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This animated short film is about a very unlucky stork, who has to
deliver scary babies of various vicious animals made by a miserable
"Partly Cloudy" is fun to watch. Due to the length of the short animation, the pacing is quick. There is no need for a long build up, it only delivers funny moments every 10 seconds. There are no words in the animation, but it successfully delivers humour, warmth and love. I am impressed by the filmmakers' limitless imagination, especially the interaction between the unlucky stork and the various vicious animals. I enjoyed watching "Partly Cloudy".
Once again, Pixar has accompanied one of its wonderful features (in
this case, UP), with a short subject. And the short subject, PARTLY
CLOUDY, plays like a variation on Bob Clampett's classic cartoon, BABY
BOTTLENECK, although without Porky or Daffy.
Like all of Pixar's shorts, this is a virtual silent picture, with just enough sound effects to keep it going. It concerns where babies come from before the storks deliver them: from clouds, it turns out, who shape them from their own material. For this one we get to follow the cloud and stork who produce not fluffy kittens, but other, more dangerous critters, like crocodiles and porcupines.
I do have some slight issues with how clouds are rendered -- a bit more solid and cotton-batting-like than I would think, but this is a lovely little pleasure for the viewer.
As we all know, babies of all types are delivered by storks, which
collect them from their point of creation (in the clouds) and carry
them in bundles to the ground. Of course you have you r cute creatures
like puppies and kittens, but one stork works with a slightly less fun
cloud where the creatures tend to be of a more "jagged" nature. Over
time the working conditions that the stork has to endure appears to put
a strain of the working relationship.
This short preceded Up in the cinemas and continues Pixar's tradition of having a supporting short film for their releases (a tradition that I'm all in favour of and still maintain that more "live action" releases should do it too). This slot has seen some very good animated short films and it must be said that Partly Cloudy is not really one of the better ones that they have done. Of course, as with nearly all things Pixar, one of their outputs being slightly below their normal standard still means that it is very good by normal standards, and so it is with Partly Cloudy.
In terms of content it is a relatively straightforward short with physical comedy providing all of the four or five laughs it has. This is not a complaint though because it is only a short film and as such it does do the job of being amusing by delivering these solid laughs in a short time. Of greater note that the specific laughs is the concept itself. The stork aspect is an old one but the whole idea is well brought to life by the design and the animation and it was this spirit of invention and creativity behind the laughs that I enjoyed.
Not Pixar's strongest moment in terms of their feature-supporting short films and a bit simple in terms of substance but the design and concept is imaginative and generally it is still funny and enjoyable with physical comedy sight gags.
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This short, which preceded my session of 'Up', is a playful answer to
the question, where do storks get the babies they deliver? The answer,
we learn, is that cute kittens, doggies and babies come from pink
clouds creating them from cloud matter. But this isn't really what the
short is about.
Partly Clouded also follows one specific stork, the one who has the inglorious task of delivering all the dangerous, not so cute babies, like baby alligators and baby sharks. It's priceless.
This is the second Pixar short I've seen, after Presto. And like Presto I was left wondering why Pixar didn't develop this short into a full-length movie.
Like all Pixar cinema releases, "Up" has a little warm-up act in the
shape of an animated short film - much like films in the Forties &
Fifties were preceded by Tom & Jerry. "Partly Cloudy" was shown before
"Up" (presumably to maintain the whole airborne theme) and offers a
quick humorous aside before the main event. But like "Up", this isn't
the laugh-a-second fare we've become accustomed to although given how
much better Pixar are than other animators, it isn't exactly a
Storks, far from being simple wading birds, actually spend their time delivering babies to parents of all kind. One such stork, however, finds his bundles of joy a little harder to manage than most toddlers. Anything from sharks, hedgehogs and other edgy creatures are given to him by his cloud partner, who keeps trying to produce "normal" deliveries. Can the bird accept his cloud's faults and work around before he pulls the last of his feathers out in frustration?
While not quite as fun as the frankly sublime "Presto", "Partly Cloudy" offers a beautifully animated quickie with a couple of laughs thrown in for good measure. But that's it - nothing to make me laugh out loud as there was in "Presto". Having said that, this is still entertaining and still fun and still has more imagination in it than most full-length animated features from other companies. And anyway, how can you complain when you get something for nothing?
This is the short Pixar film that was shown immediately before UP. One
thing I love about the Pixar full-length films is how they always begin
with a short film--talk about value for the audience!
