ABC Family Will Host Night of Pixar Short Films
A baby lamp finds a ball to play with, and it's all fun and games until the ball bursts. Just when the elder Luxo thinks his kid will settle
down for a bit, Luxo Jr. finds another ball -- ten times larger! Luxo Jr. has a great dad in the larger lamp. Even though he is a bit
unpredictable, the elder Luxo gives him room to grow and explore. And the tiny light has no problem with that. (1986 Academy Award? nominee for Best Animated Short Film)
*"MATER AND THE GHOSTLIGHT"*
A companion piece to Disney∙Pixar's 2006 Academy Award?-nominated "Cars" (Best Animated Feature Film), this short finds Mater "haunted" by a mysterious blue light that teaches him not to play pranks on the other cars in radiator springs.
*"MIKE'S NEW CAR"*
From Disney∙Pixar's 2001 Academy Award?-nominated "Monsters, Inc." (Best Animated Feature Film) -- this short film finds Mike discovering that being the top-ranking laugh collector at Monsters, Inc. has its advantages -- in particular earning enough money to buy a six-wheel-drive car that's loaded with gadgets. That new car smell doesn't last long enough, however, as Sulley jump-starts an ill-fated road test that teaches Mike the true meaning of buyer's remorse. Since ending the energy crisis in Monstropolis, this pair can still get into quite a predicament. Mike's pride in his new wheels is only surpassed by Sulley's lack of skills at the control panel. The two eventually agree on one thing -- walking to work might be best, at least today. (2002 Academy Award? nominee for Best Animated Short Film)
*"ONE MAN BAND"*
With one coin to make a wish at the piazza fountain, Tippy, a peasant girl, encounters two competing street performers who'd prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars. Tippy is caught in the middle as a musical duel ensues between the one-man-bands. (2005 Academy Award? nominee for Best Animated Short Film)
Life as the sole sale item in the clearance corner of Eben's Bikes can get lonely. So Red, a unicycle, dreams up a clown corner and his own juggling act that steals the show. But all too soon, the applause turns into the sound of rainfall as reality rushes back. Red must resign himself to sitting inthe corner and await his fate. Don't let Red's sale tag fool you. He's really a priceless unicycle with a big heart that could help out juggling performers like lumpy the clown - if only someone would give him a chance.
Babies are hardly monster-like, unless you're a toy. After escaping a drooling baby, Tinny realizes that he wants to be played with after all, but in the amount of time it takes him to discover this, the baby's attention moves on to other things only an infant could find
interesting. The secret's out: curious crawling babies are what cause toys to become "lost" beneath furniture and behind dressers. But the tin musical toy, Tinny, isn't like the other scared toys under the sofa. He knows his job is to make children laugh, not cry. (1988 Academy Award? for Best Animated Short Film)
*"YOUR FRIEND THE RAT"*
From Disney∙Pixar's 2007 Academy Award?-winning "Ratatouille" (Best Animated Feature Film) -- this short film finds Remy and his less than enthusiastic brother Emile presenting their case as to why humans and rats should just get along. Remy guides us through the shared history of man and the rat. Emile then provides many fun rat facts to help explain why the rat should be better appreciated. The two pull out all the stops and end with a song describing a rat and human Utopia.
A companion piece from Disney∙Pixar's 2008 Academy-Award?-winning "WALL.E" (Best Animated Feature Film), this short features a welding bot on the Axiom Starliner named BURN.E, who, while repairing a light bulb, is locked out of the Starliner by WALL.E and Eve. He attempts to open the locked door, but finally realizes he cannot.