ABC Family to Air 20 Pixar Short Films

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As part of cable network ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, the network will air a two-hour presentation of Pixar-produced short films tomorrow, Dec. 2.

The “25 Days of Christmas” is a programming event on the channel that runs from Dec. 1-25. It features theatrically-released films, made-for-TV movies and other programs that center around Christmas and the winter holidays. The annual event includes 200 hours of programming and even features a Harry Potter film marathon this weekend, Dec. 4-6.

However, the inclusion of the Pixar short films is new to the month-long series this year. Many of the 20 animated shorts featured were either nominated or won Oscars in past years. Others are sequels or otherwise related to hit theatrically-released Pixar films. For instance, one called Burn-E is intended as a companion piece to 2008’s WALL-E, one related to 2004’s The Incredibles, a faux-expositional film starring Remy the rat from 2007’s Ratatouille, and five different films that are meant to follow up on 2006’s Cars.

In addition to these familiar names, Pixar is presenting several brand-new shorts. This is all a part of Pixar’s new push to build upon the success of its animated, feature-length films by expanding into the production of these short films.

Pixar’s most recent film, Up, is getting Oscar buzz and seems a likely contender for a best-picture nomination. The animated film is a possibility for the main award—not just in the best animated film category—because of the changing Oscar rules. 2010 Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Disney is the parent company of both ABC Family and Pixar. ABC Family will premiere Pixar’s animated shorts in a two-hour block tomorrow, Dec. 2, at 7:00 pm EST. There will be an encore presentation immediately following at 9:00 pm EST, and again on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.