Pixar released today a marvelous queer-themed short animation, Out, on the streaming service Disney+ as part of Pixar’s SparkShorts series.
It tells the story of Greg, who is struggling to come “out” to his parents and his dog. Greg is planning on moving in with his boyfriend, Manuel. But he’s not out to his parents yet, who arrive at his new doorstep to help him move in.
With a little nudge in the right direction from a pair of fairy god-pets — a magically fabulous dog and cat who ride in on a rainbow — Greg swaps bodies with his dog, Jim. As he frantically tries to hide the evidence of his relationship from his mom in this new canine body, he quickly learns that maybe there’s nothing to hide after all.
Steven Clay Hunter wrote and directed Out, which was produced by Max Sachar. This marks Pixar’s first attempt to feature an openly gay character in a central role.