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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.

Director:

John Lasseter

Writer:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$123,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,967
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bobby McFerrin's music is now used by BUPA Health Insurance for their telephone waiting system. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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four minutes of the cutest Pixar animation yet
21 October 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

This is a perfectly goofy time with Knick Knack, especially before a feature. It's four minutes of a situation, with a little snowman in a snow-globe pining for a little woman in the mix of a group of boppin-souvenirs. He finally gets out, but to a disastrous finale. It's very to the point in every measure, and all the while cute without actually being only for kids. In fact, I think I laughed at this harder now than I did when I first saw this as a kid. It's got a sense of humor to it that starts with the first shot, and continues all the way to the very end. Is it laugh-out-loud funny? Not entirely; it's got me 'heh-heh' type laughs all abound, with a few of the biggest laughs coming with the obvious pratfalls and errors. But even the music used is done with a big wink and a grin, especially during the end credits as the little voices are accompanied by a 'blah-blah-blah' voice. It's an Oscar-caliber little ruby of a short that, much like the early Disney shorts, doesn't overstay its welcome, and has an appeal ranging from 2 years old to 92 (to put it like a typical critic). It's a sweetly cruel piece of fluff.


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