Geri’s Game (film) A short film released by Pixar as an independent company, not by Disney, on November 25, 1997 for Academy Award consideration; it won Pixar the award for Best Cartoon. It was later released with a bug’s life on November 25, 1998. An elderly man plays chess with himself, taking on multiple personalities as his opponent. Directed by Jan Pinkava. 5 min.