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Disney/PIXAR Releases 2nd Shorts Collection

One of the most sought after collection of short films has arrived from PIXAR and they are now available in a Blu-ray Combo Pack featuring a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. The set is the companion piece to the 2011 Blu-ray release of the PIXAR Short Film Collection 1.  

12 Disney•Pixar unforgettable short films in the collection are premiering on Blu-ray and Digital For the Very First Time and they include:

BURN•E – BURN•E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from ‘WALL•E.’ (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
Dug’s Special Mission – In this funny short based on the character from ‘Up,’ Dug is sent on a foolish mission by Alpha, Beta and Gamma so that they can hunt for the Bird of Paradise Falls by themselves. Soon Dug discovers that where he belongs is not where he’s been looking. (Directed by: Ronnie del Carmen)
George & AJ – Inspired by Carl’s escape, senior citizens around the city unite to make their own “escapes,” much to the chagrin of George and A.J., in this short that features characters from ‘Up.’ (Directed by: Josh Cooley)

Air Mater – In this hilarious short, Mater decides he wants to learn how to fly and is accidently recruited by an elite group of formation flyers, the Falcon Hawks. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
Time Travel Mater – When a clock lands on Mater’s engine, he travels back in time to 1910 where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
Your Friend The Rat – ‘Ratatouille’s’ Remy and his brother Emile guide fans through world history from a rat’s perspective. (Directed by: Jim Capobianco)

Partly Cloudy – This humorous short features baby-delivering storks who receive their special packages high in the stratosphere, from clouds who sculpt babies and bring them to life. (Directed by: Peter Sohn)

Presto – When Presto, a great turn-of-the-century magician, neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. (Directed by: Doug Sweetland)

Day & Night – This short follows Day, a sunny fellow, who encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly dark moods. As their suspicions turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world. (Directed by: Teddy Newton)

Hawaiian Vacation – Fans will love this “Toy Story Toon,” as Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Ken and Barbie the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams – without ever leaving home. (Directed by: Gary Rydstrom)

Small Fry – Fans’ favorite team of toys is back in this clever “Toy Story Toon.” Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant where he finds himself in a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)

La Luna – The timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances, in which he discovers his Papa’s and Grandpa’s unusual line of work. (Directed by: Enrico Casarosa)

Bonus Features:

Seven rarely seen student films from renowned directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, including: Nitemare, The Lady & The Lamp, Somewhere in the Arctic, A Story, Winter, Palm Springs, and Next Door

The picture quality on the Blu-ray disc is superb.  Crisp and Clear, the animation in most of the toons shown on a HD television are as brilliant as in the theatre.  Even the 2D “hand drawn” titles are colorful and enjoyable to watch.

The sound quality using either the 7.1 or 5.1 master audio encoded on the Blu-ray disc plays extremely well on my HD television sound system.  Even the DVD using the Dolby Digital makes a fine audio quality as well depending on your speaker system.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A fun and enchanting collection for the whole family. [rating=6]

Specifications and additional film information:

  • Directed by: Several
  • Created by: PIXAR
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Genre: Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Running Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Street Date: November 20, 2012
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Format: Blu-ray, DVD
  • Audio: Blu-ray- 7.1 or 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio; DVD- 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Video: Blu-ray- 1080p High Definition; DVD- Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
  • Number of Discs: 2 Discs
  • Distributed by: Disney Home Entertainment


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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at