An online animated image of an Afro-Latino character stuck with UCLA Extension alumnus Matthew A. Cherry – he had never seen a character who looked like that before. A few years later, Cherry said he was watching viral videos of black fathers doing their daughters’ hair when the idea for an animated short film clicked with that initial image he had seen. – Daily Bruin, August 17, 2019
Image Source: Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation, Daily Bruin
Clip: The final short, created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation is written by Matthew A. Cherry, Co-directed by Matthew A. Cherry, Bruce W. Smith, & Everette Downing, features Issa Rae as the voice of the natural hair vlogger/mom, is produced by concept creator Matthew A. Cherry, Karen Rupert Toliver, Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young and Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed. Both Peter Ramsey and Frank Abney serve as executive producers alongside co-executive producers Jordan Peele, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Hawkins, Yara and Keri Shahidi.