Pixar Animation Studios recently debuted the first three films developed by SparkShorts, the new experimental storytelling program developed to help cultivate new innovative projects by the studio’s own creative staff. The trio of films debuted at Hollywood’s El Capitan theater for a limited run in January and the first of the three fims, Purl, launched today on the Disney•Pixar YouTube channel.
Meet Purl, an earnest yarn ball entering into the man’s world of B.R.O. enterprises where she yearns to fit in with the guys. How far will Purl go to be accepted? See the short below and hear from director Kristen Lester and producer Gillian Libbert-Duncan.
“The SparkShorts program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows,” said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. “These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.”
“We want to nurture our future storytellers and encourage them to share their stories with the world. Who are the future directors and producers and what crazy new ideas do they have brewing? What is the next big breakthrough in our industry?” added Lindsey Collins, vice president of development for Pixar.
“Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of SparkShorts,” she continued. “The program was created to provide opportunities to a wide array of artists—each with something unique to say.”
SparkShorts’ other two films will be coming to the Disney•Pixar YouTube channel in the weeks to come:
Coming to the Disney•Pixar YouTube channel on February 11th, Smash and Grab, directed by Brian Larsen and produced by David Lally, shares the story of two antiquated robots who sacrifice everything for their freedom and one another after working tireless years in a locomotive engine room.
Kitbull, from producer Kathryn Hendrickson and director Rosana Sullivan, shares the story of an unlikely friendship between a stray kitten and a pitbull. Kitbull makes its Disney•Pixar YouTube channel debut on February 18th.
These SparkShorts films (along with future films) will also be available on Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service launching in the U.S. later this year.
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