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Luxo Jr. (1986)

  Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: John Lasseter
Links: Luxo Jr. on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Luxo Jr. (1986) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of Boundin' (2003).

"Made in 1986? Wow." - a review by pearly

Luxo Jr. was Pixar's first animated short film, and forms the basis for their animated company spot at the beginning of each Pixar film, even to this day. In it, a bouncy lamp replaces the letter I in the word PIXAR. That lamp is Luxo Jr.

In the short film, a big lamp amusedly watches a little lamp chasing a beach ball around the shelf. It's only two minutes in length, and is as much an exercise in what was possible at the time with the technology that writer/director John Lasseter had available to him, with visual effects such as the light coming out of the lamps being reflected in the correct direction whenever the lamps move about, as well as the shadows caused by same. Regardless, it is fun to watch.

Methinks that it has also provided inspiration for many an animated film made since, with another film about animated inanimate objects springing to mind being Love Tricycle (2003). This film, though short, would certainly, even back when it was released, have raised the bar for 3D animators out there, making Pixar a force to be reckoned with. It still looks good today, nearly 20 years after its release.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 5 Oct 2004

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