The Story Behind Pixar’s New Short ‘Day & Night’

Pixar Day and Night

You won’t find anyone around here who will argue against the quality of the films of Pixar. And even less likely is the chance that you’ll find someone around here who wouldn’t jump at the chance to peek at the next great Pixar short film. Every one of their features comes equipped with a short, usually one that is both brilliant and inventive. And not to mention fun.

There’s a lot that we can learn from Pixar’s shorts, aside from the fact that their campus in Emeryville, CA houses some of the most creative minds in the world of entertainment, let alone animation. Many of their short film directors are names that you wouldn’t recognize, as they don’t always go on to direct feature films (save for John Lasseter, who has directed several shorts and features), but they are important names in the world of Pixar. Peter Sohn, for example, wrote and directed Partly Cloudy, the short attached to the 2009 release Up. Sohn has long been one of Pixar’s most talented story artists, and could very well make the jump to features in the future. The same could be said for Gary Rydstrom, who directed Lifted, the short attached to 2007’s Ratatouille. He was slated to direct the 2012 release Newt before it was canceled.

All of these names are worth knowing. If not for now, then for the future. They are the ones who will carry on the inventiveness of Pixar well after names like Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter have moved on to other things. And speaking of inventiveness, today brings us a first look at Pixar’s next short Day & Night, which will be in theaters with Toy Story 3. It’s directed by Teddy Newton, who co-wrote the 2005 short film Jack-Jack Attack. It is perhaps the most bold premise that we’ve seen from a Pixar short to date, one that you simply must see to believe.

Check out the behind the scenes featurette below, courtesy of Upcoming Pixar. Day & Night and Toy Story 3 will be in theaters on June 18, 2010.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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