Purl is one of the Pixar shorts that are part of the brand new SparkShorts project, which allowed creatives, video makers and animation lovers to present their own animated short. In this case Purl is the work of Kristen Lester, writer and director, who took the opportunity to tell her personal experience in the workplace, which was immediately common to many other women.
Kristen wanted to give back to her audience the feeling you get when you’re the only woman in the room at work, or on the whole floor, when you suppress your true nature to look like others as much as possible, start to take an interest in sports and change your physical appearance.
In the short, it is Purl, an exuberant ball of pink wool, who suffers all this. Hired in a start-up where only white men work, Purl immediately realizes that there are two options: either to leave or to become like them. So the ball decides to change, copying in all respects his colleagues. When, however, Lacey, a new yellow ball, arrives to work there Purl will be forced to choose which side to be on.
The ending is surprising and is the proof that accepting what is different does not undermine our personality or our work, but only makes us stronger, so why ever be afraid of it?