While the Pixar shorts seem to be scarce nowadays before their feature films, Pixar have still created some of the most beloved animated short films. However, none is as relevant today as it was 10 years ago than ‘Day & Night’.
Released near 10 years ago (release date was 19th July 2010), ‘Day & Night’ is a 7-minute short film that showed before ‘Toy Story 3’ It follows the personifications of daylight and night-time. When they meet each other for the first time, they immediately dislike each other, but then learn that they are actually similar on the inside and learn to let along.
In current times such as Pride Month and the Black Lives Matter movement, this is still an important film. While each person may look different, we are human and we are all the same on the inside: we all breathe the same air and we all have the same vital organs. If we pushed aside our differences, then we can learn to get along too. Near the end, a radio host that is seen in Day’s body even makes a speech about this prejudice, stating that ‘They are afraid of new ideas and are loaded with prejudices, not based upon anything in reality, but based on…If something is new, I reject it immediately because it’s frightening to me.’
It’s in our nature to stay in our comfort zones, but times are changing for the better, and that has to be accepted; if people constantly stick to what they’re used to, then progress will never be made. The cartoony nature of the short also makes this accessible to anyone of any age and can be used as a morale lesson.
The visual styles of daylight and night-time are also fantastic: images inside their bodies project what is happening during the day and night, but also interacts with what’s happening outside. An example of this is when Night hits Day, but the sounds are that of a lumberjack cutting down a tree, which is seen on Day’s body.
‘Day & Night’ may be nearly 10 years old, but it is still such an important, and enjoyable, film and relevant to current times. If you have not seen this, then I would really recommend seeing it.
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