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Geri's Game is a computer-animated short film made by Pixar in 1997. It was written and directed by Jan Pinkava. It was the first Pixar Short created after Toy Story, the previous short being Knick Knack. It was released in theaters on November 25, 1998 with A Bug's Life.


An old man named Geri plays a game of chess in the park against himself. He starts off playing as white, but then hoists himself up and lumbers over to play as the black opponent. He quickly dominates the game as the black side, although he is his own opponent. But just when the game's nearly over, White Geri (the one with the glasses) fakes a heart attack to outsmart Black Geri (the one with no glasses) and falls to the ground. This alarms Black Geri, and in turn, he tests his own pulse. While he is doing this, White Geri looks up, and flips the board around, inverting the players to their teams. He checkmates Black Geri, and makes him hand over a set of dentures as the prize. The movie ends with him giving a toothy grin, and the camera backs out, revealing that there is only one Geri.


  • 1997 Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short Film


  • When Geri first puts the box of chess pieces down, you can see the old Pixar logo on the top-left on a torn label.
  • Geri's chess box reads "Point Richmond PIXAR SHORTS." This is because Pixar's old headquarters were originally located in Point Richmond.
  • Geri appeared in Toy Story 2 as The Cleaner who fixed Woody. When The Cleaner opens his drawers in Toy Story 2, some chess pieces can be seen, in reference to the short.
  • After pretending to have a heart attack, Geri knocks down the chess box. When the camera zooms out, if you look to the ground, the chess box is not there. This was discussed in Jan Pinkava's audio commentary of this short. When he was asked about this question, he simply replied, "We just forgot to put it in."
  • As the game/short goes on, the lighting changes. This is to make it seem like the game has been going on for the whole day.
  • In one scene, both of Geri's personas can be seen. In the shorts commentary, Jan Pinkava states that it was an intentional joke.
  • Pixar shareholders received a VHS copy of Geri's Game with their 1997 annual report.


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