Saturday, 5 January 2008

Luxo Jr. meets WALL-E

Have you ever watched a Pixar film (for example Toy Story, A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, ...) and wondered why the Pixar logo includes a little animated desk lamp? Well the original version of the desk lamp appeared in Pixar's first ever animation Luxo Jr -- the story of a little desk lamp, his father and a beach ball. Luxo Jr. was produced in 1986 to showcase what Pixar were capable of doing, and was so well received that it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Film.

I was first introduced to Luxo Jr. during a 3D Graphics course at University (probably in the autumn of 1999) and was blown away by it. Not only was it very well animated for 1986 it had stood the test of time and was still a fantastic piece of animation. When you watch it (a short clip is available from Pixar's website) you can see how much feeling and emotion is present in the movements of the little lamp.

Each new Pixar film continues to impress me with their new computer animation techniques. The trailers for their newest film, WALL-E, are special though as the opening Pixar credits have been changed to include the little robot from the film.

Having watched the trailer I still really don't know much about the film, but I can't wait to see it. Oh and by the way is it just me or does WALL-E look a lot like a rusty prototype version of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit?
8 January 2008 at 06:01 , Scriptor Senex said...

That is quite a coincidence. I was talking about how much I liked the little Pixar lamp to Helen and Ian last weekend!

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