Pixar Short Films (1984 - 2013)
Pixar has created a total of twenty-three short films throughout the studio's history. Beginning with Pixar's second film A Bug's Life, all subsequent Pixar feature films have been shown along with a theatrically released Pixar-created short. Other Pixar shorts, released only on home media, were created to showcase what Pixar can do (either technologically or cinematically).
The first shorts were made while Pixar was still a computer hardware company, and were used to sell the companies hardware products. The story of Pixar's early short films illuminates not only the evolution of the company but also the early days of computer animation, when a small group of artists and scientists shared a single computer in a hallway, and struggled to create emotionally compelling short films.
Making a Pixar Short: Day & Night
The following video takes us behind-the-scenes into creating one of Pixar's Short Films, Day and Night. It shows us the ideas and development process Pixar took in creating this film.
Day and Night - PIXAR ANIMATED SHORT FILM (2010)
Here is the full length short of Day and Night.
The radio scene towards the end of the short shows how people are. Humans have a natural fear of the unknown. Day and night are opposites therefore they never knew each other. They were unknown to each other. The entire video is day and night showing each other how beautiful they are. The radio voice is saying how people give rise to prejudice of the unknown with fear. The last sentence tells us how beautiful the unknown can be, in other words, how futile showing fear can be. It is a beautiful moment in this short film.
The following are some more exceptional examples of short films created by Pixar.