Cycles (film) Experimental animated short film; premiered August 12, 2018, at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference, followed by a January 24, 2020, release on Disney+. The story centers on the true meaning of creating a home and the life inside it. Directed by Jeff Gipson. 3 min. First virtual reality short film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Part of the Short Circuit program. See also Short Circuit.