The Inside Details On Pixar SparkShorts (Coming To Disney+)

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Pixar SparkShorts Interviews

Pixar SparkShots is coming to Disney+ and I for one and SO EXCITED about it! Pixar shorts always touch me to my soul (remember when I told you I sobbed watching Bao). I am over the moon that Pixar SparkShorts is coming to Disney+ at launch so that you all get to see what I have seen THIS MONTH! I promise you that they will all touch in one way or another. 

The SparkShorts program gives Pixar employees a chance to write and direct their own shorts. Pixar chooses the participants, not a story idea, gives them money and a blank slate, and lets them have at it. There are no pitches, no guidelines, and they don’t even have to check in with anyone if they don’t want to (but they do). This allows their creativity to spread like wildfire. And I honestly think some of the best Pixar shorts have come out of this program — and I look forward to seeing many more from it!

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Float

In “Float,” a father discovers that his son is different from other kids in the most unusual way. To keep them both safe from judgement, Dad covers him and keeps him out of sight – but when his son’s ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is. The short film is part of Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts, a film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.

“Float” literally had me in tears while watching it. I think every single parent can relate to this short. But the dedication at the end — to those with families deemed different. That hit me right in the heart. So when I got to chat with Bobby Rubio about how personal this story was to him, it was no surprise that the tears came again.

“Float” is written and directed by Bobby Rubio (“Toy Story 4” and “Inside Out”) and produced by Krissy Cababa.

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Purl

In “Purl,” an earnest ball of yarn named Purl gets a job at a fast-paced, high energy, male centric start-up. Things start to unravel as she tries to fit in with this close knit group. Purl must ask herself how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for and in the end is it worth it? The short film is part of Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts, a film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.

I absolutely LOVED Purl. It was immediately obvious that this short was about being a woman in the work place. Having working in marketing and promotions before, I totally got it. Not to mention the fact that I am a comic book geek and often called a fraud and am told I don’t know what I am talking about when it comes to comics. Being a mom of two girls, I think that is part of the reason I resonated with this short as well. I don’t want them to have to change who they are to fit in with others, I want them to shine as who they truly are.

“Purl” is written and directed by Kristen Lester (“Finding Dory” and “Onward”) and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan.

Smash and Grab

In “Smash and Grab,” after years of toiling away inside the engine room of a towering locomotive, two antiquated robots will risk everything for freedom and for each other. The short film is part of Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts, a film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.

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This short is all about breaking out of routine. If you are feeling stuck, and at a dead end, get yourself out of that rut. My youngest daughter loves this short because of the robots, I love it for the lesson she is learning. Another be yourself and do things for YOU type of short. 

“Smash and Grab” is written and directed by Brian Larsen (“Ratatouille” and “Brave”) and produced by David Lally.

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Kitbull

In “Kitbull” an unlikely connection sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. The short film is part of Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts, a film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.

This just might be the cutest Pixar short ever. Who doesn’t love animals? When talking Rosana Sulivan, she let me know this short was something she was working on by herself, on the side, before she was chosen for the SparkShorts program. Well I am so thankful that she was chosen so that we could see this come to light. It really is a heart warming story about two outcast animals – a pitbull and a black cat. 

“Kitbull” is written and directed by Rosana Sulivan (“Coco” and “The Good Dinosaur”) and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson.

About Pixar SparkShorts

Pixar SparkShorts is coming to Disney+ at launch with 4 shorts — and 2 that will follow shortly after. This is an ongoing program at Pixar Animation, so expect even more to come in the future (Yayyy!!).  Trust me when I say grab your tissues and sit down and watch these on November 12th. You will not regret it! 

As with all Pixar shorts, there are many lessons to be learned. When I talked with the directors about their shorts, most of them mentioned how viewers saw themselves in their shorts. Some learned to change their ways, and some even admitted they have apologies to make. 

Watch Pixar SparkShorts on Disney+ Novemeber 12th!

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