Pixar SparkShorts: Kitbull and the joy of unexpected friends

(image via YouTube (c) Disney/Pixar)

Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. (synopsis (c) Disney/Pixar)

Kitbull is, you might be surprised to learn, the culmination of watching lots of cat videos online.

It is proof positive that not only can these diversionary pieces of feline video-viewing pleasure create a safe, happy place away from all the stress of life, but they can also inspire beautiful, inspiring, heartfelt stories such as this one.

Directed by Rosana Sullivan, who is the self-confessed cat video-watching addict and producer Kathryn Hendrickson, were inspired to create a 2D-animated short (unusually for Pixar who love their 3D animation), Kitbull is the story of what happens when a kitten trusts a fearsome Pitbull who guards the junk yard she calls home – she sleeps in a cardboard with a pink plush elephant, just one more adorable element in an overall adorable short) – and they forge a connection which has all kinds of wonderful, life-affirming implications.

This beautiful little film, part of Pixar’s experimental SparkShorts program (of which Purl is also a part) will brings tears your eyes and move you deeply but it will also remind how connecting with someone else, even if it means overcoming all kinds of fears and prejudices, can open up life in ways you never though possible.

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