Pixar’s first openly gay main character made his debut in a new short film called “Out”.
The nine-minute short film, released on Disney Plus on Friday, tells the story of a man named Greg who finds it difficult to be gay with his parents, frustrating his partner Manuel. Through magical misadventures, Greg accidentally changes his body with his excitable dog Jim and tries to hide a photo of him and Manuel from his mother and father, who surprise him with a sudden visit. Check out the trailer in this tweet:
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Out debuted as part of Pixar’s SparkShorts series, which allows independent creators to present animation projects.
Technically, he is not the first gay character in a Pixar movie, although he is certainly the first gay main character. When Pixar’s Onward was released last March, actress Lena Waithe spoke of a gay cyclops who worked as a police officer. This cyclops ultimately only served as a secondary character, and evidence of his sexual orientation was relegated to a disposable line referring to his girlfriend.
In older films like Toy Story 4 and Finding Dory, Pixar added very minor evidence of gay characters, including a brief shot of two women the fans suspected to be a lesbian couple. Curiously, in an interview with ET Canada, Finding Dory star Ellen Degeneres (herself one of the first openly gay actors in contemporary Hollywood) said that there was no lesbian couple in the film. just because we had short hair.
Disney has been a little slow to include greater LGBT representation in some of its larger properties. Avengers: Endgame featured co-director Joe Russo making an appearance as a gay man in the Captain America therapy group who briefly mentions that he is going on a date with another man. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker briefly showed two women kissing, and while fans criticized Disney for making the moment so missing, IGN editor Joshua Yehl had much more positive thoughts in the film. ‘together.
As for future properties, Marvel’s The Eternals is expected to feature an openly gay superhero.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer for IGN.