This image is the official announcement poster for Pixar’s new Spark Short, Out. According to the official Pixar Animation Studio’s website under the article “Spark Shorts”, Pixar Animation Studios explains that “this image, as well as the rights for this short film, belong to The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios” (8).  These production companies are the ones responsible for the creation and distribution of this short film.  This image is on Disney+’s official Twitter page which promotes Out. 

Spoiler Warning for Pixar’s new Spark Short, Out

Greetings fellow Geek Street Society members.  I hope you’re all doing well during these uncertain times.  Before we start this review, I want to put this little warning. With this particular review, I can’t simply talk about it without spoiling something.  Therefore, there’s going to be a spoiler warning.  If you’re not comfortable with this, then fill free to head over to Disney Plus to watch the short.  Then come back to this review to read the whole thing.  If this doesn’t bother you, then fill free to read on.  Thanks for reading this little warning, and enjoy the review.

Within the Last Few Years, the Subject of Coming Out and LGBT Topics Has Become More Prevalent in the Media

Within the entertainment industry, there’s a lot of stories to tell.  Some have been done over and over again.  While others have only just recently come to the surface.  Being able to see characters in addition to stories that are similar to your own gives a sense of relatability.  Relatability is what many writers and creative people strive to bring in their work.  This is especially true with topics surrounding the LGBT community.  Like many groups, the LGBT community have had their fair share of troubles.  Within the most recent years, these problems and journeys have become more apparent.  Most notably, some of the most recent shows to come out with these kinds of topics include Steven Universe, Glee, Modern Family, and Tokyo Godfather. With more people coming out, the concept of LGBT topics has become more common. With that said, production companies have slowly made changes to include everyone.

Two of these companies include The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios.  Both Disney and Pixar have made changes with pride merchandise and references to same-sex relationships.  Recently, Pixar made an animation film name Onward.  Within that film, there’s one character that states she has a girlfriend.  While not revolutionary, seeing this reference is amazing to see that representation.  Yet, audiences had yet to see a visual representation.  Then, on May 21, 2020, Disney Plus in addition to Pixar releases a trailer on Twitter for a new Pixar Spark Short name Out.  In this trailer, we see a man name Greg who is trying to come out to his family.  Is this the short that people have been waiting for? Let’s find out together. In this review, we’re going to be analyzing how Pixar’s new short Out changes the typical coming out trope through the story, characters, and animation.

The Story of Out Changes the Typical “Coming Out” Trope

The newest Pixar Spark Short Out follows a young man name, Greg.  Greg’s family comes to help him with packing. While this is happening, Greg has an inner turmoil in telling his parents about being gay and his boyfriend.  However, complications arise when Greg’s mind swaps with his dog, Jim.  With that said, Out has one of the more original coming out stories.  Without a doubt, Out is a character-driven story about Greg telling his family about who is his.  Which we’ll go deeper into the characters in this short film rest assure.  Pixar handles this story incredibly well.  In fact, the dialogue in this film is extremely believable.  Since it sounds like someone who is fighting to come out.  Especially since Greg doesn’t know how his family will react.  For anyone who comes out will know how stressful it is.

Even if you’ve never had this experience, Out is incredibly relatable to anyone who has been waiting to share who they are.  Only Pixar would be able to handle this powerful moment in this way.  Showing the pain and turmoil some people have to go through to be themselves.  The only thing is that Greg’s mind switches with his dog.  This makes the situation intense as well as hilarious as Greg who is now a dog has to stop himself and his family from finding out.  While Out breaks the coming-out trope through the story, the characters help tell Greg’s story.

Pixar Uses Realistic Yet Fun Elements for the Characters in Out

Undoubtedly, one of the best features of Out is the characters.  This film focuses on a young man name Greg.  He’s in a relationship with another man name Manuel.  Honestly, Greg is the best part of this film.  Not only is he completely relatable but he’s absolutely adorable.  In no way is Greg a stereotypical gay man.  The term stereotypical gay man has either two typical tropes.  One is the super feminine man while the other is overly masculine.  Greg is burly possibly a bear but he’s incredibly sweet.  His reasoning and feels are completely valid while feeling real.  Honestly, Greg feels like a real person who’s trying to be who he is.  Greg’s boyfriend, Manuel is also incredibly relatable.  He’s supportive yet he wants Greg to be himself.   When the story introduces his parents, the mother is the one we see the most of.

She’s a bubbly, fun character trying to help her son.  Further along in the film, we learn more about the dynamics that the family has.  Greg’s mother is encouraging and one that many might relate to.  She just wants what’s best for her son.  Unquestionably, Pixar shows this with Greg’s mother incredibly well.  All in all, the characters in Out really help flex out this unique coming-out story.  One of the defining factors in this short film is the animation.

Out Has Some of the Cleanest Animation Mixing Between 3D and Watercolor to Tell a Beautiful Story

One of the things that really makes this short film is the animation.  Since this film is by Pixar, the film is completely in animation.  However, it’s not the typical animation that Pixar does for the Spark Shorts.  The animation is a mixture of 3D and watercolor. Yet, the animation focuses more on the watercolor aspect.  One of the interesting things is that the background is blurry while the fore front is clear.  This type of animation makes the audience focus more on what’s happening in front.  Which drives again the fact that we’re seeing Greg coming-out story.  At the same time, this type of animation is appealing to the eye.  It’s not over the top like some of the other Spark Shorts.  Out uses its animation to tell Greg’s story.  This is especially true with Greg’s mind switches with his dog.

Rest assure, I won’t spoil much about the story.  Regardless, the animation emotes words when no words are happening.  Which is what Pixar particularly is incredibly well is showing rather than telling.  With the story in addition to the characters, the animation ties in Out as a young man coming-out to his family.

Without a Doubt, this new Pixar Short Will Help Many Individuals to Show They’re Not Alone 

In this review, we’ve thoroughly analyze Pixar’s new Spark Short, Out.  Firstly, we took a look at the story.  With being Pixar’s first coming out story, the producers gave a unique yet truthful turn on the coming-out trope.  Furthermore, we’ve taken a look at the realistic yet fun characters.  Everyone from Greg to Greg’s mother helps to assist this unique short animation film.  Last but not least, the animation assists with the storytelling of Greg’s story.  Pixar’s new Spark Short Out is a wonderful way to show that coming-out is normal even if a little unnerving.  Even so much to the point of letting other people know that they’re not alone.  Hopefully, this film will be able to help others out to know that it’s perfectly okay to be who you are.  If you haven’t already, check out this heartfelt story of Out on Disney Plus.

Open for Discussion

Thank you for reading this review.  It’s that time again for open discussions.  What do you think of Out? Is it what you were hoping for?  Does this short film speak to you in some way? Fill free to leave your opinions in the comments below.

Now then, I will provide links regarding this short film.  Firstly, here’s the official link to watch Out. With Disney Plus, you do need an account.  However, Disney Plus does offer a free trial.  Regardless, make sure to go support this Pixar short.  Additionally, if you want to learn more about Pixar’s new Spark Shorts, follow this link to the official Pixar Spark Shorts. Also, here’s the official link to Pixar’s official website.  Once there, viewers can learn all of the new things coming to Pixar Animation Studios and potential career opportunities.  Last but not least, here’s the official link to Pixar’s Twitter. Get the latest up to date news regarding anything Pixar and even some behind the scenes on some of their projects.

If you like what you see here, make sure to go check out this review I did on Pixar’s latest film, Onward.  In that review, I took a look at how Onward shows the strength of family.

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Work Cited

Pixar Animation Studios. “Spark Shorts.” Pixar Animation Studios, www.pixar.com/sparkshorts#out.