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Pixar's Purl: Top 5 Facts to Know!

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Pixar’s latest short is more than just a fun viewing experience. For this list, we’re looking at everything you need to know about this much talked about short film. Our list includes the voice of Purl has given voice to other Pixar characters, it's part of a series, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 5 Facts About the Purl Pixar Short.
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Top 5 Facts About the Purl Pixar Short


Pixar’s latest short is more than just a fun viewing experience. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 5 Facts About the Purl Pixar Short.

For this list, we’re looking at everything you need to know about this much talked about short film.

#5: It's Part of a Series


“Purl” is actually not part of the regular slate of Pixar shorts, being the first release in a new series called SparkShorts. The concept is that Pixar employees get six months and a small budget and are able to let their creativity run loose without the constraints of a more standard production. The end result is something that’s outside the box, and looks different from what we’ve come to expect from the studio. Other shorts in the series include "Smash and Grab" and “Kitbull”, and there are several more scheduled to be released on Disney+ later in 2019.

#4: The Voice of Purl Has Given Voice to Other Pixar Characters


If you feel like Purl’s voice sounds familiar, then we challenge you to identify the other Pixar characters who share it. You’d have to be a pretty serious fan to figure this one out, so we’re going to tell you. Bret Parker is an animator and voice actor working with Pixar, who’s given voice to characters like babysitter Kari McKeen in “The Incredibles” and the subsequent short film “Jack-Jack Attack”. She also played the “Trailer Mom” in “Monsters, Inc.”! Her animation work can be found in both films, as well as in “Brave”, “Ratatouille”, “A Bug's Life” and many more!

#3: Why Yarn?


After you figure out what the message behind this short film is, you may wonder why the creator decided to portray her protagonist as a ball of yarn rather than say … an actual human being. Considering that all of the other office workers are human, Purl stands out even more because of her warm and fuzzy qualities. Writer and director Kristen Lester says that she was inspired by her own hobby of yarn bombing, a type of street art that involves displaying knitting and crocheting projects in a public setting, often with social and political intentions.

#2: It's about Workplace Sexism


Though it’s pretty clear if you’ve watched the film, Purl’s feelings as an outsider at her new job are representative of the more universal issue of workplace sexism. Mashable writer Proma Khosla called it "a transparent allegory for women trying to break the glass ceiling in corporate culture". The feminist message is pretty overt, but it’s also about diversity in general. Once the office environment changes, there are also people of color among the business’ employees. Fast Company’s KC Ifeanyi even went as far as saying that “Purl” should be “the new workplace sensitivity training video for certain startups and corporations”. Hey that’s not a bad idea!

#1: It's Inspired by the Creator's Own Experience


“Purl” tells an all-too familiar story, and it probably comes as little surprise to learn that writer and director Kristen Lester created the short based on her own experiences. In a behind the scenes video, she details her sources of inspiration, which also include ‘80s films like “Working Girl” and “9 to 5”. Anyone who’s been following Pixar in the news will know that the company hasn’t been unscathed by the #MeToo movement, with executive John Lasseter leaving the company after allegations of sexual misconduct. It’s fitting then that “Purl” takes Pixar’s animation in a fantastic new direction - leaving us with high hopes for the future of the series.
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