Pixar’s new short film aims to break the stereotypes that pit bulls face by showing that these dogs have good hearts, unlike many of their owners.
Pitbulls were once the most beloved dogs in England and the United States, but when bull-baiting was banned in the 19th-century dog fighting became a popular underground activity in the UK and was eventually introduced in the US by immigrants travelling to the New World.
Thanks to their strong and stocky bodies Pitbulls became a popular breed amongst underground fighters which led to them receiving the unfair reputation of being overly aggressive and dangerous, despite once having a reputation as ‘Nanny Dogs’ thanks to their loyal and caring nature.
In a bid to shine a new light on this misunderstood breed Pixar has created a heart-wrenching short film entitled Kitbull that tells the story of the “unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures” under difficult circumstances.
Kitbull is a tale about a fiercely independent kitten who befriends an abandoned and abused pit bull after he rescues her before finding their forever homes together with a loving new family as “together, they experience friendship for the first time.”
Speaking about the inspiration behind the animation, director Rosana Sullivan told Bored Panda: “To be fully honest, it started from a cat video. I love watching cat videos in times of stress. And I thought, you know what, I just want to draw a little kitten doing something silly and very very cat-like.
“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, I realized that growing up I was always very sensitive and very shy. And had actually a lot trouble making connections, making friendships. So I related to this kitten because it never really stepped out of its comfort zone to be vulnerable and make a connection. So that’s eventually what the story became.”
The creators of the tearjerking film hope it will help to showcase the stereotypes that pit bulls face by showing that these dogs have good hearts, unlike many of their owners.