Pixar SparkShorts: Smash and Grab … the liberating joy of going beyond the known

(image via IMDb)

The new short film, directed by Brian Larsen and produced by David Lally, focuses on an outmoded and archaic duo of robots, who toil away at their day jobs inside the engine room of a massive train locomotive. The two risk their livelihoods when they find out they can live outside of their stationed positions, where a battery source that keeps them alive has forced them to reside in jail-like conditions. (synopsis (c) Hypebeast)

There is nothing more powerful than the bond between two people.

Or in the case Smash and Grab, directed by Brian Larsen and produced by David Lally, one of the latest entries in Pixar’s brilliantly-charming short animated film series, SparkShorts, the bond between two robots, forced to labour in the bowels of an engine room while other robots live a life of self-powered leisure in gorgeously-golden teardrop cities that hang in the sky of a beautifully-barren alien world.

Thinking that the state of their life, and make no mistake they are delightfully alive and devoted to each other, is all there is, it is revelation to one of them when they see out the window how the other half live, and that freedom, something they have longed for fleetingly, is in fact, possible.

It’s a beautiful story ripe with second chances, freedom and the power of being there for someone, or some robot, and is, in common with so many Pixar creations, touchingly inspiring in a way that will make you feel better about the world.

Even if it is an alien rock millions of light years away …

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