Short Film Showcase – The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984)

The Adventures of André and Wally B., 1984.

The Adventures of Andre and Wally BWritten and Directed by Alvy Ray Smith.

The Adventures of André and Wally B. is an early computer-animated short created in 1984 by the LucasFilm Computer Graphics Project, which would later become Pixar Animation Studios following the purchase of the company by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986. Directed by Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith and featuring animation by John Lasseter and sound design from LucasFilm regular Ben Burtt, the 2-minute short centres on a character named Andre, who is awoken from a restful nap in the forest by a pesky bee intent on stinging him.

The short film is notable for its groundbreaking animation techniques including the first use of CG motion blur, and premiered at the 1984 SIGGRAPH conference in Minneapolis. It was also shown theatrically before Terry Gilliam’s cult sci-fi Brazil (1985), and was reissued a decade later alongside Pixar’s debut feature Toy Story (1995).


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