The Story Behind Disney’s Adorable New Short Film “Feast”

An article from BuzzFeed News about Disney’s latest animated short, “Feast”


The filmmakers behind the animated short, playing in front of Big Hero 6, explain to BuzzFeed News why Disney is reinvesting in an art form that is guaranteed to lose money.

This weekend, audiences who’ve bought tickets to see Disney’s latest animated feature film Big Hero 6 are first getting treated to the culinary exploits of an adorable Boston terrier named Winston. The animated short film Feast tells the story of a (largely unseen) man’s romantic journey through the lens of the (largely human) food he feeds his dog. While it is Disney’s third short in as many years, Feast also officially represents the company’s return to its deepest, oldest roots.

“Well, the irony is that Disney’s actually had a long, long history of making [animated] shorts,” Feast’s producer Kristina Reed told BuzzFeed News. “That’s really where Mickey Mouse came from at the very beginning of it all. And I think we kind of lost our way.” Disney’s short film renaissance technically started with the 2D-3D hybrid Paperman, which played in front of 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph and went on to win an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. But unlike sister studio Pixar — which has always maintained a steady pipeline of animated shorts in front of its feature films — Paperman was something of a one-off fluke. Up to that point, Disney had largely abandoned making animated short films as part of its regular operations.

“It was more of a, hey, we’re really exploring this idea of mashing 2D and 3D together,” said Reed of Paperman’s inception. “Here’s an interesting idea from a young animation director that could be a vehicle for exploration. Let’s put it into play.”

After Paperman’s success, however, another animator at the company hit upon the notion of honoring those old Mickey Mouse shorts by bringing the character into the world of 3D animation, ultimately resulting in the the delightful short Get a Horse!, which played in front of 2013’s Frozen and was also nominated for an Oscar.



Get a Horse!

Get a Horse!

By that point, the enthusiasm at Disney for working on these two shorts was so palpable, Reed explained, that John Lasseter and Ed Catmull — who oversee operations at the otherwise independent animation studios at Disney and Pixar — realized something important was afoot. “The studio leadership looked up at some point and said, ‘Whoa, there’s this incredible energy that gathers around these shorts, and we want to make sure we keep that alive,’” Reed said. So Lasseter and Catmull decided to formally create a short film pipeline at Disney similar to the one at Pixar.

For Feast director Patrick Osborne (an animator on Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and Bolt), that meant submitting three possible ideas for a short, then honing in on his best idea, and then making a formal pitch to Lasseter. “I’d been playing with this idea [that] maybe you could tell a story through dinner,” Osborne told BuzzFeed News. He actually did it, using the app 1 Second Everyday to document all of his dinners in 2012. But it wasn’t until he hit upon the idea of using a dog as the mechanism for telling the story that he realized he had a film.

And then he had to wait. “Frozen was being worked on at the time, and most of John Lasseter’s time was going to that,” said Osborne. “So they told me every week [that] I was going to pitch to him, and then it got pushed to the next week — for four months.” Osborne used that time to further perfect his concept, and by late October 2013, after pitching Lasseter, he finally had a green light. That meant a budget, a team, and a deadline: June 10, 2014, the start of the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, where the short was due to premiere. They made it with three days to spare, but as Reed explained, missing the film festival was the least of their worries.


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Mix and Mingle at “Waltz into the Singularity” on 11/13/14!

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Are You Ready for the Fall Festival Next Week? Check out the events between 11/10-11/14!

Fall Festival 2014

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19th Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction (Saturday, November 8, 2014)

FIne Art Auction 11:8:14

November 6–7
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Reception & Live Auction
November 8
2 p.m. – Reception begins
3 p.m. – Live auction begins

Silent Auction
Ends approximately 30 minutes after close of live auction

AAU Galleries at The Cannery
2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Benefiting Academy of Art University’s Student Scholarship Fund.

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Thang Le TONIGHT on Friday, 11/7 @ 7pm!!!


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Flesk Publications Book Sale on 11/12!

Flesk Publications Book Sale 11:12:14

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DreamWorks is Coming on 11/10 (Monday)!


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Reelshow Online Student Film Competitions 2014

Reelshow 2014

Reelshow Online Student Film Competitions 2014

Supporting The Next Generation Of Filmmakers

Student Film Competition December 2014

Competition Genre Category – Animation

Student Film Competition December 2014
The film genre category for this competition is Animation.

The deadline for film entry is 30 November 2014.

Judge: To be confirmed.

Please note that Reelshow members can  link films to the site, at any time- whatever the genre, but if they want to enter a competition their film will be entered into the appropriate contest down the year. Contact us if you are unsure about anything.

Reelshow Competitions 2014- General Information for this competition:

  • The 5 Finalists of each competition will be selected by The Reelshow Team. The winner of each competition will be chosen by judge/s active in the film industry 0r film/media education and experienced in the genre.
  • The prize – US$75.00 Amazon Voucher
  • Only films uploaded or submitted to The Reelshow from  November 2013 onwards can be entered into this year’s animation competition.
  • Films can be submitted for entry to a Reelshow competition as soon as the competition page is up on The Reelshow Film Contest site. But we will ask you when you submit your film if you want to take part in a competition.
  • Films that have already won a Reelshow competition or festival will not be considered.
  • Films entered  into this competition must run no longer than 15 minutes.
  • A maximum total of 20 films will be considered for this competition and only one film entry per Reelshow member. If there are less then 8 films entered the competition will be cancelled or rolled over.
  • A YouTube or Vimeo link to your film entry will be needed. We need to embed your film on the Reelshow site, so the film permissions must be set to public ( not password protected).

Animation Competition Rules:

  • Max running time 15 minutes.
  • The film can be an individual entry or a school/team entry.
  • Any shooting format.

Register on the site ( or login), fill out a film submission form and send us a link to your film on You tube or Vimeo. Links below.

Please note : All films uploaded to the Reelshow are on public display. We cannot except password protected entries.

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AAU Animation Showreel 2014- Deadline: Dec 8

AAU Animation Showreel 2014

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Spring Demo Reel Deadline: Saturday, December 6th

Pixar Poster SP15

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