One of the things I love most about animation is that it takes you places that you hadn't expected. Sadly, though, most of the time the folks providing the trip are either Disney, Warner Media or an anime company. That's not necessarily a bad thing, mind; but sometimes you want to find someting that will take you places with new voices and new methods.
I think that Taiko Studios, and their short, One Small Step, does that well. It's a short tour de cute, and just as lively as anything coming out of Pixar as of recent.
This is what the studio themselves have to say about the work:
One Small Step is our love letter to everyone who chased that impossible dream, and the family that supported them through it. We wanted to reflect on the real and personal costs of Luna's ambitions. Her relationships to her goals and her father change as life presents new realities. Dreams that seed in our hearts when we are young take on new meaning with experience and age. That core sentiment has defined my deep connection to this film. I'm so thankful to have been on this journey with such a sincere group of artists and dreamers. Luna's story is filled with the rich life experiences of the talented, diverse team here at Taiko Studios. We are thrilled to share it with the world!
There's really not much more I can say about this, other than that you really need to watch this for yourself. It moved me in ways that made me want to watch it again and again and I hope you will as well. I truly hope that we get to see more out of this studio, because what they've shown here is a promising beginning, and hopefully the first of many tales to be told.