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For the Birds (2000)

A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just deserts when a goofy bird drops in.

Director:

Ralph Eggleston

Writer:

Ralph Eggleston
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Ralph Eggleston ... Bird (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then comes along a large dopey bird who tries to join them. The birds of a feather can't help but make fun of him -- and the clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end. Written by Jwelch5742

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Trivia

According to Pixar's website, the first four birds actually have names and individual characteristics. From left to right they are: Chipper, Bully, Snob and Neurotic. Look closely and you'll see them act out their personalities. See more »

Crazy Credits

When the film ends, the "The End" sign appears in black letters in a splat of white guano on the black background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside Out (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Big High Wire Hop
Written by Riders in the Sky
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Very funny one-joke short
21 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A group of small birds nestle comfortably on a telephone wire. When a large bird wants to join them they treat him with contempt and make fun of him. However when he joins them on the wire they learn a very harsh lesson about accepting others.

Shown before Monsters Inc. this short helped make for a longer running time and give a feeling of more value for money. It is a very simple short, with no dialogue. The little birds are really cool with great facial expressions and manage to be really likeable. The big bird looks real goofy and it's easy to join the little birds in mocking him. I suppose that is good because it makes their lesson our lesson.

The animation is superb, the backgrounds are bright and colourful and each feather on each bird looks really realistic. The short is very funny - funnier than it sounds, the little birds are really funny, kids will love it because all the comedy is visual, adults will love it because it's not too childish. It feels better than it is because it is a one-joke short, if they'd had to make this longer I think it would have suffered. However as a short it manages to be short and sweet, it's not very memorable but it is a funny joke.

Overall it is by no means the funniest 5 minutes of my life (!), but it is a very good one-joke short that is funnier that Monsters Inc (but lets not forget that MI actually needed a better story!). Funny, warm but ultimately forgettable.


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2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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