Purl Pixar SparkShort

Purl: Pixar’s first SparkShort is an adorable story about fitting in

Pixar has published its first SparkShort online for all to watch.

Written and directed by Kristen Lester, Purl is a story about fitting in as it follows an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high-energy, bro-tastic start-up. But how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for?

Purl is one of many SparkShorts that Pixar has in the works. Kitbull and Smash and Grab debuted alongside it last month, but have yet to make their way online. Three additional SparkShorts have also been detailed: Float, Loop, and Wind.


A father discovers that his son floats, which makes him different from other kids.  To keep them both safe from the judgement of the world, Dad hides, covers, and grounds him.  But when his son’s ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is.


An unlikely connection sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.


An earnest ball of yarn named Purl gets a job at a fast-paced, high energy, male centric start-up. Things start to unravel as she tries to fit in with this close knit group. Purl must ask herself how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for and in the end is it worth it?


A non-verbal, autistic girl and a chatty boy are partnered on a canoeing trip. To complete their journey across an urban lake, they must both learn how the other experiences the world.


Wind is a magical realism story about a Grandma and a Grandson trapped in a massive, never ending sink-hole, living on a large boulder suspended by strong winds. Together they scavenge falling debris to build an escape, hoping to find a better life in the outside world.

Smash and Grab

After years of toiling away inside the engine room of a towering locomotive, two antiquated robots will risk everything for freedom and for each other.

While some of these will release on YouTube, it seems that Disney will also be putting them out on Disney+, the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019.

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