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Release Date:
25 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins See more »
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Good animation but lacking a really good punch line See more (29 total) »

Cast

 

Bob Peterson ... Geri (voice)

Directed by
Jan Pinkava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jan Pinkava 

Produced by
Ed Catmull .... executive producer
Karen Dufilho-Rosen .... producer (as Karen Dufilho)
John Lasseter .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Gus Viseur 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Kallett 
 
Production Management
Holly Lloyd .... production manager
Julie M. McDonald .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Jerome Ranft .... sculptor
David Skelly .... production artist
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Dennis Leonard .... dialogue editor
Tom Myers .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Jason Bickerstaff .... modeler
Tony DeRose .... surface modeler
Damir Frkovic .... modeling artist
Larry Gritz .... renderman software
Steven Kani .... render wrangler
Michael Lorenzen .... additional modeler
Mark Sanford .... additional modeler
Tien Truong .... renderman software
David Valdez .... digital painter
Mark T. VandeWettering .... renderman software
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Bickerstaff .... lighting technician
Jean-Claude Kalache .... lighting technician
Ana Lacaze .... lighting technician
Ken Lao .... lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Stephen Barnes .... animator
Michael Berenstein .... animator
Ben Catmull .... animator
Sandy Christensen .... animator
Scott Clark .... animator
Chris DiGiovanni .... animation assistant
Pete Docter .... animator
Kitt Hirasaki .... animation software
Bankole Lasekan .... animator
Angus MacLane .... animator
Michelle Meeker .... animator
Karyn Metlen .... animator
Valerie Mih .... animator
Michael Parks .... animator
Darwyn Peachey .... animation software
Jan Pinkava .... animator
Jeff Pratt .... animator
Karen Prell .... animator
Arun Rao .... animation software
Steve Segal .... animator
Doug Sheppeck .... animator
Ross Stevenson .... animator
Troy Sutton .... animation coordinator
Dirk Van Gelder .... animation software
James W. Williams .... animation software
Adam Wood .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Christian Hill .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Alex Stahl .... music editor
 
Other crew
Paul Aichele .... facial articulation
Tom Freeman .... storyreel editor
Rachel Hannah .... recruiter
David R. Haumann .... lead technical director
Leo Hourvitz .... supervising technical director
Michael Kass .... cloth dynamics
Hunter Kelly .... film output
Quentin King .... hair and hacks
Steven Liu .... storyreel editor
Matthew Martin .... film output
Daniel McCoy .... shading artist
Louis Rivera .... film output
Joe Wenkoff .... storyreel editor
 
Thanks
Jenny Head Appleton .... special thanks (as Jenny Head)
Andrew Stanton .... very special thanks
 

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This short film took roughly one and a half years to make.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the 2.24 mark there are two Geri's when in fact there should only be one.See more »
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Good animation but lacking a really good punch line, 11 February 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It is probably because Pixar have done little else but set a very high bar for themselves, but for this short film I was a little disappointed by how straightforward it was. The plot sees an old man called Geri set up a chess board in the park and proceed to play against himself by swapping chairs each move; as the game becomes more intense, Original Geri (OG) finds himself under threat of losing.

The idea is a nice one here and the animation impresses as it always seems to do with Pixar, albeit that compared to later advances you can see the lack of texturing and detail back then, but this is a limit of the period not the film. The films builds nicely as we see the game unfold but to me the ending was not strong enough or funny enough to really make an impact. The closing joke is a simple one that doesn't really make sense in the context since he is only really cheating himself (although more is not made of this) and although I was amused by the short, I didn't find it gave me the sort of impact (comedy or emotion) that many of the Pixar shorts can do.

For sure this is worth seeing because the films from Pixar mostly are worth seeing, but it is a solid short, not a great one and as such it is below the very high bar that they have established for themselves.

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