The arrival of Disney + left all of Brazil in turmoil. The streaming service was one of the most anticipated, not only for the success of the studio’s classics in Brazil, but also for the opportunity for Brazilians to finally access original content that rarely arrived in the country by means. legal.
One such content is the Pixar SparkShorts project. Launched around a year ago in the gringa, SparkShorts is reviving a type of content that has helped solidify Pixar in theaters: animated shorts. Anyone who was a kid in the 1990s and 2000s probably remembers the thrill of going to the movies to see a Pixar movie and being enchanted and entertained by an animated film that was shown before the feature film. Over the past few years, Disney Animations have also come up with short films, typically not as creative as Pixar’s, but still fun. Without needing to hit theaters, the creative minds behind SparkShots were then able to work on more conceptual and independent short films.
For Pixar president Jim Morris, the project is a way to find new ways to tell stories.
“The SparkShots program was designed to encourage the discovery of new storytellers, explore new ways of telling stories and experimenting with new production models. These films are unlike anything we’ve done at Pixar, offering an opportunity to expand the potential of independent artists and their creative filming and approaches on a smaller scale than we normally do, ”commented the president of Pixar, Jim Morris.
“Geri’s Game” is one of Pixar’s most famous and creative short films. In it, an old man is playing chess against himself in the square.
Following this idea of creative, but not so megalomaniacal, films, the collection of seven short films is almost complete in the Disney + catalog. Meet all seven shorts and find out which ones are available!
This platonic short film takes you to a different reality, where the situations are down to earth, but at the same time there is a magic behind it. In it, a boy and his grandmother are trapped in a well-known abyss. Dreaming of living outside there, they collect different materials to be able to escape and live in quality far from the abyss.
Cassettes are perhaps the least pleasant of the short films simply because it touches a reality very close to our world, but which still suffers from prejudices: autism. In the plot, two children are at the edge of a camping lake. The girl is autistic and seems isolated from the other children. The boy arrives late and is directed by the instructor to team up with the girl so they can play with the canoes on the lake. Upset, the boy accepts the staging and ends up discovering several things about the girl. The girl is the first openly autistic Disney character to communicate non-verbally.
In the plot, a father finds that his baby is completely different from normal children, because he is able to float. Trying to prevent them from suffering retaliation and prejudice from other people, he decides to hide the baby’s abilities, which comes at a high price. Until things get out of hand and he has to decide between hiding from society and leaving the child to popular judgment or accepting his child as he is and giving him all the support he needs. The message hidden here is very clear and the short film is one of the most incredible in the series.
Using a more stylized animation, which escapes the basic pattern of Pixar animations, Kitbull addresses prejudices by showing the birth of a friendship between two “rival” species in the wild: an aggressive kitten and a pit bull. bump. Together, they find that even though they are in different positions in life, they don’t need to hate each other.
Smash and Grab
With a spectacular look, Smash and Grab even looks like an episode of the Love, Death & Robots anthology series. In the short film, two old robots, offline and without much labor value, have been working for years in the engine room of a gigantic locomotive. Tired of slavery, they will put everything at risk to put into practice the dream of freeing themselves from a life outside the engine room.
Ridiculously creative, thoughtful, and fun, Purl tells the story of a pompous ball of wool who takes pity on finding a job. In the daily chaos, he finds a job in a start-up made up entirely of men. The pace of work is intense and the work environment is far from healthy. As he gets down to business, certain work situations start to emerge and he has to decide whether he will tolerate these things being accepted by his office mates or stick to his ideals. After all, how acceptable are certain things to feel included?
This short is not yet available in the Brazilian catalog, but we hope you will get there soon. Out tells the story of Greg, a boy who hides a secret and wins a cute and energetic puppy. With the help and love of the puppy, he understands that he doesn’t need to keep secrets to be happy.
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