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Stefanie Abel Horowitz Talks Grief In Her Film Let’s Be Tigers On Disney’s Launchpad [Exclusive Interview]

Let's Be Tigers

Grief is such a difficult topic to talk about. This being because everyone grieves in their own way. For some, this may be to isolate themselves, while for others it may be to pretend like everything is business as usual. Whatever the case, keeping your feelings bottled up can be something very bad. This could cause you to bring harm to yourself or others due to the distraction of the weight the loss has on you. But you can’t just tell someone to get over it. Also, you can’t pressure someone to talk about something they aren’t comfortable with. Sometimes comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

One of Disney’s Launchpad films is Let’s Be Tigers by Stefanie Abel Horowitz. It focuses on a girl that is dealing with grief. In this film, we find Avalon who is dealing with the loss of her mother. While she is clearly not in a good place, she babysits a four-year-old for the night. Her thoughts send her mind elsewhere ending up with a very dangerous situation for the child.

(L-R): Dash Mccloud as Noah and Otmara Marrero as Avalon in Disney’s “LAUNCHPAD” Season One short, “LET’S BE TIGERS,” Written and Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Let’s Be Tigers, reminds us that grieving is a process that takes time and patience. It is important for each of us to take the necessary time to come to grips with the traumatic events in our lives. It also showcases that the answers we are looking for, or the comfort can be found in a variety of places, even a child.

Here is the synopsis for Disney Launchpad’s Let’s Be Tigers:

Avalon’s not ready to process the loss of her mother, but when she’s put in charge of a 4-year-old for one night, she finds more comfort than she ever could have expected.

Let's Be Tigers
(L-R): Otmara Marrero as Avalon and Dash Mccloud as Noah. In Disney’s “LAUNCHPAD” Season One short, “LET’S BE TIGERS,” Written and Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

With the release of Let’s Be Tigers on Disney’s Launchpad on Disney+, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez talked with the director of the film, Stefanie Abel Horowitz. We talk about processing grief. Also her inspiration behind the 4-year-old’s character. As well as her feelings in being part of the Launchpad initiative. You can check out the conversation below!

Let’s Be Tigers can be seen now on Disney’s Launchpad on Disney+.

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