First animated short from Disney Animation | Daily News

First animated short from Disney Animation

Walt Disney Animation Studios released its first theatrical short for the first time in five years with ‘Us Again’!

It’s inspired by a personal time in Director Zach Parrish’s life when the effects of aging were hitting him particularly hard. Parrish turned to his mother for guidance and a conversation about life. Parrish quickly realized he was looking at life completely wrong and the idea for ‘Us Again’ was born.

“I kinda had my priorities wrong. I was looking in the wrong direction, and-and if I’m always looking in the past, then I’m gonna miss the beauty in the now. And so that idea of youth being a state of mind really got my gears turning, and I really thought it’d be fun to do a fountain of youth story,” Parrish said.

Set in a vibrant city (reminiscent of New York City), ‘Us Again’ tells the story of an elderly man, Art, and his young-at-heart wife, Dot. They eventually rekindle their passion for life, and each other, on one rainy, magical night. It’s influenced by Disney’s rich history of using dance as a storytelling medium. Parrish not only wanted ‘Us Again’ to be a fountain of youth story but also told without any dialogue. That’s right! The entire story is told in a silent film-esque fashion. Complete with an original funk and soul musical score reminiscent of the 60s.

After seeing a stunning interpretive dance video with impeccable storytelling online, he knew that dancer/choreographers Keone and Mari were his dream team to bring this story to life.

‘Us Again’ released theatrically on March 5 alongside ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’. Both are coming to Disney+ in June.