The BEST Episodes of Pixar Short Films
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Network: ABC Family
Pixar invite you to discover these masterpieces of storytelling from the creative minds that brought you Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and many more. With revolutionary animation, unforgettable music and characters you love, these dazzling short films have changed the face of animation and entertainment and are sure to delight people of all ages for years to come. Experience them now – for the first time together in an amazing collection including never-before-seen footage.
#1 - For the Birds
Season 2000 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 30, 2000
A group of small birds land on a telephone wire. When a much larger and awkward-looking bird arrives, the smaller birds reject him with taunts and insults. The large bird persists in trying to win their friendship, until at last the smaller birds decide to shove him from their perch, eventually ending up with the larger bird upside down.
#2 - One Man Band
Season 2005 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 11, 2005
In this animated short film, we see Bass, a street performer playing a routine tune on a deserted Italian village square one fine afternoon, waiting for a pedestrian to tip him in his rusty iron cup. Soon, he spots Tippy, a humble peasant girl clutching a big gold coin, with the intention of dropping it in the piazza fountain to make a wish. Bass, seizing the opportunity, immediately plays an impromptu track, capturing the young girl's attention.
#3 - Lifted
Season 2006 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2006
A young alien, Stu, is in a spaceship taking an examination in abduction. He must snatch a sleeping farmer named Ernie under the watchful eye of his instructor, Mr. B. However, there is an array of thousands of unlabeled toggle switches he must manipulate to get the human into the ship's tractor beam, and he is having trouble.
#4 - Hawaiian Vacation
Season 2011 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 24, 2011
The short features characters from the Toy Story films and takes place after the events of Toy Story 3. It premiered in theaters with Pixar's Cars 2, and was included on the film's media release.
#5 - Tin Toy
Season 1988 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 30, 1988
The film takes place in one room and stars the toy of the title, a mechanical one-man band named Tinny, and a baby named Billy. At first the toy is delighted at the prospect of being played with by Billy, until he sees how destructive he can be. Fleeing beneath the couch, he discovers dozens of other toys who are too terrified to come out as they went through the same experience.
#6 - Geri's Game
Season 1997 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 25, 1997
The film is set in an empty park during autumn. The title character, Geri (voiced by Bob Peterson), plays a game of chess against himself, 'becoming' each of the players in turn by moving to the other side of the chessboard, where he changes his personality and either puts on or takes off his glasses to show this change.
#7 - Boundin'
Season 2004 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 4, 2004
The film features a desert-dwelling sheep whose elegant dancing is very popular with the other animals. One day the sheep-shearers arrive and shear it for wool. Having lost his coat, the sheep becomes shy and loses the confidence to dance so elegantly. It is whilst in his bare state that a jackalope comes across the little lamb and teaches him the merits of "boundin'" rather than dancing.
#8 - Presto
Season 2008 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 27, 2008
Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great, turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But, when Presto forgets to feed his rabbit one too many times, well, there's really no telling what to expect! Follow the escalating high jinx of the amazing Presto, his rabbit Alec, and what happens onstage when a star magician's ego provokes some clever revenge from his neglected costar.
#9 - Knick Knack
Season 1989 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 23, 1989
A snowman stuck in a snow globe (named Knick, Frosty's cousin, according to the audio commentary) wants to reach a pretty "Sunny Miami" knick knack at the other end of the bookshelf. He tries many unsuccessful but funny methods to get out of his globe, but when he finally breaks out he falls into a fish bowl. He is mad only momentarily, as he sees an attractive "Sunny Atlantis" mermaid knick knack and immediately tries to run to her.
#10 - Red's Dream
Season 1987 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 30, 1987
The setting is a lonely city on a rainy night. No cars or humans are present. Somewhere in the city is a bike shop called "Eben's Bikes", which is closed for the night. In the corner of the shop sleeps Red, a red unicycle who languishes in the "clearance corner", awaiting to be purchased. As the camera zooms on him, the sound of rain falling turns into a drumroll, and we go into the dream-sequence.
#11 - Luxo Jr.
Season 1986 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1986
It features two desk lamps (inspired by a Luxo brand task-light on John Lasseter's desk, hence the title), one larger (implicitly older, named Luxo) than the other. Luxo Jr. plays with a small rubber ball, as Luxo reacts to its antics. Luxo Jr. then accidentally breaks the ball and is admonished by Luxo, after which it finds and plays with an even larger ball.
