By Marc Bernardin
December 19, 2007 at 05:00 PM EST

Because, apparently, I need to lighten up when it comes to reviewing trailers—though I will maintain that my take on The Dark Knight was not a negative one—here’s the latest gem from Pixar:


What’s to say? There’s never been a bad Pixar flick, and it doesn’t look like this one—coming next summer—is gonna break that streak. (Okay, if I have to quibble with something, it’s that this cute little ‘bot looks a little too much like Number Five from Short Circuit—but he’s so damned cute I’m gonna pretend that I didn’t notice.) But, man, Pixar succeeds where almost every other CG toon house fails: in creating characters with character.

Next year’s Best CGI Character Oscar race is already heating up.