Since its founding in 1986, Pixar has pushed what is possible with computer animation and as a result they have released multiple hits in both short films and feature films.
Pixar clearly hit it out of the park yet again when their newest short 'Kitbull' (which was released exclusively to YouTube) garnered a strong response from its audience. 'Kitbull' is the story of an unlikely friendship between a kitten living in a junkyard in San Francisco and a mistreated pitbull who moves in the building next door.
Here is everything you need to know about 'Kitbull' and the emotional responses it has created.
Kitbull is a Pixar short as part of their new SparkShorts program. It was written and directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson. On how this short came about, writer/director Rosana Sullivan had this to say...
“To be fully honest, it started from a cat video. I love watching cat videos in times of stress. And I thought, you know what, I just want to draw a little kitten doing something silly and very very cat-like. At first, I just wanted to draw something that made me feel good and was fun, but it evolved into something more personal to me, eventually, I realized that growing up I was always very sensitive and very shy. And had actually a lot trouble making connections, making friendships. So I related to this kitten because it never really stepped out of its comfort zone to be vulnerable and make a connection. So that’s eventually what the story became,”
The story is told primarily from the point of view of the kitten who is (as Rosana Sullivan) is shy and unwilling to make a connection. The short then shows the slow but eventual development of the friendship between the kitten and a pitbull living next door who is being mistreated by its owner. The pair slowly grow fond of one another and build a trusting friendship.
Producer Kathryn Hendrickson has noted that this short is “different from what Pixar normally does” which is true as the film is beautifully drawn in 2D, which is a departure from Pixars usual 3D animation that they have been known for since the company began.