Thursday, January 14, 2021

Renee's Ringtone: Celebrating PIXAR's Loop

The logo for PIXAR's animated short film Loop.  The word "loop" is written in rainbow-gradient lowercase script, on a white background.
[Image: The logo for PIXAR's animated short film Loop. The word "loop" is
written in rainbow-gradient lowercase script, on a white background.]

Content note: Flashing graphic below

Almost exactly one year ago, PIXAR released the short film Loop as part of its SPARKSHORTS program. In Loop, Renee and Marcus, "a non-verbal, autistic girl and a chatty boy are partnered on a canoeing trip. To complete their journey across an urban lake, they must both learn how the other experiences the world."

Still from PIXAR's animated film Loop. A Black teen boy and girl are seated in a red canoe together. The boy is holding a paddle.
Marcus and Renee
[Image: Still from PIXAR's animated film Loop. A Black teen boy and girl
are seated in a red canoe together. The boy is holding a paddle.]

Renee is PIXAR's first-ever autistic character, and is voiced by autistic actress Madison Bandy. Loop was also developed in close consultation with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, which provided "feedback on what to them was feeling real, what felt funny and sad and how we might help our character Renee be true and honest and have real reactions."

Still from PIXAR's animated film Loop. Renee, a Black girl with a  medium-long cloud of black hair, leans from a red canoe  and feels lakeside reeds with her outstretched arms.
Renee enjoying the sensory experience of the reeds
[Image: Still from PIXAR's animated film Loop. Renee, a Black girl 
with a medium-long cloud of black hair, leans from a red canoe
and feels lakeside reeds with her outstretched arms.]

Loop's director Erica Milsom says the film "demonstrates the idea that any moment of stress or misunderstanding will pass, and staying open to the moment and relaxing helps everyone. In 'Loop,' Marcus doesn’t know what’s happening, but in just giving Renee her space, he finds a way to the other side. From Renee’s perspective, it’s about understanding that someone can give you space and will see your point of view."

Marcus, watching Renee
[image: Still from PIXAR's animated film Loop. Renee, a Black girl with a 

medium-long cloud of black hair, leans from a red canoe 
and feels lakeside reeds with her outstretched arms.

Renee's phone is incredibly important to her, and helps her stay centered. Her phone also has a unique ringtone that anchors the film's soundscape. And now Director Milsom and PIXAR have made Renee's ringtone available to you. We are grateful for their generosity, hope you enjoy using the ringtone, and encourage you to spread the word about where Renee's Ringtone can be found.  

Animated GIF of a pulsing ring of colorful circles on a black background.
Download Renee's Ringtone in WAV or MP3 format
[image: Animated GIF of a pulsing ring
of colorful circles on a black background.]

We hope you enjoy having Renee's ringtone on your own phone. Here's how to make Renee's Ringtone your own ringtone. If you find other useful instructions, let us know.

PIXAR'S SPARKSHORT LOOP is now streaming on Disney+.