Sparkshorts: Burrow – Disney+ Talk

Sparkshorts: Burrow

Sparkshorts: Burrow – Disney+ Talk

While I’ve written a lot of articles on the short films that are available on Disney+, I’ve never touched on Pixar’s Sparkshorts. These are shorts that are created by Pixar employees, and are given a limited budget and six months’ time limit. As of typing, there are 8 Sparkshorts on the streaming service, the latest one being ‘Burrow’.

‘Burrow’ was written and directed by Madeline Sharafian (Story artist for ‘Coco’) and revolves around a rabbit who is looking to create her perfect home in the burrows. However, she feels overwhelmed by the neighbourhood and digs deeper and deeper down until she lands into trouble. It isn’t until then that she realizes that it’s ok to ask for help.

As someone who is extremely independent and doesn’t like to ask for help, this short was very relatable. I understood the main character’s frustration of wanting to make her perfect home herself, as well as feeling scared about the other critters’ opinions towards her plan. She was only encouraged, not forced, to show her plans to the other residents’ when she literally hit a dead end at the bottom of the burrow. But the moral of this short is clear: it’s ok to ask for help if and when you need it. This is a moral that is especially important in our current climate and is one that should always be taught. 

What makes the Sparkshorts different to Pixar’s feature length films is the various styles of animation that are used in each short. These are styles that would never be used in the feature lengths but gives fan an insight into the talent of the animators at Pixar.

This animation style is particularly interesting and echoes that of older animated films. It’s unique to the animation company but still looks fantastic, giving each character a soft and friendly tone, further adding to the moral of the short. 

Overall, ‘Burrow’ may only last for 6 minutes on screen, but it left a lasting impression on me. Not only is the animation style unique and fantastic, but the moral is one that is relatable and one that should never be forgotten. 

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