After the introduction to digital animation through The Adventures of André and Wally B from Pixar and the subsequent Luxo Jr. short film, it was time for Pixar to continue the legacy with their 1987 short film, Red’s Dream. Only at 4 minutes, it manages to tell a sad tale about a unicycle, of all things. Red is a unicycle, who has dreams and aspirations, just like we do, expect he is an inanimate object and Pixar brings him to life, immortalising Red into the Pixar canon.
Red’s Dream was released 28 years, and 1 month ago. It’s still relevant because of the legacy it has left behind, and what better way to celebrate it, than by going through 7 interesting facts about it!
1 This is the only Pixar short film to have never been released theatrically with a feature.
2 Recognise who that is on the face of the clock? André makes his first cameo as an easter egg.
3 Talking about easter eggs, recognise that design? The Luxo Ball makes it’s second cinematic appearance.
3 The shop Red is in, is called Eben’s Bikes, named after an employee at Pixar, Eben Ostby.
4 If you look closely, you can see the famous Luxo Jr. lamp, it’s hidden!
5 To meet deadlines for this short film, John Lasseter would sleep in the hallways of the relatively small Pixar offices, for days!
6 David Slusser is responsible for the eerie jazzy music in this short film.
7 The clown’s name is Lumpy, and he is the first organic animation from Pixar.