Launchpad (TV series)

film series

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Launchpad
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Created byWalt Disney Pictures
Years2021-present
Films and television
Short film(s)
  • American Eid (2021)
  • Dinner is Served (2021)
  • Growing Fangs (2021)
  • The Last of the Chupacabras (2021)
  • Let's Be Tigers (2021)
  • The Little Prince(ss) (2021)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)See below

Launchpad is an anthology series of American independent short films produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The films are created by various filmmakers from diverse and underrepresented racial, social, and cultural backgrounds.

Submissions for Launchpad began in June 2019 and selected the final round of filmmakers were selected by Disney in December 2019, from a pool of 1,000 applicants.[1] Disney financed the films and allowed the filmmakers to mentor with creative executives from various Walt Disney Studios film divisions, as well as the opportunity to receive educational classes provided by the American Film Institute.[1] The first season was centered on the theme of "discover", which the participants were instructed to create stories around.[2] Development process began in February 2020, but production on the first season of films was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

American Eid, Dinner Is Served, Growing Fangs, The Last of the Chupacabras, Let’s Be Tigers, and The Little Prince(ss), the six films of the first season of Launchpad, were released on Disney+ on May 28, 2021.[4] The series has received praise for showcasing diversity and themes of inclusivity not typically addressed in mainstream Hollywood productions.[2] A second season, focusing on the theme of "connection", is currently in development.[3]

Films

Released films

Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Executive producer(s) Editor(s) Composer(s)
Screenplay Story
American Eid May 28, 2021 (2021-05-28) Aqsa Altaf Leslie Owen, Steak House Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro, Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow, Mary Coleman,

Nicole Grindle, Vanessa Morrison

Siddhartha Khosla
Dinner Is Served Hao Zheng G. Wilson & Hao Zheng David Lally Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro, Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow, Jessica Virtue,

Rachel Yeung

Xue Ran Chen
Growing Fangs Ann Marie Pace Genevieve Faye, Melody Sandoval, Steak House Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro, Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow, Osnat Shurer, Halima Hudson AG
The Last of the Chupacabras Jessica Mendez Siqueiros Nicole Crespo, Steak House Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro, Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow Renee Goust
Let’s Be Tigers Stefanie Abel Horowitz Sydney Fleischmann, Steak House Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro, Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow, Grant Curtis Tangelene Bolton
The Little Prince(ss) Moxie Peng Carver Diserens, Steak House Julie Ann Crommett, Mahin Ibrahim, Alyssa Navarro,Chris Caraballo, Jason Alvidrez, Adam Nusinow, Sarah Shepard,

Karen Chau

Robert Ouyang Rusli
American Eid

Sisters Ameena and Zainab, two Muslim Pakistani immigrants, process the difficulties of living in a new place, including the lack of awareness their school has for their holiday of Eid.

Dinner Is Served

A Chinese student attending an American boarding school tries out for a leadership position never attained by an international student.

Growing Fangs

Val Garcia, a Mexican-American teen who is half human/half vampire, maintains her identity a secret from both worlds, until her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school.

The Last of the Chupacabras

A lonely Mexican-American woman struggling to carry on her traditions unknowingly summons a dark and ancient creature known as a chupacabra.

Let’s Be Tigers

Avalon, a grief-stricken young woman who has recently lost her mother, is tasked to babysit a young boy named Noah for an evening.

The Little Prince(ss)

Two young Chinese boys, Gabriel and Rob, befriend each other. Rob's father becomes suspicious about Gabriel’s feminine behavior and love of ballet and decides to intervene.

Music

Title U.S. release date Composer(s) Label
American Eid (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) June 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)[5] Siddhartha Khosla Walt Disney Records
Dinner is Served (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Xue Ran Chen
Growing Fangs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) AG
The Last of the Chupacabras (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Renee Goust
Let's Be Tigers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Tangelene Bolton
The Little Prince(ss) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Robert Ouyang Rusli

References

  1. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 30, 2020). "Disney Launchpad Unveils Directors For Inaugural Shorts Incubator Program". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Yoonsoo Kim, Kristen (June 2, 2021). "Disney Creates a 'Launchpad' for Underrepresented Filmmakers". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Jackson, Angelique (May 27, 2021). "How Disney's Launchpad Shorts Program Persevered Through the Pandemic to Give Six Filmmakers Their Global Debut". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  4. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (April 14, 2021). "Disney's Launchpad Debuts Heartwarming Trailer for Six New Short Films Coming to Disney Plus". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  5. ^ says, JackS. "Soundtracks for Disney's 'Launchpad' Shorts Released | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2021-06-06.

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