Disney’s Us Again Animation Short tells a powerful and vibrant story. It will be featured ahead of Raya and The Last Dragon. It is a beautiful fun reminder to be in the moment. And, it easily captivates us. Moreover, it inspires and delivers a fantastic feel-good dose of yes!!!!!
Disney’s Us Again Animation Short Review
To say that Disney’s Us Again Animation Short is a charming piece of art is an understatement. It is so much more than that. Granted, the graphics are stunning and incredibly well done. Of course, the storytelling of this sans dialogue musical is beyond measure. It not only tugged at my heart. Also, it managed to talk to me about remembering the things I love to do with my family. Definitively, it is a call to action. Be present. Enjoy today now. Be true to yourself. Reconnect. Whoa, that is a lot in a few minutes!
It very well might be a have a very big soft spot for animated shorts. While it is hard to pick just one. I think the closest to my hear is Sanjay’s Super Team. And, Disney’s Us Again Animation Short get a big score for so many positive and uplifting messages!
Inspiration and Creative Talent Behind Disney’s Us Again
The idea for Us Again, came from director’s Zack Parrish conversation with his mom. In which, he realized he was looking at life from a different lens than the one he should! You get to hear all the details directly from him in our interview with:
- Zach Parrish (Director)
- Keone & Mari Madrid (Choreographers/Dancers)
- Brad Simonsen (Producer)
Vibrant images that have meaning
Be on the look out for special imagery that will give a different spin to how we appreciate this animated short. For example, Zack says that rain for his is a happy thing. For me it has never been a happy thing (no outside play, hurricanes) On face value, rain might be a nostalgic undertone for the movie. In reality, it is not at all! After listening to the director’s explanation, I have a different smile on me.
Us Again, tells the story of an interracial couple. Which is what both producer and director have in their lives. And, choreographers Keone and Mari are children of interracial couples. What we get is a reflection of reality that in the end, blurs the lines that divide us.
We all love them. Fortunately, this short has them for us. Be on the look out for a shelf with a Tangled reference. Also, Fantasia is playing on the movie screen in the background. But, not all Easter Eggs are Disney, so there is a bit for everyone.
When I asked: Us Again is a beautiful short that tug at my emotions. What do you hope is the takeaway from his short for viewers?
Zach answered: “It’s about taking-taking that time to focus on what’s truly important, and-and what’s around you and what makes your life beautiful. I think, many people think that it’s about being okay with-with aging and- sure, that’s a part of it too. But I think the core of the idea is less about age. And, it’s more about any age not focusing on things that are that are holding you back. Not focusing on the past. Not focusing on anything that’s distracting you from the beauty that is the world around you. And, so that, and appreciating those who are on that journey with you and make your life beautiful. That’s really where Dot’s character really comes into play is that she’s encouraging Art to see that, but she’s also that person who carries so much of the beauty of his world for him, and so, hopefully, all ages can take that”.
About Us Again
“Us Again,” a vibrant and original new theatrical animated short from director Zach Parrish that brings together dance, music, emotional storytelling and inspired animation, is set to debut exclusively in theaters worldwide beginning on March 5, playing on the same bill as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) newest animated feature, “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The film is Disney Animation’s first new theatrical short since the 2016 release of “Inner Workings,” which accompanied “Moana” on the big screen. “Us Again” is scheduled to make its streaming debut in June on Disney+. In the meantime catch it before Raya and The Last Dragon in theaters starting March 5th.