Pixar Celebrates Pride Month by Making Adorable Short Film ‘Out’ Available to Watch for Free

To celebrate Pride Month, Pixar has made its animated short film Out, previously streaming only on Disney+, available to watch online for free. Written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter (known for animating scenes on Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Out tells the story of a character named Greg as he struggles to tell his family about his boyfriend Miguel as […] The post Pixar Celebrates Pride Month by Making Adorable Short Film ‘Out’ Available to Watch for Free appeared first on /Film.

Pixar Celebrates Pride Month by Making Adorable Short Film ‘Out’ Available to Watch for Free

To celebrate Pride Month, Pixar has made its animated short film Out, previously streaming only on Disney+, available to watch online for free. Written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter (known for animating scenes on Finding Nemo and WALL-E)Out tells the story of a character named Greg as he struggles to tell his family about his boyfriend Miguel as he’s in the process of moving. With a little cosmic interference from man’s best friend, Greg eventually gathers up the strength to come out.

If you don’t have a Disney Plus subscription, don’t worry. You can stream the entire short right now. What was once streaming on Disney+ now has a handy YouTube embed.

Out

The short was produced by Max Sachar (Coco, Toy Story 3) and marks Pixar’s first attempt to feature an openly gay character in a central role. The plot features a man named Greg (voiced by Kyle McDaniel) who is in the process of moving. As his parents show up to help, Greg frantically tries to hide any evidence of his relationship with boyfriend Manuel (voiced by Caleb Cabrera). However, an intervention from colorful fairy god pets (just roll with it) causes Greg to switch bodies with his dog, Jim. As he navigates his fear in his new canine body, he realizes there’s nothing to be scared of after all.

Pixar’s animation style is different in this short and is similar to more of a watercolor technique or colored pencil aesthetic, like what you would see in a children’s book.  In a behind-the-scenes YouTube video, the animators and Hunter discuss the desire to have room for mistakes and “feel the history of the hand finding its way with the tears and imperfections along the way.” I love the idea behind this concept because like coming out, it can be messy and imperfect. It’s a scary situation that does not always go according to plan. The animators embrace that and also create a visual landscape that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Long Strides in a Short Film

While there have been LGTBQ characters in other animated films like Onward and Laika’s ParaNorman, Out sets itself apart by having a gay character in the central role. Also, the main character is struggling to come out to his parents even as an adult, which validates the challenge even later on in one’s life. There is even a same-sex on-screen kiss! Manuel is also displayed as a supportive partner, which is so refreshing to see. The more healthy and supportive relationships that kids (and let’s face it, adults) can experience, the better. As a byproduct of the original Disney movies that featured a mermaid giving up her voice for a guy and a girl falling in love with a literal beast who keeps her hostage, I can safely say this short film is a huge step in the right direction. There is so much to praise about this short and I really can’t recommend it enough.

Happy Pride, y’all, and remember love is love.

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Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters

At only 12 years old, Julia Butters is taking Hollywood by storm. Her resume includes acting roles in popular shows like Transparent and American Housewife, but it was her role as Trudi Fraser in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that really won audiences over. Now, Steven Spielberg has cast Butters in his latest untitled […] The post Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters appeared first on /Film.

Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters

At only 12 years old, Julia Butters is taking Hollywood by storm. Her resume includes acting roles in popular shows like Transparent and American Housewife, but it was her role as Trudi Fraser in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that really won audiences over. Now, Steven Spielberg has cast Butters in his latest untitled Amblin film for a role that is sweetly inspired by his sister.

Deadline announced that Butters is the latest actor to be cast in Spielberg’s upcoming film that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona. Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, iZombie) is cast to play the young filmmaker and Butters will play his sister. Other stars that will complete the fictional Spielberg family include  in a role inspired by his mother, Seth Roganas as the favorite uncle, and as the character inspired by Spielberg’s father. This will be the first time since 2001’s sci-fi drama A.I. that Spielberg will be involved in screenwriting duties, reuniting with seasoned collaborator Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln) on the script.

With Kushner on board, it seems like the drama may be more serious than some of the other old-school Spielberg films. However, when one is dealing with a depiction of their life growing up, that can be expected. In the 2017 HBO documentary Spielberg, the director briefly touched on his life growing up in Arizona and how it influenced several of his films. For example, he wrote and directed his first independent film in 1963, a sci-fi adventure called Firelight, which later inspired Close Encounters of The Third Kind. The film was funded by his father and was shown in a local theatre for one evening.

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Growing Up Spielberg

I’m really excited about this film and look forward to learning more about the legendary director’s childhood, even if it’s told through a lens of fiction. It’s a rare talent to be able to appeal to children and adults alike through art, and Spielberg has perfected it. He seems to always bring the best out of his young actors, too. He’s worked with Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, and Dakota Fanning, who have all gone on to have successful careers. As difficult as it is to write stories about childhood experiences, it can be even more challenging to work with child actors.

While Spielberg was influenced by directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Ingmar Bergman, there is a light-hearted playfulness that captures the free and youthful spirit of being a kid. There’s also the music that accompanies Spielberg films that really brings that magic to life. Long-term collaborator John Williams (Jaws, E.T The Extra-Terrestrial) always hits the right notes to embellish the array of moods in Spielberg films, so I would love to see him on board for this film.

Spielberg’s film will start shooting this summer and is expected to be released sometime in 2022.

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