Float, Pixar’s First Filipino-American Animation

by Lynda Lorraine

“In FLOAT, a father discovers that his son is different from other kids in the most unusual way. To keep them both safe from judgement, Dad covers him and keeps him out of sight—but when his son’s ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is.”

Pixar – SparkShots, Artsists Project

This Pixar Artists Project is the first Filipino-American animation short and is a big deal for Pinoy representation and inclusivity.

Here is what by Nicole Granston had to say about it on blackfilm.com:

“On November 12th, Pixar launched it’s much anticipated SparkShorts on the new streaming platform, Disney Plus. SparkShorts is a series of short animated films with a six month production timeline and a small budget as compared to animated feature films. The program was designed to give women and people of color more opportunities in animation.

Diversity and Inclusion are at the heart of SparkShorts

Lindsey Collins, VP of Development at Pixar

Written and Directed by Story Artist Bobby Rubio (“Toy Story 4” and “Inside Out”), FLOAT is the first Filipino-American Animated Story. I had a chance to view FLOAT while visiting Pixar. There aren’t many things that can captivate me and leave me full of emotion in a span of five and a half minutes. The story is raw and full of emotion and has one line that just pulls you in and releases you at the same time.

FLOAT is a testament to the internal struggle I believe all people feel when faced with individuals who are different and they aren’t quite sure how to relate to them. We shouldn’t be afraid to embrace what we don’t know.

FLOAT is a story we can all relate to and is a great teaching tool for children and adults in any walk of life. It certainly promoted the spirit of inclusiveness amongst adults and children of any age and of any culture.

Rubio’s inspiration comes from the fact that he is a father of three boys. He wanted to tell a truthful story and the impact and lessons he’s learned from his youngest child who is different from the other kids in a most (un)usual way. We are all different, but what makes his son unique, isn’t always readily accepted by society. In the movie, the dad believes he’s keeping his son safe, but in reality he’s holding him back from being who is he and spreading his wings.”

“It’s about acceptance. It’s about encouraging and celebrating your child”

Bobby Rubio on Float
Pixar SparkShorts – Official Trailer – Disney+
Streaming in some regions from 12th November 2019

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