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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pixar_short_v1_box.jpg]] {{Pixar}} shorts are...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, short films created by Pixar Animation Studios.]] They are often as enjoyable as the studio's feature films, and are what got the company noticed by Disney in the first place. Like Disney's ''[[ClassicDisneyShorts Silly Symphonies]]'' of old, Pixar continues to create shorts as a way to develop new techniques and foster employee development. The original, pre-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' short films, all mainly directed by [[PixarRegulars John Lasseter]], are as follows: * ''The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.'' -- Created back when Pixar was just Lucasfilm's computer graphics division (making it arguable whether it really counts as a Pixar short), this short is about a guy named Andre who tries to trick an annoying bee, and gets stung for it. * ''Luxo, Jr.'' -- A Luxo lamp watches its child (the eponymous Luxo, Jr.) play with a little inflatable ball. The ball deflates, leaving the little lamp dejected, but he later returns with a giant beach ball. It was later played before ''ToyStory2''. And now you know where Pixar's famous VanityPlate comes from! ** This was followed by a series of even shorter shorts created for ''SesameStreet'' featuring the same two lamps. * ''Red's Dream'' -- A unicycle in a bike shop dreams about being the star of a circus act, only to wake up and feel just a little bit more depressed. * ''Tin Toy'' -- A [[AnimateInanimateObject toy]] tries to escape a terrifying baby. It's no coincidence that it has the same "toys are alive" concept as ''Toy Story'', as it led to the creation of that film. It was also the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. * ''Knick Knack'' -- A plastic snowman in a souvenir snowglobe tries to escape. It was later played before ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. After Pixar made it big in feature films, they returned to making theatrical shorts, which played in front of most of their animated films (except for ''Toy Story 2'' and ''Finding Nemo'', which used old Pixar shorts instead): * ''Geri's Game'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'') -- An old man plays a chess game [[MirrorMatch against himself]]. He turns out to be ''very'' competitive. * ''For the Birds'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'') -- A bunch of little birds try to drive away a fairly harmless big bird from their perch on a telephone wire, only for their efforts to backfire in their faces. * ''Boundin' ''(played before ''TheIncredibles'') -- A rhyming, musical short (as opposed to the many dialogue-less shorts before it) about a former show-off of a sheep who learns how to cheer up after having his beautiful wool shorn off and being embarrassed in front of his friends. * ''One Man Band'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'') -- Two street musicians compete for a little girl's tip, only for the girl to teach them a harsh lesson about being too competitive. * ''Lifted'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'') - Your average driving test, only with alien abduction instead of driving. * ''Presto'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'') -- A magician's hungry rabbit hilariously torments its owner over a carrot. * ''Partly Cloudy'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- A cloud produces baby rams, baby crocodiles, and other dangerous babies, much to his DeliveryStork's... misfortune. * ''Day & Night'' (played before ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 3]]'') -- A traditional animated short, but with 3D elements, about two characters named Day and Night, who are the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of daytime and nighttime (respectively). * ''La Luna'' - Originally hitting the festival circuit but eventually played before ''{{Brave}}''; a young boy is taken out to sea one night for the first time by his papa and grandpa, to learn about their unusual line of work. [[spoiler:They sweep the moon clean of fallen stars!]] * ''The Blue Umbrella'' - Presumably set to show before ''MonstersUniversity'', tells the story of a blue umbrella falling in love with a red umbrella. Some of Pixar's features have a bonus short on their [=DVDs=] depicting the further adventures of the characters in the movie: * ''Mike's New Car'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'') -- Mike buys a new car, but he and Sulley can't quite figure out how to work it... ** Especially notable for the DVDCommentary on the short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SxdjJNncY which is done by the young children of the creators]]. * ''Exploring the Reef'' (related to ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'') -- Jean-Michel Cousteau tries to make a [[NatureDocumentary documentary film]] about coral reefs, but Marlin, Dory, and Nemo keep interrupting him. Eventually, things are learned about corals, but Cousteau still feels "upstaged". * ''Jack-Jack Attack'' (follow-up to ''TheIncredibles'') -- During the events of the movie (while Bob, Helen, Violet, and Dash are on Syndrome's island, to be precise), Kari the babysitter has her hands full with Jack-Jack, who's just discovering his numerous (and deadly) superpowers. * ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' (follow-up to ''TheIncredibles'') -- Cartoon parodying the low-budget [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday morning cartoons]] of the [[TheFifties 50s]] and [[TheSixties 60s]] that used SynchroVox techniques such as ''ClutchCargo''. The [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis background story]] is that Mr. Incredible and Frozone licensed their names and images to a TV animation company, before the banning of Supers. They [[{{MST}} provide commentary]] as they watch the unaired pilot for the first time. * ''Mater and the Ghostlight'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'') -- After the sheriff of Radiator Springs tells a spooky story about "the ghostlight", Mater becomes scared of running into it. * ''Your Friend the Rat'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'') -- Remy and Emile educate viewers on the history of rats and their relationships with humans, hoping to create a better understanding between the two species. * ''BURN-E'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'') -- A short depicting just what happened to the robot that accidentally got locked out of the ''Axiom'' after WALL-E and EVE's flight around the ship who is continually trying (and failing) to repair a light. * ''Dug's Special Mission'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- A short film that tells what Dug the dog was doing before he meets Carl and Russell in the film. As hinted at in the feature, Alpha (with Beta and Gamma) send Dug out on a "very special mission" to retrieve the