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A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon About the Toys in Your Cereal Box

Aug 21, 2014 | 104-part series
Chris Heller

It's easy to see the influence of Toy Story in this animated short, which director Reece Porter created for his thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design. The film, titled The Prize Inside, follows a toy named Honey Nebraska and his reluctant sidekick Barry, a talking plastic spoon. The duo escape from a cereal box, then vault across a kitchen countertop in search of an elusive treasure.

Porter gently lampoons the action-adventure genre along the way—Nebraska's over-the-top bravado and confidence are pitch-perfect—while sharing a wit and warmth rarely seen in most Hollywood fare. To accomplish that much, in less than two minutes, is downright remarkable.

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Courtesy of Reece Porter & Sarah Kambara

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