Picked up the second collection of Pixar shorts, and it's another excellent one. I'm not as fond of some of the shorts in this pack (namely the Cars Toons starring Mater), but it's still a great collection, and it's nice to have them all in one place so I don't have to pull out my Blu-rays any time I just want to watch some of these shorts.
Also, in addition to having commentary on every single short, we get a real treat in the form of several student films made by Pixar directors when they were at CalArts. There's two from John Lasseter, two from Andrew Stanton, and three from Pete Docter. Obviously, being student films made in the 70s and 80s, they're a tad rough, but still quite fascinating and entertaining to watch. For me, the best are Lasseter's "Nitemare", which serves as an intriguing precursor to Monsters, Inc.; Stanton's "A Story", which takes the piss out of 70s children's TV shows; and Docter's "Next Door", which has creative visuals and a surprisingly heartwarming ending.
Now that that's out of the way, here's another question: what are the biggest laughs you've gotten from Pixar films? We've discussed the hilarity of most of the shorts, so I'm thinking mostly films. I'll start us off:
Toy Story-Woody's "YOU! ARE! A! TOOOYYY!" rant, brilliantly delivered by Tom Hanks. Tim Allen's awesome "drunk" acting in the Mrs. Nesbitt scene (his insane cackling is particularly hilarious). The fact that Buzz Lightyear's head squeaks when you hit it. Nearly all of Rex's lines. And those damn Pizza Planet aliens still make me crack up helplessly, especially when Woody calls them "zealots".
A Bug's Life-The stunned, horrified and queasy reactions from the circus bugs when they learn what the ants actually expect them to do. And, of course, the outtakes.
Toy Story 2-Again, the outtakes. Al griping about having to drive "all the way to work, on a Saturday!", and it's just across the street from where he lives. Hamm insisting that he has to "go around the horn" with the TV remote. All the toy satire in Al's Toy Barn, especially Barbie's "take that" line about short-sighted retailers not ordering enough Buzz Lightyear figures to meet demands. And of course, nearly all of the stuff with Deluded Buzz, especially the pitch-perfect Empire Strikes Back parody.
Monsters, Inc.-When the opening scene quickly goes south. John Ratzenberger's booming but friendly "Welcome to the Himalayas!", if only because it's so unexpected.
Finding Nemo-"I don't wanna play the gender card right now. You wanna play a card? Let's play the 'not die' card." Almost everything with the sharks and Crush. "SHARKBAIT HOO HA HA!" "Enough with the Sharkbait." "SHARKBAIT HOO... ba-ba doo." The seagulls' constant "Mine!"
The Incredibles-All the tweaking of superhero tropes, especially the talk about "monologuing", Syndrome accidentally throwing Bob away and muttering "oh, brilliant" to himself, the darkly hilarious "No capes!" montage, and everything ELSE Edna Mode does. Frozone's line "We look like bad guys! INCOMPETENT bad guys!" The hilarious face and noise Mirage makes after Elastigirl punches her.
Cars-The first movie is actually better when you go back to it, although it's still not GREAT. Michael Keaton's awesomely douchey Chick Hicks helps add to the entertainment value.
Ratatouille-A lot of big ones, but my favorite has always been the lawyer's reaction after Skinner's rant about what he thinks Linguini is hiding: "Should I be... concerned about this? About... you?"
WALL-E-Any time EVE gets frustrated, especially when she silently blasts the security camera with her and WALL-E's image on it.
Up-Carl muttering "Well, that's not gonna work" after he daydreams about how to get rid of Russell. Nearly everything Dug says or does, or all the other note-perfect dog behavior/dialogue. Alpha's voice. "But's it a talking DOG!" Most of Kevin's physical behavior. And the contrast between the bride and groom's families at Carl and Ellie's wedding.
Toy Story 3-For some reason, Hanks' delivery of "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!" makes me laugh. Everything with Ken, Tortilla Head, and Spanish Buzz. And Bonnie's toys provide a lot of great little laughs, especially since the actors playing them (Kristin Schaal, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, etc.) are so naturally funny. The reveal of Chuckles.
Cars 2-Bruce Campbell's great cameo.
Brave-Most of the physical comedy borne from Elinor's transformation.