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Knick Knack (1989)

A snow globe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way, despite all his efforts.


John Lasseter


John Lasseter
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A snow globe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way, despite all his efforts.

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Shown with the theatrical release of Finding Nemo (2003) and the 2006 Disney Digital 3-D theatrical re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). See more »


[Opening text in the 2003 version]
Text: In 1989, six years before Toy Story
["Toy Story" is in its usual opening title design, but its horizonal like the home video releases]
Text: Pixar Animation Studios made this short film.
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Filmed entirely on location. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1989 version of "Knick-Knack" features exaggerated breasts on the two female figurines - the sunbather and the mermaid (the latter barely covered with starfish). This was meant to parody the absurd proportions of tacky figurines such as these, and explained why the snowman was so strongly attracted to them. In 2003, the short was remastered to show alongside Finding Nemo. In this version (which was sourced for all subsequent releases), the sunbather is flat-chested and the mermaid is now covered with a clam-shell top (a la The Little Mermaid). This was done due to discomfort with the original version by John Lasseter, who by this point was a father and felt uncomfortable showing the original version to his children. This original version is no longer available, with its last release on Toy Story's Laserdisc version. All subsequent releases, including the Pixar Short Films Collection, feature the 2003 edited version. See more »


Referenced in Toy Story (1995) See more »

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Early Pixar
16 July 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Funny little short comedy by the Pixar people, which I saw as an extra on the Finding Nemo DVD.

A snowman is trapped in one of those glass snow domes, but he wants to break out as all the other toys are having a good time in the sun. So he tries to break/blow his way through but things just don't work for him. When he and the dome finally fall down, we think he can escape but again, the dome gets the better of him...

Well made and fun, we can see why Pixar became such a huge company over the years. If you have the Finding Nemo DVD, make sure you check this one out.


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25 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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