Pixar Premieres First Animated Short Featuring Openly Gay Lead Character
Out, the newest animated short in Pixar’s Disney+ series SparkShorts arrived this week, and it makes animated history as Pixar’s first short with an openly gay lead character.
The short tells the story of Greg, who is about to move in with his boyfriend, Manuel, but one big issue is that Greg is not out to his parents—who have come to help him with the move. Thanks to some magic provided by a mystical rainbow-riding dog and cat, Greg and his dog, Jim, switch bodies. It is while he is in Jim’s body that Greg discovers he doesn’t have to hide who he really is from his parents.
Out was written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter, and produced by Max Sachar. The short says “based on a true story”—but we’re guessing Hunter didn’t switch bodies with his dog in real life? Or maybe he did? Out is only nine minutes long, so perfectly digestible before you start your long holiday weekend—and be sure to stay seated for a cute post-credits sequence.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Onward’s Officer Specter was touted by some outlets as the first openly LGBTQ character in an animated Disney film. Pixar did, however, include blink-and-you’ll-miss-them lesbian moms in Finding Dory and Toy Story 4, and bisexual artist Frida Kahlo appeared in Pixar’s Coco.
Finding Dory co-director Andrew Stanton declined to confirm the sexuality of the couple in his film, saying, “They can be whatever you want them to be.” One Million Moms, an online conservative Christian group affiliated with the American Family Association, called for a boycott of Toy Story 4, calling the film’s lesbian characters “dangerous.”
Out is available to stream now on Disney+.