Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
Life as the sole sale item in the clearance corner of Eben's Bikes can get lonely. So Red, a unicycle, dreams up a clown owner and his own juggling act that steals the show. But all too soon, the applause turns into the sound of rainfall, as reality rushes back. Red must resign himself to sitting in the corner and await his fate.
Here we have the introduction of something we haven't seen before.
Longing is a difficult enough emotion to display using traditional animation. Quite often, animators fall back on the use of music to register longing. But, here, Pixar does it quite simply and effectively.
"Red's Dream" is about a small unicycle sitting in a dusty corner of a bicycle shop. He fantasizes. Not about being displayed properly, or being purchased by someone...
No, he dreams of being in the circus.
It is a simple, but powerful theme.
In one of my favorite movies, "His Girl Friday", much ballyhoo is made (comically) about the axiom "production for use". If you've seen the movie you know what I mean.…
Early days of CGI.... the clown looks more like taken from an horror film!
Surprisingly melancholy short film from Pixar about a Unicycle who dreams of joining the circus. Ok, but not great. 5/10.
WATCH SHORT FILM: Red's Dream
A year on from Luxo Jr. and the semi-realistic animation is a little more assured and confident to use in a larger environment than a desktop. The colours are more lavish and layered than the previous two efforts and the possibilities available to Lasseter and co are really beginning to open up.
The story of Red lacks a little zest although it is strangely melancholic with no moment to lift the little unicycle out of its sad slump in the corner of the shop. There was still some work to do with the 'cartoonisation' of the characters - Lumpy the clown not as impressive looking as the realistic…
This Pixar short about a unicycle's dream is fairly enjoyable, but there's a clown and I hate fucking clowns.
Red Dream mainly stands out for his surpisingly melancholical, some might say even depressing storyline. An unicycle dreams about being the star of a circus show. At first it only helps a clown, but in the end it even upstages him. Unfortunately this is only just a dream and the unicycle is forced to stay in the bike shop.
The ending is a real downer and the fact that I felt that way, once again proves that Pixar easily manages to elicite emotional reactions to objects that nobody would normally care about.
As for the animation, Red's Dream is on par with Pixar's previous effort Luxo Jr. , so there is nothing special to be said about. It's all pretty to look at (except for that clown, who actually looks kind of scary and falls a bit into the uncanny valley for me).
This always makes me feel really depressed
More like Red's Fever Dream.
Cute idea, with some fairly decent visuals, a cool, noirish Jazz theme and great use of the color red.
PIXAR Kurzfilme #3
Ein kleines, einsames, preislich reduziertes Einrad träumt nachts in der Fahrradhandlung vom großen Auftritt im Zirkus. Leider artet der Trip aufgrund mangelnder technischer Ausgereiftheit im Jahr 1987 eher zur leblosen Horrorshow aus: Der Zirkusclown verängstigt, denn er sieht wie ein grotesker Freak aus, die Farben wirken leer und hässlich und das kleine Einrad ist alles, nur nicht mit Emotion und Leben gefüllt.
Klappte das Erwecken lebloser Gegenstände, welches später eine der Kernqualitäten der beliebten Animationsschmiede werden sollte, im unmittelbaren Kurzfilm-Vorgänger LUXO JR. (der Geburt der PIXAR-Lampe) schon überraschend gut, versuchen die Macher hier leider zu viel drumherum einzubinden, was der visuellen und sympathischen Qualität der Hauptfigur nicht sehr dienlich ist. Eher creepy als niedlich und daher zwar eine nette Idee, aber nicht sehr überzeugend umgesetzt.
pixar just made me feel empathy for a unicycle
La poetica degli oggetti che vibrano come le persone. Malinconico
Most depressing short ever.
You can watch it on Youtube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKgK2jagELw
A Haiku Review
Dreaming of a clown
Universal nightmare fuel
Avoid at all costs