The Best Episodes of Pixar Shorts

Last Updated: Jun 13, 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 9.67
3 votes

#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
4 votes
Directors: Sanjay Patel
Writers: Sanjay Patel
Partly Cloudy

#4 - 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 8.77
13 votes
For the Birds

#5 - 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 8.50
68 votes
Directors: Ralph Eggleston
Writers: Ralph Eggleston

#6 - 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 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Alan Barillaro
Writers: Alan Barillaro
Auntie Edna

#7 - 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

#8 - 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 8.25
8 votes
Writers: James Ford Murphy

#9 - Lava

Season 3 - Episode 6

star 8.25
4 votes

#10 - 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 8.13
48 votes
Directors: Doug Sweetland
Writers: Doug Sweetland, Ted Mathot, Valerie LaPointe, Justin Wright

#11 - 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
32 votes
Directors: Angus MacLane
Writers: Angus MacLane , Andrew Stanton , Derek Thompson

#12 - 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
10 votes
The Legend of Mor'du

#13 - The Legend of Mor'du

Season 3 - Episode 2

star 8.00
2 votes
Sanjay's Super Team

#14 - Sanjay's Super Team

Season 3 - Episode 7

star 8.00
3 votes
Riley's First Date?

#15 - Riley's First Date?

Season 3 - Episode 8

star 8.00
4 votes
Marine Life Interviews

#16 - Marine Life Interviews

Season 3 - Episode 10

star 8.00
3 votes

#17 - Bao

Season 3 - Episode 13

star 8.00
3 votes
Norman Television

#18 - Norman Television

Season 3 - Episode 15

star 8.00
2 votes

#19 - 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
52 votes
Directors: Gary Rydstrom
Writers: Jeff Pideon, Max Brace
Jack-Jack Attack

#20 - Jack-Jack Attack

Season 1 - Episode 10

The short is based on the youngest member of the superhero Parr family: the baby, Jack-Jack. From The Incredibles film, 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 (a.k.a. Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible).

star 7.93
39 votes
Directors: Brad Bird
Writers: Brad Bird, Mark Andrews, Rob Gibbs, Teddy Newton
Mater and the Ghostlight

#21 - Mater and the Ghostlight

Season 1 - Episode 12

This short is based on the day to day shenanigans of Mater after the story shown in the feature film, once life has returned to normal in Radiator Springs. It is Lightning McQueen's very first Radiator Springs adventure since he decided to stay in the sleepy town. The short film starts with Mater playing pranks on the other residents of the sleepy town on Route 66

star 7.92
26 votes
Writers: Joe Ranft, John Lasseter, Dan Scanlon

#22 - 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
12 votes
Geri's Game

#23 - Geri's Game

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.86
51 votes
Directors: Jan Pinkava
Writers: Jan Pinkava
Day & Night

#24 - Day & Night

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 7.82
11 votes
The Blue Umbrella

#25 - 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 7.81
16 votes
Directors: Saschka Unseld
Writers: Saschka Unseld