Loop (2020) Short Film Review

Pixar’s SparkShorts programme – where Pixar’s employees are given six months and limited budgets to develop animated short films – has delivered many wins but animations to date but perhaps none quite as astonishing and moving as “Loop”, an animated short about the intersection of the inner world of a non-verbal autistic 13-year-old girl and an outside world that struggles to understand her.

Loop Review Autism

Written and directed by Erica Milsom and using the voice talents of Madison Bandy (herself autistic) and Christiano Delgado, it’s a beautifully articulated look at how we communicate and connect with each other even when there are sensory barriers in the way. There’s an authenticity to the piece that creates a wonderful sense of acknowledgement for anyone watching who’s known and loved someone with additional needs.

The depth of understanding and tenderness in the pair of characters finding ways to communicate and work together with each other is deeply moving and it’s so refreshing to have the disability portrayed not in a negative way but in an understanding and, ultimately, uplifting way.

In short, this is one short that’s well worth your time as, indeed, is the brief making-of film which accompanies it. It may be small but it’s perfectly formed and although it takes its name from the motion of paddling a canoe, this is one “Loop” you’ll want to watch over and over again – right to the very end.

“Loop” is available to stream on Disney+ right now.

score 10