The Adventures of André and Wally B.

In “The Adventures of André and Wally B.” a fictional creature of Pixar’s own (at this point the company was called “The Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Project”), named André, wakes up to a bee named Wally B. flying right in front of his face, intimidating André. It is understandable that the Wally B. plans to sting André. Before the Wally B. gets his chance André tricks him in the classic “Look that way!” trick. Sparing himself a few seconds, André runs away before he gets stung by Wally B.

Something I did notice about “The Adventures of André and Wally B.” was that André’s voice sounds extremely similar to that of Donald Duck. Was “The Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Project” influenced by Disney before official business was made between them and Disney? Maybe so, it is unlikely that is is a coincidence.

This film was released on December 18, 1984. Alvy Ray Smith wrote this short and directed it. Animation was by John Lasseter. This short was truly an iconic achievement of it’s time. “The Adventures of André and Wally B.” contained the first use of motion blur in CG animation and complex 3D backgrounds.

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