Short Movie Review: Geri’s Game

Geri’s Game Trailer

Geri’s Game Summary

Geri’s Game is a 1997 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar and written and directed by Jan Pinkava. The short, which shows an old man who competes with himself in a game of chess, was Pixar’s first film to feature a human being as its main character; Geri later made a cameo appearance in Toy Story 2 as “The Cleaner”, here instead voiced by Jonathan Harris instead of Bob Peterson.

Geri’s Game was released eight years after Knick Knack, the last short by Pixar, made as part of an effort to reignite the studio’s short film series, which had been put on standby in order to focus on the creation of the studio’s first feature film, which would become the first-ever full-length computer-animated film, Toy Story.

In an empty park in a large city, the title character, Geri, brushes the leaves off a table and sets up a chessboard. He proceeds to play a chess game against himself, playing the parts of both participants by moving to opposite sides of the board and either removing or replacing his glasses. The “player” without the glasses is aggressive and confident, while the “player” with the glasses is timid and makes several mistakes. The confident player soon captures all the timid player’s pieces except the King – the timid player fakes a heart attack and falls to the ground, startling the other, who quickly starts to take his own pulse. The timid player surreptitiously turns the board around so the confident player has only the King left and he has nearly all his pieces. He then gets up and tells the confident player he is all right, and takes his turn. The confident player, confused, concedes defeat and gives the timid player the prize – his false teeth. The camera pans back to remind the audience only one person was playing the game the entire time.

Geri’s Game Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Go ahead and watch the 5 minute short above and let us know what your thoughts are down in the comments. We love this short. It is cute, funny and well there are some interesting theories surrounding it but also Geri shows up in Toy Story 2 as the toy repair man to fix Woody.

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