The BEST Episodes of Pixar Shorts

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019

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.

The Blue Umbrella

#1 - The Blue Umbrella

Season 3 - Episode 3

star 9.75
4 votes
Lou

#2 - Lou

Season 3 - Episode 11

star 9.33
3 votes
Sanjay's Super Team

#3 - Sanjay's Super Team

Season 2 - Episode 15

An intertitle card at the start of the short states that it is based on a (mostly) true story. A young boy, Sanjay, is watching his favorite superhero cartoon, Super Team, while his father is trying to meditate at a small Hindu shrine in the same room at home. Each is annoyed by the other's activity until Sanjay's father shuts off the television, confiscates his son's Super Team action figure, and makes him participate in prayer. Sanjay retrieves the toy while his father is distracted, but accidentally sets its cape on fire from the shrine's oil lamp. While putting out the cape, he extinguishes the lamp as well and is transported to a temple with three stone statues. Suddenly, Ravana appears and begins to steal the statues' weapons, shattering them in the process. Sanjay breaks the light-up mechanism in his toy and uses it to light the giant lamp in the middle of the room, bringing the statues to life as the gods Vishnu, Durga, and Hanuman. The gods begin to Fend Off Ravana's attacks and ring their bells to drive him back, but he retaliates. Sanjay recognizes the giant lamp as an upside-down bell and breaks his toy on it to ring it aloud, calming Ravana so that he departs the temple. Sanjay receives a new toy from Vishnu as well as his blessing, then finds himself back in the real world, the cape on his action figure unburnt. His father allows him to continue watching Super Team, and Sanjay surprises him with a drawing that shows the gods watching over the cartoon heroes. The story ends with real-life pictures of Sanjay Patel and his father, during his childhood and in the present day.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Sanjay Patel
Writers: Sanjay Patel
Feast

#4 - Feast

Season 3 - Episode 18

While licking at discarded fast food wrappers, a stray male Boston Terrier puppy[6] spots a French fry dropped on the ground and eats it. James, the man who dropped the fry, offers a second one to the puppy and decides to adopt him as his pet. James names him Winston and begins feeding him portions of his own meals and junk food in addition to regular kibble. One day, James begins a relationship with a waitress, named Kirby, at a local restaurant. She persuades him to take up a healthier diet and lifestyle, but the change upsets Winston as the leftovers James slips to him now consist of vegetables, which he hates. The couple break up, sending James into a deep depression and causing him to revert to his old eating habits. Winston is initially gleeful to eat junk food again, but he soon recognizes James's low spirits. Seeing a piece of parsley that has reminded James of Kirby and the meals they used to prepare together, Winston decides to bring them back together and steals it, leading to a chase as he brings it to Kirby and overcomes several temptations of delicious food. James follows Winston to the restaurant, where he reconciles with Kirby, and the two marry soon afterward. Winston, relieved that his master is happy again, is initially content to eat normal dog food. Some time after the couple have moved into a new house, Winston spots a couple of meatballs that have rolled across the kitchen floor and eats them. Following the trail of sauce they have left behind, he reaches the base of a high chair occupied by the couple's infant child, who happily throws another meatball to him. As the film ends, Winston gets ready to feast on a tray of cupcakes knocked off a table during the child's first birthday party.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Patrick Osborne
Writers: Nicole Mitchell, Raymond S. Persi, Patrick Osborne
Partly Cloudy

#5 - Partly Cloudy

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.80
15 votes
Lava

#6 - Lava

Season 3 - Episode 6

star 8.60
5 votes
For the Birds

#7 - For the Birds

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.49
69 votes
Directors: Ralph Eggleston
Writers: Ralph Eggleston
Piper

#8 - Piper

Season 2 - Episode 17

Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Written and directed by Alan Barillaro, it was theatrically released alongside Pixar's Finding Dory on June 17, 2016. At the 89th Academy Awards, it won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The short involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her fear of water. The inspiration came from less than a mile away from Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California, where Barillaro, a veteran Pixar animator, would run alongside the shore and notice birds by the thousands fleeing from the water but returning between waves to eat

star 8.47
15 votes
Directors: Alan Barillaro
Writers: Alan Barillaro
Lava

#9 - Lava

Season 2 - Episode 16

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?"

star 8.44
9 votes
Writers: James Ford Murphy
Auntie Edna

#10 - Auntie Edna

Season 3 - Episode 14

Follows Edna during the events of Incredibles 2 as she babysits Jack-Jack while coping with his newly discovered powers.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Ted Mathot
Writers: Brad Bird, Eli Fucile
Sanjay's Super Team

