Disney Shorts: 2000ies
(without Theme Park-Promotional films)
(February 01, 2008)


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For the Birds [Pixar]

June 05, 2000

One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then comes along a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can’t help but make fun of him – and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.

Academy Award: Best Short Film, Animated, 2000.

Premiered at the Annecy Animation Film Festival in France.

Released with Monsters, Inc. on November 02, 2001.

4 min. Directed by Ralph Eggleston. CGI Short #7

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John Henry

October 30, 2000

The film is telling the story of the legendary African American folk hero, who pitted his strength against that of a machine, and won the contest. The story is told from the point of view of John’s wife, Polly.

The cartoon was completely made by Disney’s Feature Animation Studio in Florida.

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness, provided the music.

9 min. Directed by Mark Henn.

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One Man’s Dream: 100 Years of Magic


Michael Eisner introduces and Walt Disney himself, through rare digitally enhanced audio commentary, narrates the film, which documents Walt’s life.

Film created in 2001 by Walt Disney Imagineering for an exhibit at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World. Also screened at Disney Animation at Disney’s California Adventure.

16 min.

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Seasons of the Vine

February 08, 2001

A film about wine making, from spring vine cutting to bountiful harvest.

Film-attraction at the Golden Vine Winery in Disney’s California Adventure.


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Golden Dreams

February 08, 2001

The film chronicles the hopes, dreams, and hard work of the pioneers who shaped what is California today. Calafia as narrator covers the Gold Rush, the immigrant experience, and the glittering beginnings of Hollywood.

Film-attraction at Disney’s California Adventure.

21 min. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

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Soarin’ Over California

February 08, 2001

Guests are lifted up to 40 feet in the air, and surrounded by a giant projection dome. They then get a birds-eye view of much of the beauty and wonder of California, with an extraordinary sensation of free flight.

Film-attraction at Disney’s California Adventure. A similar attraction called “Soarin’” opened as part of The Land at EPCOT on May 05, 2005.

4 min.

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September 04, 2001

A theatrical journey that presents the best in song and dance from Broadway’s most popular shows.

Shown at the Broadway Music Theater at Tokyo Disney-Sea.

30 min.

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Mike’s New Car [Pixar]

May 17, 2002

Mike Wazowski shows off his new car to his friend James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, but neither knows how to operate it.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

4 min. Directed by Pete Docter & Roger Gould. CGI short #08.

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Reflections of China

May 2003

The film features updated footage of many of the cities and landmarks shown in the original film, as well as additions, including Hong Kong and Macau, which are now part of China. Shanghai, especially, has dramatically changed over the past 20 years, and now has a stunning, ultramodern skyline.

Circle-Vision film replacing Wonders of China in China at EPCOT.

13 min. Directed by Jeff Blyth.

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June 02, 2003

A poetic take on love and time.

Walt Disney and Salvador Dali collaborated on this surrealistic film in 1946, but for a number of reasons it was not completed. Decades later, Roy E. Disney took up up the cause, and the film was finally completed in 2003 and it premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France.

Theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York on December 19, 2003.

The story is by Salvador Dali and the song “Destino” is written by Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz.

The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.

7 min. Directed by Dominique Monfery.

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic

September 30, 2003

Donald Duck swipes Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat, then tries to conduct a symphony, but ends up stumbling into scenes from classic Disney animated features.

Computer-animated 3-D film attraction in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.


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Boundin’ [Pixar]

December, 2003

On a high mountain plain lives a lamb with wool of such remarkable sheen that he breaks into high-steppin’ dance. But there comes a day when he loses his lustrous coat and, along with it, his pride. It takes a wise jackalope – a horn-adorned rabbit – to teach the moping lamb that woolly or not, it’s what’s inside that’ll help him rebound from life’s troubles.

Premiered in Los Angeles, California and nominated for an Academy Award.

Released with The Incredibles on November 05, 2004.

5 min. Directed by Bud Luckey, Roger Gould. CGI short #09.

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Where Magic Lives - Magic Kingdom


Mickey serves as your host for the program, which begins with the head honcho himself awaking in his Toontown home. The tour then starts at Main Street, U.S.A. and journeys toward Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and then Fantasyland and the grandeur of the Magic Kingdom's centerpiece, Cinderella's castle. The tour then continues to Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Also released under Magic Kingdom: The Happiest Celebration on Earth in 2005.

28 min. Promotional film.

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March 06, 2004

The story about a fat and sassy cat terrorized by its own tail into a fit of ballroom dancing.

Premiered at Florida Film Festival 2004 in Orlando.

Released with Raising Helen on May 28, 2004.

Based on an original idea by Joe Grant.

5 min. Directed by Mike Gabriel.

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One by One

August 31, 2004

On a rainy day, a group of children in a South African township decide to build their own kites. As they complete these kites, the sky starts to clear. The children run out into the field that is now golden with sunshine and proceed to fly their homemade kites. In the end, they release the kites, a metaphor for freedom.

Music by Lebo M, being a song from the stage production of The Lion King.

6 min.


