Some time ago, CinePOP was talking about the arrival of Pixar SparkShorts in the Disney + catalog. However, one absence drew attention. From the moment it arrived in Brazil, Disney + put virtually the entire collection of Pixar SparkShorts so subscribers could watch and resonate these most not-so-well-known name-making shorts in the animation market. However, the short film Out, famous for bringing in Disney’s first LGBT couple, was not included, causing controversy on the internet.
And since there were countries abroad that had launched petitions demanding that the short film be removed from the catalog – the most significant had more than 29,000 signatures – some members of the Brazilian LGBT community protested against the service, asking why “Out” had not yet arrived in Brazil. Some people have even branded Disney as homophobic and things like that, believing the short has been deliberately taken off the platform. However, if even foreign petitions weren’t able to censor the story of Greg and his dog, that wouldn’t be the case in Brazil. As it turns out, the misunderstanding happened because the company adopted the weekly launch format. In other words, original content and old studio productions are added every week. Out, which arrived at Disney + Brasil on Friday (12/18), was included in the catalog under the name Segredos Mágicos.
In the plot of the short film, Greg is an ordinary man, whose life changes completely after winning a puppy. With the doguinho he gets a new perspective and comes to understand himself better as a person. And all the wait for the arrival of Magic Secrets was worth it, because, as the Disney Almanac points out, the Brazilian version of the short film brings in an LGBT dubbing couple, Lucas Gama and Fernando Mendonça, to give the floor. to Greg and Manuel. It was a wonderful idea, because nothing better than a short film on representativeness to exercise inclusion regardless of the country in which it is released.
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, usually 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.
“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.
Following this idea of creative, but not so megalomaniacal, films, the collection of seven short films is almost complete in the Disney + catalog. Meet the seven shorts and find out which ones are available!
Smash and Grab
Ridiculously creative, thoughtful, and fun, Purl tells the story of a pompous ball of wool who feels sorry to find a job. In the chaos of everyday life, 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 arise 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?
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