven’t been so heavily anthropomorphised that the ‘otherworldly charm’ is lost.

The message that I take away from “Piper” is that fear is there to be overcome, and life will feel all the sweeter once you’re on the other side of it. By the end of the short, Piper not only gets over her fear of the waves, but completely submerges herself in them! It’s not unlike what Poppa told Arlo at the beginning of The Good Dinosaur in the warm light of thousands of fireflies: “Sometimes you gotta get through your fear to see the beauty on the other side.”

“You gotta get through your fear to see the beauty on the other side.”

Some more fun facts:

  • Yes, Piper is a girl.
  • The composer for Piper, Adrian Belew, is perhaps best known for being in the band King Crimson and working alongside stars such as David Bowie and Frank Zappa.
  • Barillaro took a go-pro to a Hawaiian beach, where the water was nice and clear, to get research footage for the underwater scenes.
  • They recorded pieces of the soundtrack being played underwater in the Pixar pool – these recordings were used in the surround sound during the underwater scenes.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter so you can vote on what next week’s Pixar Short Of The Week should be!

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Reminder: New Pixar Blu-rays Hit Shelves Tomorrow!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • November 12, 2012

The 13th should be a good day for Pixar fans in the US, as Brave and the second volume of Pixar Short Films Collection both arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.

Brave, coming in standard DVD, 3-disc Blu-ray, and 5-disc Blu-ray 3D packages, includes the feature film, the new short film The Legend of Mor’du (see the first stills at Entertainment Weekly), and Enrico Casarosa’s La Luna. The Blu-ray editions contain a second disc with a plethora of bonus features omitted from the standard DVD. Blu-ray.com and Examiner both praise the pristine audio/video quality and solid supplemental features, so this should be a near-perfect home video release as expected from Pixar.

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 compiles twelve of Pixar’s newer shorts onto one disc (see the full selection on the DVD and Blu-ray Amazon pages) and also showcases student films from John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. DVDizzy and Blu-ray.com suggest that this one isn’t a must-own, but Pixar loyalists should take interest in the audio commentaries and rare student films.

Both of these titles will be available on Tuesday, November 13. Additionally, be on the lookout for the Finding Nemo Blu-ray on December 4.

Which of these new releases will you be picking up?

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DVD News: ‘Finding Nemo’ Blu-ray Dated + New Short Film Compilation!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 30, 2012

It’s almost absurd how long-awaited the Blu-ray release of Pixar’s 2003 film, Finding Nemo, has become. Rumors of its arrival have dated back to 2007, and only recently has hope come in the form of an official teaser from Disney. According to Pixar Talk, an official release date has finally been confirmed: December 4, 2012!

Finding Nemo will finally be arriving in glorious 1080p with both Blu-ray/DVD and 3D Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy editions this holiday season. The 3D theatrical re-release of the movie will also be making its way into theatres on September 14, 2012; this likely contributed to the home release’s continuous delays. It’s exciting to know that we’ll finally be seeing one of Pixar’s most visually stunning works in high definition sooner rather than later!

A German DVD flyer has also prematurely revealed that a second volume of Pixar short films will be arriving on home video this November. We don’t have a full list of the shorts to be included on the DVD yet, but based on the preliminary cover art, most of Pixar’s post-2006 shorts such as Partly Cloudy, Day & Night, Dug’s Special Mission, and Hawaiian Vacation will surely be included. More details will likely be revealed soon, so check back for updates in the coming months.

(Via Pixar Talk)

UPDATE: Up will be arriving in Blu-ray 3D on December 4, as well! High Def Digest provides the news; although no additional details are known at this time, it’ll be exciting to experience Pixar’s first 3D film in that format again.

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Pixar Short Films Vinyl Toys Coming Soon from MINDstyle!

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Posted by Martin • February 15, 2010

As a huge fan of early Pixar I’ve been waiting a long time for an announcement (little late) like this: Pixar Short Films toys!

Now, I’m aware that they have had collectibles from short films before. You know, at like… the Pixar Studio Store and special events — places not many of us have the luxury of visiting too often. So when I heard MINDstyle had taken up the job of making vinyl toys based on Pixar’s earlier gems, I was ecstatic!!

