7.9/10
15,757
121 user 13 critic
A teenage alien tries to abduct a sleeping human, but with so many switches to do so, it's nearly impossible.

Director:

Gary Rydstrom

Writers:

Gary Rydstrom, Jeff Pidgeon (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

One Man Band (2005)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two buskers engage in a petty feud over a child's donation.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Andrew Jimenez
Presto (2008)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.

Director: Doug Sweetland
Stars: Doug Sweetland
Partly Cloudy (2009)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Babies both human and animal are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. One cloud specializes in "dangerous" babies, creating a challenge for his loyal stork that has to deliver them.

Director: Peter Sohn
Stars: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson
Knick Knack (1989)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A snow globe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way, despite all his efforts.

Director: John Lasseter
Geri's Game (1997)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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

Director: Jan Pinkava
Stars: Bob Peterson
For the Birds (2000)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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

Director: Ralph Eggleston
Stars: Ralph Eggleston
Day & Night (2010)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The personifications of daytime and nighttime learn to get along.

Director: Teddy Newton
Stars: Wayne Dyer
Boundin' (2003)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A sheep dances proudly in his southwestern landscape, until one day his wool is sheared and he is left naked. He's depressed and shy, until a cheerful jackalope comes along and shows him how to leap proudly and not to be ashamed.

Directors: Bud Luckey, Roger Gould
Stars: Bud Luckey
Luxo Jr. (1986)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling.

Director: John Lasseter
Mike's New Car (Video 2002)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mike's bought a new 6-wheel-drive car, and he can't wait to show it off to Sulley. Only problem is, Mike hasn't exactly mastered the controls yet, and they're pretty complicated.

Directors: Pete Docter, Roger Gould
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Tin Toy (1988)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A tin one-man-band toy tries to escape a destructive baby.

Director: John Lasseter
La Luna (2011)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young boy helps his father and grandfather harvest stars from the moon.

Director: Enrico Casarosa
Stars: Tony Fucile, Krista Sheffler, Phil Sheridan
Edit

Storyline

It's night; crickets chirp outside an isolated farmhouse. A bright light from a spacecraft shines through a bedroom window and lifts a sleeping man. However, the light and the small alien controlling it from the ship are unable to pull the man through the window: first it's the glass that impedes them. The alien frets; its supervisor - large, laconic, and green - watches. As the human keeps sleeping, the alien's tries every lever. Just as it looks as if the alien abduction will succeed, something goes wrong. The supervisor steps in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Failure is an option.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

29 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abducido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pixar Animation Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When the man lies on the ground next to his bed, you can clearly see the little toy under the bed which is the main figure of one of Pixar's first short films Tin Toy (1988). See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening Pixar credit, the shining face of Luxo Jr. dissolves into a full moon in the night sky of the establishing shot. See more »

Connections

References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Close Encounters of the Inept Kind
15 September 2007 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

I've always thought it fantastic that Pixar precedes their excellent feature-length films with an equally-excellent animated short, since it serves beautifully to settle the audience down and ready them for the coming feature. With 'Ratatouille' currently in cinemas, the short film this time around was 'Lifted,' a brief but amusing tale of an attempted alien abduction that doesn't quite go to plan. It was directed by Gary Rydstrom, a first-time director but incredible seven-time Oscar winner, thanks to his excellent work in the sound department on such films as 'Jurassic Park' and 'Titanic.' Like Pixar's finest short films, the simple plot is propelled forward without the need for any dialogue, relying mostly on effectively-chosen sound effects. Accordingly, Rydstrom was an ideal candidate to direct.

In a quiet country farmhouse, a human sleeps peacefully, blissfully unaware that an immense UFO has stationed itself outside his house. Inside the spaceship, a young alien, named Stu, is trying desperately to remember which unlabeled toggle switches to press, presented with a vast selection across a large control panel. Stu's instructor, Mr. B., watches over him menacingly, his expression offering not a hint to the correct procedure and answering every mistake by scribbling briefly onto his notepad. Meanwhile, as Stu fumbles tentatively with the controls, the unfortunate human finds himself lifted from his bed by the spacecraft's tractor-beam and tossed violently against the wall and ceiling, never waking from his slumber.

I thought it was rather ambitious that the filmmakers decided to show the beings inside the UFO, since it is rare that we actually get to see a cinematic alien fiddling with buttons and levers behind a control desk. Not only this, but the two extraterrestrials – in just five minutes – become relatively well-developed characters: we immediately sympathise with poor hapless Stu, and Mr. B. discovers a streak of compassion that we hadn't originally expected of him. The comedic timing is just about perfect, and we hold our breath as Stu moves to press another button, before laughing at the unexpected consequence of this upon the unlucky human – his movements largely represented by a holographic blip above the control panel. The sound effects are cleverly-chosen, and the addition of the Wilhelm scream at the very end was a nice touch.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 121 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed