What Are 'SparkShorts'? Pixar's Experimental Storytelling Initiative That Produced Shorts like 'Purl,' 'Smash & Grab,' & 'Kitbull' — Watch Them Soon

Pixar SparkShorts Logo
One of the programs inside Pixar that has intrigued us the most in recent years is the "Experimental Storytelling Initiative." The announcement of the official name SparkShorts came within a video uploaded to Pixar's YouTube channel today — but, more importantly, we're also thrilled that everyone will be able to watch these films soon. 

The films, starting with the program's first project, Smash and Grab, (followed by Purl) have only been released at SIGGRAPH to date. Releasing the films at SIGGRAPH is fitting since Pixar's original short films were likewise launched at SIGGRAPH conferences in the 1980s as well.

Learn more about the program by watching the video below, or checking out our Related Posts links at the bottom of this post.


We were pleasantly surprised to see even more from the films being produced as part of this program. Previously, as noted before, we've only officially known about Smash and Grab and Purl

The list of films (in order of appearance) noted in the video are below:
  • Kristen Lester - Purl
    • Directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic start-up. Yarny hijinks ensue as she tries to fit in, but how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for, and in the end, is it worth it?
  • Rosanna Sullivan - Kitbull
    • Directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals 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.
  • Brian Larsen - Smash and Grab
    • Directed by Brian Larsen and produced by David Lally, is about two antiquated robots who risk everything for freedom and for each other after years of toiling away inside the engine room of a towering locomotive.
  • Erica Milsom - Loop
  • Edwin Chang - Wind
  • Bobby Rubio - Float

HOW TO WATCH

On Pixar's Twitter, it was noted that the first three films (Smash & Grab, Purl, and Kitbull) would be shown at the famed, El Capitan Theater on January 18, 2019 — followed by a release on YouTube and Disney+ when it launches later in 2019. We cannot wait.

YouTube Release Dates:
  • February 4, 2019 — Purl on YouTube
  • February 11, 2019 — Smash & Grab on YouTube and YouTube Kids
  • February 18, 2019 — Kitbull on YouTube and YouTube Kids
What do you think of the SparkShorts name and program altogether? One commenter on YouTube noted, "This is why I love Pixar." We couldn't agree more.

Related Posts:
Pixar Creates Experimental Shorts Division and Announces Their First Film Titled, 'Smash and Grab'
Details Surrounding Pixar's Next Experimental Storytelling Short Film, 'Purl' — Additional Plot Details & Images from SIGGRAPH 2018
Pixar's Experimental Shorts Program Release First Images of 'Smash and Grab'

