Loop (2020 film)

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An image of the Loop film poster
Official film poster
Directed byErica Milsom
Screenplay byErica Milsom
Story by
  • Adam Burke
  • Matthias De Clercq
  • Erica Milsom
Produced by
  • Michael Warch
  • Krissy Cababa
  • Madison Bandy
  • Christiano Delgado
  • Louis Gonzales
  • Asher Brodkey
  • Danielle Feinberg
  • Sylvia Gray Wong
Edited byJason Brodkey
Music byMark Orton
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • January 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) (Disney+)
Running time
9 minutes
CountryUnited States

Loop is a 2020 American computer-animated drama short film directed and written by Erica Milsom with the story being written by Adam Burke, Matthias De Clercq and Milsom, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sixth short film in Pixar's SparkShorts program and focuses on a non-verbal autistic girl and a chatty boy, learning to understand each other.[1][2] The short was released on Disney+ on January 10, 2020.[3]


Renee, a 13-year-old non-verbal autistic girl, sits patiently in a canoe waiting for a partner while playing with a sound app on her phone. Marcus arrives late and the camp counselor tells him to partner with her, much to his annoyance. Marcus attempts to speak with Renee, who is only able to mutter and make noises to express her feelings. When Marcus attempts to show off his paddling skills, Renee is unimpressed and starts rocking the boat. Marcus asks her to tell him what she wants and she responds by showing a poop emoji on her phone and signaling to a couple of outhouses. Marcus obliges and paddles her to land.

When they pass by some reeds, Renee reaches out to let them brush past her arms. She has Marcus paddle through multiple times, and he realizes that she did not actually need to use an outhouse, but just wanted to touch the reeds. He tries doing the same thing, and then Renee goes back to her phone. This gives Marcus an idea to connect with her. He paddles them to a tunnel and has Renee play her phone so that the sound can reverberate. At first, she enjoys it. Then a speedboat races by and the sound of that boat reverberates, overwhelming Renee. She frantically paddles out of the tunnel, nearly colliding with the speedboat in the process. When they crash onto land, Renee has a meltdown and throws her phone, which falls into the lake. Sobbing, she hides under the canoe while Marcus watches this unfold in bewilderment.

Eventually, Marcus pulls up a reed and places it next to the canoe where Renee can see it. He sits nearby until Renee calms down. She sits up, takes the reed, and begins to giggle. The two repeat the sound that the phone made together. The two of them get back into the canoe and paddle back to the camp.

In a post-credits scene, Renee's recovered phone is resting in a bowl of rice and it receives a message from Marcus asking if she wants to go canoeing again.


  • Madison Bandy as Renee
  • Christiano (Chachi) Delgado as Marcus
  • Louis Gonzales as Camp Counselor

Additional voice cast[edit]

  • Asher Brodkey
  • Erica Milsom


Loop was directed and written by Erica Milsom, with a story created by Adam Burke, Erica Milsom and Matthias De Clercq. Michael Warch and Krissy Cababa produced the short.[4]

The team brought in consultants from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to ensure that Renee's portrayal would be authentic.[5]

Loop features Madison Bandy in the role of Renee, who herself is non-speaking and autistic. The audio recording for her voice performance was done by Vince Caro, on location in her home, as part of an effort to make the recording process as comfortable as possible.[6]

The director and animators on Loop spoke with the consultants to gain a sense of the way that a non-speaking person might communicate their feelings differently. They then developed a gestural language for Renee, equating specific behaviors, like holding her ears, or poking her cell phone, with specific emotional states. [1]


Mark Orton composed the music for Loop.[7] The score was released on February 28, 2020.[8]

Loop (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)
GenreFilm score

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Mark Orton.

1."You Gotta Help Me Out"0:37
2."Renee's Place"1:26
3."Tunnel Magic"0:46
5."Processing Time"0:47
6."Marcus' Patience"1:26
7."Loop Theme"1:38
8."Surface (Bonus Track)"0:38
9."Echoer (Bonus Track)"0:48
10."Slow Time (Bonus Track)"0:39
11."Loop Redux (Bonus Track)"1:25
Total length:11:00


Loop was released on Disney+ on January 10, 2020.[9][10][11]


Loop received mostly positive reviews. Reviewers commented on its decision to portray the world through Renee's eyes. Jonathon Briggs wrote "By training our eyes to imagine what the world might look like from someone else's perspective, Loop encourages us to practice empathy in what feels like an increasingly divisive and judgmental world."[12]

The autistic community responded enthusiastically to Loop. Autistic people on Twitter expressed excitement prior to the film's release.[13] Autistic reviewers praised the portrayal of Renee for being positive and authentic.[14][15]

Loop won the SIGGRAPH 2020 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Best in Show-winning award in 2021.

It was also nominated that year for an NAACP Image Award.


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  2. ^ "SparkShorts". Pixar. January 18, 2018. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Gentile, Dan (January 9, 2020). "Pixar's new Bay Area-inspired short 'Loop' will look familiar if you've ever been to Berkeley". SFGate. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Romano, Nick (October 30, 2019). "Pixar previews all six short films in SparkShorts trailer on Disney+". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pixar SparkShort "Loop" Promotes Autism Acceptance, Celebrates Difference and Helps Inspire Change". The Walt Disney Company. April 24, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  6. ^ Loop | “The Making of Loop” Documentary | SparkShorts | Pixar, retrieved June 14, 2022
  7. ^ "Mark Orton Scoring Pixar Short 'Loop'". Film Music Reporter. August 18, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  8. ^ "'Loop' Soundtrack". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Fabian, Renee (November 21, 2019). "Pixar Will Release New Short Film 'Loop' Featuring Nonverbal Autistic Character". The Mighty. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Wolfe, E. (November 12, 2019). "Disney+ Review: Pixar SparkShorts 'Float' is The Heartwarming Tale of a Very Special Child". Walt Disney World News Today. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Lopez, Kristen (January 10, 2020). "Why Pixar's First Non-Verbal Character In The Short 'Loop' Was a Game-Changer". Forbes. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Briggs, Jonathon (January 14, 2020). "9 Reasons You Should Watch Pixar's 'Loop'". Yahoo. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  13. ^ Fabian, Renee (November 21, 2019). "Pixar Will Release New Short Film 'Loop' Featuring Nonverbal Autistic Character". The Mighty. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  14. ^ Sinclair, James (January 15, 2020). "'Loop' Review: Is there a Place for Neurodiversity at Disney?". Autistic and Unapologetic. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  15. ^ Hansen, Quincy (January 27, 2020). "An Autistic Review and Analysis of "Loop". – A Breath of Fresh Air for Positive and Accurate Autism Portrayal". Speaking of Autism. Retrieved January 31, 2021.

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