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Pixar’s latest short film surprises viewers with colourful language

The eight-minute film follows Purl, a ball of yarn, as she navigates a new job in a male environment.


A screen grab from Pixar’s latest SparkShort, Purl – (Disney.Pixar/YouTube)
A screen grab from Pixar’s latest SparkShort, Purl – (Disney.Pixar/YouTube)

Pixar’s latest animation has wowed viewers not only with its original storytelling, but also with the language it includes.

Purl is the first film from Pixar’s SparkShorts programme, which is designed to discover new storytellers, and follows a ball of yarn as she navigates her first days at a male-dominated company.

The short, written and directed by Kristen Lester, communicates the benefits of diversity in the workplace, reflecting Lester’s own experience.

“It’s based on my experience being in animation,” she told Pixar. “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 realise how much of the female aspect of myself I had sort of buried and left behind.”

But one aspect of the film which some viewers couldn’t help but notice was the adult language, with both “prick” and “ass” making an appearance.

“PIXAR FINALLY LET ONE OF THEIR CHARACTERS SAY ASS,” one Twitter user wrote.

Others took to social media to praise the film’s message, which considers the politics of the modern workplace.

The SparkShorts programme includes five other yet-to-be-released short films, including Smash And Grab, Float and Wind.

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