Disney+ announced the release of three new projects from Pixar’s Sparkshots which will be streamed in the month of September.
Two of them are shorts: Twenty Something directed by Aphton Corbin and Nona directed by Louis Gonzales along with a feature-length documentary film A Spark Story directed by Jason Sterman and Leanne Dare.
Corbin’s hand-drawn animation Twenty Something revolves around a young woman Gia, and her struggles against the insecurities as she makes a transition into adulthood. The film portrays Gia’s heartfelt belief: 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. Corbin, who considers herself a collection of children trying to pass as an adult, says Gia is a reflection of her own anxieties.
The film is produced by Erik Langley and will be available on Disney+ on 10 September 2021.
Nona is a short film that portrays the character of a grandmother who plans to unwind and shut out the world by watching her favourite TV show E.W.W Smashdown Wrestling. But a surprise visit from her five-year-old granddaughter interrupts her day off and Nona is forced to choose between her two favourite things. Produced by Courtney Casper Kent, Nona will be available on Disney+ on 17 September 2021.
Pixar and Supper Club’s Spark Story is a feature-length documentary film that will take a look at the filmmaking process by Corbin and Gonzales as they strive to bring their deeply personal visions to the screen. It is being produced by Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn and David Gelb. The film premieres on Disney+ on 24 September 2021.
SparkShorts is a short filmmaking program introduced in 2018, which gives up-and-coming Pixar creatives six months to assemble a team and bring a project to life. Each is given a limited budget and teamed with a producer, subsequently navigating the emotional rollercoaster of stepping into a leadership role and inspiring their crew.