The blockbuster film is called "Finding Nemo" and tells the tale
of a timid little clown fish that watches his son get scooped up by a diver.
Nemo leaves the safety of his coral enclave to start an improbable land-and-sea
rescue mission. In this movie Pixar took computer animation, and especially
the use of water in such films, to new heights.
Now the pixel geniuses have created a short film about an aging codger named
Geri who plays a game of chess in the park. He is losing against his livelier
opponent when he turns tables by faking a heart attack.
Pixar makes these little movies usually with research and development in mind.
Here the challenge was to take human and cloth animation to new heights. They
succeeded, and Geri's Game won an Academy Award for best animated short film.
Note that the bottom right-hand corner of the chessboard is actually white in
this film. Apparently the international team of experts who go around
making sure that in all movie chess scenes the board must be set
up incorrectly was caught napping this time.
To view the film you will need a Quicktime 5 viewer, which is probably already
installed on your system. If not you can download it free of charge from the
site. Once you are set you can
Geri's Game here.
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