Geri's Game (1997)

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Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.



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In a park, an old man is playing a game of chess against himself; he's physically moving from side to side as he plays from white to black. As the game progresses, the two sides of himself become individual and distinct players, "white" being the pensive and thoughtful side, "black" being the aggressive hard hitting side. But as the game looks to be coming to a conclusion, white makes a surprisingly aggressive move which could change what looked to be the obvious outcome of the game. Written by Huggo

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El juego de Geri  »

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The wooden cigar box containing the chess pieces is marked "Pt. Richmond Hand Made Pixar Shorts". The Pixar Animation Studios were located at Point Richmond, California when this short film was made. See more »


"Nasty" Geri (black) moves a bishop illegally, two squares horizontally to capture a pawn. See more »


Featured in The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007) See more »

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a kind of lesson maybe for film-students- a LOT of fun
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember getting a kick of this short repeatedly when I saw Bug's Life in the theater repeatedly eight years back. Mostly because it sticks to the best rules of a little animated short like this. Less is more with the dialog, and editing and position of the camera are crucial. The filmmaker behind this, who hasn't done much aside from this short, is like a very wise film-student. In most film-student shorts, a good chunk of the goal in making 4 or 5 minute films is to put in as much information as possible while keeping it to the point and still having a story. The story here is a guy playing chess, Er, with himself, and getting into a competition to the death (well, almost) in having a check-mate. Geri's laughs and little facial gestures on either side are really genius in their own way, and the ending is one of those that puts a smile on your face. The music is also, in its own way, funny by way of being just a lowly accordion applying the backup to this wacky little scenario. Probably ranks up there with my very favorite Pixar shorts, worth another look on the Bug's Life DVD for sure.

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