Pixar SparkShorts is an initiative that gives filmmakers the opportunity to realize their projects in an “independent” and low-budget manner. The program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows. The films provide an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than Pixar’s normal fare.
Purl, a humanoid pink-colored ball of yarn, begins an entry-level position at a company named B.R.O. Capital. While excited at first to work there, she soon realizes that her partners ignore her, in spite of her attempts to fit in. After being left alone while her coworkers go out for a group lunch, a devastated Purl feels left out. Reassessing her place in the company, Purl observes from photos of the company's capital team that it is composed entirely of men in similar power suits and hairstyles. This inspires her to change her appearance and personality to resemble theirs. After the other employees return, Purl, now imitating her coworkers, is noticed by her coworkers, who invite her out for drinks. Before the group leaves, however, a yellow-colored ball of yarn named Lacy arrives at the office to begin working. Upon watching Lacy experience the same isolation she did by her coworkers, an empathetic Purl befriends Lacy, and invites her to join them for drinks. After some time has passed, Purl has returned to her original appearance, and B.R.O. Capital is shown to be staffed by a more equal combination of humans and balls of yarn, who work together as a team.
A kitten lives in the garbage cans behind a building in San Francisco's Mission District.While foraging for food on the streets, the kitten is offered food by a passerby but runs away, and he sleeps in a cardboard box in a dilapidated building's garbage heap. One day, a pit bull is moved to a doghouse behind the building.The kitten is initially very scared of the dog but slowly begins to connect with him by playing with a bottle cap. One night, after the pit bull is taken inside the building, he ends up getting heavily injured in a fight and is thrown back outside.
A father discovers that his son floats, which makes him different from other kids. To keep them both safe from the judgement of the world, Dad hides, covers, and grounds him. But when his son’s ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is.
Wind is a magical realism story about a Grandma and a Grandson trapped in a massive, never ending sink-hole, living on a large boulder suspended by strong winds. Together they scavenge falling debris to build an escape, hoping to find a better life in the outside world.
A non-verbal, autistic girl and a chatty boy are partnered on a canoeing trip. To complete their journey across an urban lake, they must both learn how the other experiences the world.
Bo tells Woody the events of her life — from when she and her sheep are given to a new little girl, to when they get broken and eventually end up at Second Chance Antiques, where she meets Giggle McDimples, Duke Caboom, and Gabby Gabby.
On an average day, Greg's life is filled with family, love and a rambunctious little dog - but despite all of this, Greg has a secret. Today is different, because he might learn that he has nothing to hide.
Follows a young rabbit as she tries to build the burrow of her dreams, becoming embarrassed each time she accidentally digs into a neighbors home.
Nona plans to spend her day off by shutting out the world to watch her favorite TV show, “E.W.W. Smashdown Wrestling.” But when her 5-year-old granddaughter Renee is unexpectedly dropped off, Nona is caught between her two favorite things. Renee wants to play while the normally-doting Nona wrestles with wanting to watch the Smashdown, leading to a decisive showdown between the two, and a loving compromise.
Adulting can be hard. Some days you’re nailing it, while other days, you’re just a stack of kids hiding in a trench coat hoping no one notices. Gia finds herself in this exact scenario the night of her 21st birthday. This is a story about the insecurities of adulting and how we’re all just faking it till we make it.