February 13, 2019

Pixar's New Short Takes on Diversity and Change in the Workplace

Are you open to working next to a pink ball of yarn? 

We all know that the streaming wars are upon us, and as Disney gets ready to release Disney+, the company is giving the public a glimpse of the content it plans to release. Part of that content push is short films by Pixar that will be released periodically. These films will be directed by emerging filmmakers.

Eventually, the shorts will debut on Disney+, but for now, we get them via YouTube. 

The most recent Pixar short is Purl, an engaging film about the importance of feminism, change, and diversity in the workplace.

It's hard not to get emotionally invested in this ball of yarn as she starts her first day at the dominantly white and male investment firm, B.R.O. Capital. Purl's enthusiasm is constantly squashed and overlooked in an environment that doesn't want change or progress. They're afraid of a changing world, and Purl is the marker of that change. 

I found the story and visuals to be cute and entertaining. The story draws you in, and soon you're on Purl's side, cheering her on even as things go wrong. 

Purl comes from writer and director Kristen Lester. In a meet-the-filmmakers video, she discusses how coming to work at Pixar and being on teams with other women changed her outlook on herself and her work environment.

Here's some behind the scenes looks at the making of Purl

Are you excited for Disney+? Had any experiences like the character of Purl? 

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