For the first time ever, Pixar is placing a gay character as their lead in one of their short films.
The short film clocks in around nine-minutes in length and follows Greg, a man struggling to come out to his parents while preparing to move to a new city.
The parents show up by surprise to help him with packing when he magically switches bodies with his dog trying to hide evidence of his relationship with his boyfriend, Manuel. In the end, Greg realizes he doesn’t have to hide who he is from his parents.
Out is directed by first-time director and long-time Pixar animator Steven Clay Hunter who worked on The Incredibles, Finding Dory, Hercules and more. While Out marks the first time a Pixar film has a gay character leading the show, it isn’t the first time gay characters have cropped up in their films.
In Toy Story 4 and Finding Dory, same-sex couples can be seen in the background of scenes.
Disney has been working towards showing representation of LGBT+ characters in their films for a little while now but have also received criticism for making these scenes easy to edit out.
This happened with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where a same-sex kissing scene was made short enough to eliminate for more conservative markets. In both Singapore and Dubai, the scene was removed after Disney voluntarily allowed the decision to keep the film’s PG13 rating.
The kiss in question also marks the first time the Star Wars franchise has acknowledged a same-sex relationship.
You can watch the trailer for Out below.
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