Calling the story “heartwarming,” Disney+ announced on Thursday the release of a new Pixar short film, which centers on the story of a man named Greg who is nervous about revealing to his parents that he is in a relationship with another man. While some have praised the production, others lament that such material aims to normalize sin in impressionable minds.
“Just look them in the eyes and say, ‘Mom, Dad, this is my boyfriend, Manuel,'” Greg (voiced by Kyle McDaniel, who was among the Pixar crew in “Inside Out”, “Brave” and “Monsters University”) says, coaching himself about what to say as he is about to move in with a man who, unbeknownst to his parents, is his homosexual partner.
He sits in his bedroom holding a photograph of himself with Manuel (voiced by Caleb Cabrera of “Metropolitan Crush” and the upcoming “Love Is Love Is Love”) as he nervously ponders the matter. The photograph is enclosed in a frame decorated with hearts, including one between their names.
As his parents unexpectedly arrive to help with moving day, Greg exclaims in fright and hides the photo behind his back. He soon buries it in a stack of magazines.
According to reports, using a magic dog collar via the aid of a purple cat and a pink dog, or “fairy god-pets,” Greg switches bodies with his dog, Jim. As he sees his mother (voiced by Bernadette Sullivan of the “Star Wars: Starfighter,” “EverQuest II” and “Baldur’s Gate” video games) reaching for the magazines at one point, he grabs the framed photograph to put it out of sight. He stuffs it in the nightstand, but not without his mother noticing.
“Now what are you getting into?!” she asks, pulling the drawer open after the dog/Greg attempts to hold it shut.
She then reaches for the photo, and as she lifts it out of the drawer, the dog/Greg looks at her with a terrified face in realizing that his homosexuality was about to be found out. Music of anticipation and intensity builds in the background.
“Out,” the next screen announces. “Streaming May 22.” According to viewers, the production includes a scene depicting the two men kissing. Because of such, the film might be rated PG-13 and not viewable by smaller children without parental permission in households where the account has been set to “kids profile.”
The Pixar SparkShorts nine-minute production was written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter, who helped make films such as “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Toy Story 2 and 4”. It was produced by Max Sachar, who is similarly behind “Incredibles 2” and “Wall-e,” as well as “Toy Story 3” and “Coco”.
Co-Executive Producer David Lally, who worked on “The Good Dinosaur,” “Finding Dory” and “Coco,” among others, cheered the release on Twitter, writing with a heart and rainbow emoji, “Congratulations to Director [Steven Clay Hunter], Producer Max Sachar, and everyone on the crew of OUT on their @disneyplus premiere today! We truly had a blast making this film and hope you all enjoy it!”
The homosexual advocacy group GLAAD expressed approval of the depiction, remarking in a statement, “Over the past few years, L.G.B.T.Q. characters and stories have become common in the kids and family entertainment space with little controversy, but with large celebration from L.G.B.T.Q. families with children who have longed to see themselves represented. By centering on a young gay man, ‘Out’ just raised the bar for inclusion in kids and family programming.”
One mother also posted to Twitter, “The new Pixar Spark short, ‘Out,’ has been played more than five times at home, creating a great conversation with my four year old son, and it ended up with him saying, ‘Everyone can love anyone and I love it.'”
However, while some applauded the representation of homosexuality by Disney/Pixar, others expressed disappointment.
“My household is OUT on Disney Plus. Thank you for giving us heads up. Severely disappointed in Disney lately,” one commenter wrote.
“My kids will not be seeing this!” another exclaimed. “Why do companies have to do this? What wrong with just having a good program without all this ? Not going to see this!!”
“Their indoctrination is a part of their agenda. Time to #boycottdisney. If Christians can’t live without this worldly entertainment, then their hope isn’t in Heaven. 1 Peter 1:4,” a third remarked.
As previously reported, homosexuality has increasingly made its way into children’s programming in recent years. In 2017, the preschooler-geared cartoon “Doc McStuffins” featured an animated depiction of the lesbian moms of two children. That same year, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” included a scene where two boys locked lips, as well as two girls.
Last year, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” featured lesbian aunts during its final season, and Mr. Ratburn, the elementary school teacher in the long-running PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur” came out as homosexual, “marrying” an aardvark named Patrick in the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.”
The season finale of Andi Mack depicted Cyrus and T.J. realizing their feelings for each other and holding hands, and the Disney-Pixar film “Onward,” which centers on wizardry and necromancy, also features a line where a cyclops police officer — voiced by a homosexual screenwriter — subtly reveals to viewers that she is a lesbian. The reboot of “DuckTales” recently included a scene depicting character Violet as having two fathers.
Besides its more recent inclusion of homosexuality in its productions, Disney, known for its “Magic Kingdom,” has been recognized for decades for its focus on magic, sorcery and witchcraft, from its early productions of “Fantasia” (1940), “Snow White” (1937) and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971) to the present-day “Maleficent” (2014 and 2019), “Frozen” (2013 and 2019) and “Onward” (2020). “Out” likewise depicts the utilization of magical powers, as Greg switches bodies with his dog.
As previously reported, while a common argument among those who struggle with homosexual feelings is that they were “born this way,” the Bible teaches that all are born with the Adamic sin nature, having various inherent feelings and inclinations that are contrary to the law of God, and being utterly incapable of changing by themselves.
“All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way,” Isaiah 53:6 reads, “and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
It is why Jesus came: to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Scripture outlines that Jesus came to be the propitiation for men’s sins (1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10), a doctrine in Christianity known as substitutionary atonement, and to save men from the wrath of God for their violations against His law (Romans 4:25, Romans 5:9, Romans 5:16), a doctrine known as justification.
The Bible also teaches about regeneration, as in addition to sparing guilty men from eternal punishment, Christ sent his Holy Spirit to make those who would repent and believe the gospel new creatures in the here and now, with new desires and an ability to do what is pleasing in the sight of God by His indwelling and empowerment (Ezekiel 11:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5).
Jesus said that men must be born again, and be transformed by the Spirit from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-8).
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them,” Ezekiel 36:26-27 reads.
In regard to marriage, Jesus also outlined in Mark 10:6-8, “But from the beginning of the Creation, God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.”
Like homosexuality, the Bible also forbids the practice of sorcery and witchcraft, which are of the occult.