In January Pixar announced SparkShorts, a new platform designed to find and develop fresh talent in the world of animation. Pixar wanted to give artists the ability to tell all-new stories while having the freedom of being innovative and experimental. As a result, the platform has already released three delightful animated shorts. All three are available to stream right now and for free.
The first offering features a ball of wool called Purl this was followed weeks later by Smash and Grab the story of robotic freedom and finally Kitbull which is what happens when a kitten and pit bull become unlikely friends. Only made available on the February 18th, Kitbull has already tracked over 2.5 million views on YouTube alone. With more shorts planned to arrive soon the SparkShorts platform is looking like it could be the start of something very special.
Directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.
Smash and Grab
Directed by Brian Larsen and produced by David Lally, is about two antiquated robots who risk everything for freedom and for each other after years of toiling away inside the engine room of a towering locomotive.
Directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job at a fast-paced, high energy, male centric start-up. Things start to unravel as she tries to fit in with this close knit group. Purl must ask herself how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for and in the end is it worth it?