|Directed by:||Alvy Ray Smith|
|Written by:||Alvy Ray Smith|
|Release date:||July 25, 1984|
|Running time:||1 minute, 54 seconds|
The Adventures of André & Wally B. was created at the Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Project, which later spun off Pixar Animation Studios. Although it is technically not a Pixar short, the animation was by John Lasseter, it has been released on two Pixar home video collections, and featured on Pixar.com's website.
The animation on the feature included the first use of motion blur in CG animation. In addition, it was the first time that classic animation principles had been used in a computer animated film. These principles were used to help make the characters move and look more natural. Lasseter pushed the envelope by asking for manipulatable shapes capable of the squash and stretch style, as earlier CG models had generally been restricted to rigid geometric shapes.
The short involves a character named André being awakened in a forest by a pesky bee named Wally B. When André points in a different direction, the bee looks away and André gets his chance to run away. Wally chases André and eventually catches up to him and stings him offscreen, reappearing with a bent stinger. Soon, though, Wally gets hit by André's tossed hat as a last laugh.
- Concept and Direction by Alvy Ray Smith
- Animation by John Lasseter
- Technical Lead: Bill Reeves
- Technical Contributions by Tom Duff, Eben Ostby, Rob Cook, Loren Carpenter, Ed Catmull, David Salesin, Tom Porter, and Sam Leffler
- Filming by David DiFrancesco, Tom Noggle, and Don Conway
- Computer Logistics by Craig Good
- Sound by Ben Burtt
- The title of the short appears on the binding of a book in Toy Story.
- This film was not technically made by Pixar as it was created when they were known as the Lucasfilm Computer Division.
- Both of the main characters' names were based on the names of characters from the film My Dinner with Andre.
- André later appears in Red's Dream as a clock, and is shown briefly on TV when Hamm is clicking through channels in Toy Story 2.
- A Wally B. sticker appears on Bonnie's backpack in Toy Story 3.