Turtle Talk with Crush

November 2004

By the use of digital projection and voice-activated animation, Crush, the sea turtle from Finding Nemo, interacts with guests.

Attraction within The Living Seas at EPCOT. Also opened in Disney Animation at Disney’s California Adventure on July 15, 2005.


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The Cat that Looked at a King

December 14, 2004

Mary Poppins and two kids leap into a chalk painting on the sidewalk and find themselves in the kingdom of King Cole. The king thinks he knows all the facts in the world, but is bested by a cat who teaches him that he is not the cleverest man in the world, but rather a merry old soul.

Based on an original Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers.

Directed by Dave Bossert (animation) and Peter Schneider (live-action).

10 min.

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Jack-Jack Attack [Pixar]

March 15, 2005

Jack-Jack, the baby of the superhero family, is at home with babysitter Kari while the family is away, and the toddler reveals his latent powers.

5 min. Directed by Brad Bird. CGI short #10.

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Disneyland Resort: Happiest Homecoming On Earth

May 05, 2005

A guide through today’s Happiest Place on Earth. After wandering down Main Street, U.S.A. and past a few convenient shops, the tour takes us straight to Adventureland, then Fantasyland, and Critter Country. From there it is on to the adjacent New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland. The final look at the original Disneyland Park gives us a look at Disney "after dark." The footage of Fantasmic! and the anniversary fireworks is spectacular. The tour then continues at the Disney's California Adventure and finishes with the Resort's hotels and Downtown Disney areas.

28 min. Promotional film.


Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years

May 05, 2005

A humorous film look at the first 50 years with Steve Martin, who as a young man worked at Disneyland in the Magic Shop, and Donald Duck.

Film shown in the Opera House at Disneyland.

17 min.

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One Man Band [Pixar]

August 06, 2005

A little peasant girl has one coin with which to make a wish in a fountain, but she encounters two competing street performers who would like the coin in their tip jars. The two overly-eager musicians rival to win the girl’s attention.

Premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Released on June 09, 2006 with Cars.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

04 min. CGI short #11.

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The Little Matchgirl

May 13, 2006

A poor girl finds visions of happiness in the fiery flames of the matches that she lights to keep warm.

From a story by Hans Christian Andersen.

An animated short, without spoken dialogue, directed by Roger Allers and set to the music of Alexander Borodin’s “String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: Third Movement: Noturno (Andante)”.


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Mater and the Ghostlight [Pixar]

October 25, 2006

This short finds rusty tow truck Mater disrupting many of his neighbors with pranks. The table is turned on him when Sheriff tells him to fear the blue ghost light that's rumored to haunt Route 66.

7 min. Directed by John Lasseter, Dan Scanlon. CGI short #12.

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Keys to the Kingdom

September 07, 2006

Princess Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty, is left in charge of the land for two days while her parents, along with Prince Phillip and King Hubert, are away at a conference. Left in charge, she is determined to do everything well and on her own, no matter how long it takes. However, when the princess must send the three good fairies away with a speech King Hubert mistakenly left behind, Merryweather leaves her magic wand with Aurora in case she needs help. As the workload of signing papers and hearing villagers' grievances gets out of hand, Aurora finally does turn to the wand with disastrous results. One mistake leads to another, and Aurora soon decides she will have to find a way to solve the problems she has created on her own.

Released as part of Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.

25 min. Directed by David Block. Disney Princess #1.

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More Than a Peacock Princess

September 07, 2006

Jasmine, from Aladdin, wants a more important role in the kingdom. Her father sets her up with a teacher's assistant gig, and Jasmine is quite excited about it, but this quickly goes bad as the students simply have no respect. One day Sahara, the horse that belonged to Jasmine's mother and a very special animal to the sultan, escapes his young keeper. His family depends on the money he earns by keeping the horse. It's all up to Jasmine to retrieve Sahara before Sultan knows the horse is gone.

Released as part of Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.

25 min. Directed by David Block. Disney Princess #2.

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Lifted [Pixar]

September 11, 2006

An inept young alien student from a distant planet tests the patience of his increasingly weary instructor as he attempts a first-time abduction of a slumbering farmer.

Released on June 29, 2007 with Ratatouille.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film 2006.

05 min. Directed by Gary Rydstrom. CGI Short #13.

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Welcome: Portraits of America

October 2007

This multi-media show, created to welcome international visitors to the United States at major airports, includes a 7-minute film and hundreds of still images featuring American people from all regions and walks of life.

Presented by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

8 min.

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Your Friend the Rat [Pixar]

November 06, 2007

Remy and Emile from Ratatoullie argue for the reconciliation of humans and rats.

As a combination of 3D, 2D, and stop-motion animation, reminiscent of Ward Kimball's shows for the Disney television series, this short takes on the form of an educational film.

11 min. Directed by Jim Capobianco.

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How to Hook up Your Home Theater

December 21, 2007

Enthusiastic but clueless, Goofy is confronted by huge instruction “manual”, and has to deal with a gargantuan universal remote and a spaghetti of multicolored cables.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

6 min. Directed by Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers.

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