Pixar made history Friday with the release of the animated short film “Out” — The first film from Pixar to feature an LGBTQ storyline and a main character who identifies as gay.
The 9-minute film debuted on Disney Plus through its SparkShorts series.
The film follows Greg, who is excited about moving in with his boyfriend, Manuel. But Greg’s happiness is muted a little. He’s nervous because he’s not out to his parents, who unexpectedly stop by the apartment for a visit.
Greg tries to hide evidence of Manuel being his boyfriend, but his fairy god-pets, a magical dog and cat, encourage him to tell his parents the truth.
While “Out” is a landmark film for Pixar, the Walt Disney Studios — the parent of Pixar and a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company — has been ranked “poor” or “failing” since 2012 for on-screen LGBTQ representation, according to LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD.
The studio has slowly increased its LGBTQ representation recently by including minor LGBTQ representation in “Avengers: Endgame” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Out” was directed by Steven Clay Hunter, who also worked on “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E,” among other Pixar films.
Max Sachar, known for his work on “Coco” and “Toy Story 3” produced the short.