Pixar Releases ‘Float’, The ‘First Short Film’ With Filipino-American Characters
By Yimin Huang, 20 Nov 2019
The launch of Disney+ has given rise to excitement and hilarious memes. Though there is a very wide range of movies to choose from, a Pixar short film called Float has garnered special attention.
Being the ‘first-ever short film’ with Filipino-American characters, it has received emotional responses on Twitter. Many have said they feel “proud” of their ethnicity after seeing it represented on the film. Some also shared side-by-side images of their own childhood with the leading character to show the resemblance.
The film touches on a father and young son’s relationship, where the son’s ability to float in the air has caused a lot of concerns. Initially the father tried to keep his abilities from the neighbors to protect him from prejudice, but he ultimately decided to let him be himself.
Float is believed to be a metaphor for autism. It is inspired by Pixar animator Bobby Rubio’s own relationship with his son. Initially, Rubio wanted to make the characters white as he was not sure if viewers would “want to see” Filipino-American characters.
Eventually, he decided to “tell his story,” per BuzzFeed. Take a look at the heartwarming trailer below.
#Float has me so emotional. It’s one thing for there to be Filipino-American representation, but the storyline resonates with the emotions that so many of the families I work with experience with having a child on the autism spectrum. I am bawling. pic.twitter.com/WNXUGGo0Ww— kuchi kopi (@kdkilla_) November 15, 2019
So I finally watched one of the #Sparkshorts on #DisneyPlus. Started with #Pixar #Float and it wrecked me. It makes me happy that I'm a proud Filipino American and the lead characters are in that ethnicity. pic.twitter.com/mH1OaetuF2— Ian Bulaclac (@Ian_Boolocklock) November 17, 2019
Honestly look— ❄️ Frozen Franky est. 2013 ❄️ (@basixcoffeeboy) November 12, 2019
It's so nice and so refreshing to have something like a short have a main character that looks like you
Is this what it feels like to have a character you can literally relate to????????????? #RepresentationMatters #pinoy #filipino #filipinoamerican #float pic.twitter.com/TtmFIxDPFD
IF YOU HAVE DISNEY+ WATCH #Float NOW! As I was growing up, I watched a lot of Disney/Pixar films, so when I found out the main characters would be Filipino-American, it meant absolutely everything to me. Additionally, the story is so beautiful! Bravo @Bobby_Rubio— RUBY IBARRA (@rubyibarra) November 12, 2019
[via BuzzFeed, cover image via Pixar]
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