Blu-ray Review: Pixar Short Film Collection 3

Hi everyone!

We received the Pixar Short Films Collection 3 to review. The Blu-ray/DVD collection also includes the digital code to watch online, but you can’t choose the shorts individually there for some reason – it’s like one long movie and you have to skip ahead if you want to find a different short. The Bu-ray version you can choose. I have the press release below with all the titles but I want to talk a little about the disc first.

There are 13 animated shorts together for the first time, some of my Pixar favorites are here – my very favorite short is Lava, which I loved in the theater (even more than the feature it preceded, Inside Out). The music and story are lovely. Really, the various shorts run the gamut in feelings and stories and you’ve probably seen them all if you are reading this.

I had been a little confused by Bao in the theater during my first watch, but having the Making Bao feature has given a lot of insight into what it was about on several different levels. I understood it to some degree prior, but I appreciate the cultural and family aspect so much more now. There is also another extra called Caricature: A Horrible Way of Saying ‘I Love You’, which is fun, with animators creating caracatures of each other (and sometimes caricatures of caricatures).

This is a nice collection of shorts, with 11 of what the Blu-ray calls shorts and the other two “mini-movies” but I am not sure of the difference. Either way, there is a filmmakers commentary on the shorts and I haven’t finished all of them, but it’s nice to hear the process on each.

If you like Pixar shorts, Pixar Short Films 3 is a nice way to have 13 of them together in a collection. We received this for review but purchased the first two in previous years, the second was released 6 years ago now. And of course, the animation looks great on television or the computer.

Here is the press release, with all the titles and more information.

From Disney•Pixar and the creative minds who brought you The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Toy Story comes the studio’s latest collection of delightful and inspiring animated stories — Pixar Shorts: Volume 3.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13, the collection compromises 13 animated shorts including Oscar-winner Piper (Best Animated Short, 2016) and nominees Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and Lou (2017). With unforgettable characters, insightful bonus extras, and cutting-edge animation, it’s a must-own for any Pixar fan!

Short Films:

  • Bao (7:43) – Theatrical release of Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Lou (6:43) – Theatrical release of Cars 3 (2017)
  • Piper (6:05) – Theatrical release of Finding Dory (2016)
  • Sanjay’s Super Team (7:04) – Theatrical release of The Good Dinosaur (2015)
  • Riley’s First Date? (4:37) – In-home release of Inside Out (2015)
  • Lava (7:09) – Theatrical release of Inside Out (2015)
  • Radiator Springs 500 1/2 (6:11) – An episode from Tales from Radiator Springs series (2014)
  • The Blue Umbrella (6:44) – Theatrical release of Monsters University (2013)
  • Party Central (5:30) – Theatrical release of Muppets Most Wanted (2013)
  • Partysaurus Rex (6:32) – Theatrical release of Finding Nemo 3D (2012)
  • Legend of Mor’du (6:48) – In-home release of Brave (2012)

Bonus features include two mini-movies — Marine Life Interviews & Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool — and the Making Bao featurette, in which director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short, discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom and her love of food all informed the making of her short film, as well as filmmaker intros and filmmaker commentary on each short film, and Caricature: A Horrible Way of Saying ‘I Love You’ — a look at some hilarious story artists’ representations of their colleagues at Pixar, where it is the utmost sign of respect and admiration from your peers is to become a caricature.

Source: Disney/Pixar