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One Man Band (2005)

Two buskers engage in a petty feud over a child's donation.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




At the central square of a picturesque Italian village, a bright-eyed little girl is anxious to toss her last gold coin in the fountain to make a wish, while a talented one-man-band street performer plays a cheerful tune. But just when the girl is ready to drop her coin in the busker's rusty cup, another flamboyant contestant steps in, desirous of her attention. Inevitably, this is going to be a music showdown like none other, nevertheless, the coin is only one. Written by Nick Riganas

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A post-credits scene shows that it is now nighttime, with Treble standing on Bass, trying to reach for the coins in vain. As the two start to fall backwards, the film ends. See more »


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Swan Song
27 June 2006 | by jldmp1See all my reviews

Unfortunately, the theater's projection screen ruined the animation nuances -- strangely, "Cars" didn't suffer the same way. So this should be better suited to the DVD medium. Think of it as a high-tech nod to Melies.

As for the metaphor, it's a Pixar jab at the big studios. This is a reminder that little Pixar doesn't need frippery to succeed. The competition only offers bells and whistles; Pixar offers core values first. Notice that the 'big guys' don't understand why they haven't won the 'gold coin'.

Sadly, this is the end of Pixar as an uncompromising entity. The Disney deal will probably spell an inexorable slide into mediocrity.

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