Disney’s next animated feature film, “Strange World,” will include the first openly gay teen romance in a children’s movie from the entertainment company.
Production Designer for Animation Matthieu Saghezchi tweeted about catching a glimpse of the new film, which was shown recently at the Annecy 2022 International Film Festival in southeast France. It appears to be proof that Walt Disney Animation Studio is planning to once again insert LGBTQ content in its products.
“Just saw the very first glimpse into #Disney’s #StrangeWorld at the #Annecy2022 festival – it features the first openly gay teen romance in a disney feature!!!” Saghezchi tweeted. “Representation Matters.”
Just saw the very first glimpse into #Disney ‘s #StrangeWorld at the #Annecy2022 festival – it features the first openly gay teen romance in a disney feature!!! 🏳️🌈 #RepresentationMatters pic.twitter.com/H1bEjyrSV1
— Matthieu Saghezchi (@MSaghezchi) June 17, 2022
“The scene describes the son being very shy in front of his boy crush, and his dad comes in and says ‘so nice to meet you! my son talks about you all the time’ and further embarrasses his son… very cute,” he added.
The apparent romance between two boys was supported by a report in the New York Daily News, which described one of the three sequences from the film that was shown at the festival. The teen romance will reportedly be part of the story, but not the main plot, WDWNT noted.
The teaser trailer and poster dropped earlier this month and the movie is due to hit American theaters later this year.
It features the voices of such celebrities as Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, and others. A description on IMDb about the movie reads, “The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threatened to topple their latest and most crucial mission.”
The news comes following the recent release of “Lightyear” from Disney/Pixar, which reportedly included a same-sex kiss between two female animated characters in the movie. The movie has been banned in 14 countries.
United Arab Emirates announced that the film would not be shown in the country “due to its violation of the country’s media standards.”
The movie, which tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, had a lackluster opening at the box office, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
(Disclosure: The Daily Wire has announced plans for kids’ entertainment content.)