bird. They only intended for it to distract him and keep him from causing trouble or bothering them while they hunt, but as we see in the film, he actually does find the bird (Kevin). * ''George and AJ'' (another follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- Carl's stunt inspires, one week later, many other old people to do the same with various ways... To George's and AJ's (the two Shady Oaks orderlies) despair (And our enjoyment). Additionally, a series of shorts following up ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' called ''Mater's Tall Tales'' was produced for the DisneyChannel: * ''Rescue Squad Mater'' -- Mater tells a story about how he was a firetruck. Oh, and he was a doctor too. * ''Mater The Greater'' -- Mater claims to have been an Evel-Knievel-style daredevil in a previous life. * ''El Materdor'' -- Mater is now a bullfighter. The bulls in question are bulldozers. * ''Tokyo Mater'' (played before ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'') -- The first Pixar short to play before a ''non''-Pixar film, and their first theatrical short to be based on a previous movie, ''Tokyo Mater'' centers around a story Mater tells about him getting involved in a drift race in Tokyo. * ''Unidentified Flying Mater'' -- Mater makes friends with a small flying saucer spaceship that speaks in a strange robotic voice. The UFM (called "Mator") teaches Mater how to fly, but gets taken away to [[{{Area 51}} Parking Area 51]]. * ''Monster Truck Mater'' -- Mater becomes a monster truck wrestler and fights various other monster trucks (such as [[BadHumorTruck Ice Screamer]], [[TankGoodness Captain Collision]], [[DreadlockRasta Rastacarian]], [[DeadlyDoctor Dr. Feelbad]], and [[{{Oireland}} Paddy O'Concrete]]) until he qualifies to the championship round against [[HerrDoktor Dr. Frankenwagon]] and [[FrankensteinsMonster his monster]]. * ''Heavy Metal Mater'' -- During a night of karaoke at Flo's, Mater recounts how he used to be a big rock star in a heavy metal band. * ''Moon Mater'' -- Mater is inducted into the NASCA space program. His mission: Rescue Impala XIII, who has broken down on the moon. * ''Mater Private Eye'' -- Private investigator Mater must solve a case about counterfeit tyres and track down the whereabouts of Tia's sister, Mia, who's been car-napped. * ''Air Mater'' -- Mater goes to a town inhabited by planes and learns to fly. It was released on the ''Cars 2'' DVD and acts as a set up for the upcoming SpinOff film ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. * ''Time Travel Mater'' -- Mater accidentally travels back in time to when Stanley first discovered the original Radiator Springs and with Lightning, ensures that history remains on course. Premiered at [[DisneyThemeParks Disney California Adventure]] and features locations introduced in the Cars Land expansion of the park where Stanley set up the beginnings of the town as a rest stop for traveling cars. The ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy has follow-ups in the form of ''Toy Story Toons'': * ''Hawaiian Vacation'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'') -- Barbie and Ken end up in Bonnie's bedroom after a failed attempt to stow away on her trip to Hawaii, so the toys all try to create their own island paradise. * ''Small Fry'' (played before ''Film/TheMuppets'') -- The first Pixar short to play before a ''live-action'' movie, Buzz gets left behind at a fast food restaurant and encounters lost kids' meal toys. * ''Partysaurus Rex'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' 3D) -- When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends. A series of "Toy Story Treats" were also made and shown at commercial breaks during the Saturday morning cartoon block on Creator/{{ABC}}. ---- !!These shorts contain examples of: * ThreeDMovie: ''Tokyo Mater'', ''Partly Cloudy'', ''Day & Night'', and ''Knick Knack'' have all been rendered in stereographic 3D. ** It's worth mentioning that the original 3D version of ''Knick Knack'' (with [[GagBoobs weapons-grade boobs]]) got shown at SIGGRAPH. * AnAesop: ''Day & Night'' has one about how "different" doesn't necessarily mean "bad." * AmusingInjuries: Pretty much everything the magician goes through in ''Presto'', as well as Mike's injuries after getting locked in the engine of his car in ''Mike's New Car''. In ''Partly Cloudy'' the stork suffers various injuries from the animals it must deliver. In ''George and AJ'', it's the ambulance who keeps being "hurt" over and over (gets knocked over three times, gets an oxygen bottle on it, and is ''crushed by Muntz's-now-Carl's zeppelin''!) * AnimateInanimateObject: Luxo Jr. * AndYouWereThere: Mater adds Lightning [=McQueen's=] involvement in his stories with this phrase. * AsideGlance: Luxo Jr. Technically, Luxo (sr.) is the one to do the glance. * ArtShift: ''Your Friend the Rat'' has 3D animation, 2D animation, clay animation, and even a scene done in the style of an old arcade game. ** It also has live action (the flea) and a section which is a pastiche of the earliest (silent) movies. ** ''George and AJ'' is a 2D colored animatic. ** ''Day and Night'' combine 3D and 2D animation. See MediumBlending. ** ''The Blue Umbrella'' has a very photorealistic look to it. * TheBadGuyWins: ''Lifted''. * BadHumorTruck: Ice Screamer from "Monster Truck Mater." * BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Kari in ''Jack-Jack Attack'' * BathsAreFun: The ''Partysaurus Rex'' skit, when Film/ToyStory's Rex helps some toys to get a party going in the bath. The part before this in which Bonnie is having imaginative fun with the toys counts too. * BilingualBonus: In ''Tokyo Mater'' Mater runs through a restaurant with the name [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Harryhausen]] (written in katakana) early on. Even triples as a tribute to stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen. * BillionsOfButtons: The control panel of the space ship in ''Lifted'' has thousands of identical, unlabeled switches. Mike's car has an impressive set of incomprehensible controls as well. * BlackDudeDiesFirst: Frozone immediately gets captured by the villain in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. In the commentary, he complains about it. * {{Bowdlerized}}: Let's just say the girls from ''Knick Knack'' have ... slimmed down since the short's original screening. * BullSeeingRed: The bulldozers chase after El Materdor's red cape, and then Lightning [=McQueen=]. * ButNotTooBlack: Watching ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', Frozone complains about the apparent lightening of his character's skin. * ButtMonkey: BURN-E. George and AJ too. ** Lightning is this in some of Mater's Tall Tales. ** The poor stork tasked with delivering [[KillerRabbit the babies Gus create]] in ''Partly Cloudy.'' * CallBack: The news ticker during the report in ''George and AJ'' tells that scientists have discovered that "South America is like North America, but South". * TheCameo: ** Two cars