Disney movies are pretty well known for making us cry. Not that they’re all sad, but the storytelling is so powerful that whether the tears are from some part of the story, the relatability of the characters, the music, or even the sheer magic of the picture, it can move people to tears. Us Again from Walt Disney Animation Studios accomplishes this in only six minutes, and even its creators cry every time they see it.
Us Again is a beautiful story that tells contrasting perspectives on aging. There’s Art, who sees getting older as a loss of everything he loved about life. His wife, Dot, on the other hand, sees it as a new experience for them to go through together. I was so moved by this short that even when I watched it a few more times to look for all the easter eggs, I still cried. When I spoke with the creators for an interview with CinemaBlend, they said they do as well. Here’s what producer Brad Simonsen and composer Pinar Torak said:
Us Again is one of those projects where you can just feel the amount of passion and love that went into making it. Everyone who touched the project brought personal experience to it and was really invested not just in the film’s success, but also in telling a meaningful story that resonates with people. It’s so beautiful to see how proud they are of this art they created.
I also spoke with director Zach Parrish and reference choreographers Keone and Mari. They walked through the step-by-step process of how they built the world of Us Again, a place where dance is the method of communication. When they saw the finished product, the reactions were totally in awe of their own work. In their own words:
Well, now we know to be on the lookout for the release of that footage showing world-renowned choreographers Keone and Mari reacting to seeing Us Again for the first time. The film is visually stunning, the rain looks absolutely real, and the marriage of song and dance throughout is seamless. Every element of Us Again works together to tell this story of embracing all aspects of life and not letting your inner child die.
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