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Pixar Short Films CollectionVolume 1
Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®
Featuring the voice talents of Bob Peterson, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bret Parker, Bud Luckey, Eli Fucile, Jason Lee, Larry The Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Wallis, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Cheech Marin & Paul Dooley
In 1984 Pixar revolutionized animation with their creation of the computer-generated short film, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. Not satisfied with turning the computer graphics world on its head, the dedicated geeks at the Pixar Studios blazed forth on a trail to create more realistic computer animation with increasingly engaging plots for their films. In the Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 you will find 13 short films that garnered three Academy Awards
As can be expected from a collection of computer-animated shorts spanning over a 23-year period, the anamorphically enhanced DVD (with various aspect ratios) has varying levels of picture quality. The earlier productions are a far cry from the incredible animation quality of the more recent films, but considering the type of computer equipment available in 1984, it is still remarkable. There is very little pixel breakup to be seen in any of the shorts, and colors seem to be faithfully reproduced. Black levels can vary between the different productions, ranging from inky to milky. Noise and edge enhancement are not problematic. The most recent films look fantastic, with good resolution, although there are times when the picture can look somewhat soft. (Danny Richelieu)
Again, as a collection of shorts spanning over two decades, the audio quality can vary between each short. Of the 13 shorts, five have Dolby
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