designed like [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike and Sulley]] appear in ''Tokyo Mater'' (themselves originally appearing in a joke cameo in the credits of the original ''Cars'' film). ** Music/TheBeatles have a brief cameo near the end of ''Your Friend The Rat'' (complete with a rat assisting [[RingoStarr Ringo]] on drums). ** Also in ''Your Friend The Rat'', [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife P.T. Flea]] appears. * CaptainPatriotic: In ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', Mr. Incredible is portrayed as one of these. * CaptainObvious: Everyone in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * ChekhovsGun: This was the impetus for the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts, as a key aspect of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is Mater's [[UnreliableNarrator fanciful storytelling]]. Since this was a trait not shown in the first film, the Pixar staff feared that its sudden appearance would look like an AssPull. The "Tall Tales" shorts averts the problem by establishing this trait ahead of the movie. * ContinuitySnarl: ''Dug's Special Mission'' features Alpha talking in his high-pitched voice, in scenes set before the other dogs are surprised by it in the film. * CrazyPeoplePlayChess: Geri from "Geri's Game", depending on how crazy the audience views him to be. * CuteKitten: A few of them show up in ''Partly Cloudy,'' being delivered by the storks to new parents. * DarkIsNotEvil: Gus, the dark storm cloud of ''Partly Cloudy'', despite only making dangerous baby creatures such as [[KillerRabbit baby Alligators, Wild Sheep, Porcupines]], [[PsychoElectricEel Knifefish]], etc. is merely trying to do his best and is eager for companionship. ** Night in ''Day and Night'', but it's actually more of "Dark is not a freak". * ADayInTheLimelight: "Dug's Special Mission". * DefeatByModesty: Happens to Kabuto at the end of "Tokyo Mater." * DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Mater P.I." * DeliveryStork: ''Partly Cloudy'' * DidYouDie: In the short "Mater the Greater", when Mater claims that it was Lightning [=McQueen=] who tried performing a death-defying leap across a canyon...and that he "didn't make it". It's Lightning himself he's telling the story to. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ''Mike's New Car'': the car's automatic seat recliners start malfunctioning. Outside, a pedestrian nervously [[strike:walks]] runs away from the [[AutoErotica visibly shaking car]]. * DoubleConsciousness: Geri plays out this trope, acting snarky and aggressive on one side of the chessboard and anxiously-intimidated on the other. * DownerEnding: ''Red's Dream'' * DrivingTest: ''Lifted'' * EarlyBirdCameo: WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}} shows up for a moment in ''Your Friend the Rat''. ** Linguini appears as a farmer in ''Lifted'' right before ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. ** [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} Skipper and Sparky]] in ''Air Mater''. * EducationalShort: Arguably, ''Your Friend the Rat'' both spoofs this and plays it straight. * ExecutiveMeddling: Subverted. It's assumed that the decrease of the women's bust size in ''Knick-Knack'' is Disney executive censorship as usual, but John Lasseter and the studio actually made the decision to do so themselves. ** Parodied in ''Your Friend the Rat'', which ends with a prolonged legalistic crawl warning people that Pixar does not encourage people to have contact with rats. Remy and Emil bitch about the inclusion of this producer-imposed warning (which is ComicallyMissingThePoint of their presentation) and even push the crawling words aside as best they can. * FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore: The Jackalope. * FootPopping: Gender flipped while Barbie and Ken kiss in "Hawaiian Vacation." * [[GenkiGirl Genki Desk Lamp]]: Luxo Jr. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Jack-Jack Attack", Syndrome mentions how he was going to have the initials for 'baby sitter', but decided not to because it wouldn't do to have 'BS' on his chest. * GratuitousAnimalSidekick: Spoofed in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' with Mr. Skipperdoo. * HammerSpace: Mike's New Car, considering [[GentleGiant Sully]] could lower the passenger seat to the point only his head is visible. * HerrDoktor: In "UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater", the [[{{Area51}} Parking Lot 51]] scientist pitties, as well as "Dr. Aschleppwagen", Mater's [[PaperThinDisguise disguise]], when he uses to try and save Mator. A real scientist pitty sees Mater. -->'''German car:''' So, herr doktor, what does "dad gum" mean?\\ '''Mater:''' (fake German accent) Ze "dad gum" means... (drops accent, saves Mator) ...let's get outta here! * HubcapHovercraft: Mater in "UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater". * HumansAreCthulhu: JohnLasseter specifically refers to the baby in ''Tin Toy'' as a monster from the toys' viewpoint. ** [[UncannyValley He's not wrong ...]] * ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Buzz Lightyear does this in "Shadow Play". * {{Irony}}: Pretty much most of the shorts end on an ironic note. * JawDrop: George and AJ hold it for quite some time. * KarmicTrickster: Alec the rabbit in ''Presto''. * KidsPreferBoxes: [[spoiler:This is the punchline for "Tin Toy."]] * LampshadeHanging: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' '''oozes''' with it. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of ''Air Mater'', Mater reckons that someone should make a [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} movie]] about planes, then proceeds to [[AsideGlance wink at the camera]]. * LimitedAnimation: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', parodying the style of ''ClutchCargo''. * LivingToys: ''Tin Toy'', and, arguably, ''Knick Knack'' and ''Red's Dream'' * LowerDeckEpisode: The BURN[=-=]E short. ** "Jack-Jack Attack" also counts, for Kari. * MagiciansAreWizards: The magician in ''Presto'' can perform FunctionalMagic. * MeaningfulName: The two musicians in ''One Man Band'' are named Bass and Treble (after the two music clefs in common use, ignoring the less common alto and tenor), and the little girl they both want a tip from is named (DrumRollPlease)...Tippy. * MediumBlending: The title characters of ''Day & Night'' are traditionally animated, yet the imagery inside them is done in CGI. * MickeyMousing: Used in some shorts, but most notably in ''Presto''. * MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: Nearly all the shorts have little or no dialogue. ** The original ones. The follow-up shorts have dialogue (except ''BURN-E'', which is logical). * MindScrew: ''Day & Night'' is a feast for the eyes. But if you try to make sense of it... ** ''Geri's Game''. Are there two of him? Does the guy have split personalities? * MirrorMatch: ''Geri's Game''. * MoodWhiplash: While watching ''Partly Cloudy'', you go from