Disney’s Us Again Review (Short): After the much-loved 2016 six-minute short Inner Workings (screened before Moana), Disney thought it would be a great idea (spoiler alert: it wasn’t) if they could just go do another one. of 22 minutes.
Enter Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in 2017, which was to surprise audiences who came to watch Coco. People were more shocked (and annoyed) than surprised and all because they had no idea how long this short film would be.
It’s been three and a half years since then, and critics have made huge changes in the way Disney approaches its shorts without Pixar. Us Again, an upcoming six-minute short film starring Raya And The Last Dragon is the alternate ending that many La La Land fans would have wanted Damien Chazelle to consider. And at first I thought it might be a sequel to Jordan Peele’s horror movie Us.
It is the story of an elderly couple struggling with the ghosts of old age. It’s about a guy, Art, who seems quite tired of life, and his lovely wife, Dot, who is still full of life and hope. But then, on a magical, rainy night, Art regains his lost spark as he begins to dance his heart out with his wife. But, it’s all because of that magical rain (or is it) and once it’s gone it’s no longer lively.
Why did I choose this story to connect with La La Land, you ask? Due to two important connections – the feel of the film and its “ oh-so-jazzy ” background score by Pinar Toprak. LLL fans, let me take you back to the
“What it could have been” finale of the film. Just embroider Dot and Art’s story with Seb and Mia’s story and see what you can get. An elderly, tired Seb of living with a still very healthy Mia trying to remember that it wasn’t really a waste of a good night’s sleep.
Directed by Zach Parrish, Us Again is what he rightly describes as “a fountain of youth”. There isn’t a single dialogue that helps make the viewing experience smoother. Zach makes the best use of the limited time he has to talk about a lot of things without saying a word. The music of Pinar Toprak is as important a character as the animation. Okay I couldn’t help but the musical notes during the dance remind you of Another Day Of Sun from La La Land.
The dance choreographed by Keone and Mari Madrid is so beautifully digitally animated by several storyboard artists like Louie del Carmen, Michael Herrera, Teny Aida Issakhanian, Chris McKane, Ken Morissey, Lindsey St. Pierre and Jeremy Spears.
Said and done if you are wondering what the best you could do with those eighteen minutes of your life? Watching Disney’s Us Again 3 times back to back should be your answer.
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