Knick Knack is Pixar's fifth short film. It was released in 1989 at SIGGRAPH and then released on May 30, 2003 with Finding Nemo in theaters. It was even released on October 20, 2006 with The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D. It was the last pre-Toy Story short and the first one to be originally shot in 3D.
In the short, a snowman named Knick in a snow globe wants to get to a pretty Sunny Miami knick-knack. He tries various methods to escape. First, he tries to bust the dome with the igloo in the globe. Being flat plastic, it just floats to the bottom. Next, he tries using his carrot nose as a chisel with a hammer on the dome wall. This just gets his nose out of joint in that it ends up bent. Next, he tries to jackhammer through the globe floor. This just results in all of his facial features being vibrated off. He then tries to use a blowtorch to weld a hole in the globe. This just results in him being shot into the other side of the globe. Finally, he sets up a large stack of explosives and hides behind the upturned igloo. This results in everything, him, the igloo and snow, getting swirled around the globe. During all of these incidents, Sunny Miami gets more and more bored, while the other knick-knacks begin to take notice of said incidents. After the swirling stops, he notices his snow globe is partly over the edge of the shelf. He looks down at the edge and this tips him over the edge, literally. Knick tries running in the globe in panic, but this just rotates the globe. Soon, he notices a hatch in the floor of the globe, which is now above him. This gets him free from his watery prison. He falls off the screen and a plop sound is heard. It is then shown that he has fallen into a fish aquarium. He is still in water, staring crossly at the camera. He looks to his left and sees a pretty Sunny Atlantis knick-knack. He gets a lustful look on his face and begins walking towards her. At this point, the snow globe falls into the water, putting Knick inside through the hatch, which then closes. He, entranced by Sunny Atlantis, doesn't notice until he bumps into the dome wall, at which point he looks around and, realizing where he is, again looks crossly at the camera.
- Sunny Miami
- Sunny Florida
- Sunny Egypt
- Sunny Jamaica
- Sunny Palm Springs
- Sunny Israel
- Surf Death Valley
- Sunny Atlantis
Home video releases
- Knick Knack (1990 screener tape)
- Pixar (1991 VHS)
- Tiny Toy Stories (1996)
- Toy Story (Deluxe CAV LaserDisc Edition, 1996)
- Pixar's Made in Point Richmond (2001)
- Finding Nemo (2003 VHS and DVD)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (3D version)
- Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 (2007)
- Toy Story 3 (Limited Edition 3-disc set, 2010)
- The short is done in a Chuck Jones style of comedy. Chuck Jones cartoons like the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote was the inspiration for Knick Knack.
- Knick Knack can be seen as a book in Toy Story.
- When Hamm is clicking through channels in Toy Story 2, the Sunny Miami Girl and Knick (the Snowman) can be seen twice on the TV.
- This is the first short to use a different font for the credits.
- When this short was re-released with Finding Nemo, it got many changes:
- The opening has the info about the studio that made this short, followed by the short version of the 1995 logo, plastering the original P•I•X•A•R logo with the music playing.
- The two female characters' breasts were reduced in size.
- Probably because the original version is way too inappropriate for children, and was intended for adults for obvious reasons.
- The mermaid on the "Sunny Atlantis" knick-knack is wearing a clam bra in place of starfish pasties.
- Some sound effects were replaced, modified or enhanced.
- The end credits have been updated without the closing title.
- Also in Finding Nemo, the Sunny Atlantis Mermaid appears as the figurehead of the grime-covered ship in the fish tank.
- As a reference to this short, it made two cameos in Cars:
- The Sunny Miami Girl is seen in Up on a flyer when Carl is ordering tickets.
- Knick appears inside his snow globe at the very beginning of Toy Story That Time Forgot.
"A Film By"
- John Lasseter
- Eben Ostby
- William Reeves
- Ralph Guggenheim
- Craig Good
- Don Conway
- Flip Phillips
- Yael Miló
- Tony Apodaca
- Deirdre Warin
"With Help From"
- ed 'n alvy & chuck
- Steve Jobs
- David Slusser
- Bob Edwards
- Industrial Light and Magic
- Sprocket Systems
- David Haddick & Associates
- everybody at p•i•x•a•r
Original Music By
- Bobby McFerrin