- Anvilicious: From the SparkShorts, Purl has a very on-the-nose message about workspace inclusiveness, especially when it comes to gender.
- Awesome Music:
- "Red's Dream". The whole thing.
- Same with "One Man Band", which makes sense given the short is themed around music.
- Ear Worm: "Knick Knack" by Bobby McFerrin, written for the short of the same name. It's since been used as the BGM for a series of BUPA commercials.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: The pre-Bowdlerization versions of Sunny Miami and Sunny Atlantis from "Knick Knack" have a small fan following for obvious reasons.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Now that John Lasseter's history of sexual misconduct has come to light, ultimately resulting in his resignation from Disney/Pixar, Knick Knack's premise of the snowman pursuing an attractive, swimsuit-clad women feels a lot skiver. Worse if you know that he has previously stated that it was created by the staff to "blow off steam."
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Red's Dream is popular in Europe.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The titular unicycle of said short is lonely with no one to accompany him. The short itself isn't accompanied with any Pixar film, not even Toy Story and Coco, which weren't theatrically accompanied with any Pixar shorts.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Original prints of Knick Knack were distributed for several years by 20th Century Fox. Today, Fox is a subsidiary of Disney, which has distributed this short since 1996.
- Mis-blamed: When Pixar released the bowdlerized version of Knick Knack, a lot of people assumed that Disney, who had recently acquired the company, forced them to make the edit. The Pixar staff said that they had made that choice themselves. When they originally made it, they were a bunch of lonely computer nerds, whereas at the time of the re-release, they were men with families, no longer comfortable with having women objectified in that fashion.
- Narm: The entirety of Lava, if you happen to be bothered by the fact that it repeatedly commits one of the cardinal sins of lyric writing by putting the Accent On The Wrong Syllable absolutely everywhere. Even without the lyrics it's a fairly unintentionally hilarious short due to how completely lacking subtlety it is.
- Narm Charm: In spite of the Narm listed above, for some the ending of Lava manages to be heartfelt and moving, especially when that wonderful harmony kicks in.
- Uncanny Valley: The volcano main characters in Lava are less expressive and more puppet-like than the usual Pixar characters, with quite a few viewers noting their creepiness.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- One Man Band shows that businesses trying too hard to outdo each other can get out of hand, which only turns away potential customers.
- Regardless on how schmalzy you may think Lava is, its theme of never giving up hope is none the less poignant.
- Visual Effects of Awesome:
- All of The Blue Umbrella.
- The swooping overhead shots that open Lava, as well as the volcanic designs that give them human features.
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