laughing at the stork's amusing injuries to sniffling when the cloud thought his friend had abandoned him. * NonHumanSidekick: see "Small Annoying Creature" below * NotSoDifferent: The ending of "Night And Day". * NoAntagonist: In contrast to Pixar's feature length films, quite a few of the shorts use this trope. * OhCrap: The first bird to realize what was about to happen in ''For The Birds.'' Also, Stu (the alien student in ''Lifted'') when he accidentally releases the tractor beam on Ernie (the farmer). George and AJ keep having it over and over again. * OminousLatinChanting: The background music for ''Jack-Jack Attack''. ** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_YSEbAWA0Y Dies Irae]]" by Mozart. It's about the Apocalypse. It's awesome. * OneManBand: The title character of ''Tin Toy'', and the two antagonists in ''One Man Band''. * PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: ''La Luna''. * PaintingTheMedium: ''Day & Night'' basically changes the medium into a pair of characters representing...well, you know. * PopStarComposer: Music/{{BT}} provides the music for ''Tokyo Mater'' and ''Partysaurus Rex''. * ProWrestlingEpisode: ''Monster Truck Mater''. * PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: What ''Presto'' revolves around. ** And eventually inverted when the rabbit pulls the magician out of a hat. * PunnyName: The magician's name in ''Presto'' is "Presto Digiotagione" (prestidigitation), and the rabbit's name is "Alec Azam" (alakazam). More subtly, the grey cloud's name in ''Partly Cloudy'' is "Gus" (as in a gust of wind). ** BURN-E, like WALL-E before him, is named specifically to have a human-sounding name (Bernie). ** Pretty much all the Fun Meal toys in "Small Fry". * {{Retraux}}: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The baby animals in ''Partly Cloudy.'' Even the [[KillerRabbit dangerous ones.]] * RunningGag: The van's car alarm in ''George & A.J.'' ** In ''Exploring the Reef'', whenever Jean-Michel Cousteau says his name, a fanfare {{Leitmotif}} plays, making the fishes look around for the source of it. * ShadesOfConflict: White vs. white, white vs. gray and gray vs. gray depending on the short, with ''Geri's Game'' even going so far as to have the both opposing characters apparently be the same person. Not counting the ones based on Pixar's feature-length films that have a villain from the film appear (''Jack-Jack Attack'', ''Dug's Special Mission''), the only Pixar short with clear-cut villains is ''Lifted'' (and even ''that'''s a matter of some debate). * ShoutOut: Near the end of ''BURN-E'', there's a reference to a very famous scene from ''2001: A Space Odyssey''. ** One of the discarded kid's meal toys in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Tunes: Small Fry'' was based on {{Condorman}} [[note]]On top of the obvious Disney shout out, there's a probably unintentional twist here in that this live-action hero was played by Michael Crawford -- whose work in ''HelloDolly'' proves so important in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''![[/note]]. ** WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}} is driving a lunar exploration vehicle in the ending scene of ''Your Friend the Rat''. ** ''Time Travel Mater'' is an homage to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', including a scene where Mater fears Lizzie might fall for Lightning and alter the time stream. ** In ''Partysaurus Rex'', when the bath toys are lamenting how they can't play after bath time due to a lack of arms, one toy cries out in anguish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_%26_johnson "No more tears!"]]. ** In the same short, the fuzzy toilet seat cover is [[MonstersInc Sully]]'s fur. * SilenceIsGolden: The studio ''loves'' this. ''Boundin'' is the only theatrical short to aver it, unless you count the radio talking in the background in ''Day and Night''. * SmallAnnoyingCreature: A rabbit called Mr. Skipperdoo is added to the cast of ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', to appeal to children. -->'''Mr. Incredible:''' [[LampshadeHanging The rabbit is cuddly! Kids like little cuddly sidekicks! I mean, the rabbit... it's a time-tested...]] okay, the rabbit bites. * SnipeHunt: Alpha sends Dug on one, which parallels Carl sending Russell on one [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} in the main film]]. * StylisticSuck: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * TakeMeToYourLeader: In UFM, Mater says to "Mator": -->'''Mater''': ''[at the train crossing]'' Well, should I take you to my leader? -->'''Mator''': Your lea-der. -->'''Mater''': ''[cut to Mater's yard, in front of a stack of oil cans]'' Well, here's all my [[{{Pun}} liters]]! * TallTale: The "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts. * ThreeMonthOldNewborn: The baby animals (and humans) in ''Partly Cloudy.'' Then again, [[AWizardDidIt considering they were made by sentient cloud people...]] * TotallyRad: Parodied in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', where Frozone's dialogue is written as JiveTurkey and Frozone, commentating, complains that they made him sound like a beatnik. --> "If it was cool, it would sound like me. That does not sound like me." * UnmovingPlaid: A variation in ''Day & Night''. * UnreliableNarrator: Tow Mater, in all of the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts. ** However, it's revealed at the end of each short that Mater's story actually did happen. Guess which story was completely made up! -->'''Guido''': Modify! (he puts several wooden boxes on Mater's body, with the last one forming his missing "hood") -->'''Mater''': Hey, look! I'm "motterfied!" (he starts making fake motor sounds while scraping the boxes on the body across the pavement, sending sparks flying into the air. [=McQueen=] [[FacePalm palms his windshield]] with one of his front wheels) ** Also, in ''Cars 2'', Kabuto can be seen with his modifications again. * VillainProtagonist: The alien kidnappers in ''Lifted''. * VivaLasVegas: In ''Day & Night''. * WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Averted in ''Partly Cloudy''. * WiperStart: ''Mike's New Car'' takes this to new levels, where a single button activates all the on-board gadgets at once.
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pixar_short_v1_box.jpg]] {{Pixar}} shorts are...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, short films created by Pixar Animation Studios.]] They are often as enjoyable as the studio's feature films, and are what got the company noticed by Disney in the first place. Like Disney's ''[[ClassicDisneyShorts Silly Symphonies]]'' of old, Pixar continues to create shorts as a way to develop new techniques and foster employee development. The original, pre-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' short films, all mainly directed by [[PixarRegulars John Lasseter]], are as follows: * ''The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.'' -- Created back when Pixar was just Lucasfilm's computer graphics division (making it arguable whether it really counts as a Pixar short), this short is about a guy named Andre who tries to trick an annoying bee, and gets stung for it. * ''Luxo, Jr.'' -- A Luxo lamp watches its child (the eponymous Luxo, Jr.) play with a little inflatable ball. The ball deflates, leaving the little lamp dejected, but he later returns with a giant beach ball. It was later played before ''ToyStory2''. And now you know where Pixar's famous VanityPlate comes from! ** This was followed by a series of even shorter shorts created for ''SesameStreet'' featuring the same two lamps. * ''Red's Dream'' -- A unicycle in a bike shop dreams about being the star of a circus act, only to wake up and feel just a little bit more depressed. * ''Tin Toy'' -- A [[AnimateInanimateObject toy]] tries to escape a terrifying baby. It's no coincidence that it has the same "toys are alive" concept as ''Toy Story'', as it led to the creation of that film. It was also the first computer animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. * ''Knick Knack'' -- A plastic snowman in a souvenir snowglobe tries to escape. It was later played before ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. After Pixar made it big in feature films, they returned to making theatrical shorts, which played in front of most of their animated films (except for ''Toy Story 2'' and ''Finding Nemo'', which used old Pixar shorts instead): * ''Geri's Game'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'') -- An old man plays a chess game [[MirrorMatch against himself]]. He turns out to be ''very'' competitive. * ''For the Birds'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'') -- A bunch of little birds try to drive away a fairly harmless big bird from their perch on a telephone wire, only for their efforts to backfire in their faces. * ''Boundin' ''(played before ''TheIncredibles'') -- A rhyming, musical short (as opposed to the many dialogue-less shorts before it) about a former show-off of a sheep who learns how to cheer up after having his beautiful wool shorn off and being embarrassed in front of his friends. * ''One Man Band'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'') -- Two street musicians compete for a little girl's tip, only for the girl to teach them a harsh lesson about being too competitive. * ''Lifted'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'') - Your average driving test, only with alien abduction instead of driving. * ''Presto'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'') -- A magician's hungry rabbit hilariously torments its owner over a carrot. * ''Partly Cloudy'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- A cloud produces baby rams, baby crocodiles, and other dangerous babies, much to his DeliveryStork's... misfortune. * ''Day & Night'' (played before ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 3]]'') -- A traditional animated short, but with 3D elements, about two characters named Day and Night, who are the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of daytime and nighttime (respectively). * ''La Luna'' - Originally hitting the festival circuit but eventually played before ''{{Brave}}''; a young boy is taken out to sea one night for the first time by his papa and grandpa, to learn about their unusual line of work. [[spoiler:They sweep the moon clean of fallen stars!]] * ''The Blue Umbrella'' - Presumably set to show before ''MonstersUniversity'', tells the story of a blue umbrella falling in love with a red umbrella. Some of Pixar's features have a bonus short on their [=DVDs=] depicting the further adventures of the characters in the movie: * ''Mike's New Car'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'') -- Mike buys a new car, but he and Sulley can't quite figure out how to work it... ** Especially notable for the DVDCommentary on the short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SxdjJNncY which is done by the young children of the creators]]. * ''Exploring the Reef'' (related to ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'') -- Jean-Michel Cousteau tries to make a [[NatureDocumentary documentary film]] about coral reefs, but Marlin, Dory, and Nemo keep interrupting him. Eventually, things are learned about corals, but Cousteau still feels "upstaged". * ''Jack-Jack Attack'' (follow-up to ''TheIncredibles'') -- During the events of the movie (while Bob, Helen, Violet, and Dash are on Syndrome's island, to be precise), Kari the babysitter has her hands full with Jack-Jack, who's just discovering his numerous (and deadly) superpowers. * ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' (follow-up to ''TheIncredibles'') -- Cartoon parodying the low-budget [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday morning cartoons]] of the [[TheFifties 50s]] and [[TheSixties 60s]] that used SynchroVox techniques such as ''ClutchCargo''. The [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis background story]] is that Mr. Incredible and Frozone licensed their names and images to a TV animation company, before the banning of Supers. They [[{{MST}} provide commentary]] as they watch the unaired pilot for the first time. * ''Mater and the Ghostlight'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'') -- After the sheriff of Radiator Springs tells a spooky story about "the ghostlight", Mater becomes scared of running into it. * ''Your Friend the Rat'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'') -- Remy and Emile educate viewers on the history of rats and their relationships with humans, hoping to create a better understanding between the two species. * ''BURN-E'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'') -- A short depicting just what happened to the robot that accidentally got locked out of the ''Axiom'' after WALL-E and EVE's flight around the ship who is continually trying (and failing) to repair a light. * ''Dug's Special Mission'' (follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- A short film that tells what Dug the dog was doing before he meets Carl and Russell in the film. As hinted at in the feature, Alpha (with Beta and Gamma) send Dug out on a "very special mission" to retrieve the bird. They only intended for it to distract him and keep him from causing trouble or bothering them while they hunt, but as we see in the film, he actually does find the bird (Kevin). * ''George and AJ'' (another follow-up to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'') -- Carl's stunt inspires, one week later, many other old people to do the same with various ways... To George's and AJ's (the two Shady Oaks orderlies) despair (And our enjoyment). Additionally, a series of shorts following up ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' called ''Mater's Tall Tales'' was produced for the DisneyChannel: * ''Rescue Squad Mater'' -- Mater tells a story about how he was a firetruck. Oh, and he was a doctor too. * ''Mater The Greater'' -- Mater claims to