ABC Family Will Host Night of Pixar Short Films
Press Release from ABC
Burbank, CA (November 20, 2009) - For the first time on television, ABC Family will air a two-hour presentation of Walt Disney Pictures Presents "Pixar Short Films," featuring twenty animated Pixar shorts, as part of the network's annual *25 Days of Christmas* programming event (December 1-25). The critically-acclaimed short films include the Academy Award?-winning (Best Animated Short Film) "Geri's Game," "For the Birds," "Tin Toy" and the Academy Award?-nominated (Best Animated Short Film) "Luxo Jr.," "Mike's New Car," "One Man Band," "Lifted" and "Presto." *"Pixar Short Films"* premieres on ABC Family on Wednesday, December 2 from 7:00-9:00PM ET/PT (and again from 9:00PM-11:00PM ET/PT)_. Two encore presentations will air on the network on Friday, December 18 at 10:00PM ET/PT and Saturday, December 19 at 6:00PM ET/PT.
The short films included in the two-hour presentation include:
*"ADVENTURES OF ANDRE AND WALLY B."*
There's nothing like a restful nap in a pleasant wooded valley. But when Andre awakens and is greeted by a pesky yellow-and-black striped insect with a nasty stinger, he ends up taking a quick (and painful) hike. Andre thinks he's a clever guy, able to outsmart and outrun a bee. But like all stinging insects, Wally B. knows better, and can chase down any target in a matter of seconds.
"Boundin'" features a freshly shorn lamb and a jackalope -- the mythical horn-adorned rabbit of American western folklore. For the high-stepping lamb, life is an upbeat western waltz until his prairie friends tease him about his freshly sheared look. He gets down in the dumps after losing his lustrous coat. The only one who can see things right is the giant jackalope, who brings sunshine and optimism with him wherever he bounds. Irrepressibly optimistic, the jackalope comes on to the scene to cheer him up and put a dance back into his step. (2003 Academy Award? nominee for Best Animated Short Film)
*"FOR THE BIRDS"*
One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together creates problems enough, and then comes along a large dopey bird who tries to join them. The birds of a feather can't help but make fun of him, and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end. (2001 <http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Academy_Awards_USA/2002>Academy Award? winner for Best Animated Short Film)
An aging codger named Geri plays a daylong game of chess against himself in the park. Somehow he begins losing to his livelier opponent. But just when the game's nearly over, Geri manages to turn the tables. There's Geri. And then there's the other Geri. You'd swear they were twins who didn't get along since birth. In reality, it's only one very old man who is young at heart and having a little fun with himself by faking a heart attack and finding new uses for his dentures. (1997 Academy Award? winner for Best Animated Short Film)
From Disney∙Pixar's 2004 Academy Award?-winning "The Incredibles" (Best Animated Feature Film) -- this short finds Kari believing she's in for a night of routine babysitting. Kari is prepared to provide neurological stimulation with some soothing musical accompaniment for little Jack-Jack, the smallest member of the Parr family. Little does she know that Jack-Jack will teach her a thing or two about babies with "special needs." True to her word, Kari proves that she can handle anything that Jack-Jack can dish out - but barely. And Jack-Jack proves that listening to Mozart truly does make babies smarter... or in this case, discover their super powers.
Life on a shelf as a snowman trapped in a snowglobe blizzard can become wearing, especially when you're surrounded by knickknacks from sunnier locales. When the jaded snowman finally breaks free of his glass house, his vacation plans are cut short. The touristy souvenirs on this shelf are true to life in their kitsch-ness: a disproportionate blonde from Miami beckons from a pool, a Death Valley skeleton invites people to surf the desert, and an Egyptian pyramid dons large sunglasses.
A young alien student bungles his first lesson in elementary abduction as an increasingly weary instructor looks on. (2006 Academy Award? nominee for Best Animated Short Film)