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Geri's Game (1997)

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


Jan Pinkava


Jan Pinkava


Bob Peterson
Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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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This is Mexico on released on Otra Pelicula de Huevos y Un Pollo in 2009. See more »


"Nasty" Geri (black) moves a bishop illegally, two squares horizontally to capture a pawn. See more »


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 »


Featured in The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007) See more »

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Very good, but not one of my favorite Pixar shorts
12 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recently purchased the new DVD including all of Pixar's short films--among them was GERI'S GAME. Now I'd seen this film before when it was first shown in the theater and I decided to watch it again. The second time, I enjoyed it about the same. But what I really noticed was that although GERI'S GAME was lovely to look at, compared to many of the other Pixar shorts, it wasn't all that funny. Maybe I'm just an old curmudgeon, but seeing the old guy playing chess against himself was good for a snicker or two but that's about all.

GERI'S GAME did win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1998, so obviously it is a very good film and the Academy liked it. However, I actually enjoyed an "artsy" short that was nominated more than GERI'S GAME. The Russian film, THE MERMAID was not exactly new in style either (as several of director Petrov had been nominated in this category before), but it was just so lovely to look at--like a painting come to life. It's unlike me to prefer the more sophisticated film, but this time I was so impressed with THE MERMAID because it looked so gosh darn lovely.

In addition, THE OLD LADY AND THE PIGEONS was also nominated for the Oscar and lost to GERI'S GAME. I also liked the pigeon movie more--it was so strange and truly unique--something I love to see in an Oscar winner.

See these films for yourself and see what you think.

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25 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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