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For the Birds (film)

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For the Birds
Poster for For the Birds
Film poster
Directed byRalph Eggleston
Written byRalph Eggleston
Produced byKaren Dufilho-Rosen
StarringRalph Eggleston
Edited byJennifer Taylor
Tom Freeman
Music byRiders in the Sky
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution[a]
Release dates
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States

For the Birds is a 2000 American animated short film produced by Pixar and written and directed by Ralph Eggleston. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001.[1] It debuted on June 5, 2000, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France,[2] and was shown alongside the theatrical release of the 2001 Disney/Pixar feature film Monsters, Inc.[2]

It is also available on home video versions of the film. In 2012, the short was re-rendered into 3D, and it was theatrically re-released alongside the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc.[3] The short was also released in 3D on Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray 3D, on February 19, 2013.[4] The short was paired in theaters in front of Luca on March 22, 2024.[5]



A small, egg-shaped blue bird lands on a powerline and makes himself comfortable, only for a second bird to land close by. The two birds start squabbling, and are gradually joined by 13 others of the same species, all bickering for space.

A large, awkward shoebill-like bird honks and waves at them from a nearby power pole, interrupting the squabble. The 15 little stubby birds start imitating his plumage and honk, mockingly, until the big, tall, thin bird again calls to them, causing the little birds to scoot further down the line and quietly gossip about it.

Undeterred, the bigger bird flies and perches between the flock of smaller birds, but his weight causes the powerline to sag almost to the ground. The smaller birds slide down and are squished together against the big bird's sides. They start chirping indignantly about the cramped space, but the big bird doesn't understand that they are angry and joins in with more squawking.

After a few seconds, one little bird angrily pecks the big bird's side, making him stand up in alarm and fall over backwards, hanging upside down by his feet. Egged on by the others, the two little birds in the middle start pecking the big bird's toes, which release one-by-one from the line, though the big bird doesn't seem to be bothered by this. One little bird eventually realizes how close to the ground they are, and warns the others. They stop too late, and the last toe of the big bird releases, accidentally snapping the line like a slingshot and flinging the little birds up in a cloud of feathers.

The bigger bird lands unharmed on the ground, and plays with the floating feathers until one of the smaller birds, now naked, crashes beside him. He sees the naked little bird and laughs at him, offering a leaf for coverage. Seconds later, the 14 other little birds land nearby, also naked. The big bird laughs even harder at the little birds, who quickly hide behind him in shame.



For the Birds won the following awards:

A For the Birds sculpture in Vasylkiv, Ukraine

Easter eggs


A reference to For the Birds was put in the 2006 Pixar film Cars, during the Life Is A Highway segment. When Lightning McQueen is in the back of Mack, they drive down the freeway and pass a section of powerline with the birds resting on top, which is accompanied by the squeaks the birds made to communicate with each other.[7] A similar appearance occurred in Inside Out, while Riley and her family are driving to San Francisco at the beginning of the movie.[8]

The birds can be found in the main hub world for the Kinect game Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure.



For the Birds is one of two short films on the DVD and VHS release of Monsters, Inc. The film was also released as part of Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1 in 2007. The short was shown alongside the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. on December 19, 2012.[3] The short was also released in 3D on Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray 3D, on February 19, 2013.[4] For the Birds was paired in theaters in front of Luca on March 22, 2024.[5]


  1. ^ Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution through the Walt Disney Pictures banner.


  1. ^ a b "The 74th Academy Awards (2002) Nominees and Winners". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2002. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Linder, Brian (February 13, 2002). "Oscar Spotlight: Animated Short Film". IGN. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Tipton, Janelle (December 19, 2012). "Behind the Scenes of 'Monsters, Inc. 3D', 'Oz' Trailer Debut in Theaters". The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013. With this release, audiences also get to see "For the Birds" the original short that ran with Monsters, Inc., take off in 3D, as well as a brand-new trailer for Disney's March release Oz The Great and Powerful!
  4. ^ a b "Monsters, Inc. 3D Blu-ray Detailed". Blu-ray.com. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Moreau, Jordan (2023-12-05). "Pixar's 'Soul,' 'Turning Red' and 'Luca' Coming to Theaters After Disney+ Debuts During Pandemic". Variety. Retrieved 2023-12-05.
  6. ^ For The Birds Wins Animated Short Film: 2002 Oscars
  7. ^ Hill, Jim (December 8, 2007). "A special "Where's WALL-E" edition of Why For?". Jim Hill Media. Archived from the original on July 29, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Dyce, Andrew (June 20, 2015). "'Inside Out' Easter Eggs, Trivia & Pixar References". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.