Trivia / Pixar Shorts

  • Actor Allusion: In Hawaiian Vacation, Chuckles the Clown's luau chant translates to "Bound and rebound", a reference to another Pixar short Boundin' , which was narrated by Bud Luckey, the voice of Chuckles.
  • Adored by the Network: On ABC Family.
  • The Cameo: In "Lava" Uku sees two sea turtles nuzzling on his beach. The male appears to be Crush.
  • Executive Meddling: 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 Emile object to the inclusion of this producer-imposed warning (which is Comically Missing the Point of their presentation) and even push the crawling words aside as best they can.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Of a fashion; the two volcanoes in Lava are heavily inspired by the late Israel "Bruddah Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole and his wife, and the style of music used in the short is heavily reminiscent of his cover of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".
  • Permanent Placeholder: In Knick Knack, the "Blah Blah Blah" song during the credits was actually a result of vocalist Bobby McFerrin improvising. McFerrin, a vocalist famous for his A Cappella work, was hired by Pixar to compose and perform the soundtrack for the film. The work print he was given to compose over featured "blah blah blah" as a placeholder for the credits, and he ran with it. The folks at Pixar liked it so much that it made the final cut.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Bobby McFerrin, fresh off his success from "Don't Worry, Be Happy," does the music for Knick Knack.
  • Throw It In: The reveal of a "Sunny Atlantis" in Knick Knack was improvised on the spot by one of the animators during a script reading.
  • Writer Revolt: The team were burned out after the monumental efforts made to get Tin Toy to work and had just seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit, leading to the creation of the slapstick-heavy Knick Knack. As John Lasseter put it, "We just wanted to make a cartoon!"
  • Write What You Know
    • Knick Knack came from John Lasseter and his wife's tradition of buying a snow globe every time they went on vacation.
    • Small Fry came from director Angus MacLane's experiences working at a fast food restaurant's ball pit as a teen.
    • Sanjay's Super Team is based on director Sanjay Patel's childhood and his relationship with his father.
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