The six minutes short debuted in theaters August 13, playing in front of Angry Birds 2! Hair Love is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across – doing his daughter’s hair. The picture book Hair Love was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.
Written & Directed by Matthew A. Cherry
Co-Directed by: Bruce Smith (Proud Family) and Everett Downing
Produced by: Karen Rupert Toliver (EVP, Creative for Sony Pictures Animation), Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young, Matthew A. Cherry, David Steward II, and Carl Reed (the latter two of Lion Forge Animation)
Executive Producers: Peter Ramsey (Oscar winner for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Frank Abney (Pixar)
Co-Executive Producers: Jordan Peele, Andrew Hawkins, Harrison Barnes, Keri, and Yara Shahidi
Associate Producers: N’Dambi Gillespie, Gabrielle Union-Wade & Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Frederic, and Claude Kelly.