#12 - The Adventures of André and Wally B.
Season 1984 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 1984
Dawn, the forest. André is waking up. Soon, Wally is taunting him. André points the other way and, with Wally temporarily distracted, runs off. Wally quickly catches on and chases André; off camera, we hear a scream, and Wally flies back with a bent stinger.
#13 - Lava
Season 2014 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 14, 2014
Lava is a 2014 American computer-animated musical short film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren, it premiered at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival on June 14, 2014, and was theatrically released alongside Pixar's Inside Out on June 19, 2015. The short is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. It is set to a song written by Murphy, and was inspired by the "isolated beauty of Tropical Islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes." In an interview with KHON, Murphy explained that his interest in Hawaii began 25 years prior while honeymooning on the big island. Years later, he heard Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", which touched him. "I put together this fascination and love and this experience I had with my wife in Hawaii, with this feeling I had for this song and thought, wow, if I could blend those two things, it would be really—a film I would love to see." The idea began to congeal while attending the wedding of his sister, who married at the age of 43. "As my sister stood up on the altar, I thought about how happy she was and how long she’d waited for her very special day. There, at my sister’s wedding, I remembered Loihi and I had an epiphany… What if my sister was a volcano? And what if volcanoes spend their entire lives searching for love, like humans do?"
#14 - La Luna
Season 2011 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2011
A young Genoese boy, Bambino, goes on a midnight boat trip with his father Papà and grandfather Nonno. After they anchor in the middle of the sea, Nonno presents Bambino with a cap similar to the ones he and Papà wear. The two men disagree on how Bambino should wear it, with Papà pulling it low over his eyes and Nonno pushing it back on his head. Papà sets up a long ladder for Bambino to climb so he can set an anchor on the full moon, and the three ascend to start their work of sweeping fallen stars off the lunar surface. Papà urges Bambino to use a pushbroom on the stars, while Nonno favors a besom broom. As they quarrel, a huge star crashes on the moon; it is far too large for any of them to move. Turning his cap backward, the way he wants to wear it, Bambino climbs onto the star and taps it with a hammer. It bursts apart into hundreds of smaller stars, and all three go to work sweeping them to one side, with Bambino choosing a rake instead of either man's broom. Once the job is done, they climb down to their boat and look up at the moon, which now displays a glowing crescent phase thanks to their efforts.
#15 - Partly Cloudy
Season 2009 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2009
Gus, a lonely and insecure gray cloud, sculpts dangerous babies to be delivered by Peck, his stork partner. As Gus' creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck has to figure out a way to handle his cargo and his friend's bad temperament.
#16 - Day & Night
Season 2010 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 18, 2010
Day & Night follows two characters, Day and Night. Inside Day is a day scene with a sun in the center, and inside Night is a night scene with a moon in the center. Whatever goes on inside of Day or Night expresses normal events that typically occur within a day or night, respectively, and these events often correspond with actions or emotions or actions that Day or Night express. For example, when Day is happy he will have a rainbow inside him, and when Night is happy he will have fireworks inside him
#17 - The Blue Umbrella
Season 2013 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 12, 2013
Amidst the rain in a singing city, two umbrellas - one blue, one not - fall eternally in love.
#18 - Sanjay's Super Team
Season 2015 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 15, 2015
Bored with his father's meditation, a young Indian boy daydreams of Hindu gods as superheroes.
#19 - Piper
Season 2016 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 17, 2016
A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.
#20 - Lou
Season 2017 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2017
A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the unseen monster within.
#21 - Bao
Season 2018 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 21, 2018
A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.
#22 - Mike's New Car
Season 2002 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2002
#23 - Mater and the Ghostlight
Season 2006 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 7, 2006
Set in the Cars world, the short tells a story of Mater being haunted by a mysterious blue light.
#24 - Jack-Jack Attack
Season 2005 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 15, 2005
The short is based on the baby, Jack-Jack, and takes place at around the same time as the events of the main film. From The Incredibles, the audience knows that Jack-Jack's babysitter Kari McKeen started experiencing difficulty with him shortly after hanging up the phone with his mother, Helen Parr (also known as Elastigirl).
#25 - Your Friend the Rat
Season 2007 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 6, 2007
The short takes on the form of an educational film and stars rats Remy and Emile, the main protagonists of Ratatouille, who argue for the reconciliation of humans and rats. They use historical facts presented via various styles of animation.