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February 4, 2019
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Incredibles 2 Receives 2 Annie Awards

Annie Awards, Awards, Incredibles 2

Posted by Joanna • February 4, 2019

Awards season is officially here, and Incredibles 2 has already received acclaim at the Annie Awards. Having picked up 11 nominations, it was in with a good chance of at least one category win, so I’m sure the crew are ecstatic to have walked away with awards in both Music in an Animated Feature Production and Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production.

You can find the full list of winners and nominees on the Annie Awards website.

Michael Giacchino is famously the composer for both The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, and the sequel’s score somehow packed even more of a punch than the original.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at this year’s Annie Awards! It’s always the highlight of the awards season to see the fantastic array of animated features, shorts, and series that we’re lucky enough to co-exist with at the moment.

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Purl – Pixar’s First SparkShort Is Full Of Surprises (And Knitting Puns) And Hope!

Purl, Short Film, SparkShorts

Posted by Joanna • February 4, 2019

Pixar released their first SparkShort on YouTube today, which you can watch below:

“Purl” is full of surprises. And knitting puns. And hope! It follows the story of an enthusiastic ball of yarn, Purl, facing her first day in a new workplace. Right from the beginning, it’s clear that the company’s current employees are all practically identical. Pixar’s SparkShorts could be described as creative ‘side-projects’ (but you can tell they’ve been made with just as much love and care as Pixar’s full-length features, if not more). With the shorts being made on a limited budget and schedule, it’s to be expected that some shortcuts will have to be made, but the current male employees all being essential clones of themselves seems like a very deliberate choice: Purl immediately feels out of place.

The more we see of Purl, the more she stands out. First of all, she’s a ball of yarn. All her belongings are beautifully knitted. But even her animation is slightly different to that of her colleagues – she moves a little more ‘choppily’. She behaves differently. She has fresh ideas. Her fellow employees don’t think that’s a good thing, and eventually, neither does Purl herself. Soon, her frustration is literally tying her in knots. The lack of acceptance and understanding is breaking her down.

Purl ends up doing what seems to be the only solution – she attempts to fit in by making herself a clone of the clones. It works, but that’s obviously a bad thing. By suppressing her true self, she suppresses her new ideas and her originality – the company can’t move forward, and life can’t move forward like this either. Finally, it takes a new employee, another bundle of enthusiastic yarn, to make Purl see what’s truly important.

The story of “Purl” will feel eerily familiar to many of us: women being stifled in a male-dominated work environment; people of colour feeling isolated in a predominantly white community. Amazingly, the short could easily be applied to Pixar Studios itself with its recent changes in staffing. The short couldn’t have come out at a more fitting time, and its ending is brimming with hope and diversity. Let’s hope Pixar’s first SparkShort sparks a positive change across the industry, and the world! Every workplace could do with a better balance of knits and purls.

You can even watch Behind The Scenes of “Purl” and Meet The Filmmakers on YouTube! We’re being treated to two more SparkShorts in the next two weeks too – next week we’ll see “Smash and Grab”, and the week after is “Kitbull”! We couldn’t be more excited.

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To Infinity and…

Toy Story 4

Posted by Simoa • February 4, 2019

Last night’s Super Bowl gifted us with a Toy Story 4 commercial.

Some viewers (myself included) were probably surprised to see this clip rather than an actual trailer. Bo Peep and the new twitter stars Ducky and Bunny make an appearance. I’m also left wondering if this is a scene in the actual movie, or just a fun little promo clip. Nevertheless, it is very funny and no doubt is increasing the anticipation for Toy Story 4.

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