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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 final 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.

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  • Chuck Jones cartoons like the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote shorts were the inspiration for Knick Knack's comedy.
  • Knick Knack can be seen as a book in Toy Story.
  • When Hamm is clicking through channels in Toy Story 2, Sunny Miami and Knick can be seen twice on the TV.
  • This is the first short to use a different font for the credits.
  • When the short was re-released with Finding Nemo, it received a number of 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.
    • Sunny Miami and Sunny Atlantis' breasts were reduced in size, and Sunny Atlantis wears a clam bra in place of starfish pasties. This change was very likely made to make the short more suitable for all audiences.
      • John Lasseter defended the changes by saying, "It wasn't big bad Disney coming in and insisting we do this … it was our own choice. It was just crossing the line for me personally as a father. So, I made the decision to reduce [these characters'] breast size."[2]
    • Some sound effects were replaced, modified or enhanced.
    • The end credits have been updated without the closing title.
  • In Finding Nemo, Sunny Atlantis 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:
    • Knick is seen in the snow globe in Lizzie's Curios Shop. However, he is not car-ified.
    • A group of flamingos are seen near Syd VanDerKamper as he is watching the final race. However, they are not car-ified.
  • Sunny Miami 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.


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  • Bobby McFerrin

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