The next short from Pixar’s SparkShorts program to hit Disney+ is Burrow — and it is adorable! Coming Christmas Day from Madeline Sharafian.
I am a massive fan of Pixar shorts, which is why I am obsessed with the SparkShorts show on Disney+. I love when they add new shorts, and my family always tunes in the day that they drop. The newest Pixar SparkShort to be released is Burrow, and it is coming on Christmas Day! I have been lucky enough to see this already and I think everyone is going to love it!
This short comes from the creative mind of Madeline Sharafian, who I actually previously spoke to about her work on Onward as a storyboard artist. She is so much fun to talk to, and I totally adore her. She said that she had her eye on the SparkShorts program for the moment it started.
You can learn more about SparkShorts here, but the main thing you need to know is that it is Pixar’s indie branch. They have less resources and time, but they also have full control over creativity, and barely any executive checks. SparkShorts is all about the trust.
Fun Facts About Pixar’s Burrow
I absolutely loved chatting with Maddie about her first time as a Director, for the new Pixar SparkShort. There were so many fun facts that I learned about Burrow, and I am so excited to share them with you now!
- Burrow was made in just 6 months! Talk about impressive!
- There is a Kitbull Easter Egg in Burrow. It goes fast, but keep your eyes peeled through the Salamander sauna and you will spot it!
- Rabbit is actually Maddie’s childhood nickname! Why? Because when she was younger she busted out her two front teeth. So when her big teeth grew in, they were early and REALLY big!
- Kermit the Frog‘s mouth is a huge inspiration for Rabbit’s mouth
- Maddie made three short films while at Cal Arts, but this was her never before made 4th Cal Arts film!
- The backgrounds in Burrow are inspired by children’s books from Beatrix Potter, Richard Scarry, and Jill Barklem.
- Maddie is OBSESSED with cutaways, and has been ever since she was a child. That is why Burrow needed to be done in 2D.
- The initial animation team was just 8 people, but it doubled because animators love 2D and wanted to help, even if just a little.
- All the classical music in Burrow is Mozart. Maddie feels that Mozart is cozy, and it is what her dad would play while she was growing up.
- Maddie did the pen click sound in Burrow herself. She even showed us a video of it being recorded!
Pixar SparkShort’s Burrow Review
Burrow is the newest Pixar short and it is a must watch! In just 6 short minutes, Burrow teaches some valuable lessons like the power of asking for help. The characters are adorable, the 2D animation is amazing, and the story is beautiful.
While I was watching it I found myself wanting to continuously pause it and explore each scene. So as soon as it ended, I went back and did just that. There is so much to look at, especially in the cutaways. This short is truly a masterpiece.
Burrow is also a very timely short. In 2020 we are all isolating by ourselves, for the most part anyways. And in this short, Rabbit is isolating herself, wanting to hid her imperfections away from her neighbors. However, this short shows that it ok to ask for help, and sometimes it is the right thing to do, and will open up a world of possibilities!
A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.