Disney’s Us again short will debut with theatrical screenings of Raya and the last dragon, which can be seen on March 5. It’s been five years since Disney’s last short film, Inner workings, debuted earlier Moana Us again is a vibrant and original new theatrical animated short from director Zach Parrish that brings together dance, music, emotional storytelling and inspired animation. The new short will make its streaming debut on Disney + in June.
Set in a vibrant city brimming with rhythm and movement, an elderly man and his young-at-heart wife revive their youthful passion for life and each other on a magical evening. The years fade as the joy of dancing propels them through the exciting urban landscape of their childhood, reviving precious memories and ambitions. Us again is told entirely without dialogue and to an original funk and soul score reminiscent of the mid-1960s. Walt Disney Animation Studios President Clark Spencer had this to say about the new short film.
“We are delighted to premiere our first new theatrical short film in five years, Us again, exclusively on the big screen in addition to our incredible new feature, Raya and the last dragonZach has tapped into elements of his personal life and collaborated with the very best dance and music world to make this very special film. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to sharing this with moviegoers in March and then on Disney Plus in June. “
Zach Parrish is an 11-year veteran of Disney Animation who served as the lead animation on Big Hero 6 and director of the Short Circuit movie, To pee, in addition to his numerous animation credits on features for the Studio. Award-winning choreographers / dancers Keone and Mari (featured artists on World of Dance, and known for their collaborations with top talents like Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish), and acclaimed composer Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel) brought their unique talents to this experimental and musical fantasy. The film was produced by Brad Simonsen (associate producer at Big Hero 6 and Zootopia) and executive produced by Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios. You can read what Parrish had this to say about the creative team behind it Us again Below.
“Working with Keone and Mari was key to making this film. From the very beginning I knew I wanted this film to be music-driven. And I felt that dance is a universal language that can be translated into any culture. loved that their dance style felt like it was made for animation, and that there was a genuine, honest and organic bond between them because in real life they were actually a married couple.The story itself is inspired by my own grandparents, who struggling to age in various ways, along with my own physical limitations in exercising due to aging and injuries, I started to think about how someone else might view the world as things change and they get older. “
Jennifer Lee and she state: “One of my priorities was to bring back theatrical animated shorts and to give artists in our studio the opportunity to discover new ideas. Us again has so much spirit and energy, pushing the boundaries of our short stories. “We haven’t seen any footage of the short form yet, but the first image was released today. However, we know that the music and dance will be a big part of the stories,” explains Brad Simonsen.
“It was fascinating to see the process and the close collaboration between the music, the choreography and Zach’s vision for layout and animation. The film has a timeless and life-affirming message and an emotional resonance that is uniquely entertaining. Zach’s love of dance and animation, and his willingness to take risks as a filmmaker, made this a true labor of love. “
Mari says she even looks at the storyboards Us again was an emotional experience. Mari is married to her partner, Keone, and she was able to see parts of their own relationship with the short film. “The characters were easy to identify and empathize. As a married couple, we tried to imagine their age, and we also thought of our own grandparents to bring the characters to life through dance,” she said. You can see the first image of it Us again above, thanks to the Disney Animation Twitter account.
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