Pixar Takes on Toxic Masculinity in the Workplace With Latest Short

“Purl” is about a pink ball of yarn who joins B.R.O. Capital.

Screenshot from Purl via Pixar

Pixar’s new animated short film Purl takes viewers inside “B.R.O. Capital” — a company dominated by stereotypical “bros” who tell raunchy jokes, shout over one another, and leave work early to get two-for-one chicken wing specials.

So when a pink ball of yarn named Purl is hired, the bros are mystified. Purl tries to participate in the work culture, but is shunned. She tries to fit in by knitting herself a suit-and-tie look.

When a yellow yarn of ball joins the company, Purl reassess what she’s become. Soon, the office is teeming with balls of yarn and the overbearing culture of toxic masculinity is replaced by a more collaborative, open, and tolerant environment.

Purl is part of Pixar’s SparkShorts series, which seeks to empower filmmakers of different backgrounds. The quirky short film was created by Pixar filmmaker Kristen Lester, who said that Purl is based on her past work experiences.

"My first job, I was like the only woman in the room," Lester explains in a behind-the-scenes video. "In order to do the thing that I loved, I sort of became one of the guys.

"And then I came to Pixar, and I started to work on teams with women for the first time and that made me realize how much of the female aspect of myself I had buried and left behind,” she added.

While Purl is an animated film, the only aspect of its story that strays from reality might be the talking balls of yarn.