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The Adventures of André & Wally B. was created at the Lucasfilm Computer Division, which later was spin-off to create Pixar. Although technically not a Pixar short, the film was directed by Alvy Ray Smith with animation 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 CGI animation. In addition, it was the first time that classic animation principles had been used in a computer animated film.[1] 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 CGI 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 pursues 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.

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  • When the film originally debuted at SIGGRAPH, a portion of the film showed the characters in white wireframes.
  • The title of the short appears on the binding of a book in Toy Story.
  • The short was paired in select theatrical releases with Toy Story in 1995, but for some reason was not included on that film's home media releases.
  • This film was not technically made by Pixar as it was created when they were known as the Lucasfilm Computer Division before the company got formed in 1986.
  • 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.
  • A Wally B. sticker appears on Bonnie's backpack in Toy Story 3.
  • This short was rendered at a resolution of 512x488.
  • This film was animated and created by one person, John Lasseter.




  1. Price, David A. (2008). The Pixar Touch, p.58. New York, Alfred A. Knopf

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