Asians are on a roll in the entertainment arena the past year, with “Crazy Rich Asians” dominating the screens and gaining recognition in prestigious Awards shows—and it’s just the beginning. Now, Filipinos are getting their well-deserved spotlight in the form of a Pixar short film, Filipino-American filmmaker Bobby Rubio.
He announced on Twitter that he was going to produce the Pixar short “Float” as part of Pixar’s experimental storytelling initiative Spark Shorts. From the quick preview, a father gets surprised when his baby starts floating on air. Rubio confirmed that the characters are Filipino. He further posted, “I am proud to tell our stories. I know what it means to see our culture represented on screen! #RepresentationMatters.”
This isn’t the first time that a groundbreaking Asian narrative was mainly featured in Pixar. “Bao,” another short film made waves last year because it told the story of an aging Chinese mom as she gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. But the dumpling starts growing up so fast and she learns more about herself and the cycle of life. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the story of Chinese immigrant community in Canada.
We can hardly wait to see how Filipinos will laugh, cry, and relate to the short film and crave for more!
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