Disney has always been that place where princesses and princes ended up happy and eating partridges. Finally, the rules of the game are changing and Pixar brings up issues that have always been avoided in the company, such as homosexuality or machismo.
In January 2006, Walt Disney reached an agreement with Pixar shareholders to acquire it for $ 7.4 billion. Thus, both companies contributed the best of each one and went on to lead the world cinema animation.
The purchase took place because, mainly, Disney was experiencing losses in its income and its audience, while Pixar continued to add successes among its productions such as Toy Story or Monstruos, SA.
Pixar Dares to Go Further
Through the series of short Sparkshorts, Pixar delves into current affairs, which seem to escape the decisions of the entertainment giant. Disney has always been reticent to the proposal of more open narratives in terms of politics, society or sex.
Sparkshorts is a collection of animated shorts dealing with themes that Disney has failed to explicitly display. Examples of this are machismo, in ‘Purl’ or how to get out of the closet in ‘Out’ , the last one that the company has released and that has been a great step for inclusion.
On many occasions, Disney has been sued by ultra-Catholic or radical groups, who expressed their discomfort and disagreement with content a little more equal than normal.
One of the most recent examples is the one promoted by HazteOír.org, which launched a collection of signatures against the LGTB push in animated films. The origin was when Elsa, the protagonist of Frozen, was rumoured to be a lesbian. Finally, as we saw in the sequel, the young woman was not.
Thus, Disney has been pushed not only to follow the traditional model of stereotypical characters but also in terms of race and culture.
However, Pixar has spent years working on integration, both in front of and behind the cameras. From the racial perspective, Coco premiered, one of the first productions that escaped from the culturally normalized.
They have the power to educate the little ones
Beyond classrooms and families, television is a great educator for children – and adults. Although it is not always for the better, companies like Pixar work to make it so.
The short film Out aims to take a step towards the LGTBIQ + universe, as its protagonist is the first openly gay character that the studio has.
We still don’t know if it is simply a personal project of its creator, Steven Clay Hunter, or if, luckily for an inclusive society, it will be a declaration of intent towards a more open future.
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