Two table lamps play with a rubber ball.
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Producer/s : John Lasseter, William Reeves
Director/s : John Lasseter,
Writer/s : John Lasseter,
Actor/s : none,
Two lamps and a ball
There are two table lamps, Luxos Senior and Junior, one the indulgent adult, the other an impulsive child. The lamps must act, they must mime, they must use body language to express themselves. It’s dialogue-free, although Jr’s little squeak may be a “hello”, and the noise when the ball punctures sounds like a “sorry”. We recognise curiosity from the angle of Sr’s head, playfulness from Jr’s excited bouncing, and sadness when Jr curls up and heaves a sigh. We recognise sympathy, and resignation, and when Sr breaks the fourth wall to look us in the eye, we want to share a story with him her or it, about our own children, or kids we know.
It taps into the parent in us, encapsulating a joy and wonder at children and their undisguised capricious emotions. Not bad for 2-minute animation.
Luxo Jr grew up to have a great career as Pixar’s famous logo. His creator’s reputation went the way of Harvey Weinstein’s.