Lifted is a 2006 animated short film by Gary Rydstrom. It is one of the Pixar Shorts.
The setting is an isolated farmhouse in the dead of night. A Tractor Beam shoots through the window, picks up the farmer, and carries him to the window—until the floating farmer bonks into the windowsill. It turns out that the whole affair is a test for Stu, a young greenish blob of an alien, who is attempting to abduct his first Earthling. As his stern examiner Mr. B scribbles on his notepad, the young alien continues to bungle the abduction, and gets more and more flustered.
Played in theaters before Ratatouille.
- All There in the Script: The aliens are named Stu (as in "Student") and the teacher is named Mr. B (Named after a teacher Gary Rydstrom had.)
- Billions of Buttons: The control panel of the space ship has thousands of identical, unlabeled switches.
- By Wall That Is Holey: The short ends with Stu crashing the ship on the farmer's house, flattening it into a pit. That is, except for the farmer's bed, which fit right into the hole at the bottom of the spaceship, saving the farmer's life.
- Dramatic Alien VTOL: The alien ship departs in a slow, dramatic climb straight up from its position over the farmhouse, then gets slammed into the ground by the student pilot.
- Driving Test: Lifted is an alien abduction variant.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The farmer actually has the same design as Linguini from Ratatouille, which this short played in theaters before.
- Flying Saucer: One with a trainee who is struggling.
- Mythology Gag: Tinny from Tin Toy can be clearly seen under the farmer's bed.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Stu cuts off the tractor beam too soon, dropping the man five stories or so before Mr. B flips the switches and arrests the farmer's fall six inches from the ground. The farmer is fine.
- Oh, Crap!: Stu, when he drops the farmer from a great height.
- Pet the Dog: After poor Stu fails his abduction test, Mr. B offers to let him fly the ship... only for him to crash into the ground while trying to lift off.
- Silence Is Golden: No dialogue, as is true of almost every Pixar short.
- Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream can be heard in the credits when the farmer gets up with the alarm clock and falls into the pit.
- The Stoic: Mr. B's facial expression (as seen in the image) remains the same for the entire short (except when Stu is about to screw things up even worse, where he becomes justifiably angry).
- Tractor Beam: They can be dangerous if you don't know how to work them.