Feast is a 2014 3D hand-drawn/computer-animated romantic comedy short film directed by Patrick Osborne, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It made its world premiere on June 10, 2014, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and debuted in theaters with Big Hero 6on November 7, 2014.
Winston is a Boston Terrier that loves to eat. His master James spoils him with various junk food and leftovers topped over his dog food. One day, James develops a relationship with a waitress at the local restaurant, who has him take up a healthier diet and lifestyle. This upsets Winston, since he refuses to eat vegetables. When the couple break up, James and Winston return to eating junk food until Winston realizes James' depression over the break-up, with a piece of parsley as his only reminder. Winston grabs the parsley and rushes out of the apartment, leading James to the restaurant to reconcile with his girlfriend and marry her.
Over a year after moving to a new home, Winston spots a meatball on the floor and follows the trail to the couple's infant son. The film ends with Winston feasting on dozens of cupcakes thrown off a table during the son's first birthday party.
Animation and style
Feast was animated using the Meander system developed for Paperman, and was the first time the tool was used in color. Feast was rendered using Hyperion, the rendering system built for Big Hero 6.
The characters and environment feature a line-free style with solid blocks of color. The camera focused on Winston and the food while leaving the human characters generally out of focus. Because the film consists of a series of very brief scenes cut together, the foods portrayed had to be appetizing and recognizable at first glance.
Winston was made a Boston Terrier for three main reasons. The filmmakers wanted a breed that does not appear in any prior Disney film. The breed is small so that he can be shown being promoted to a chair at the table and demoted back to the floor. Because of the flat style of the film, a breed with distinct markings like the Boston Terrier helps cue the audience to subtle movements.