At next month’s Annecy animation festival, Disney will world premiere three new animated shorts from its newly-announced short film program Short Circuit.
Launched in 2016, the program’s set-up and aims are similar to the Spark Shorts program from Disney’s sister studio, Pixar. The company explains: “[A]nyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create an original short film with the support of the studio and their fellow artists. The goal of this innovative program is to take risks in both visual style and story, surface new voices at the studio, and experiment with new technical innovation.”
Also, like Spark Shorts, Disney is labeling its Short Circuit content as “experimental films,” a branding tactic that is likely to cause more consternation from the animation filmmaking community. If the Spark Shorts to date have been any indication, the idea of “experimental” at a $200-billion corporation is very different from what the rest of the animation world considers experimental.