For the Birds (2000)

G  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  2 November 2001 (USA)
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A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in.


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This animated short starts with a group of small birds perched together on a telephone wire. When a much larger and awkward-looking bird arrives, the smaller birds reject him with taunts and insults. Still, he persists in trying to win their friendship, until at last the smaller birds decide to shove him from their perch. Only too late do they discover that there may be a problem with this plan. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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After experiencing great success with their animated shorts, John Lasseter opened up the department's facilities to anyone in the company who had a good idea for the next short. Ralph Eggleston, who had joined the company in 1993 to oversee art design on Toy Story (1995), had this idea from his CalArts days that he hadn't been able to complete. See more »

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When the film ends, the "The End" sign appears in black letters in a splat of white guano on the black background. See more »


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three minutes of bliss
23 January 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Okay an hour, if like me you watch it twenty times, and then watch it again. I recommend copying it from the DVD onto your hard drive, keep it handy.

"For The Birds" is another slick, colourful vignette from the wonderful Pixar animation studio, a delightful moral tale, and simply essential viewing for anyone following their remarkable output.

A masterwork of lightening fast character sketching and feathery CGI texture work, comic at every turn, and still laugh-out-loud funny after two dozen viewings or more. Watch out, most of the best action happens at the left hand side.

The sort of thing you could imagine some Pixar genius tossing off over lunch-break, just for fun, except it probably took months to create and weeks to render. But sure worth every single CPU cycle.

Will get a belly-laugh even from problem children.


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