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie

COMMENTS

Name

4K Ultra HD,6,A Bug's Life,5,A113,2,Aaron Hartline,4,Adrian Molina,27,Alan Barillaro,12,Albert Lozano,1,Alex Mandel,1,Alonso Martinez,1,Andrea Warren,5,Andrew Gordon,3,Andrew Stanton,55,Angelique Reisch,3,Angus MacLane,32,Animation Podcast,4,App Review,7,Apple Watch,1,Armie Hammer,2,Art,37,Art of Animation Resort,5,Artists Help Japan,7,Austin Madison,4,Awards,84,Bao,9,Beth Sullivan,1,Bill Watral,1,Bing Bong,2,Blu-Ray,55,Bo Peep,1,Bob Peterson,18,Bob Whitehill,2,Bobby Podesta,4,Bobby Rubio,1,Book,5,Book Review,52,Boundin,1,Box Office,2,Brad Bird,52,Brave,144,Breaking,2,BREAKING News,51,Brian Fee,25,Brian Larsen,3,Bryn Imagire,2,Bud Luckey,1,Buzz Lightyear,18,Car Toons,2,Cars,73,Cars 2,18,Cars 3,93,Cars Land,37,Cars Toons,12,Chris Chua,1,Chris Sasaki,1,Christina Faraj,1,Christine Freeman,1,Clip,1,Coco,103,Contest,11,Craig Foster,1,Cristela Alonzo,2,Cruz Ramirez,13,Custom Pixar Gear,6,D23,30,D23 Expo,1,Dan Scanlon,72,Dana Murray,3,Daniel Arriaga,4,Danielle Feinberg,5,Darla Anderson,26,Dave Mullins,14,David Lally,2,David Munier,2,Dean Kelly,3,Deleted Scene,3,Denise Ream,5,Detroit Auto Show,1,Dia de los Muertos,7,Dice Tsutsumi,7,Die Cast Cars,23,Digital,1,Director's Commentary,9,Dirk Van Gelder,1,Disney California Adventure,39,Disney Cruise,3,Disney Infinity,43,Disney Infinity 2.0,6,Disney Infinity 3.0,15,Disney Infinity Next,1,Disney Interactive,1,Disney Movie Club,1,Disney Movies Anywhere,4,Disney World,55,Disneyland,28,Disneyland Paris,8,Domee Shi,8,Dominique Louis,1,Easter Eggs,36,Ed Catmull,27,Edna Mode,1,Edwin Chang,1,Emron Grover,1,Enrico Casarosa,20,Erica Milsom,1,Erik Smitt,1,Everett Downing,1,Exclusive,15,Fan Art,33,Farhez Rayani,2,Finding Dory,100,Finding Nemo,23,Float,1,Forum,3,Fran Kalal,1,Fun Facts,8,Galyn Susman,7,Garrett Taylor,1,Giveaway,5,Google Hangout,5,Hawaiian Vacation,2,Hidden Items,2,Imagineering,3,Incredibles 2,100,Inside Out,150,Interview,33,Jack-Jack,1,Jackson Storm,10,James Ford Murphy,13,Jamie Roe,1,Jason Deamer,1,Jason Johnston,3,Jay Shuster,3,Jay Ward,8,Jeff Danna,2,Jerome Ranft,1,Jessie,2,Jim Capobianco,4,Jim Morris,5,Joe Ranft,1,John Lasseter,69,John Walker,3,Jon Reisch,3,Jonas Rivera,27,Jonathan Pytko,2,Josh Cooley,24,Jude Brownbill,2,Juliet Roth,1,Kelsey Mann,12,Kerry Washington,2,Kevin O'Hara,1,Kevin Reher,3,Kitbull,2,Knick Knack,2,Kori Rae,14,Kristen Lester,4,La Luna,18,Laura Meyer,2,Lava,21,Lee Unkrich,76,Lighting McQueen,38,Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy,2,Lindsey Collins,6,Loop,1,Lou,17,Lou Hamou-Lhadi,1,Luxo Jr.,3,Mahyar Abousaeedi,1,Marc Greenberg,1,Marc Sondheimer,3,Mark Andrews,37,Mark Walsh,35,Matt Jones,3,Matthew Luhn,2,Merida,15,Michael B. Johnson,2,Michael Blackmon,1,Michael Comet,2,Michael Fong,3,Michael Frederickson,1,Michael Giacchino,26,Michal Makarewicz,6,Mike Venturini,1,Mike Wazowski,1,Mike Wu,1,Miss Fritter,1,Monsters Inc,45,Monsters University,176,Motorama,2,Movie Review,16,Municiberg,1,Mychael Danna,4,Natalie Certain,3,Nathan Farris,2,Nathan Fillion,2,Newt,1,Nick Pitera,1,Nicole Paradis Grindle,3,Onward,4,Owen Wilson,2,Party Central,12,Partysaurus Rex,48,Patrick Lin,2,Paul Abadilla,7,Pete Docter,104,Peter Sohn,32,Philip Metschan,2,Piper,16,Pixar Animation Stiudios,4,Pixar Animation Studios,148,Pixar Archives,2,Pixar Artist Showcase,2,Pixar