Animated Movies The Best Pixar Shorts, Ranked  

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While the films themselves are great, everyone looks forward to the Pixar shorts played before the movies starts—whether at home or in the theater. Since 1998, all the Pixar films have included these sweet shorts before the film starts, giving the audience a fantastic display of just what these filmmakers are capable of, as if the movie doesn't. Regardless, all Pixar short films are often comical and clever, and give us a little more bang for our buck. 

The best Pixar shorts boast incredible animation, cute creatures, and even a surprising twist. A big fan favorite has been Piper from the Finding Dory movie, which features some great animation and a life lesson or two. Other awesome shorts from include Partly Cloudy (Up), Day and Night (Toy Story 3), and La Luna (Brave)—but you'll find them all on the list of Pixar short films below. 

Which Pixar short do you think is the best? Check them all out below and cast a vote for your favorites. 

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Piper Finding Dory (Theatrical release)
Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film directed by Alan Barillaro. A hungry baby sandpiper learns to overcome her fear of water.

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Monsters, Inc. (theatrical release, home video release)
For the Birds is a 2000 computer animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Ralph Eggleston. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001. It ...more

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The Incredibles (home video release)
Jack-Jack Attack is a 2005 computer animated short film produced by Pixar based on their film The Incredibles, and directed by Brad Bird. Unlike many of their previous shorts, it was not given a ...more

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Lava Inside Out (theatrical release, home video release)
Lava is a 2014 American computer-animated musical short film directed by James Ford Murphy. A story that takes place over millions of years and is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and ...more

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Toy Story 2 (theatrical release, home video release)
Luxo Jr. is a 1986 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The two-minute short film revolves around one larger and one smaller desk lamp. The ...more

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Up (theatrical release, home video release)
Partly Cloudy is a Pixar CGI animated short film written and directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Kevin Reher. It was shown in theaters before Pixar's feature film Up and is a special feature ...more

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A Bug's Life (Theatrical release, home video release)
Geri's Game is a 1997 computer animated short film made by Pixar, written and directed by Jan Pinkava. Although Pixar had started out with a successful string of shorts in the 1980s, these were ...more

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Toy Story 3 (theatrical release, home video release)
Day & Night is a 2010 animated short film directed by Teddy Newton. The personifications of daytime and nighttime learn to get along.

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Bao Incredibles 2 (Theatrical release)
Bao is a 2018 computer-animated short film directed by Domee Shi. An aging and lonely Chinese-Canadian mother, suffering from empty nest syndrome, receives an unexpected second chance at ...more

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Monsters, Inc. (home video release)
Mike's New Car is a 2002 Pixar computer animated short comedy film, starring the two main characters from Monsters, Inc., Sulley and Mike. Directed by Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould, it is the ...more

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Brave (theatrical release, home video release)
La Luna is a 2011 Pixar computer-animated short film, directed and written by Enrico Casarosa. The short premiered on June 6, 2011 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, ...more

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WALL-E (theatrical release, home video release)
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 ...more

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The Blue Umbrella Monsters University (theatrical release, home video release)
The Blue Umbrella is a 2013 Pixar computer-animated short film that was released alongside Monsters University. The short is directed by Saschka Unseld of Pixar's technical department. The short ...more

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Finding Nemo (theatrical release, home video release)
Knick Knack is a 1989 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The short is about a snow globe snowman who wants to join the other travel souvenirs ...more

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Ratatouille (theatrical release, home video release)
Lifted is a 2006 Pixar computer-animated short film directed by Gary Rydstrom. This is the first film directed by Rydstrom, a seven-time Academy Award winning sound editor and mixer, and the ...more

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The Incredibles (theatrical release, home video release)
Boundin' is a 2003 Pixar computer-animated short film which was shown in theaters before the feature-length film The Incredibles. The short is a musically narrated story about a dancing sheep ...more

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Cars (theatrical release, home video release)
One Man Band is a 2005 Pixar computer animated short musical comedy film. The film made its world premiere at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France, and won the ...more

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Riley's First Date? Inside Out (home video release)
Riley's First Date? is a 2015 computer animated short film directed by Josh Cooley. Riley's parents and their emotions suspect that Riley is going on a date with a boy named Jordan.

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Lou Cars 3 (theatrical release, home video release)
Lou is a 2017 American computer-animated short film directed by Dave Mullins. The short is about a lost and found box and the unseen monster within.

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Cars (home video release)
Mater and the Ghostlight is a 2006 Pixar computer-animated short created for the DVD of Cars, which was released in the United States and Canada on November 7, 2006. The short, set in the Cars ...more

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WALL-E (home video release)
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 ...more

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Ratatouille (home video release)
Your Friend the Rat is a 2007 animated short film by Pixar, originally released on the home video release of the film Ratatouille. The short takes on the form of an educational film and stars ...more

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Party Central Muppets Most Wanted (theatrical release)
Party Central is a 2013 computer animated short film directed by Kelsey Mann. Mike and Sulley help their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers make their party a success.

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Toy Story (home video release)
Tin Toy is a 1988 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The short film, which runs five minutes, stars Tinny, a tin one-man-band toy, attempting ...more

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Marine Life Interviews Finding Dory (home video release)
Marine Life Interviews is a 2016 computer-animated short film directed by Ross Stevenson. Interviews with the animals at the Marine Life Institute about their experiences with Dory.