A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stories touch on issues like ability diversity, homosexuality, and animal cruelty in gentle and sometimes humorous ways. Themes of kindness, tolerance, sacrifice stand out.
Positive Role Models
Each film has characters who stand out for positive traits. In one, a father comes to embrace what makes his son different from everyone else. In another, a man finally comes out as gay to his parents and gets a surprising result. A grandmother gives up everything for her grandson, a female character challenges gender roles in a workplace, and new friends learn to trust.
Violence & Scariness
Some stories see characters facing brief peril. In one, a dog shows injuries from what's presumed to be a fight with another animal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One story involves a relationship between two men who are shown kissing at one point.
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A chapter in the massive Pixar universe.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SparkShorts is a series of short Pixar films that were cultivated by a program in which Disney artists were challenged to create their own independent movies with Pixar resources. Because the focus of each movie is unique, the content can be unpredictable, and most of the stories involve themes that are decidedly more mature than those of typical Pixar productions. In one, a man struggles to come out as homosexual to his parents; in another, a father must decide whether to embrace his son's diversity or hide it (and him) from the world. Others touch on issues like animal abuse, self-sacrifice, and gender stereotypes in the corporate workplace. These stories challenge viewers to think deeply about the issues they raise, and they're presented in typically superb Pixar animated style.
Is It Any Good?
This is a Disney experiment gone very right, and viewers are the ones who reap the rewards. These stories are insightful, inspiring, and efficiently told in movies that run minutes in length and captivate from the very start. Not surprisingly, the animation is magnificent (thanks, Pixar!), and the films prove that talent runs deep in the Disney workshops. SparkShorts not only reflects the creative spark of the writers, but also can spark some thoughtful conversations within families about the issues that the stories raise in these charming and affecting shorts.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.