Geez, I go on a canoe trip for a couple days, and look what happens.
Anyway, let's switch gears for a moment: Favorite Pixar shorts? I'm talking specifically about the ones that play in front of the films, as well as their first few that helped them get noticed. Of the "based on the movies" shorts, my personal favorites are Jack-Jack Attack and the recent Toy Story ones. As for the others, some brief thoughts:
Andre and Wally B-Brief as hell, but it's a nice little showcase for the potential of the medium.
Luxo, Jr.-I still find this to be quite charming and funny, and it birthed one of my favorite studio logos ever as well.
Red's Dream-The ending of this is curious, as it's one of the few Pixar stories to end with definitive unhappiness. Was Lasseter channeling real-world dissatisfaction into this story? One has to wonder.
Tin Toy-Yeah, the creepy-ass baby hasn't aged well, but otherwise this is a solid short with some great gags.
Knick Knack-Another charming, funny one, what impressed me about this is how mature Pixar was in talking about their self-censoring of the short for the Finding Nemo release. I can't remember who said it, but I think it was Lasseter, and whoever it was noted that it was a creative decision; at the time the short was made, the makers were young and unmarried, so now they found the giant knockers on the plastic mermaid to be immature and unfunny.
Geri's Game-BRILLIANT. That first set of shorts is pretty good, but here's where the shorts start to get into pure classic territory. For one thing, Geri's is brilliantly edited; I can never quite anticipate the moment when Geri seems to actually split into two people, and that speaks to the strength of how tightly this short is edited and directed. The character animation is equally terrific, especially near the climax of the game.
For The Birds-Still hilarious. Those squeaking toy birds never fail to make me giggle, and their comeuppance is in the best Looney Tunes antagonist tradition of humiliation.
Boundin'-An atypical short, it's ultimately not that funny, but Bud Luckey's narration and direction make for a charming little folk tale.
One Man Band-It's definitely far more entertaining than Cars.
Lifted-A brilliantly funny twist on teenage driving tests and alien abductions.
Presto-In both this and Lifted, there are several moments where I have trouble breathing because I'm laughing so hard. More than anything, it builds to an exquisite frenzy of comic escalation.
Partly Cloudy-More sweet than funny, but it ultimately IS quite sweet, especially the "D'awww"-worthy ending.
Day & Night-In its message, it's about as subtle as a brick to the face, but at least it's awesomely realized in its animation.
So is La Luna playing in front of Brave? I know it's been on the festival circuit for a while now.