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The Making of Pixar’s Burrow – 9 Things You Didn’t Know

Pixar can always make me cry, and Pixar Shorts are no exception. Pixar’s newest short film, Burrow, part of the SparksShorts program, will be available on Disney+ December 25th, the same day SOUL is released! I attended a virtual Filmmaker Presentation with Burrow Director Madeline Sharafian, who is one of the loveliest people ever. Her passion for filmmaking is infectious!

Pixar Burrow Sparkshorts

What is Burrow About? 

Burrow is a 6-minute film about a young rabbit that embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.

Things You Didn’t Know About The Making of Burrow

Here are some things I learned about the making of Burrow!

Burrow is part of SparksShorts, Maddie calls it Pixar’s Indie branch. It’s the Pixar Animation Studios short film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio. They’re all available on Disney+!

There is a Burrow Easter Egg! How could it be Pixar with an Easter Egg? Watch for Kitbull (another Pixar SparksShort film) sliding down the Salamander hole. It happens quickly!

Maddie has worked on Coco and Onward, too! 

Rabbit was Maddie’s childhood nickname, so she could relate to the protagonist.

Pixar Burrow Lessons 

Maddie said that overthinking can be your enemy.

Burrow’s backgrounds are inspired by children’s books by Richard Scarry, Jill Barklem, and Beatriz Potter.

Maddie was inspired by burrows and that they’re underground and hidden, but burrows are also all about connecting.

SparksShorts enable you to have a team! By herself, Maddie could only have about one or two characters,  but with a team, you can have a nice ensemble of a cast – so we get many animals!

Maddie is a perfectionist and struggles with isolating herself, because of it. She doesn’t want anyone to see her until she’s about to knock your socks off. She realized that she couldn’t do that 24/7. 

Burrow Fun Facts

Pixar Burrow Review

Burrow has such a timely message, especially during this pandemic when we may feel cutoff from family and friends. It’s amazing the emotional response a short film can elicit in 6 minutes. I think we all suffer from our insecurities, and asking for help shouldn’t be shameful. 

The animation is warm and comforting, the story important, and there is a mixture of humor and love. This short will be a family favorite!

Watch Burrow in Disney+ December 25th!


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