Out (2020 film)

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Out
Out 2020 film poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed bySteven Hunter
Produced byMax Sachar
Screenplay bySteven Hunter
Story bySteven Hunter
Starring
  • Caleb Cabrera
  • Matthew Martin
  • Kyle McDaniel
  • Bernadette Sullivan
Music byJake Monaco
CinematographyMatthew Silas
(camera)
Edited byNoah Newman
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22) (Disney+)
Running time
9 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Out is a 2020 American animated short film directed and written by Steven Hunter, produced by Max Sachar, and distributed by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.[1] The plot features a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents, who unexpectedly has his mind magically swapped with his dog's. The seventh short film in the SparkShorts series, it is both Disney's and Pixar's first short to feature a gay main character and storyline, including an on-screen same-sex kiss.[2] The short was released on Disney+ on May 22, 2020.[3] The short was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.[4]

Plot[edit]

A magical cat and dog appear outside Greg's townhouse, as he and his boyfriend Manuel are packing his belongings to move. The cat imbues the collar of Greg's dog Jim with magic. Inside, reminiscing about a photo of them together, Manuel encourages Greg to come out to his parents, who unexpectedly show up to help. Greg hastily hides the photo and Manuel quietly exits by the back door. Holding Jim's collar, Greg casually wishes aloud that he were a dog, and the minds of Greg and Jim magically switch bodies. "Greg" runs outside to play in the yard, where his stoic father is lighting the grill. "Jim" tries to get to him, while also frantically trying to prevent his eagerly helpful mother from finding the photo.

Frustrated by the dog's misbehavior, she sits and talks aloud of her sadness about her son moving away, as "Jim" listens. Imagining a conversation with Greg, she hopes that he finds someone who loves him, and "that he makes you happy". "Jim" suddenly realizes that she not only already knows that he is gay, but she also accepts it. He briefly comforts her, then chases down "Greg", and successfully switches their minds back. That evening, Greg introduces Manuel to his parents; Greg's father spontaneously hugs Manuel. The magical cat and dog see their mission accomplished, and leap away on a rainbow.

Cast[edit]

  • Caleb Cabrera as Manuel
  • Matthew Martin as Gigi the Cat
  • Kyle McDaniel as Greg
  • Bernadette Sullivan as Mom

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Out is the seventh film in Pixar's "SparkShorts" program.[5] It was directed and written by Steven Clay Hunter, known for animating scenes on Finding Nemo and WALL-E,[6] and produced by Max Sachar, known for his work on Coco and Toy Story 3.[7]

Music[edit]

Jake Monaco composed the music for Out. The score was released on July 3, 2020.[8]

Out (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
ReleasedJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
GenreFilm score
LabelHollywood

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Jake Monaco.

No.TitleLength
1."Burying the Bone"4:32
2."OUT"0:51
3."Pink & Purple"3:28
Total length:8:51

Release[edit]

Out was released on Disney+ on May 22, 2020.[9][10][11]

Reception[edit]

Common Sense Media gave Out a 5 out of 5 stars, complimenting the story and indicating that the "film has silly humor, messages of acceptance".[12] The film was given an award for special recognition at the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards.[13] It was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SparkShorts". Pixar. January 18, 2018. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Welk, Brian (May 22, 2020). "Pixar's New Short Film 'Out' Features Studio's 1st Gay Main Character". TheWrap. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Morrison, Tony (May 22, 2020). "Here's why Pixar's new short 'Out' is a coming-out story for everyone". ABC News. American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "93rd Oscars® Shortlists In Nine Award Categories Announced". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. February 9, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  5. ^ Lally, David [@davidmlally] (January 12, 2020). "Future SparkShorts Confirmation" (Tweet). Retrieved May 22, 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Moreau, Jordan (May 23, 2020). "Pixar Short Film 'Out' Features Studio's First Gay Main Character". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Aviles, Gwen (May 22, 2020). "New short film 'Out' features Pixar's first gay main character". NBC News. NBCUniversal. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "'Out' Soundtrack". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  9. ^ @disneyplus (May 1, 2020). "The complete Skywalker Saga. #ThePrincessBride. #Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. And more. Clearly, the Force is STRONG with this month. #DisneyPlus" (Tweet). Retrieved May 15, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "New Short Film 'Out' Features Pixar's First Gay Main Character". WBTS-CD. NBC Owned Television Stations. May 22, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Romano, Nick (May 22, 2020). "Pixar's first gay main character arrives in moving Disney+ short film". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  12. ^ Green, Jennifer. "'Out' Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  13. ^ "Disclosure, Schitt's Creek, Sam Smith, Happiest Season, I May Destroy You, CHIKA, Veneno, Star Trek: Discovery, The Boys in the Band, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo among award recipients at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD. April 8, 2021. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.

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