A couple of years ago, we fell in love with Matthew Cherry‘s dream to create Hair Love, a five-minute Pixar-style animated film highlighting the relationship between a Black father and his daughter and the magic that happens when he has to do her hair for the first time.
Now, the former NFLer’s dream is a full-blown reality, going from a Kickstarter campaign to a book and, now, the silver screen. The short will make its theatrical debut alongside Angry Birds 2.
The natural hair film follows dad Stephen and daughter Zuri as he figures out that Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own.
“I couldn’t be more excited for Hair Love to be playing with The Angry Birds Movie 2 in front of a wide audience and for the world to see our touching story about a Black father trying to figure out how to do his daughter’s hair for the very first time,” said Matthew in a recent release.
The release is reportedly the only animated short from a major studio to be released in U.S. theaters so far this year and features a star-studded cast and crew. Matthew directed the film with Everett Downing Jr. (animator, Up, WALL·E), and Bruce W. Smith (creator, The Proud Family, animator, The Princess and the Frog). Issa Rae voices the young girl’s mother and Jordan Peele and Yara and Keri Shahidi serve as co-executive producers.
Other associate producers include N’Dambi Gillespie, Gabrielle Union-Wade & Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Fredric, and Claude Kelly.
Hair Love and Angry Birds 2 hit theaters on August 14.