According to the company’s recent blog posts on the subject, MINDstyle is determined to explore characters from the entire canon of shorts. First up is Tinny from Pixar’s first Academy Award winning film, Tin Toy! The models (seen above) are looking great, I can’t wait to see the final product. Also coming soon from MINDstyle are toys from The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. and For the Birds! No word on release dates yet.

Now that we’re talking toys, it’s time for a random but related detour. At the Toy Fair, Mattel showcased new die-casts from the upcoming Cars Toons short ‘Monster Truck Mater." Check out Lightning’s alter-ego, Frightening McMean.

With the big Toy Story 3 toy announcements yesterday and now this, there’s going to be a lot of shopping to do! Will you be getting Pixar Short Films toys?

(via Pixar Talk)

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The Pixar Story Already On DVD In France/UK [Updated]

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Posted by Thomas • August 16, 2008

French blog, Forgotten Silver, points out that Leslie Iwerks’ documentary, The Pixar Story, is already out on DVD in France as a part of a box set of Pixar films released last month. 

The box set, Disney•Pixar: Coffret Anthologie, contains all eight Pixar films currently on DVD as well as the Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1, The Pixar Story and a place for WALL•E once it arrives on DVD
It can be purchased fro Amazon.fr for 88,99 Euros, or for us non currency-savvy folks out there, approximately $130.77USD.
Regarding the release of The Pixar Story on DVD in other regions, it is expected to be included with the release of WALL•E on DVD and/or Blu-Ray later this year.
Thanks Jerome.

UPDATE: markjochems in the comments below points out it is also available in the UK Amazon store for £44.98. 

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Ratatouille/Pixar Shorts DVD Pack

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Posted by Thomas • January 17, 2008

Amazon.co.uk is listing Ratatouille coupled with the Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 in DVD and Blu-Ray packs

They sell for £20.99 and £26.24 respectively and will be available on Feburary 11.
(via Totoro at the Pixar Planet Forums with thanks to Martin for the heads up)

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Cars, Ratatouille & Short Film Collection Premiere Snaps

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Posted by Thomas • November 2, 2007

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The IESB.net snapped shots at the premiere (unusual, I know) for the release of Cars on Blu-Ray and Ratatouille and the Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

In attendance where Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Brad Lewis, Patton Oswalt, John Ratzenberger, Cheech Marin, Brad Garrett and many, many more. Click here to see all the pictures.

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Cars, Ratatouille & Short Film Collection Press Releases

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Posted by Thomas • November 1, 2007


RATATOUILLE– From the award-winning team that thrilled audiences with Cars and The Incredibles comes the best-reviewed film of the year! Disney•Pixar’s Ratatouille is an incredible adventure with something for everyone. It is the perfect recipe of comedy, heartfelt storytelling, and breathtaking animation. Experience Paris from the unique perspective of a rat named Remy, who dares to dream the impossible dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a five-star French restaurant. Bubbling over with bonus features, including an original animated short starring Remy and his brother, Emile, deleted scenes, and much more, Ratatouille is a treat you’ll want to enjoy again and again on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi Def November 6, 2007.

Click here to keep reading all three press releases.

From Academy Award®winning director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and the amazing storytellers at Pixar Animation Studios (Finding Nemo, Cars) comes RATATOUILLE, this year’s most original comedy about one of the most unlikely friendship’s imaginable. The film’s protagonist is a rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who dares to dream the impossible dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a five-star French restaurant. Undeterred by the obvious problem of trying to make it in the world’s most rodent-phobic profession, not to mention his family’s urgings to be satisfied with the usual trash-heap lifestyle, Remy’s fantasies are filled with flambés and sautés. When circumstances literally drop Remy into the Parisian restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett), Remy finds the one thing he needs, a friend to believe in him: the restaurant’s shy, outcast garbage boy named Linguini (Lou Romano). Remy and Linguini form the most improbable partnership that will turn Paris upside down, leading them both on an incredible journey of comical twists, emotional turns and the most unlikely of triumphs, which they could never have imagined without each other.

Disney•Pixar presents RATATOUILLE, written and directed by Brad Bird, the film is produced by Brad Lewis and executive produced by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. Bringing to life a wide-ranging roster of memorable characters is a voice cast that includes popular stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt, Golden Globe® Award winner Brian Dennehy, Emmy® Award winner Brad Garrett, comic star and Emmy® nominee Janeane Garofalo, Academy Award® nominee Ian Holm (1981 Nominee for Best Supporting Actor) and the legendary 8-time Academy Award® nominee Peter O’Toole (1962 Nominee for Best Actor, 2007 Nominee for Best Actor).

PIXAR SHORT FILMS COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 – For the first time ever, 13 Pixar Animation Studios short films that transformed animation are available together when The Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1 comes to DVD and high definition only on Disney Blu-ray on November 6. Three Academy Award® winners and five additional nominees are included in this must-have anthology of animated wonders. Pixar’s revolutionary animation, unforgettable music and original characters light up the screen,. Viewers go behind the scenes in never before seen bonus material with top creative minds including John Lasseter, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, and much more! Viewers of all ages, from serious animation buffs to people who just love to laugh, will delight as familiar faces from Pixar classics like Cars, Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles join a host of unique and wonderful characters in these groundbreaking short films coming to DVD and high definition Disney Blu-ray from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

THE PIXAR SHORT FILM COLLECTION VOL. 1

• The Adventures of André & Wally B. – From the legendary Lucas Films, a delightful look at thelightning-fast in-flight antics of a mischievous bumble bee (Wally B.) and his even faster-moving target (André).
• Luxo Jr. – A baby lamp finds a ball to play with and it’s all fun and games until the ball bursts. Just when the elder Luxo thinks his kid will settle down for a bit, Luxo Jr. finds another ball – ten times larger.
• Tin Toy – Babies are hardly monster-like, unless you’re a toy. After escaping a drooling baby, Tinny realizes that he wants to be played with after all. But in the amount of time it takes him to discover this, the baby’s attention moves on to other things only an infant could find interesting. (1988 Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short Film)
• Red’s Dream – Life as the sole sale item in the clearance corner of Eben’s Bikes can get lonely. So Red, a unicycle, dreams up a clown owner and his own juggling act that steals the show. But all too soon, the applause turns into the sound of rainfall, as reality rushes back. Red must resign himself to sitting in the corner and await his fate.
• Knick Knack – Life on a shelf as a snowman trapped in a snow-globe blizzard can become wearing, especially when you’re surrounded by knickknacks from sunnier locales. When the jaded snowman finally breaks free of his glass home, his vacation plans are cut short. (Music by Bobby McFerrin)
• Geri’s Game – An aging codger named Geri plays a daylong game of chess in the park against himself. Somehow, he begins losing to his livelier opponent. But just when the game’s nearly over, Geri manages to turn the tables. (1997 Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short Film)
• For The Birds -One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then comes along a large dopey bird who tries to join them. The birds of a feather can’t help but make fun of him – and the clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end. (2001 Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short Film)
• Mike’s New Car – When Mike shows off his new car to his Monsters, Inc. co-star Sulley, everything that can go wrong does, and they are left with only their own two feet for transportation. (2002 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Short Film)
• Boundin’ – On a high mountain plain lives a lamb with a wool coat of such remarkable sheen that he breaks into high-steppin’ dance. But there comes a day when he loses his lustrous coat and, along with it, his pride. It takes a wise jackalope – a horn-adorned rabbit – to teach the moping lamb that woolly or not, it’s what’s inside that’ll help him rebound from life’s troubles. (2003 Academy Award Nominee® for Best Animated Short Film)
• Jack-Jack Attack – When babysitter Kari McKean tries to entertain Jack-Jack Parr (of The Incredibles) with some “brainy baby” music, she triggers an unusual reaction.
• Mater and the Ghostlight – Cars favorite Mater is "haunted" by a mysterious blue light that teaches him not to play pranks on the other cars in Radiator Springs.
• One Man Band – One Man Band tells the humorously captivating tale of a peasant girl who, with one coin to make a wish at a piazza fountain, encounters two competing street musicians who’d prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars. As the rivalry crescendos, the two overly eager performers vie to win the little girl’s attention. (2005 Academy Award Nominee® for Best Animated Short Film)
• Lifted – A young alien student bungles his first lesson in elementary abduction as an increasingly weary instructor looks on. (2006 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Short Film)

