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Dis­cover how Pixar has re­mained com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing an­i­mated shorts for the past 34 years

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Jim Mor­ris, pres­i­dent, Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios

Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios has al­ways be­lieved in mak­ing short films. The stu­dio’s first ever short, Luxo Jr., launched an en­tirely new di­rec­tion in an­i­mated film­mak­ing us­ing three­d­i­men­sional com­puter an­i­ma­tion to tell its story. Since then, nearly ev­ery fea­ture film that Pixar has re­leased has in­cluded a short be­fore­hand, bring­ing back a tra­di­tion that was once an ex­pected plea­sure for film­go­ers. Each short also gives Pixar artists an op­por­tu­nity to push the bound­aries of com­puter an­i­ma­tion and solve tech­ni­cal or artis­tic chal­lenges.

Re­cently the stu­dio has made new for­ays into the short film space with its Spark­shorts pro­gram, a se­ries of shorts “de­signed to dis­cover new sto­ry­tellers, ex­plore new sto­ry­telling tech­niques, and ex­per­i­ment with new pro­duc­tion work­flows,” says Pixar’s pres­i­dent Jim Mor­ris at pixar.com/spark­shorts. “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.”

The Spark­shorts tell a va­ri­ety of eclec­tic and vis­ually unique sto­ries, of­ten with im­por­tant mes­sages. Purl, writ­ten and di­rected by Kristen Lester, fol­lows an earnest ball of yarn named Purl as she gets a job at a fast-paced, male-cen­tric startup, and de­picts her des­per­a­tion to change her­self in or­der to fit in. Smash and Grab, by Brian Larsen, is an eight-minute sci-fi short about two an­ti­quated ro­bots who risk ev­ery­thing for their free­dom.

Rosana Sul­li­van’s Os­car-nom­i­nated Kit­bull tells the touch­ing story of an un­likely con­nec­tion be­tween two crea­tures: a fiercely in­de­pen­dent stray kit­ten and a mis­treated pit bull who, to­gether, ex­pe­ri­ence friend­ship for the first time. And in Float, an emo­tional story about parental strug­gles, di­rected by Bobby Ru­bio, a father dis­cov­ers that his son is dif­fer­ent from other kids in the most un­usual way.

Set in a world of mag­i­cal re­al­ism, Ed­win Chang’s Wind sees a grand­mother and her grand­son trapped deep down an end­less chasm, scav­eng­ing de­bris that sur­rounds them in an at­tempt to build a rocket and re­alise their dream of es­cap­ing to a bet­ter life. Erica Mil­som wrote and di­rected

Loop, in which two kids at ca­noe camp find them­selves adrift on a lake, un­able to move for­ward un­til they find a way to con­nect with one an­other. This film breaks new ground for the stu­dio by fea­tur­ing Pixar’s first non-ver­bal autis­tic char­ac­ter.

An­other re­cent ad­di­tion to Pixar’s short film canon is Forky Asks A Ques­tion. First in­tro­duced in Toy Story 4, Forky is a toy crafted from var­i­ous pieces of trash, and he has im­por­tant ques­tions about how the world around him works. Over the course of ten short films Forky asks ques­tions such as what is love? What is time? And the deep­est ques­tion of all, what is cheese? Forky ex­plores each of these ques­tions along­side re­turn­ing Toy Story char­ac­ters Hamm, Rex, Trixie, and more.

Forky Asks A Ques­tion is writ­ten and di­rected by Academy Award-nom­i­nated screen­writer and di­rec­tor Bob Peter­son, known to Pixar fans for work­ing on the screen­play for Find­ing Nemo and codi­rect­ing Up, and pro­duced by Mark Nielsen. Pixar’s Spark­shorts and Forky Asks A Ques­tion are both avail­able on Dis­ney+.

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