The plot involves storks and clouds. Apparently all babies (human and animal alike) are created in the clouds and each cloud has its own stork assigned to it. One stork is rather put upon, however, as his cloud seems a bit...crazy. Instead of creating cute babies, puppies and kittens like the other clouds, this one makes very, very dangerous babies that invariably hurt the poor stork. It's pretty funny seeing the stork get hurt again and again. It's also amazingly adorable seeing the little puppies and kittens--as it's animated in a very adorable style. And, for the first time, this short is in 3-D.
My wife and daughter absolutely loved this short film. As for me, I liked it but not nearly as much. This is mostly because compared many of the other Pixar shorts (such as PRESTO, LIFTED, JACK-JACK ATTACK and ONE MAN BAND) it comes up a bit short on laughs. Still, it is an enjoyable and welcome and I recommend you see it and UP as soon as possible.
A charming Pixar short that accompanies its feature length films at the
Kids would love to know where all the cute babies, puppies, kittens and rabbits come from. Its from those fluffy clouds where they are all wrapped up delivered ready by flying Storks. All happily delivering joy to the world.
However the planet is not all cuddly babies and puppies. What about baby alligators, hedgehogs, sharks. The kind of thing that do not have the necessary cute attributes.
This is a tale of the dark cloud which has all the spiky jobs where as its neighbours has the more cuddly deliveries and its also the story of his attached Stork who have risk his few remaining feathers delivering spiky hedgehogs, snappy alligators to proud parents whilst gazing wilfully at the other storks with easier tasks.
A short that is fun and interesting.
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I first saw this short when renting 'Up' on DVD and now that I own the
DVD, I decided to give this short another try.
The smartest aspects of this short are its title (very relevant for the clouds), its apparent link to 'Up' (both having parts that take place high up in the sky) and how weather conditions represent the 'bad' clouds emotions (thunder and lightning for anger or jealousy and rain for crying when his stork flies to a gentle female cloud towards the end). Some of the baby animals are cute and I sympathised for the main stork when the 'bad' cloud gave him tough animals such as a head- butting ram and a hedgehog/porcupine. While there is no meaningful dialogue and just the odd, "Aah" and grunt, the music was dreamy if somewhat forgettable. This short also reminded me of the beginning of 'Dumbo' where various storks deliver baby animals to would-be-mothers as well as the part in 'Hercules' where Zeus makes Pegasus from clouds as a gift for baby Hercules.
To sum up, I didn't find it as engaging as the likes of 'Knick Knack' and 'Day and Night,' but it still has some clever ideas and cute animals. 7/10.
This is the story about clouds and white stork. Clouds are able to make
babies by likes a magic. White clouds can make pretty babies. However
the black cloud cannot make pretty babies. He makes ugly babies. He
does not want to make ugly babies, however he cannot make pretty
babies. The skinny white stork carries ugly and dangerous babies. He
regards other clouds. He wants to carry pretty babies. He goes to the
other beautiful cloud. The black cloud is angry and sad. However the
black cloud and skinny white stork are good friends. What will happen
to them? I think the black cloud is pitiable. It is because he does not
want to make ugly baby, however he makes it. I like their friendship.
The skinny white stork is so kind. He thinks that he wants to carry
pretty baby, however he returns to black cloud certainly. I am
Please watch it. If you watch this movie, you will want to make better friendships.
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Pixar accompanies its CGI features with short films, and the shorts are
usually thematically related in some way to the feature. Thus Up, which
tells the story of a man who flies his house through the clouds by
tying hundreds of helium balloons to it, is accompanied by Partly
Cloudy, which tells what clouds get up to which we can't see. This
turns out to be creating cloud babies, cloud puppies, cloud kittens,
applying some cloud magic to turn them into living, breathing babies,
puppies, kittens, and then turning them over to storks (Storks and
clouds are, rather engagingly, partnered up) for delivery.
One cloud - rather more dirty than his white, fluffy companions - is tasked with creating the junior versions of the less engaging species, which he does very well. However, these biting, butting, stinging, stabbing creatures mean that his stork partner has the very worst job in the whole stork baby delivery fleet.
This wordless story is beautifully designed, brilliantly animated, beautifully communicated, full of slapstick humour and also genuine emotion and, like most of Pixar's shorts, it is very, very funny.
A class piece of work. I loved it.
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