By Sarah Sterling
February 3 marks 37 years since Pixar Animation Studios was founded! While we adore Pixar films and will be streaming our favorites on Disney+ to celebrate the Studios’ anniversary, we also want to spotlight another beloved part of Pixar Animation—shorts! You might be here For the Birds and think about Pixar cartoons Day & Night, but do you remember which Pixar films these Pixar shorts premiered with?
The Blue Umbrella was a photorealistic achievement in the field of animation. The short portrays a love story between two umbrellas passing each other on a rainy evening in the city. Which Pixar film did The Blue Umbrella play before?
Ever heard of a Jackalope? You sure have if you’ve seen Boundin’, a short about a kind, mythical jackalope who helps a sheared sheep regain his confidence through dance. Boundin’ accompanied which Pixar film in theaters?
Featuring one of the greatest twists in animated short film history, Geri’s Game is about two elderly men playing chess in the park. But... surprise! It’s just one old man playing chess against himself! Geri’s Game preceded which Pixar film in theaters?
Inspired by director Peter Sohn’s love for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Dumbo, Partly Cloudy explains the myth of storks delivering babies through a loveable cloud who magically creates newborns for the birds to pick up. Partly Cloudy was paired with which Pixar film?
Sanjay’s Super Team features a young boy who struggles to balance his love for modern entertainment, specifically superheroes, with his family’s Hindu practices. Through the power of imagination, Sanjay is able to meld his interests by drawing the Hindu gods as a “super team” of heroes in his own comic strip. Sanjay’s Super Team played before which Pixar film in theaters?
Bao was the first Pixar animated short by a female director, Domee Shi, who later directed Turning Red! Bao is the allegorical story of a mother accepting that her relationship with her son has changed as he’s grown up. Which Pixar movie was Bao paired with in theaters?
This Pixar fan’s personal favorite short is La Luna, the story of three generations of Italian men whose job is to sweep stars across the surface of the moon, creating the multiple lunar phases. La Luna debuted with which Pixar film?
The gag-tastic Presto is about a magician, Presto DiGiotagione, and his mischievous rabbit, Alec Azam (best name ever, we know). After a series of hilarious mishaps, the quarrelling duo learn to work together in harmony through mutual respect and gratitude. Presto played before which Pixar film?
Lou is a creature made up of random items found in an elementary school’s lost-and-found box. Every day after recess, Lou traverses the playground to pick up lost items and does his darndest to reunite them with their owners. The sweet story of Lou debuted with which Pixar film in theaters?
Pixar’s musical short Lava tells the story of two Hawaiian volcanoes in love. The pair are separated and brought together by quakes and volcanic activity, resulting in them merging into one island where they can be together forever. Lava features an original song of the same name, performed by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig, and premiered with which Pixar film?
How did you do? Let us know on social media and try out a past Pixar trivia quiz if you’re craving another challenge! Plus, we have videos covering fun facts on some of your favorite Pixar films, like Coco and Ratatouille! Stay tuned to D23.com for more on your favorite Disney films.