Celebrate Korean American Day with a screening of Pixar’s “Wind”

Yesterday, January 13, marked Korean American Day in the United States. Pixar took to their Official Instagram account and featured an image of the Sparkshort, Wind.

I have been asked several times, “Why did they use this short film?” After all, on its surface, Wind it’s pretty much a grandma and her grandson building a rocket, isn’t it? Yes. On its surface. There’s a lot more to this short than meets the eye.

First, let’s talk about Korean American Day here in America. On January 13, 1903, the first Korean immigrants arrived in the United States. Shortly before, in 1882, the United States and Korea signed a treaty establishing a peaceful relationship of friendship and trade. While Korean diplomats, students, politicians and businessmen visited the United States, it was not until 1902 that the SS Gaelic set sail for America with 102 Korean immigrants on board. It was the first of a wave of more than 7,500 immigrants who came to the United States over the next two years. In 2003, President George W. Bush proclaimed a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants. In 2005, the US House and Senate passed simple resolutions in support of Korean American Day. Since then, states across the country have passed bills declaring January 13 as an annual celebration of Korean American Day.

Pixar SparkShort The program is presented as being designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques and experiment with new production workflows, unleashing the potential of individual artists and their inventive cinematic approaches. Wind’s Writer and director, Edwin Chang, actually came from a technical background, where he served as technical director of simulation, creating codes and programs to help create the effects seen in feature films. animation. Things like clothes, hair, and fur.

After pitching his story for Wind, he was selected for the SparkShorts program and immersed himself in his very personal story. If you haven’t seen yet Wind, to connect to Disney+ and watch it now. Spoilers ahead if you choose to continue.

In Wind, we see a boy and his grandmother living their lives and having their meals together. We realize the pair are stuck in a surreal, spatial chasm with large boulders and boulders colliding in the sky above them. Although nothing says they are in immediate danger, their way of life is not too great and the couple try to find a way out of this pit. Together, the two build a rocket using found debris that will surely get them out. Grandma realizes they are running out of time as the above collisions worsen and at one point almost destroy their rocket.

As they build, the duo realize they are building a rocket that only has room for one, but Grandma comes up with a plan showing they can tie a rope to it and then the grandson can pull it up and out. Following the plan, the two continue and finish the rocket, but Grandma is well aware that the plan won’t work. They manage to fly away, but when the boy crashes to the surface, he tugs on the rope expecting to find his grandmother and instead finds a basket with their favorite meal attached.

“Wind” concept art

Chang, whose grandmother and father fled North Korea to South Korea during the war, says that at its core this story is an immigration story, loosely based on his own family. After fleeing to South Korea, her father immigrated to the United States and had to leave Chang’s grandmother behind. Although she eventually joined them, it’s clear that this story and separation inspired Wind.

The short’s producer, Jesus Martinez, said, “If everyone goes far enough in their story, there’s one person who propelled the family forward and gave up a lot of their own opportunities. I hope people remember this person because it gives you some insight into what you are doing for the next generation.

Chang discussed Wind with ABC 7 in 2019, where he was asked what his grandmother, who died some time before, would think of the film. His answer ? “The main source of her joy was taking care of her children and making sure they thrived. And so, I think, for her to see that and see how her children and grandchildren have done and I think that would make her really happy.”

Keep a box of tissues nearby and you can watch Wind, as good as the making of the wind, now streaming on Disney+.

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