Pixar has released a new 2D animated short called Kitbull.

Its story depicts the unlikely friendship between a stray kitten and an abused pit bull, set in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The short is directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson. In a video that accompanies the short, Sullivan said: ”To be fully honest, it started from a cat video ... I loved watching cat videos in times of stress.”

“At first, I just wanted to draw something that made me feel good and was fun, but it evolved into something more personal to me eventually.”

“Growing up, I was always very sensitive and very shy, and had actually a lot of trouble making connections, making friendship,” she continued.

“So I related to this kitten because it never really stepped outside of its comfort zone to be vulnerable and make a connection.”

The short is part of Pixar’s new animation project, titled SparkShorts, which is intended to help give new voices and artists and a platform.

“The SparkShorts program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows,” Pixar president Jim Morris said...

...“These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.”