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For the Birds (2000)

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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This represented two major technological challenges for the company - the animation of feathers and a continuously moving background, in this case, a rolling wheat field. 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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Featured in The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007) See more »

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I wonder if the little guys hate Pixar?
8 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a wacky little short that is about one big and dumb bird and his dealings with lots of mean little birds. The big guy just wants to be friends, but the nasty little guys want him to go away and don't care what they have to do to make it happen--leading to a very funny conclusion where the little jerks get theirs!

Think about it...for the category of Best Animated Short Film for the Oscars for 2002, you have several independent productions made on shoestring budgets...and this WHOPPING production made by the pioneering geniuses at Pixar Films! It's a definite case of "David versus Goliath", though in this case Goliath definitely wins! Pixar couldn't help but win--the graphics were, as usual, superb, the writing was spot on and brilliant and it was just so gosh-darn cute and entertaining. So for the "little guys", it's definitely a huge struggle to beat such a great combination. This film definitely earned the award, but you gotta wonder how tough it must feel to be one of these other filmmakers. Perhaps, in an odd way, this film might be a metaphor about this struggle.


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