#11 - Sanjay's Super Team

Season 3 - Episode 7

star 8.25
4 votes
Piper

#12 - Piper

Season 3 - Episode 9

star 8.20
5 votes
Presto

#13 - Presto

Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.12
49 votes
Directors: Doug Sweetland
Writers: Doug Sweetland, Ted Mathot, Valerie LaPointe, Justin Wright
BURN-E

#14 - BURN-E

Season 1 - Episode 16

A dedicated little welding robot named BURN-E will not rest until he has completed his humble directive and fixed a broken light post. He refuses to quit, even when begins to seems like the universe is out to get him.

star 8.03
33 votes
Directors: Angus MacLane
Writers: Angus MacLane , Andrew Stanton , Derek Thompson
BURN-E

#15 - BURN-E

Season 2 - Episode 3

BURN-E (stylized with an interpunct as BURN·E) is a computer animated short created by Pixar in 2008. It is a parallel spin-off from the feature-length movie WALL-E. A repair robot named BURN-E is a minor character from the movie, and the film is intercut with scenes from WALL-E, which takes place concurrently.[1][2] WALL-E's director Andrew Stanton acted as co-writer and executive producer on BURN-E.

star 8.00
11 votes
The Legend of Mor'du

#16 - The Legend of Mor'du

Season 3 - Episode 2

star 8.00
2 votes
Riley's First Date?

#17 - Riley's First Date?

Season 3 - Episode 8

star 8.00
5 votes
Marine Life Interviews

#18 - Marine Life Interviews

Season 3 - Episode 10

star 8.00
3 votes
Bao

#19 - Bao

Season 3 - Episode 13

star 8.00
3 votes
Norman Television

#20 - Norman Television

Season 3 - Episode 15

star 8.00
2 votes
Lifted

#21 - Lifted

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.00
53 votes
Directors: Gary Rydstrom
Writers: Jeff Pideon, Max Brace
The Blue Umbrella

#22 - The Blue Umbrella

Season 2 - Episode 14

A city scene is brought to life by a rainstorm. Many objects along the street – signs, lights, awnings, mailboxes, buildings, drains, drain pipes, rain gutters, windows, doors – appear to come to life and develop faces and expressions of their own, enjoying the shower. People pass on the street under their umbrellas, all of which are seemly black, except for a singular blue umbrella. As his owner stops at a street corner, the blue umbrella sees a pretty red umbrella next to him. The two exchange nervous glances, and soon become smitten with each other, but their owners' paths diverge. Seeing this, the objects along the street begin to work with each other to bring the owners together. As the blue umbrella is about to be taken into the subway, a sign allows the wind to blow the umbrella from his owner's hands. The umbrella is floating through the air toward his destination when a sudden gust of wind caused by a passing bus veers him off course and he lands in the street. With the umbrella in danger from the traffic, the objects attempt to protect him from oncoming cars: a construction sign lights up to redirect an oncoming vehicle, a gurgling drain pipe spews water to push him out of the way, another construction sign falls on him to fling him away from another car, and a drain blasts him into the air, but he is hit by a truck, visibly upsetting the objects that have tried to help him. Battered and bruised, the umbrella is found by his owner who straightens him out just as the owner of the red umbrella approaches, reuniting the two of them. The objects of the city silently celebrate their reunion as the umbrellas' owners sit down together at a local cafe, allowing the two umbrellas to be together after all.

star 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Saschka Unseld
Writers: Saschka Unseld
Partysaurus Rex

#23 - Partysaurus Rex

Season 2 - Episode 14

When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts his limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends.

star 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Mark A. Walsh
Writers: Mark A. Walsh, John Lasseter
Auntie Edna

#24 - Auntie Edna

Season 2 - Episode 14

Follows Edna during the events of Incredibles 2 as she babysits Jack-Jack while coping with his newly discovered powers.

star 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Ted Mathot
Writers: Brad Bird, Eli Fucile
Presto

#25 - Presto

Season 2 - Episode 2

Presto is a 2008 American Pixar computer animated short film shown in theaters before their feature length film WALL-E. The short is about a magician trying to perform a show with his uncooperative rabbit and is a gag-filled homage to classic cartoons such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes. Presto was directed by veteran Pixar animator Doug Sweetland, in his directorial debut.

star 7.92
13 votes