When Pixar Animation Studios first introduced the SparkShorts series in January, the studio explained that the short films came out of a "filmmaking inside of Pixar." Creators are given six months and are making their own unique projects , The latest of those shorts, Smash and Grave just debuted on YouTube, and it may be a bit familiar to Pixar's  E from the head-cocked expressions and grabby gimbaled hands to the expressive authoring irising eyes. Like Wall-E, robots are in a repetitive, thankless job, but have the possibility of something more in life.
Brian Larsen says he himself got the initial idea for Smash and Grab while doing repetitive story development on a different film, and longing to break out of the ongoing work.
Smash and Grab joins the first released SparkShort, Kristen Lester's yarn adventure Purl on YouTube. A third short, Kitbull, is scheduled for posting on February 18th. Several other planned shorts, laid out at Pixar.com, may be planned as Disney + streaming exclusives later in 2019, if the tagline at the end of these shorts is any indication.