The Best Pixar Shorts, Ranked

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Pixar Shorts, Ranked

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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  • For the Birds
    Monsters, Inc. (theatrical release, home video release)
    193 votes
    • Actors: Ralph Eggleston
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ralph Eggleston
    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 premiered ...more
  • Geri's Game
    A Bug's Life (Theatrical release, home video release)
    142 votes
    • Actors: Bob Peterson
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Jan Pinkava
    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 put ...more
  • Piper
    Finding Dory (Theatrical release)
    184 votes
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Alan Barillaro
    Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film directed by Alan Barillaro. A hungry baby sandpiper learns to overcome her fear of water.
  • Luxo Jr.
    Toy Story 2 (theatrical release, home video release)
    116 votes
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: William Reeves, John Lasseter
    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 larger ...more
  • Partly Cloudy
    Up (theatrical release, home video release)
    148 votes
    • Actors: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Peter Sohn
    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 on ...more

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  • Jack-Jack Attack
    The Incredibles (home video release)
    162 votes
    • Actors: Jason Lee, Bud Luckey, Bret Parker, Eli Fucile
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Brad Bird
    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