The updated new lineup for Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program has been unveiled by Disney, with the company announcing the lineup that’s planned to debut in September on Disney+.
Debuting on the platform in September will be two new shorts, including Twenty Something from director Ashton Corbin, and Nona from director Louis Gonzales. In addition to the two shorts, a feature-length documentary, A SparkStory, will also hit the platform, with Pixar and Supper Club co-producing the documentary that aims to take an intimate look at Pixar’s SparkShorts filmmaking process.
SparkShorts filmmakers are given six months to assemble a team and create a short animated film. No major rules apply—filmmakers are driven by their need to tell a story and the nimble approach to do so. Each, teamed with a producer, navigates the emotional rollercoaster of stepping into a leadership role and inspiring their crew. “I’m proud to see how the short was made better by the team working on it,” says Gonzales. “I’ve never directed before but I feel like my 20+ years in the business really paid off.”
Adds Corbin, “The SparkShorts program is the studio’s way of seeing what talented storytellers can do on our own. After working with Pete [Docter] on Soul, I caught the studio’s eye as someone who had interesting stories to tell.”
Twenty Something will launch on Disney+ on September 10, 2021, and tells the story of Gia on the night of her 21st birthday, as she deals with the insecurities of adulting and learns how we’re all just faking it until we make it. Nona launches on September 17, 2021, and is based largely on director Louis Gonzales’ own grandmother, as well as all of the strong women he’s looked up to growing up.
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