Let me begin by saying that I hold absolutely nothing against Pixar. They’re amazing. In fact, they’re so amazing that a lot of English teachers use Pixar’s short films in their lessons.
This year, in the middle of a lesson on plot elements, several students mentioned they had more than one teacher in the past use the same Pixar short film that I was using to teach a variety of literary devices and concepts.
Great. Just, great.
After that kick in the pants, I set off to find a short film that my students would love and would work well in a lesson on plot. I found it — “The Supporting Act” — a short film (and advertisement) produced by BBC that was played on BBC One throughout December 2017.