Disney+ news seems to be coming in droves recently, with our last piece of news being that Disney gained full control of Hulu after the deal with Comcast. We still don’t know how this will affect the Disney+ Streaming Service. We do know for sure that Disney+ will have tons of new content, including some brand-new animated short films.
Disney recently announced on Oh My Disney that they are launching “Walt Disney Animation Studios: Short Circuit Experimental Films”, which will be a program where anyone at the Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create an original short film with the support of the Studio and their fellow artists. Here are descriptions Disney provided of the first three shorts we can expect to see. They are less “descriptions” of the short itself, and more so about those creating them.
Jing Hua (Flower in the Mirror)
The first short comes from director Jerry Huynh, a technical director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s worked on some of our favorite films like Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet, so we can only anticipate his short Jing Hua will bring something magical to Disney+!
Just a Thought
Just a Thought is a short inspired by those awkward pre-teen years we all went through, and the newspaper comics that director Brian Menz grew up loving. With such credits on Disney favorites like Bolt, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia, Moana, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, we’re certain his short is one we’re going to love!
Natalie Nourigat also worked on Ralph Breaks the Internet most recently, but launched her professional career drawing comics. We’re hoping to see some of Natalie’s love of comics in the art style of her short Exchange Student.
Pixar has already shared with us their ‘Spark Shorts’, which are similar experimental animated short films that anybody at Pixar had the chance to pitch as well. All of those can be watched for free on YouTube, including videos how the project started, and a making of feature. These and more will also be a part of Disney+. Unlike the Pixar shorts, we’ll have to wait until the release of these shorts in Spring of 2020 to watch these Short Circuit shorts.
It should be noted the term Short Circuit is also the title of a 1986 film about a robot trying to understand humanity after being struck by lightning. That film, despite arguabley sharing similarities to Pixar’s Wall*E, was produced by TriStar Pictures, and has nothing to do with any Disney properties.
The Short Circuit program is interesting, with Pixar being first to release their Spark Shorts, and Disney opting to put a 22-minute Frozen Holiday special before the Pixar film Coco, instead of offering that time and space to an experimental short film such as these.