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Pixar Launches New Experimental Shorts Department

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Posted by Nia • May 28, 2017

It was recently revealed that in August, Pixar will be hosting a panel at SIGGRAPH titled, “Smash and Grab: Off-The-Rails Filmmaking at Pixar.” The summary of the panel gave us some insight into what some of the talented folks have been up to in between projects at the studio:

“Pixar launched an internal, experimental storytelling initiative to create short films without executive oversight, to explore new creative visions and increase studio opportunities. This talk shares Pixar’s six-month journey of creating seven-minute shorts, with limited resources, amidst the backdrop of a busy studio, juggling multiple feature productions.”

Cartoon Brew reported the first film produced through this new division is aptly titled Smash and Grab, and will be directed by Brian Larsen. Larsen himself has plenty of experience at Pixar in the story trenches – serving as Story Supervisor on Brave and Head of Story on Piper, just to name a few.

Pixar’s first few short films, The Adventures of André and Wally B and Luxo JR., initially put the studio on the map and showcased what was to come with technology driving animation. The fact that the studio is continuing to push the boundaries of storytelling with their famed short films, and finding time to make new projects with an already grueling film schedule is quite impressive and inspiring.

We can’t wait to find out more about Smash and Grab, and their new shorts unit.

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Five More Pixar Shorts Available on iTunes

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Posted by Upcoming Pixar • December 23, 2008

Pixar has recently added four movie based shorts and a bonus pre-Pixar short to their iTunes store. New to the list are Mike’s New Car, Jack-Jack Attack, Mater & the GhostlightYour Friend the Rat, and Lucasfilm’s The Adventures of André & Wally B. Each short is priced at $1.99, and for the first time are available individually.

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Amid on Pixar’s Short Films

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Posted by Thomas • April 25, 2008

Amid from Cartoon Brew writes about writing a book for Pixar chronicling their short films.

The coffeetable book I’m working on, which will be out later this year, is directly tied in to the Pixar Short Films Collection dvd, and is an in-depth history of the studio’s early shorts. I was naturally thrilled when they asked me to come on board because, well, come on it’s Pixar, but also because I know the importance of shorts to the company’s history and the value that they place on creating animated shorts even now that they’re a successful feature studio

Read the rest here. I for one am excited to see what Amid dishes up for us all, and I think it will be a must have.

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