Meet Pixar's SparksShort 'Purl', a Swearin' Yarn Ball

The first trailer from Pixar's SparksShort- a program designed specifically to showcase stories from new voices with new techniques- is here, and Purl the swearin' yarnball is your new co-worker.

Purl | Pixar SparkShorts

Director Kristen Lester commented in a "Meet the Filmmakers" video a little about where Purl came from:

"It's based on my experience being in animation," Lester said. "My first job, I was like the only woman in the room, and so in order to do the thing that I loved, I sort of became one of the guys. And then I came to Pixar, and I started to work on teams with women for the first time, and that actually made me realize how much of the female aspect of myself I had sort of buried and left behind."

Two additional SparksShorts are set to hit this month according to Pixar's website: Robot love story Smash and Grab will premiere on February 11th; and Kitbull, a story about a pitbull and a kitten, will release on February 18th.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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