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The short is about a magician trying to perform a show with his uncooperative rabbit and is a gag-filled homage to classic cartoons such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes , as well as the work of Tex Avery. Presto was directed by veteran Pixar animator Doug Sweetland , in his directorial debut. The original idea for the short was a magician who incorporated a rabbit into his act who suffered from stage fright. This was considered to be too long and complicated, and the idea was reworked. To design the theater featured in Presto , the filmmakers visited several opera houses and theaters for set design ideas. Problems arose when trying to animate the theater's audience of 2, patrons; this was deemed too expensive, and was solved by showing the back of the audience. Reaction to the short was positive, and reviewers of WALL-E's movie home media release considered it to be an enjoyable special feature.
Watch the video. Babies both human and beast are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. One cloud specializes in "dangerous" babies, creating a challenge for his loyal stork that has to deliver them. A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just deserts when a goofy bird drops in. A snow globe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way, despite all his efforts. A sheep dances proudly in his southwestern landscape, until one day his wool is sheared and he is left naked.
At the beginning of the short, Alec is seen locked in his cage in Presto's dressing room, trying to reach a carrot inches out of his reach. Presto comes in, having finished a meal, to test his magic trick of pulling Alec out of a hat. After he sees that the trick works, Presto is about to feed Alec the carrot, just as he hears a knock on his door, letting him know that it's time for him to go on stage and do his act. Presto then rushes onto the stage to begin his act, leaving Alec thinking that he will be fed the carrot.