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Luxo Jr. (1986)

A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

Director:

John Lasseter

Writer:

John Lasseter (story)
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A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

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Country:

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Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film sent shock waves throughout the industry. At the time most animators were fearful of the computer; Luxo Jr. (1986) made them appreciate that it was just another tool. See more »

Quotes

[Opening Text from the 1999 reissue]
Text: [fade in] In 1986 Pixar Animation Studios produced its first film.
Text: [fade in] This is why we have a hopping lamp in our logo.
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Crazy Credits

Computing (CSRG, UC Berkeley) okeeffe, manet See more »

Alternate Versions

A later release has additional captions before the opening title: "In 1986 Pixar Animation Studios produced its first film. This is why we have a hopping lamp in our logo." See more »

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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Swan Princess (2014) See more »

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Definitely one of Pixar's greatest short animated films.
6 April 2002 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Because I am so loathe to put one over the other, I just want to say that Geri's Game, For The Birds, and Luxo Jr. are the three greatest short animated films that have come from Pixar so far. What you have here is an extremely well made film that creates live characters without the use of dialogue or facial expressions or even bodies, and all this tremendously realistic animation was done in the 80s, before computers themselves had had much of an impact on the movies, especially as compared to today!

Luxo Jr. is an absolutely ingenius creation of animation, Pixar managed to come straight out and begin their career with a flawless animation film. There is, however, also the notable exception of any humans in the film, which should be mentioned here because that is the thing that Pixar's films have had the greatest difficulty with. The baby in Tin Toy was absolutely monstrous and hideous, and even in the full length Toy Story, the human faces were never made to look quite right. The emphasis, however, was placed on the toys in the film, which was one of the many reasons that it was such a great film.

In Luxo Jr., Pixar seems to be making a simple statement about what they can do with computer animation, and they have been tremendously successful. This film is absolutely flawless as far as characterization, simplicity, amusement, and, probably most of all, the amazingly realistic sound effects that served to help bring the hopping lamps to life. This is some of the simplest stuff that can be brought to the screen and still have meaning (simple, that is, as far as content, not creation), but Pixar has managed to make this three minute film a truly memorable cinematic experience.


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