Earlier this year we saw how Disney gave up and coming filmmakers an opportunity to work with a mentor and make a feature short via the Launchpad program. But before that, they also had another program called Short Circuit: Experimental Films. This program gives anyone at Disney Studios a chance to pitch their short film. If selected, they would be paired with a team of talented artists at Walt Disney Animation. Then they would have the opportunity to make the short film and have it featured on Disney+.
These people constantly work hard on other feature films that quickly become fan favorites. Short Circuit gives these hard-working artists a chance to create something of their own. Something that they are passionate about. The first two that we are going to feature are Dinosaur Barbarian and Songs to Sing in the Dark.
Short Circuit’s Dinosaur Barbarian
Directed by Kim Hazel
Battling evil is all in a day’s work for Dinosaur Barbarian, but what about taking out the trash? Sometimes even a superhero needs to clean up his act.
This is a really fun short that focuses on a key thing we love about classic 80s/90s cartoons. The theme songs! It takes you back to the days of Power Rangers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But there is a catch… We are used to seeing our heroes go go go all the time. But what are the consequences of hyper-focusing on just hero work and ignoring the rest of his life responsibilities? This short shows us what can happen and how to fix the issue. All to an awesome theme song.
Short Circuit’s Songs to Sing in the Dark
Directed by Riannon Delanoy
Two creatures living in the depths of a dark cave engage in a battle of acoustic one-upmanship. As things escalate, they come to realize that they are stronger together.
This is an awesome short. It really gave me Scott Pilgrim meets Fantasia vibes. It is very interesting and beautiful how Delanoy puts distinct sounds against each other. Only to bring them together to make something that sounds good. The colors that she chose also complement the sounds very well.
With the release of season 2 of the Short Circuit program, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez talked with directors Kim Hazel and Riannon Delanoy. During the conversation, they both tell us their inspiration for their short stories. As well as their experience in directing their first feature short for Disney+. It is such a fun conversation that you can check out down below!
You can check out seasons one and two of Disney’s Short Circuit films exclusively on Disney+.