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

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Jan Pinkava

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Jan Pinkava

Star:

Bob Peterson
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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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Release Date:

25 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juego de Geri See more »

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Pixar Animation Studios See more »
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1.70 : 1
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Trivia

A VHS copy of this short was made but was released in small quantity and is now considered to be rare to find. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2 mins) Black takes the White Queen, leaving just the White King on the board. The chess box is then shown overflowing with pieces, even though the only ones that have been taken are from White. Although this is less than half of the total pieces, there is no room for any others. See more »

Quotes

Geri: [only line in the film] Ah-ha!
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References The AristoCats (1970) See more »

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a kind of lesson maybe for film-students- a LOT of fun
31 May 2006 | by MisterWhiplashSee 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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