Luxo Jr. (1986)
Article 5919 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Lasseter
What it is: A pioneer short
A Luxo lamp and its son play with a ball together.
For those who wonder where Pixar got its hopping lamp logo, the answer is here in the second short produced by the company. The plot itself is pretty bare bones, but it’s only a two-minute short, so what do you expect? Nevertheless, it’s enjoyable to see the animators anthropomorphize these two lamps; with the inspired use of movement and posture, we can sense the feelings and thoughts of these two lamps and they engage in their exploration of the world around them. To some extent, this pioneering effort from the company that changed the style of animated features reminds me of the early silents and their explorations of the world of special effects.