Way back ever since 1984, the well-known animation company, Pixar, has a track record of churning out works which pack a big punch – such as the beloved ‘Toy Story’ series. Recently, the animation studio has been producing a series of short and heartwarming stories via a few minutes worth of miniature movie animations that are able to tug at your heartstrings, tickle your funny bone, and even bring tears to your eyes.
Pixar’s newest short film debut is named “Kitbull”, which was released online. Spanning a duration of close to 9 minutes, the animated short highlights the simplicity of utilising 2D animation instead of the former go-to, CGI animation style. Despite the change, the short aims to tell the story of two abused animals, from a stray kitten’s point of view. The feline would go on to form a friendship with a canine, an abused Pit Bull bred for dog fighting – and that would also change both of their lives in the process.
“To be fully honest, it started from a cat video. I loved watching cat videos in times of stress. At first, I just wanted to draw something that made me feel good and was fun, but it evolved into something more personal to me eventually. Growing up, I was always very sensitive and very shy, and had actually a lot of trouble making connections, making friendship. So I related to this kitten because it never really stepped outside of its comfort zone to be vulnerable and make a connection,” explained Director Rosana Sullivan.
“Kitbull” marks as the latest release in Pixar’s series of short films, catagorized under its new ‘SparkShorts’ segment. The newly-launched initiative seeks to discover new storytellers via animated art and implement new storytelling techniques, hand-in-hand with structured production workflows. Pixar has previously released its first SparkShorts short film, titled “Purl”, earlier on with a warm response.
Watch the whole short in the video below!
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