Pixar’s first openly gay central character comes out to the world in the heart-warming new short film Out.
Emotional, funny, and heart-warming – Pixar’s latest addition to the SparkShorts animation series streaming on Disney+ is what storytelling is all about. Out is a beautiful and visually unique animation from writer and director Steven Clay Hunter – known for his work on Finding Dory, Hercules, and Incredibles. The short film is loosely based on Hunter, who didn’t come out as gay until age 27.
Out tells the story of a gay man named Greg as he battles fear and apprehension in revealing his sexual orientation to his parents.
Greg and his boyfriend Manual are packing boxes in preparation for their move to the city when Greg’s parents unexpectedly show up to help him with the move. In a rush, Greg kicks out Manuel who urges Greg to come out to his parents. Apprehensive and a little afraid, Greg attempts to hide all evidence of his sexual orientation. And so, the story is set in motion…
With a little help from two higher beings – taking the form of a glittery cat and dog duo –, who fly in on nothing other than a rainbow, Greg is given the perspective and reassurance he needs to come out to his parents and introduce his boyfriend to the family. An animal side-kick and body swap scenario give the 9-minute short the fun, lighthearted feel of a children’s film without detracting from the more serious nature of the animation’s content.
This short film is a big step toward seeing more inclusivity in the main characters we see on screen.
While simplistic in its representation of the complex and daunting situation many individuals of the LGBTQIA+ community face in coming out to friends and family, Out goes some way in reassuring those apprehensive of revealing their sexuality while educating friends and family of those individuals on the courage it takes to come out.
A story about fear of loosing acceptance and love from those closest to us, Out is a short film that will resonate with people of all ages and sexual orientations. You can stream Out now on Disney+.
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