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Float is an experimental short film produced by Pixar as part of Pixar's SparkShorts series was released on Disney+ on November 122019 as a part of the service's launch.

Synopsis

A father discovers that his son floats, which makes him different from other kids. To keep them both safe from the judgement of the world, Dad hides, covers, and grounds him. But when his son's ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is.

Plot

Dad is playing with his newborn son Alex in the front yard of his house. While showing him a dandelion, Alex proceeds to float, surprising Dad. Watchful eyes begin to concern him as he grabs Alex and brings him back inside the house. Now a toddler, Alex continues floating all over the darkened house as Dad has become a hermit with a disheveled appearance. He keeps his son on a leash and stuffs his backpack with rocks to keep him down, though it is later shown to not do much. They leave the house while trying to avoid the neighbors.

Dad pauses in front of a playground and watches the other kids play, but turns to see that Alex has escaped and is interacting with the other children by floating, scaring and annoying everyone. Dad hurriedly grabs his son who begins to cry, resulting in Dad asking why he can't be normal (the only moment of dialogue in the film). Alex grounds himself and looks down sadly. As he looks at all the park attendees, Dad cradles his son and sits on the swing set. He begins to swing back and forth, reinvigorating his son, and launches him in the air. Alex continues to fly as Dad happily runs around underneath him.

Trivia

  • Alex's ability could be a metaphor for most childhood related conditions such as Autism or Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • The only line ever spoken in the entire short is "Why can't you just be normal?!".

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