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Geri's Game is a 4 minute long 1997 animated short film made by Pixar. It was written and directed by Jan Pinkava. The film won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. It was later shown before Pixar's 1998 film A Bug's Life. It is also included on all DVD versions of the movie.

The film is set in an empty park during autumn, (though judging by the procession of shadows, the sun is north of the scene, - so it is actually set in the southern hemisphere, turning autumn into spring); the title character, Geri (voiced by Bob Peterson), plays a game of chess against himself ('becoming' each of the players in turn by moving to the other side of the chessboard and taking his glasses on and off).

Pixar produced the film with the goal of exploring improved techniques in the rendering of humans and clothing, including the use of subdivision surfaces.

Geri later had a cameo appearance in Toy Story 2 as the toy cleaner who works on Woody; inside the box of his cleaning kit, viewers can see a collection of chess pieces.


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