A SHORT AT LAST APPEALS TO THIS COMMUNITY
It’s no surprise to anyone that Disney has a broad LGBTQ + audience. In fact, a large portion of Disneyland in Los Angeles, California’s revenue comes from there.
However, it has been a terrible company to represent one of its mainstream audiences because that would mean losing another large conservative group.
So, one way to solve and reconcile both parties has been through the short film Out, which is available on Disney +.
IS IT WORTH SEEING ‘OUT’?
We know that Pixar has a facility for making stories with which we can get closer, move and empathize. And, Out is no exception to this rule.
Through a remote animation that Disney – Pixar often uses, it introduces us to Greg and Manuel, a couple who have just moved away from their families to a small town.
The drama comes in the form of PARENTS. They arrive with a square pizza to celebrate their son’s move, where’s the problem with that? Was the pizza cold? No. Turns out Greg had never told them he had a boyfriend.
Manuel, on the other hand, he leaves the house annoyed because he does NOT want to live hidden from Greg’s family: Imagine that your partner wants to hide you from your own family, friends and others. I don’t think anyone wants to experience that.
Greg then understands what he has to do in order not to lose Manuel: Come out with his family.
The development of the story focuses on the relationship between Greg and his mother (his father is cooking the roasted carnita) and it is here that the story shines most brightly:
Disney is known for making family movies and this is no exception. The relationship between mother and child is represented perfectly. She wanting to get close to his son and hers without knowing how to do it, but trying with all her strength and in all the ways she can.
In just 9 minutes, Pixar presents one of its best productions in terms of positive LGBTQ + representation. And, I honestly loved the ending this story has.
WE WILL SEE MORE OF THESE DISNEY SHORTS COMING SOON
The program to which this short film belongs is called SparkShorts and according to Jim Morris: ‘It is designed to discover new stories with new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques and experiment’
So, we may finally be seeing more diverse productions through this show. For now, he has already achieved something he had not been able to in more than 100 years: A kiss from a gay couple on stage.
Recall that due to censorship, Disney had always been cautious to show these types of scenes and ended up appealing to a ‘politically correct’ representation:
In Beauty and the Beast, it is implied that LeFou’s character is in love with Gaston, but they never show it. Or in Onward, the Cyclops Inspector Specter refers to her girlfriend in a dialogue, but we never see her.
Even the infamous case of the ‘kiss’ in Rise of the Skywalker that Disney tried to sell as a couple of two women: In the background, where no one would see them, less than a second on stage and of two people we never met.