Disney/Pixar has released another addition to their SparkShorts film series. The short “Kitbull” debuted as part of three new experimental short films at the El Capitan Theatre, in Hollywood last month. The SparkShorts series is a new Pixar program to develop new storytellers within the company and experiment with new techniques. Developing talent and technology from within the studio has become a hallmark of Pixar’s production and storytelling innovations.
Kitbull tells the story of a stray kitten as he encounters an abused pit bull dog in San Francisco. The unlikely pair slowly bond and discover friendship. The short is directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson. Kitbull has the distinction of being hand-drawn animation which deviates from Pixar’s usual computer-generated offerings. Sullivan said, “I’ve always loved the charm of a hand-drawn image. No two artists will draw the same way, and no two drawings are going to be exactly alike.”
Kitbull is joined in the SparkShorts lineup by Smash and Grab and Purl. Purl tells the story of an unlikely addition to a traditional workplace and Smash and Grab follows two robots as they try to free themselves from their designated constraints. All three shorts have been met with rave reviews by both critics and audiences and are now available to view for free on Youtube.
Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar
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