Pixar’s gay main character arrives in Disney+ Out short film

When a man has trouble coming out to his parents, a pair of fairy god-pets swap his body with his dog and he learns a valuable lesson.

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Pixar‘s movie lineup still leaves much to be desired in terms of LGBTQ inclusion, but ashort film released on Fridayshows there is the capacity to bring these stories to life through tearjerking animation.

Out, the latestPixar short released through Disney+’sSparkShortsseries, arrived this week with the story of Greg as he moves in with his boyfriend, Manuel. The problem is that Greg isn’t out to his parents, who arrive at his new doorstep eager to help. With a little nudge in the right direction from a pair of fairy god-pets — a magically fabulous dog and cat who ride in on a rainbow — Greg swaps bodies with his dog, Jim. As he frantically tries to hide the evidence of his relationship from his mom in this new canine body, he quickly learns that maybe there’s nothing to hide after all.

Steven Clay Hunter wrote and directedOut, which was produced by Max Sachar. This marks Pixar’s first attempt to feature an openly gay character in a central role.

Pixar’sOnwardbecame the first feature film to include an LGBTQ role in the form ofLena Waithe‘s cyclops cop Officer Spector, who mentions her girlfriend. That reference prompted multiple territories in the Middle East tobanOnwardfrom theaters, which likely speaks to why LGBTQ characters have not been more prominent in Hollywood animated films reliant on international box office. There have been hints of same-sex couples in past Disney movies, notably in a passing scene inZootopia; two antelopes are shown bickering as they pass by Judy before entering their apartment. HopefullyOutand its moving story about acceptance will help move the needle forward a bit more.

Before Greg swaps bodies with Jim, he asks himself, defeated, “What is wrong with me?”

After the swap, when his mother asks the same question of him, having seen him act like a dog, Greg replies, “Nothing.” Can we get an “amen”?

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