American computer animation giant Pixar has finally released “Out,” its first-ever short film to feature a gay main character.
“Out” premiered on Disney Plus yesterday, May 22, as announced by the streaming service through its official Twitter account the day before. The short film is the latest installment in Disney Plus’ SparkShorts series.
The latest heartwarming tale from @Pixar’s #SparkShorts. Start streaming Out tomorrow on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/gRvBEdK1Iw
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 21, 2020
The film tells the story of Greg, a gay man struggling to come out to his parents. Just after moving in with his boyfriend, Manuel, he gets an unexpected visit from mom and dad.
“Out” was directed and written by Steven Clay Hunter (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E”) and produced by Max Sachar (“Coco,” “Toy Story 3”).
Read also: Asia's 'gay Netflix' to go global, tap into coronavirus
Despite having mostly failed in LGBTQ representation since 2012, as per LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD, Walt Disney Studios (Pixar’s parent company) is slowly featuring LGBT characters more and more in recent films.
For one, Disney box office hit “Avengers: Endgame” featured an LGBTQ character as portrayed by its own director, Joe Russo. Pixar’s “Onward,” meanwhile, also had an attempt in representation through openly gay female character Officer Specter, who mentions having a girlfriend in the film.