Canada,14,Pixar Concept Art,32,Pixar Fest,4,Pixar In A Box,2,Pixar in Concert,1,Pixar Minute,4,Pixar Pier,8,Pixar Pipeline Project,8,Pixar Place,1,Pixar Post Book Club,12,Pixar Post Record,1,Pixar Putt,1,Pixar Shorts,128,Pixar Studio Story,2,Pixar Toys,52,Pizza Planet Truck,1,Podcast,65,Poster,5,Presto,2,Products,237,Products - A Bug's Life,7,Products - Brave,29,Products - Cars,35,Products - Cars 2,9,Products - Cars 3,19,Products - Coco,11,Products - Finding Dory,10,Products - Finding Nemo,6,Products - Incredibles 2,18,Products - Inside Out,15,Products - Monsters Inc,16,Products - Monsters University,24,Products - Ratatouille,8,Products - Shorts & TV Specials,53,Products - The Good Dinosaur,7,Products - The Incredibles,11,Products - Toy Story,27,Products - Toy Story 2,5,Products - Toy Story 3,3,Products - Up,7,Products - WALL-E,8,Purl,4,Radiator Springs,7,Ralph Eggleston,8,Randy Newman,4,Ratatouille,21,RenderMan,4,Review,26,Ricky Nierva,4,Riley's First Date,6,Rob Thompson,1,Robert Kondo,5,Ronnie Del Carmen,6,Rosana Sullivan,2,Sandra Karpman,1,Sanjay Patel,13,Sanjay's Super Team,18,Saschka Unseld,30,Scott Morse,1,Shanghai Disney,2,Sharon Calahan,5,Shawn Krause,1,SIGGRAPH,3,Small Fry,3,Smash and Grab,2,Soundtrack,45,SparkShorts,3,Stephany Folsom,1,Sterling,2,Steve Jobs,5,Steve Pilcher,1,Steve Purcell,18,Store - Amazon,60,Store - App Store,12,Store - Barnes and Noble,2,Store - Best Buy,3,Store - Disney Store,35,Store - eBay,7,Store - Hallmark,1,Store - iTunes,43,Store - Target,10,Store - Toys R Us,4,Sulley,1,Tales From Radiator Springs,5,Ted Mathot,1,Teddy Newton,2,Television Specials,1,The Blue Umbrella,40,The Good Dinosaur,93,The Incredibles,38,The Incredibles 2,34,Thomas Newman,3,Tia Kratter,1,Tim Allen,2,To Protect and Serve,4,Toby Chu,1,Tokyo Disney,1,Tony DeRose,1,Tony Fucile,3,Toy Hunt,1,Toy Review,24,Toy Story,130,Toy Story 2,1,Toy Story 3,4,Toy Story 4,38,Toy Story Land,13,Toy Story of Terror,37,Toy Story That Time Forgot,24,Trailer,124,Type - Books,21,Type - Clothing,5,Type - Collectibles,21,Type - Holiday,2,Type - Pins,1,Type - Plush,9,Type - Toys,25,UP,14,VanArts,5,Victor Navone,1,Video Games,50,Vinylmation,9,Wall-e,20,Wind,1,Woody,6,YouTube Live,3,
ltr
item
Pixar Post: What Are 'SparkShorts'? Pixar's Experimental Storytelling Initiative That Produced Shorts like 'Purl,' 'Smash & Grab,' & 'Kitbull' — Watch Them Soon
What Are 'SparkShorts'? Pixar's Experimental Storytelling Initiative That Produced Shorts like 'Purl,' 'Smash & Grab,' & 'Kitbull' — Watch Them Soon
Previously known as Pixar's Experimental Storytelling Initiative, SparkShorts is now officially the name of the indie-storytelling initiative within Pixar. Learn more and find out how to watch the films in our post.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4BYh5GiFzMU/XDdv5ksuNWI/AAAAAAAAW60/0QNY-m5atAoIQqi8KFe4vj85zcuhz31BgCLcBGAs/s640/Pixar%2BSparkShorts%2BLogo%2BPixarPost.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4BYh5GiFzMU/XDdv5ksuNWI/AAAAAAAAW60/0QNY-m5atAoIQqi8KFe4vj85zcuhz31BgCLcBGAs/s72-c/Pixar%2BSparkShorts%2BLogo%2BPixarPost.jpg
Pixar Post
https://www.pixarpost.com/2019/01/pixar-sparkshorts.html
https://www.pixarpost.com/
https://www.pixarpost.com/
https://www.pixarpost.com/2019/01/pixar-sparkshorts.html
true
3427415425395920086
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy