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A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

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A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

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The Luxo lamp from the short was based on a real Luxo lamp that John Lasseter had sitting on his desk. See more »

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Featured at the beginning of the re-released version: "In 1986 Pixar Animation Studios produced its first film. This is why we have a hopping lamp in our logo." See more »

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Groundbreaking and unfairly snubbed by the Oscars
11 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The plot is simple. It's about a little table lamp and its limited adventures--playing with a ball, hopping about, etc. None of it seems that amazing yet the film is still captivating and clever.

By today's standards, LUXO JR. is just an okay computer generated animated short. However, back in 1986, it was Earth-shaking, as no one had ever realized that computers could generate such beautiful graphics and breath life into, of all things, a desk lamp! When the film was released, computer geeks marveled at its complexity and it spurred on the CGI revolution we are in the midst of now. In light of this, it is amazing to me that this film was only nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film--losing to a mediocre film (A Greek TRAGEDY). I assume that those on the committee simply didn't know what to think of LUXO JR.--as the graphics and style was so revolutionary.


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