Natalie Nourigat & Ruth Strother On Parent Struggles Explored In Disney’s Far From The Tree [Exclusive Interview]

Far From the Tree

Parenting is a difficult task that depending on the situation brings unique challenges. But at the end of the day, we just want what we think is best for our kids. Sometimes that means accidentally being overprotective and not wanting them to venture into certain situations. While some of these are completely valid, some are irrational and could actually hold back the growth and development of a child. To make this easier to understand, why don’t we use a Disney short? One titled, Far From the Tree.

Far from The Tree

Far From the Tree comes from Disney Animation Studios. It is directed by Natalie Nourigat and produced by Ruth Strother. It made its world premiere at the 2021 Annecy International Film Festival this past June. It’s now ready for its global release this November 24th, 2021 alongside the feature film from the same studio, Encanto.

Far From the Tree is set in the Pacific Northwest. Taking its inspiration from the Oregon coast where the director and her family visited many times as a child. It explores the relationship between a parent and a child. Specifically, the emotional conflicts that come up when one’s need to protect a child against danger comes head to head with the child’s need to grow and explore.

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To learn more about Far From the Tree, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez talked with Natalie Nourigat and Ruth Strother. Nourigat explains to us her inspiration for the story as well as the beautiful location. Strother tells us about the stylistic choices they made with the short. Its a fun conversation that you can check out down below!

(Pictured) Ruth Strother. Photo by Alex Kang/Disney. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
(Pictured) Natalie Nourigat. Photo by Ricky Middlesworth. ©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Here is the synopsis for Far From the Tree

Parenting is tough, especially when the stakes are high. On an idyllic beach in the Pacific Northwest, curiosity gets the better of a young raccoon whose frustrated parent attempts to keep them both safe. In the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, “Far From the Tree,” this young raccoon will learn that while there is reason to be fearful, as danger lurks around every corner, it is still possible to live with an open heart.

Disney Animation Studios’ Far From the Tree will launch alongside the feature film Encanto on November 24th, 2021.

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