New Pixar SparkShorts "Out" Features First Openly Gay Protagonist

Lawrence Kim
May 24, 2020

The live-action Beauty and the Beast kinda/sorta formally confirmed the sexual preferences of Josh Gad's LeFou.

Queer characters have only had meagre representation in Disney properties like Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, which featured the franchise's first same-sex kiss or Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, who Marvel Cinematic Universe, LGBTQ superhero.

Pixar didn't release a film with an openly gay character until Onward earlier this year, which featured Lena Waithe voicing the small role of a female police officer who references having a girlfriend.

Pixar's latest short film "Out", which released on Disney Plus on Friday, features the studio's first gay main character. The trailer is sweet and short (what else can you be, while teasing a Pixar short film?) and even features a cameo from Toy Story character Wheezy (check out the penguin in Jim the dog's mouth).

Out, which we first heard about at EW, is a new entry in Disney+'s animated SparkShorts series.

In the film, main character Greg is preparing to move into the city with his boyfriend, Manuel. Greg's day is turned upside down when his parents, whom he has not come out to yet, unexpectedly stop by to help him pack.

After magically swapping bodies with his dog, he tries to hide evidence of his relationship, before realising that he may not have anything to hide. Directed and written by Steven Clay Hunter, the new SparkShorts episode titled "Out", is now available for streaming on Disney+.

Pixar's SparkShorts was launched in 2019, with the three inaugural short films getting a theatrical and YouTube debut before getting added to Disney+ upon the platform's November 2019 launch.

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