Pixar's SparkShorts continued their rollout this week after the release of their first short film, Purl, went public earlier this month. According to Pixar president Jim Morris, “The SparkShorts program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows. These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.”
In reality, it's more of a vertical or collection designed to make Disney's new Disney+ stand apart from the others. The streaming service is slated to begin later this year, but for now, we get them via YouTube. The latest Kitbull is about 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.
Get those heartstrings ready for tugging.
The film was directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, who explain their process in the video below. It's a different style of animation than the CGI, bug-eyed, characters that we're used to, which comes as a welcome surprise and a promise that perhaps we'll see a more diverse range of animation as the SparkShorts program continues.