In recent years, the Disney Studios have gone back to an art form that was once very popular – the animated short film. The company had great success with the 2012 short, “Paperman,” that earned an Academy Awards.
The latest animated short, “Feast,” will be shown with the feature film “Big Hero 6.” It’s the story of a dog and his master who share a food bond.
Executive producer, Kristina Reed, says that despite the success Disney has had with short films, they aren’t easy to get made because the company’s focus is making feature films. Often artists are only available for a short time because of their commitment to the feature film productions.
“You’re trying to sort of thread through and make a consistent, consistent progress with random resources becoming available at random moments in time. That’s a challenging way for a director to work on the short, but your job as a producer is to try and make that as smooth for the director as possible,” Reed says.
One of the consistent members of the team was Patrick Osborne who directed “Feast.” He was the animation supervisor on “Paperman.”
The idea of show a dog’s life from the point of view of his food dish started with Osborne making a one-second video of his own dinners for a year. When the final footage was put together – running about six minutes – it was obvious how much could be told about a person by what they are eating.
“Now the trick is, it’s really hard to just literally show food and have the audience come along, so he needed some other vehicle to bring us along that journey,” Reed says. “And when he came up with the idea of a dog, it really struck him as the right choice, because dogs live in patterns.
“And when something changes in their pattern, that means something changing in their bigger life. So he thought, let me show where the food is changing through the dog, the audience will see that something bigger is happening.”
And that happens through Disney’s latest short animated film, “Feast.”