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Geri's Game (1997)

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director:

Jan Pinkava

Writer:

Jan Pinkava

Star:

Bob Peterson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Peterson ... Geri (voice)
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Storyline

In a park, an old man is playing a game of chess against himself; he's physically moving from side to side as he plays from white to black. As the game progresses, the two sides of himself become individual and distinct players, "white" being the pensive and thoughtful side, "black" being the aggressive hard hitting side. But as the game looks to be coming to a conclusion, white makes a surprisingly aggressive move which could change what looked to be the obvious outcome of the game. Written by Huggo

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Trivia

This was released in Japan with Cars 2 in 2011. See more »

Goofs

Pieces teleport between squares all the time. See more »

Quotes

Geri: [only line in the film] Ah-ha!
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Crazy Credits

On the VHS release of this Short, we hear Geri laughing after the end credits See more »

Connections

Featured in Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special (2006) See more »

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a kind of lesson maybe for film-students- a LOT of fun
31 May 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I remember getting a kick of this short repeatedly when I saw Bug's Life in the theater repeatedly eight years back. Mostly because it sticks to the best rules of a little animated short like this. Less is more with the dialog, and editing and position of the camera are crucial. The filmmaker behind this, who hasn't done much aside from this short, is like a very wise film-student. In most film-student shorts, a good chunk of the goal in making 4 or 5 minute films is to put in as much information as possible while keeping it to the point and still having a story. The story here is a guy playing chess, Er, with himself, and getting into a competition to the death (well, almost) in having a check-mate. Geri's laughs and little facial gestures on either side are really genius in their own way, and the ending is one of those that puts a smile on your face. The music is also, in its own way, funny by way of being just a lowly accordion applying the backup to this wacky little scenario. Probably ranks up there with my very favorite Pixar shorts, worth another look on the Bug's Life DVD for sure.


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Release Date:

25 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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