Pixar Reveals New Sparkshorts Coming to Disney+, Including Hand-Drawn Short ‘Twenty Something’

Pixar just announced two new SparkShorts are on their way to Dinsey+, along with a feature-length documentary about the SparkShorts filmmaking process. If the name SparkShorts looks familiar, it’s because you’ve likely already seen some films in the series. It’s a Pixar Animation program designed to discover new storytellers and uplift their voices through creative animation […] The post Pixar Reveals New Sparkshorts Coming to Disney+, Including Hand-Drawn Short ‘Twenty Something’ appeared first on /Film.

Pixar Reveals New Sparkshorts Coming to Disney+, Including Hand-Drawn Short ‘Twenty Something’

Pixar just announced two new SparkShorts are on their way to Dinsey+, along with a feature-length documentary about the SparkShorts filmmaking process.

If the name SparkShorts looks familiar, it’s because you’ve likely already seen some films in the series. It’s a Pixar Animation program designed to discover new storytellers and uplift their voices through creative animation techniques. Filmmakers are given six months to assemble their teams and create their short films, with few other guidelines to abide by. Paired with a producer, the talented directors are guided by their passion.

SparkShorts has already given us a number of innovative shorts including Out, the studio’s first LGBTQ+ short film that dropped on Disney+ just in time for pride month. Other SparkShorts include the Academy Award-nominated Kitbull and, more recently, Burrow.

The SparkShorts films are often visually distinct, as filmmakers are encouraged to experiment and try new techniques to elevate their voices. Here’s a closer look at the upcoming SparkShorts films.

Twenty Something

This short film comes from director Aphton Corbin who previously worked on Soul with director Pete Docter. According to Corbin, her work with Docter meant she “caught the studio’s eye as someone who had interesting stories to tell.” Her hand-drawn animated film centers around a young woman, Gia. On the night of her 21st birthday, Gia struggles against her insecurities as she makes the transition into adulthood. Corbin’s film leans into the philosophy of faking it until you make it as Gia tries to feel her age. Corbin admitted that her characters struggle hits close to home.

“She is a manifestation of my own personal anxieties! I think of myself as a collection of children trying to pass myself off as an adult.”

The film is produced by Erik Langley and will be available on Disney+ on September 10.

 

Nona

Director Louis Gonzales has been with Pixar for many years, with credits including The Iron Giant, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille. His short film follows a grandmother, Nona, who plans to unwind and shut out the world by watching her favorite TV show “E.W.W. Smashdown Wrestling.” But a surprise visit from her 5-year old granddaughter interrupts her day off ritual and Nona is forced to choose between her two favorite things. Gonzalez explained that the character was largely based on his own grandmother but added,  “At the same time, Nona is a combination of all of the strong women I looked up to growing up.” Nona is produced by Courtney Casper Kent and will be available on Dinsey+ on September 17.

A Spark Story

A Spark Story is a collaborative effort from Pixar and production company Supper Club. This feature-length documentary spotlights directors Corbin and Gonzalez as they work through the tumultuous process of getting their stories onscreen. Corbin’s hand-drawn film is particularly challenging in technique while Gonzales encounters his own share of obstacles, including a bout of writer’s block that nearly detailed the project. The film is meant to be an immersive look at the filmmaking process, giving viewers detailed insight these both short films. A Spark Story comes from directors Jason Sterman and Leanne Dare and is expected on the streaming service on September 24.

Twenty Something, Nona, and A Spark Story will all stream exclusively on Disney+ this September.

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Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man […] The post Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic appeared first on /Film.

Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man to play Monk.

Seeing the World Differently

Lord Moreland first became fascinated with Thelonious Monk when he watched Straight No Chaser, the 1988 documentary about the bebop pianist and composer. He researched the musician and started on a working script to document the life of one of jazz’s most recorded musicians.

“My entire life, I have been an artist, a person, and a thinker who seems to have an alternative view of creating, hearing, and seeing the world,” he told Rolling Stone. “There’s no greater personification of that than Thelonious.”

The film will center around Monk’s “struggles for musical success, mental illness, and the spiritual love triangle between his wife, Nellie, and one of the world’s richest women, Nica Rothschild.”

Finding the Man to Play Monk

Finding the right actor to play Monk would be a challenge, as the jazz musician was as eccentric as he was talented. When Bey was brought up as a possibility during a development meeting, the producers knew they had their man.

“When his name was brought up, there was a silence that I will never forget,” Marzan said.

“We all envisioned him. This needed to be somebody that understood Thelonious’ music on an intimate level. It needed to be someone who understood the life and challenges of being a musician, a black man in this universe. Yasiin has Thelonious’ morals and focus on what matters.”

This won’t be Bey’s first time playing a music legend. He also starred as “Johnny B. Goode” singer Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records in 2008. Lord Moreland and Marzan feel confident that Bey will bring an authenticity to the role. After all, more than just Monk’s style of playing the piano was unusual. He was an individualist who went against the grain, something Bey can likely identify with given his own unconventional career.

“The long journey to reach the spiritual place, vibration, and sensibilities of Monk — that it would take for just about any other actor we could think of to portray him — is not necessary for him,” Lord Moreland said of Bey. “He’s already there. His essence is in ‘that place.’”

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