have been an Evel-Knievel-style daredevil in a previous life. * ''El Materdor'' -- Mater is now a bullfighter. The bulls in question are bulldozers. * ''Tokyo Mater'' (played before ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'') -- The first Pixar short to play before a ''non''-Pixar film, and their first theatrical short to be based on a previous movie, ''Tokyo Mater'' centers around a story Mater tells about him getting involved in a drift race in Tokyo. * ''Unidentified Flying Mater'' -- Mater makes friends with a small flying saucer spaceship that speaks in a strange robotic voice. The UFM (called "Mator") teaches Mater how to fly, but gets taken away to [[{{Area 51}} Parking Area 51]]. * ''Monster Truck Mater'' -- Mater becomes a monster truck wrestler and fights various other monster trucks (such as [[BadHumorTruck Ice Screamer]], [[TankGoodness Captain Collision]], [[DreadlockRasta Rastacarian]], [[DeadlyDoctor Dr. Feelbad]], and [[{{Oireland}} Paddy O'Concrete]]) until he qualifies to the championship round against [[HerrDoktor Dr. Frankenwagon]] and [[FrankensteinsMonster his monster]]. * ''Heavy Metal Mater'' -- During a night of karaoke at Flo's, Mater recounts how he used to be a big rock star in a heavy metal band. * ''Moon Mater'' -- Mater is inducted into the NASCA space program. His mission: Rescue Impala XIII, who has broken down on the moon. * ''Mater Private Eye'' -- Private investigator Mater must solve a case about counterfeit tyres and track down the whereabouts of Tia's sister, Mia, who's been car-napped. * ''Air Mater'' -- Mater goes to a town inhabited by planes and learns to fly. It was released on the ''Cars 2'' DVD and acts as a set up for the upcoming SpinOff film ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}''. * ''Time Travel Mater'' -- Mater accidentally travels back in time to when Stanley first discovered the original Radiator Springs and with Lightning, ensures that history remains on course. Premiered at [[DisneyThemeParks Disney California Adventure]] and features locations introduced in the Cars Land expansion of the park where Stanley set up the beginnings of the town as a rest stop for traveling cars. The ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy has follow-ups in the form of ''Toy Story Toons'': * ''Hawaiian Vacation'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'') -- Barbie and Ken end up in Bonnie's bedroom after a failed attempt to stow away on her trip to Hawaii, so the toys all try to create their own island paradise. * ''Small Fry'' (played before ''Film/TheMuppets'') -- The first Pixar short to play before a ''live-action'' movie, Buzz gets left behind at a fast food restaurant and encounters lost kids' meal toys. * ''Partysaurus Rex'' (played before ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' 3D) -- When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends. A series of "Toy Story Treats" were also made and shown at commercial breaks during the Saturday morning cartoon block on Creator/{{ABC}}. ---- !!These shorts contain examples of: * ThreeDMovie: ''Tokyo Mater'', ''Partly Cloudy'', ''Day & Night'', and ''Knick Knack'' have all been rendered in stereographic 3D. ** It's worth mentioning that the original 3D version of ''Knick Knack'' (with [[GagBoobs weapons-grade boobs]]) got shown at SIGGRAPH. * AnAesop: ''Day & Night'' has one about how "different" doesn't necessarily mean "bad." * AmusingInjuries: Pretty much everything the magician goes through in ''Presto'', as well as Mike's injuries after getting locked in the engine of his car in ''Mike's New Car''. In ''Partly Cloudy'' the stork suffers various injuries from the animals it must deliver. In ''George and AJ'', it's the ambulance who keeps being "hurt" over and over (gets knocked over three times, gets an oxygen bottle on it, and is ''crushed by Muntz's-now-Carl's zeppelin''!) * AnimateInanimateObject: Luxo Jr. * AndYouWereThere: Mater adds Lightning [=McQueen's=] involvement in his stories with this phrase. * AsideGlance: Luxo Jr. Technically, Luxo (sr.) is the one to do the glance. * ArtShift: ''Your Friend the Rat'' has 3D animation, 2D animation, clay animation, and even a scene done in the style of an old arcade game. ** It also has live action (the flea) and a section which is a pastiche of the earliest (silent) movies. ** ''George and AJ'' is a 2D colored animatic. ** ''Day and Night'' combine 3D and 2D animation. See MediumBlending. ** ''The Blue Umbrella'' has a very photorealistic look to it. * TheBadGuyWins: ''Lifted''. * BadHumorTruck: Ice Screamer from "Monster Truck Mater." * BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Kari in ''Jack-Jack Attack'' * BathsAreFun: The ''Partysaurus Rex'' skit, when Film/ToyStory's Rex helps some toys to get a party going in the bath. The part before this in which Bonnie is having imaginative fun with the toys counts too. * BilingualBonus: In ''Tokyo Mater'' Mater runs through a restaurant with the name [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Harryhausen]] (written in katakana) early on. Even triples as a tribute to stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen. * BillionsOfButtons: The control panel of the space ship in ''Lifted'' has thousands of identical, unlabeled switches. Mike's car has an impressive set of incomprehensible controls as well. * BlackDudeDiesFirst: Frozone immediately gets captured by the villain in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. In the commentary, he complains about it. * {{Bowdlerized}}: Let's just say the girls from ''Knick Knack'' have ... slimmed down since the short's original screening. * BullSeeingRed: The bulldozers chase after El Materdor's red cape, and then Lightning [=McQueen=]. * ButNotTooBlack: Watching ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', Frozone complains about the apparent lightening of his character's skin. * ButtMonkey: BURN-E. George and AJ too. ** Lightning is this in some of Mater's Tall Tales. ** The poor stork tasked with delivering [[KillerRabbit the babies Gus create]] in ''Partly Cloudy.'' * CallBack: The news ticker during the report in ''George and AJ'' tells that scientists have discovered that "South America is like North America, but South". * TheCameo: ** Two cars designed like [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike and Sulley]] appear in ''Tokyo Mater'' (themselves originally appearing in a joke cameo in the credits of the original ''Cars'' film). ** Music/TheBeatles have a brief cameo near the end of ''Your Friend The Rat'' (complete with a rat assisting [[RingoStarr Ringo]] on drums). ** Also in ''Your Friend The Rat'', [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife P.T. Flea]] appears. * CaptainPatriotic: In ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', Mr. Incredible is portrayed as one of these. * CaptainObvious: Everyone in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * ChekhovsGun: This was the impetus for the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts, as a key aspect of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is Mater's [[UnreliableNarrator fanciful storytelling]]. Since this was a trait not shown in the first film, the Pixar staff feared that its sudden appearance would look like an AssPull. The "Tall Tales" shorts averts the problem by establishing this trait ahead of the movie. * ContinuitySnarl: ''Dug's Special Mission'' features Alpha talking in his high-pitched voice, in scenes set before the other dogs are surprised by it in the film. * CrazyPeoplePlayChess: Geri from "Geri's Game", depending on how crazy the audience views him to be. * CuteKitten: A few of them show up in ''Partly Cloudy,'' being delivered by the storks to new parents. * DarkIsNotEvil: Gus, the dark storm cloud of ''Partly Cloudy'', despite only making dangerous baby creatures such as [[KillerRabbit baby Alligators, Wild Sheep, Porcupines]], [[PsychoElectricEel Knifefish]], etc. is merely trying to do his best and is eager for companionship. ** Night in ''Day and Night'', but it's actually more of "Dark is not a freak". * ADayInTheLimelight: "Dug's Special Mission". * DefeatByModesty: Happens to Kabuto at the end of "Tokyo Mater." * DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Mater P.I." * DeliveryStork: ''Partly Cloudy'' * DidYouDie: In the short "Mater the Greater", when Mater claims that it was Lightning [=McQueen=] who tried performing a death-defying leap across a canyon...and that he "didn't make it". It's Lightning himself he's telling the story to. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: ''Mike's New Car'': the car's automatic seat recliners start malfunctioning. Outside, a pedestrian nervously [[strike:walks]] runs away from the [[AutoErotica visibly shaking car]]. * DoubleConsciousness: Geri plays out this trope, acting snarky and aggressive on one side of the chessboard and anxiously-intimidated on the other. * DownerEnding: ''Red's Dream'' * DrivingTest: ''Lifted'' * EarlyBirdCameo: WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}} shows up for a moment in ''Your Friend the Rat''. ** Linguini appears as a farmer in ''Lifted'' right before ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. ** [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} Skipper and Sparky]] in ''Air Mater''. * EducationalShort: Arguably, ''Your Friend the Rat'' both spoofs this and plays it straight. * ExecutiveMeddling: Subverted. It's assumed that the decrease of the women's bust size in ''Knick-Knack'' is Disney executive censorship as usual, but John Lasseter and the studio actually made the decision to do so themselves. ** Parodied in ''Your Friend the Rat'', which ends with a prolonged legalistic crawl warning people that Pixar does not encourage people to have contact with rats. Remy and Emil bitch about the inclusion of this producer-imposed warning (which is ComicallyMissingThePoint of their presentation) and even push the crawling words aside as best they can. * FearsomeCrittersOfAmericanFolklore: The Jackalope. * FootPopping: Gender flipped while Barbie and Ken kiss in "Hawaiian Vacation." * [[GenkiGirl Genki Desk Lamp]]: Luxo Jr. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Jack-Jack Attack", Syndrome mentions how he was going to have the initials for 'baby sitter', but decided not to because it wouldn't do to have 'BS' on his chest. * GratuitousAnimalSidekick: Spoofed in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' with Mr. Skipperdoo. * HammerSpace: Mike's New Car, considering [[GentleGiant Sully]] could lower the passenger seat to the point only his head is visible. * HerrDoktor: In "UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater", the [[{{Area51}} Parking Lot 51]] scientist pitties, as well as "Dr. Aschleppwagen", Mater's [[PaperThinDisguise disguise]], when he uses to try and save Mator. A real scientist pitty sees Mater. -->'''German car:''' So, herr doktor, what does "dad gum" mean?\\ '''Mater:''' (fake German accent) Ze "dad gum" means... (drops accent, saves Mator) ...let's get outta here! * HubcapHovercraft: Mater in "UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater". * HumansAreCthulhu: JohnLasseter specifically refers to the baby in ''Tin Toy'' as a monster from the toys' viewpoint. ** [[UncannyValley He's not wrong ...]] * ImpossibleShadowPuppets: Buzz Lightyear does this in "Shadow Play". * {{Irony}}: Pretty much most of the shorts end on an ironic note. * JawDrop: George and AJ hold it for quite some time. * KarmicTrickster: Alec the rabbit in ''Presto''. * KidsPreferBoxes: [[spoiler:This is the punchline for "Tin Toy."]] * LampshadeHanging: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'' '''oozes''' with it. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of ''Air Mater'', Mater reckons that someone should make a [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} movie]] about planes, then proceeds to [[AsideGlance wink at the camera]]. * LimitedAnimation: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', parodying the style of ''ClutchCargo''. * LivingToys: ''Tin Toy'', and, arguably, ''Knick Knack'' and ''Red's Dream'' * LowerDeckEpisode: The BURN[=-=]E short. ** "Jack-Jack Attack" also counts, for Kari. * MagiciansAreWizards: The magician in ''Presto'' can perform FunctionalMagic. * MeaningfulName: The two musicians in ''One Man Band'' are named Bass and Treble (after the two music clefs in common use, ignoring the less common alto and tenor), and the little girl they both want a tip from is named (DrumRollPlease)...Tippy. * MediumBlending: The title characters of ''Day & Night'' are traditionally animated, yet the imagery inside them is done in CGI. * MickeyMousing: Used in some shorts, but most notably in ''Presto''. * MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: Nearly all the shorts have little or no dialogue. ** The original ones. The follow-up shorts have dialogue (except ''BURN-E'', which is logical). * MindScrew: ''Day & Night'' is a feast for the eyes. But if you try to make sense of it... ** ''Geri's Game''. Are there two of him? Does the guy have split personalities? * MirrorMatch: ''Geri's Game''. * MoodWhiplash: While watching ''Partly Cloudy'', you go from laughing at the stork's amusing injuries to sniffling when the cloud thought his friend had abandoned him. * NonHumanSidekick: see "Small Annoying Creature" below * NotSoDifferent: The ending of "Night And Day". * NoAntagonist: In contrast to Pixar's feature length films, quite a few of the shorts use this trope. * OhCrap: The first bird to realize what was about to happen in ''For The Birds.'' Also, Stu (the alien student in ''Lifted'') when he accidentally releases the tractor beam on Ernie (the farmer). George and AJ keep having it over and over again. * OminousLatinChanting: The background music for ''Jack-Jack Attack''. ** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_YSEbAWA0Y Dies Irae]]" by Mozart. It's about the Apocalypse. It's awesome. * OneManBand: The title character