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 Pixar Animation Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The plot features a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents 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. This sparked some debate about the use of LGBTQ+ themes and ideas in the media.[1] The short was released on Disney+ on May 22, 2020.[2]

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

Development[edit]

Out is the seventh film in Pixar's "SparkShorts" program.[3] It was directed and written by Steven Clay Hunter, known for animating on Finding Nemo and WALL-E.[4] Max Sachar, known for his work on Coco and Toy Story 3, produced it.[5]

Release[edit]

Out was released on Disney+ on May 22, 2020.[6][7][8]

Music[edit]

Out (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
ReleasedMay 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
GenreFilm score
LabelHollywood

Jake Monaco composed the music for Out. The score was released on May 22, 2020.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welk, Brian (May 22, 2020). "Pixar's New Short Film 'Out' Features Studio's 1st Gay Main Character". TheWrap. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ Morrison, Tony (May 22, 2020). "Here's why Pixar's new short 'Out' is a coming-out story for everyone". ABC News. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Lally, David. "Future SparkShorts Confirmation". Twitter. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Moreau, Jordan (May 23, 2020). "Pixar Short Film 'Out' Features Studio's First Gay Main Character". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Aviles, Gwen (May 22, 2020). "New short film 'Out' features Pixar's first gay main character". NBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  6. ^ @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.
  7. ^ "New Short Film 'Out' Features Pixar's First Gay Main Character". WBTS-CD. May 22, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Out Soundtrack". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved May 15, 2020.

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