Round two. In my last review I recommended getting the first volume of Pixar shorts, but in the case of volume two, I'm a little more reluctant. Not because the films aren't good, but because if you are a Pixar fan, you will probably own most of them already. I found this out for myself when I watched the DVD. Out of the twelve theatrical shorts, ten of them are already available as bonus features on the DVDs of their main films. So if you own the complete collection of Pixar films, you already own what is on Pixar Short Films Collection 2.
That being said, there are extra bonus features available on the DVD. These include an audio commentary for each short, where the directors tell you interesting information about the ideas and process behind the film.
There are also six student shorts that were made by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. These are really interesting to watch because it gives you a look at the kind of work they did while studying at the California Institute of Arts. Lasseter's Nitemare is about a little boy whose imagination gets away with him when he goes to bed. It is in the 'clean-up' stage of animation; the drawings have all been streamlined, but none of it has been coloured in. My favourite one of these is Stanton's Somewhere in The Arctic, which although it might show a rather stereotypical depiction of Inuits, is amusing none-the-less.
Out of the theatrical shorts, my favourite is Day & Night, which can be found on the Toy Story 3 DVD. It uses a mixture of 2D and 3D animation and follows the life of the two metaphorical characters Day and Night. At first they are competing against one another, trying to prove who's best, but as the sun starts to rise/set, they realise that they are more alike than they first thought.
Another excellent short is the hilarious Small Fry , featuring Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear. While at a fast food restaurant, a miniature 'happy meal' Buzz Lightyear toy switches place with the real Buzz. Buzz finds himself stuck in the restaurant with previously abandoned fast food toys who are undergoing a group therapy session. This is actually one of the shorts that is not a bonus feature on another DVD.
These shorts are great, and you should definitely see them. Whether you buy the DVD or not really depends on how interested you are in listening to the audio commentaries.