Disney’s shorts program is enjoying a resurgence in recent years, highlighted by Paperman, which won an Academy Award for Walt Disney Animation Studios. After John Lasseter took over as Chief Creative Officer of the Disney studio in 2007, he encouraged the creative talent there to produce short films to go along with their features, much like its sister studio Pixar. The next short, which has been playing at festivals around the world before it premieres alongside the feature film Big Hero 6, is Feast. Take a look at the dog, whose eyes we will see the story through, after the break!
The story is told through the perspective of Winston, a Boston terrier who sees his meals evolve through the years. As his owner falls in love, the meals change, representing the relationship changes that occur. It is clear from the design of the character that audiences will fall in love with Winston, a first look at which was debuted at USA Today. We also get a better look at the gorgeous animation style that the studio is employing for the short, which seems to be similar to what we saw with Paperman.
The short is the first directorial effort from Patrick Osborne, who previously served as an animator on Bolt, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph before he jumped into the animation supervisor position on Paperman. Word from those who have already seen the short is overwhelmingly positive so it appears that the studio may just have another great effort in the shorts department. With so many studios focusing on producing feature films that bring in millions, it is incredible to see the short format enjoying a renaissance in the last decade or so. After all, there is no real financial benefit to shorts – their purpose is more to inspire further creativity within the studio and to provide viewers with a rewarding experience at the theater.
Feast premieres in theaters with Big Hero 6 on November 7th!