HBO Max to Stream Animated Shorts From 12 Underrepresented Artists

Warner Bros. Discovery has simply introduced that the HBO Max x Warner Bros. Discovery Entry Animated Shorts Program will showcase its remaining brief movies assortment March 23, completely on HBO Max, as episodes in a Max unique sequence titled Solely You: An Animated Shorts Assortment.

12 underrepresented artists created the ultimate eight brief movies as they participated in a year-long program; they acquired a manufacturing finances, coaching, and instruments to finish their unique five-to-seven-minute grownup animated brief. Individuals paired with government mentors from throughout WBD manufacturers together with HBO Max, Grownup Swim, Warner Animation Group, and Rooster Tooth; producer Amanda Miller (Christopher at Sea) oversaw all movies. As well as, creators participated in masterclasses from award-winning writers, producers and artists together with Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker (Harley Quinn); Erica Rivinoja (Clone Excessive); Dan Dominguez (Seis Manos, VP Powerhouse Animation); Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love); Noëlle Raffaele (DC Tremendous Hero Ladies); Ron Kurniawan (Puss in Boots); and Teddy Newton (The Incredibles). 

The immediate ‘What’s a narrative Solely You may inform?’ impressed this numerous group of artists to convey their private tales to life throughout a spectacular vary of animated types. From a high-stakes Wall Ball match in Coney Island, to a redemptive odyssey by means of the Pacific Northwest and a psychological showdown with a health-conscious vampire, these tales cross a number of genres, together with horror, comedy, and fantasy. A visually exhilarating and emotion-fueled journey, this assortment of eight brief movies welcomes viewers into the hearts, minds, and communities of the following technology of storytellers. 

“It has been a pleasure to proceed our pipeline efforts by championing underrepresented voices and giving entry and publicity for these subsequent technology of primetime animation storytellers,” stated Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Range, Fairness & Inclusion, North America, Warner Bros. Discovery. “We’re excited that this program culminates with the chance to showcase the artists’ distinctive visible artistry with HBO Max shoppers.” 

Suzanna Makkos, EVP, Unique Programming, HBO Max & Grownup Swim stated, “Among the finest components about working in animation for 20 years is the sensation if you discover a actually unique inventive voice, somebody who can inform a narrative with a visible fashion that’s wholly distinctive.  I’m thrilled to say that the inaugural HBO Max X WBD Entry Animated Shorts Program has not solely yielded a powerful slate of content material, however has set a excessive bar for the way we uncover and develop new voices in primetime animation.” 

Episode Loglines & Creators: 

Episode 1 – Burning Rubber by Chris Fequiere (he/him)  

Duane Ruiz is out of school and out of choices. Down on his luck, he has to decide on between tasks at work and residential or competing within the high-stakes Burning Rubber Wallball (AKA NYC handball) match.    

Episode 2 – Welcome to eightth Avenue by Yoo Lee (she/her) & Xin Li (she/her)  

When newcomers try and settle into their New Jersey neighborhood on eighth Avenue, some odd encounters make them query their choice to maneuver. Nevertheless, that adjustments when a wild turkey reveals up on their block.  

Episode 3 – Kent Hammer by Dominick Inexperienced (he/him)  

Kent Hammer, a assured and extremely profitable businessman with a loving household, slowly loses contact with actuality by means of a psychotic episode and descends into insanity. Kent befriends his briefcase because it talks to and guides him by means of his journey, however different workplace provides might not be as reliable or useful.    

Episode 4 – Yellowbird by Tsvetelina Zdraveva (she/her) & Jerred North (he/him)  

Whereas dwelling in New York, a younger immigrant receives tragic information from abroad, and should select between going residence or staying within the US to take care of her authorized standing.    

Episode 5 – Monstr by Tank Standing Buffalo (he/him) & Xstine Prepare dinner (she/her)  

How do you go on dwelling when every part is taken from you within the blink of an eye fixed? A real story of a younger artist who confronts his interior demons whereas apprenticing with a northwest totem carver after the demise of his beloved.    

Episode 6 – Aroon by Miriam Presas (she/her)  

A deluded hero has trapped himself inside a storybook legend the place he all the time saves the day. After a harrowing expertise, the hero begins to query his morality, his function, and what makes his life value dwelling.    

Episode 7 – Kimotiwin: The Act of Stealing by Keara Lightning (she/her) & Caeleigh Lightning (she/they)  

To steal again a flower that’s particular to her lover, Tiska embarks on a harmful journey throughout an overgrown panorama, combating demons in a post-apocalyptic metropolis.     

Episode 8 – Leech by Aalaa Mohamed (she/her)  

A vampire obsessive about the standard of the blood they eat poses as a well being coach to make sure they’ll management their purchasers’ life. That is the story of Minna, one sufferer who makes an attempt to interrupt free.  

Supply: Warner Bros. Discovery

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Whitney is a contract author specializing in VFX-driven fantasy movie & TV in addition to preschool animation.