Pixar’s latest Sparkshort heading to Disney+ is ‘Twenty Something’, which shows how adulting can be hard and some days you’re nailing it, while other days, you feel like a kid again.
The basic idea of this short is that Gia has gone to a nightclub with a friend to celebrate her 21st birthday, but she’s not feeling it. She feels out of place and not ready to make adult choices, such as do you want a pint of beer or a lovely slice of cake.
It’s here that it’s revealed that Gia is actually three kids stacked on top of one another, all hiding within a huge trench coat. These three kids represent Gia as versions of her as kids, a baby, a ten-year-old and a sixteen-year-old. We get to see some recent flashbacks to when Gia has felt like a kid and why she’s being so awkward on this night out.
When she starts dancing with a guy, the sixteen-year-old takes charge, and hormones take over, leading to a big reveal and pure embarrassment, that sends Gia off to the toilets to cry. But it’s here that she learns that every adult feels like a kid sometimes, reverting back to our younger selves when a situation arises. From here, the entire nightclub looks a little different and delivers some laughs along the way.
The animation style of this short is more traditional since it uses 2D, making everything more simpler. Also, with being set in a nightclub, the background gives the short a different vibe, because of the colours and also the use of music throughout.
‘Twenty Something’ is spot on with how we don’t always feel like we have it together and revert back to younger versions of ourselves. It’s not just when you’re in your 20s, but carries on throughout your life. Most kids probably think we adults have everything together, with little understanding that we are just making up as we go. While experience does help, we often still have those same core feelings, but are just better at hiding them.
While many of the other Sparkshorts have dealt with harder-hitting themes, ‘Twenty Something’ deals with issues every adult has, and I’m sure we will connect much easier with this short, than a child, who might not get ‘it’, but will laugh at the physical comedy of watching the kids being in control of an adult body. So while I don’t see this short being one that kids watch on repeat (which might be a good thing!), I think for adults, it’s worth taking 5 minutes out to take a look.
I enjoyed ‘Twenty Something’ and certainly could relate to Gia. With a few laughs along the way and a nice concept, ‘Twenty Something’ is certainly worth checking out, but it’s not on the same level as some of the other Sparkshorts.
Rating – 3.5 out of 5.
‘Twenty Something’ is coming to Disney+ on Friday 10th September.