The American animation giant and fan-favorite Pixar have just released its first-ever short film to feature a gay main character named “Out”.
The short-film premiered on May 22 on the new Disney+ streaming service, and Disney Plus was happy to announce the news on its official Twitter account. “Out” is the latest short-film of the SparkShorts series.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 21, 2020
“Out” follows the story of Greg, a young gay man that struggles to come out to his parents. However, he got an unexpected visit from his mom and dad just after he moved in with his boyfriend Manuel.
With the help of his fairy god-pets, which are a mystical cat and a dog, he got the encouragement needed to tell the truth to his parents and finally overcome the anxiety that has been surrounding his relationship with Manuel. Greg finally got the guts and managed to come out.
The short film was written and directed by none other by Steven Clay, the person behind “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E”, and it was produced by Max Sacher, the producer of “Toy Story 3” and “Coco”.
Walt Disney Studios has slowly started to feature LGBTQ+ characters into their recent films, despite having mostly failed attempts in the past.
Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris said that the SparkShorts series is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new techniques, and experiment with new production workflows.
“These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.” – he noted.