Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection
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Plot Summary: A happy gathering of twelve of Disney and Pixar's more recent animated short films.
PopFam Recommends: Fun for everyone in your family!
Need a reason to enjoy the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection with your family? No problem - we'll give you twelve good reasons! Read on for more...
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Reason #1: Frozen Fever
In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
Reason #2: Feast
“Feast” is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for "Best Animated Short."
Reason #3: Get a Horse!
Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, “Get A Horse!” follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical hay wagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. With both classic black-and-white, hand-drawn animation and up-to-the-minute technical wizardry (often in the same frame), this groundbreaking short takes a sharp turn when Mickey finds himself separated from Minnie and must use every trick up his sleeve to find his way back to her.
Reason #4: Paperman
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Winner of the 2012 Academy Award for "Best Animated Short."
Reason #5: Tangled Ever After
By popular demand, Greno and Howard are bringing back some of Disney’s most beloved characters when “Tangled Ever After” picks up where “Tangled” left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?
Reason #6: The Ballad of Nessie
Set in the “bonny blue highlands” of Scotland, “The Ballad of Nessie” is a whimsical and colorful tall tale about the friendly Loch Ness monster, Nessie, and how she and her best friend MacQuack the rubber duck came to live in the moor they now call home. Setting the adventure into motion is a greedy land developer named MacFroogle, who decides to build a mini-golf empire on top of Nessie’s home.
Reason #7: Prep & Landing - Operation: Secret Santa
"Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa” follows the further comic adventures of Santa’s stealthiest elves, Lanny and Wayne (who debuted the previous year in the Emmy® Award-winning ABC-TV special). With Christmas only a few short days away, Mrs. Claus (voiced by Betty White) and Magee (Sarah Chalke) enlist Wayne (Dave Foley) and Lanny (Derek Richardson) on a secret mission to retrieve a mysterious item hidden deep within the office of Santa Claus! Can the intrepid duo acquire the target in time, or will they be discovered by the Big Guy (Morgan Sheppard) and doomed to placement on the Naughty List?
Reason #8: Tick Tock Tale
Time is running out when an antique clock shop is ransacked and robbed, leaving the fate of the kidnapped clocks in the small hands of an outcast who seems a little cuckoo. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ computer-animated short film transports audiences to the foggy streets of Victorian London for this comedic tale of an underdog who – in the nick of time – uses his imperfection to achieve something extraordinary.
Reason #9: How To Hook Up Your Home Theater
Disney's beloved animated "everyman," Goofy, returned to the big screen for the first time in 42 years to entertain and educate viewers about the challenges of modern technology and following directions when it comes to hooking up a home entertainment system. The enthusiastic but clueless Goofy is confronted by a huge instruction "manual," and has to deal with a gargantuan universal remote as he tries to install a new home theater in time to enjoy the big game.
Reason #10: The Little Matchgirl
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale about a poor young girl whose burning desire to find comfort and happiness comes to life through the magic of rich hand-drawn Disney animation in this powerful and inventive short film directed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”). Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames filled with images of loving relatives, bountiful food and a place to call home. Set to the music of composer Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (Third Movement: Notturno (Andante), in an exciting new recording by the six-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, the film tells a captivating and emotional tale.
Reason #11: Lorenzo
Walt Disney Pictures delivered one of its most artistically adventurous and exciting short films with the Oscar® nominated “Lorenzo.” Directed by Mike Gabriel (co-director on “Pocahontas,” “The Rescuers Down Under”), who also created the original story and served as production designer, this colorful animated romp centers on a pompous, pampered cat named Lorenzo who faces cat-astrophic consequences when his tail is hexed and develops a lively personality of its own. The film is based on an original idea by legendary Disney writer/artist Joe Grant, who designed the Witch/Queen character for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” co-wrote “Dumbo,” and worked at Disney until he was nearly 97 years old. Giving the film its terrific tempo is a tantalizing tango entitled “Bordoneo y 900,” performed by the internationally renowned Juan Jose Mosalini and his Big Tango Orchestra. The film, which combines traditional animation with innovative CG techniques, was animated in France by a team of top artists.
Reason #12: John Henry
Imaginatively told through words, music, and stylish visuals, "John Henry" celebrates the life and legend of a great American folk hero. As viewed through the eyes of his widow, Polly, the film explores Henry's tall tale adventures as he challenges a powerful steam drill in a climactic confrontation of man versus machine. The nine-minute film marked the directing debut of veteran Disney animator Mark Henn, one of the industry's top talents and the artist who supervised such memorable Disney characters as Ariel, Princess Jasmine, Young Simba, Mulan, Tiana and Winnie the Pooh. Sounds of Blackness, a Grammy Award-winning musical ensemble specializing in traditional music rooted in the African-American experience, wrote and performed the original song that tells the famous story in a new way.
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