of ''Tin Toy'', and the two antagonists in ''One Man Band''. * PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: ''La Luna''. * PaintingTheMedium: ''Day & Night'' basically changes the medium into a pair of characters representing...well, you know. * PopStarComposer: Music/{{BT}} provides the music for ''Tokyo Mater'' and ''Partysaurus Rex''. * ProWrestlingEpisode: ''Monster Truck Mater''. * PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: What ''Presto'' revolves around. ** And eventually inverted when the rabbit pulls the magician out of a hat. * PunnyName: The magician's name in ''Presto'' is "Presto Digiotagione" (prestidigitation), and the rabbit's name is "Alec Azam" (alakazam). More subtly, the grey cloud's name in ''Partly Cloudy'' is "Gus" (as in a gust of wind). ** BURN-E, like WALL-E before him, is named specifically to have a human-sounding name (Bernie). ** Pretty much all the Fun Meal toys in "Small Fry". * {{Retraux}}: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The baby animals in ''Partly Cloudy.'' Even the [[KillerRabbit dangerous ones.]] * RunningGag: The van's car alarm in ''George & A.J.'' ** In ''Exploring the Reef'', whenever Jean-Michel Cousteau says his name, a fanfare {{Leitmotif}} plays, making the fishes look around for the source of it. * ShadesOfConflict: White vs. white, white vs. gray and gray vs. gray depending on the short, with ''Geri's Game'' even going so far as to have the both opposing characters apparently be the same person. Not counting the ones based on Pixar's feature-length films that have a villain from the film appear (''Jack-Jack Attack'', ''Dug's Special Mission''), the only Pixar short with clear-cut villains is ''Lifted'' (and even ''that'''s a matter of some debate). * ShoutOut: Near the end of ''BURN-E'', there's a reference to a very famous scene from ''2001: A Space Odyssey''. ** One of the discarded kid's meal toys in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory Tunes: Small Fry'' was based on {{Condorman}} [[note]]On top of the obvious Disney shout out, there's a probably unintentional twist here in that this live-action hero was played by Michael Crawford -- whose work in ''HelloDolly'' proves so important in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''![[/note]]. ** WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}} is driving a lunar exploration vehicle in the ending scene of ''Your Friend the Rat''. ** ''Time Travel Mater'' is an homage to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', including a scene where Mater fears Lizzie might fall for Lightning and alter the time stream. ** In ''Partysaurus Rex'', when the bath toys are lamenting how they can't play after bath time due to a lack of arms, one toy cries out in anguish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_%26_johnson "No more tears!"]]. ** In the same short, the fuzzy toilet seat cover is [[MonstersInc Sully]]'s fur. * SilenceIsGolden: The studio ''loves'' this. ''Boundin'' is the only theatrical short to aver it, unless you count the radio talking in the background in ''Day and Night''. * SmallAnnoyingCreature: A rabbit called Mr. Skipperdoo is added to the cast of ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', to appeal to children. -->'''Mr. Incredible:''' [[LampshadeHanging The rabbit is cuddly! Kids like little cuddly sidekicks! I mean, the rabbit... it's a time-tested...]] okay, the rabbit bites. * SnipeHunt: Alpha sends Dug on one, which parallels Carl sending Russell on one [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} in the main film]]. * StylisticSuck: ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''. * TakeMeToYourLeader: In UFM, Mater says to "Mator": -->'''Mater''': ''[at the train crossing]'' Well, should I take you to my leader? -->'''Mator''': Your lea-der. -->'''Mater''': ''[cut to Mater's yard, in front of a stack of oil cans]'' Well, here's all my [[{{Pun}} liters]]! * TallTale: The "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts. * ThreeMonthOldNewborn: The baby animals (and humans) in ''Partly Cloudy.'' Then again, [[AWizardDidIt considering they were made by sentient cloud people...]] * TotallyRad: Parodied in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', where Frozone's dialogue is written as JiveTurkey and Frozone, commentating, complains that they made him sound like a beatnik. --> "If it was cool, it would sound like me. That does not sound like me." * UnmovingPlaid: A variation in ''Day & Night''. * UnreliableNarrator: Tow Mater, in all of the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts. ** However, it's revealed at the end of each short that Mater's story actually did happen. Guess which story was completely made up! -->'''Guido''': Modify! (he puts several wooden boxes on Mater's body, with the last one forming his missing "hood") -->'''Mater''': Hey, look! I'm "motterfied!" (he starts making fake motor sounds while scraping the boxes on the body across the pavement, sending sparks flying into the air. [=McQueen=] [[FacePalm palms his windshield]] with one of his front wheels) ** Also, in ''Cars 2'', Kabuto can be seen with his modifications again. * VillainProtagonist: The alien kidnappers in ''Lifted''. * VivaLasVegas: In ''Day & Night''. * WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Averted in ''Partly Cloudy''. * WiperStart: ''Mike's New Car'' takes this to new levels, where a single button activates all the on-board gadgets at once.[[redirect:WesternAnimation/PixarShorts]]
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* ''Jack-Jack Attack'' (follow-up to ''TheIncredibles'') -- During the events of the movie (while Bob, Helen, Violet, and Dash are on Syndrome's island, to be precise), Kari the babysitter has her hands full with Jack-Jack, who's just discovering his numerous superpowers.
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** In ''Partysaurus Rex'', when the bath toys are lamenting how they can't play after bath time due to a lack of arms, one toy cries out in anguish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_%26_johnson "No more tears!"]]
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* ShadesOfConflict: White vs. white, white vs. gray and gray vs. gray depending on the short, with ''Geri's Game'' even going so far as to have the both opposing characters apparently be the same person. Not counting the ones based on Pixar's feature-length films that have a villain from the film appear (''Jack-Jack Attack'', ''Dug's Special Mission''), the only Pixar short with clear-cut villains is ''Lifted''.''Lifted'' (and even ''that'''s a matter of some debate).
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* TotallyRad: Parodied in ''Mr. Incredible and Pals'', where Frozone's dialogue is written as JiveTurkey and Frozone, commentating, complains that they made him sound like a beatnik. --> "If it was cool, it would sound like me. That does not sound like me."
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