Saturday, August 09, 2008

Coming Soon: The Short Films

One of the very best things to happen to Disney animation since the arrival of John Lasseter and Ed Catmull has been the return of the Disney cartoon short subject. So much discussion and attention have been focused recently on both Bolt and The Princess and the Frog that the upcoming shorts Glago's Guest and The Ballad of Nessie have remained inconspicuously under the radar. However, Walt Disney Animation Studios newly launched web site provides a sneak peek of both. Glago's Guest is most certainly a departure from the traditional and reflects the Pixar philosophy to be unconventional and step out of the box.

According to the web site, "Glago's Guest follows the intriguing and thought-provoking story of a lonely Russian soldier stationed at a remote Siberian outpost. When the soldier's solitude is interrupted one day by the arrival of a strange new 'guest,' Glago is jolted out of his uneventful daily routine but soon comes to realize that things aren't always what they appear be." Conceived and directed by Chris Williams, the short will be a sharp contrast in theme and style to Williams' slightly more high profile feature directorial debut. That would be Bolt.

The Ballad of Nessie is purported to have ". . . art direction evocative of the Disney shorts of the 1940s and 50s." It is directed by Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters.

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Unknown said...

They both sound great. I am glad to see the shorts return. The Pixar shorts have always been entertaining and highly original. I wonder if the Studio will get back to providing shorts at the beginning of most of their releases.

Cory Gross said...

I noticed these while looking ath the site, and I really want to see The Ballad of Nessie... I sincerely hope it coincides with a film I actually want to see as well. Preceed The Princess and the Frog with that and I'll be a happy camper.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for these. They look great! Also, if you like this article check out BlueSky's take on it last year. Again, can't wait. I certainly hope they start to make more than a couple a year.