DISNEY/PIXAR’S CARS – Experience Disney/Pixar’s CARS like never before on Blu-ray Disc®, the ultimate in high-definition video & audio and BD-Java enhanced interactivity. From Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and the acclaimed creators of Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo comes the number one animated film of 2006 for the first time in high-definition. Directed by Academy Award®-Winner John Lasseter (Best Short Film, Animated for “Tin Toy”, 1989) and exploding with fast-paced humor and high-powered thrills, CARS speeds into overdrive with an astonishing new presentation on November 6th!

The Blu-ray Disc® high-definition feature film presentation was created from the original digital source files, delivering an unequaled, demo-worthy home viewing experience. Presented in crystal clear 1080p and dynamic 24-bit uncompressed 5.1 channel surround sound, you will experience every bass-filled engine rev and tire screech as though you were racing right alongside Lightning McQueen. The CARS Blu-ray Disc is the Piston Cup of the high-definition format!

DISNEY/PIXAR’S CARS Blu-ray Disc features all new bonus materials created in high-definition exclusively for this release using the latest BD-Java enhanced technology. When users arrive at the title menu they have the option of touring “Radiator Springs” or “Emeryville.” Radiator Springs allows users to go deeper into the world of CARS through the interactive “Car Finder Game,” while Emeryville gives users the opportunity to pull back the curtains at Pixar for an exhaustive look at their unique creative process in “Cine-Explore.”

From the acclaimed creators of Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo comes a high-octane adventure comedy that shows life is about the journey, not the finish line. Hot shot rookie race car Lightning McQueen is living life in the fast lane until he hits a detour on his way to the most important race of his life. Stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town on the old Route 66, he meets Sally, Mater, Doc Hudson and a variety of quirky characters who help him discover that there’s more to life than trophies and fame.

After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios and Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter, hit the road with this fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. In addition to Owen Wilson and Paul Newman, CARS includes an all-star vocal cast including Bonnie Hunt (as Sally, a snazzy Porsche), Larry The Cable Guy (as Mater, a wise-cracking, rusty but trusty tow truck), George Carlin (as Fillmore, the town’s resident hippie van, Paul Dooley (as Sarge, the no-nonsense Army Jeep) and Cheech Marin (as Ramone, the low-riding, car painting Impala). As well, the fast-action film favorite includes the voice of Jenifer Lewis (as Flo, the sassy, no-nonsense 50’s big-fin show car), Tony Shalhoub (as Luigi, the excitable, tire-brokering Italian import), Michael Wallis (as Sheriff, the Mercury Police Cruiser), Michael Keaton (as Chick Hicks, Lightning McQueen’s nemesis), Richard Petty (as The King, the classiest champ on the race-car circuit) and John Ratzenberger (as Mack, the big-hearted Super-liner who ferries McQueen across the country). Ratzenberger is the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s feature films.

Supercharging CARS is a fantastic soundtrack, including tracks from many of the top acts in music today. For the project, director John Lasseter enlisted his longtime collaborator and Academy Award® winner Randy Newman (Best Song “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. 2002). Melding perfectly with Newman’s score are performances from Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, James Taylor, John Mayer, and more. The songs range from originals such as the heartfelt “Our Town” (written by Randy Newman and performed by James Taylor) to rousing renditions of the famous tune “Route 66.” The Disney/Pixar Cars Original Motion Picture Soundtrack debuted at #8, making it the first Pixar soundtrack to enter the Billboard Top 10 and to ship gold.

CARS Blu-ray Disc Bonus Materials
NEW AND AVAILABLE ONLY ON BLURAY:
• Cine-Explore
• Car Finder Game
• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene
• Radiator Springs Featurettes
• Movie Showcase – Instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high-definition picture and sound

PLUS ALL DVD FEATURES:
• Animated Shorts
Mater And The Ghostlight
– One Man Band
• Deleted Scenes
• And More!

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