While a gay kiss was reinstated in Buzz Lightyear, after being cut, a queer character did not have a place in Lucas’ last script, available on Disney +.
The issue of portraying LGBTQIA + characters in Pixar movies is at the center, as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is currently being considered by the state of Florida.
Study staff have openly criticized the lack of response from Disney, whose studios are in Florida, to the proposed bill to ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identities in schools, and have staged protest marches ever since.
Buzz Lightyear: After the controversy, Disney recovers a gay kiss in the Pixar movie
The reactions at Disney were late, and representatives ended up reaffirming their support for the LGBTQIA + community and their desire to show queer stories and romances in their movies and series, especially via a tweet. This response to the controversy also went through the reinstatement of a kiss between two women in the next Buzz Lightyear movie, which was originally cut during editing.
A queer character in Luca?
The action of the Pixar employees therefore made it possible to move the lines and soon offer the public the first kiss between two people of the same sex in a Pixar animated film. A chance that other feature films have not had since we learned varietyvia two unnamed sources working at Pixar that the movie Luca, available at Disney +, should have an overtly LGBT character.
And it’s not about Luca or Alberto, the two heroes whose friendship has often been questioned and sometimes thought of as “a pre-romance”. The relationship between these two sea creatures, the questions of diversity, of accepting the other, of hiding one’s true identity and of fleeing the family cocoon to be who one really is, had resonated widely in the LGBTQIA + community.
Director Enrico Casarosa had also explained The wrapping that discussions had taken place about the sexuality of the two main characters, but he had preferred to focus on a friendship and pre-romanticism:
“We’ve talked about it, and I think the reason we’ve not made it a topic, – and to some extent we’re a little surprised at how many people talk about romance – is, that we really wanted to focus on friendship and therefore pre-romance.
But it’s a kind of love, right? We present a rather physical relationship involving hugs, and that was my experience as a straight man far from it. The things we have talked a lot about are the metaphor of difference through sea monsters.
And some get upset that I’m not saying yes or no [quant à la relation amoureuse ou non entre Luca et Alberto]but I still feel that the film is about being open to all differences. “
The character in question, who had to be queer, was therefore their friend Giulia, the intrepid young Italian girl who comes to Luca and Alberto’s aid. And the reason it did not happen in the final version of Luca was that the film crew did not know how to bring up his sexuality without including a romantic relationship.
And it seems that this question is a recurring question at Pixar: “We often ran into the question, ‘How can we do this without giving them a love interest?'”
We do not know if there were other reasons that prevented Giulia from being queer in Luca, but Pixar employees had remembered in their statement that they had difficulty integrating LGBTQIA + characters into the films:
At Pixar, we have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of different characters, crushed […] after Disney reviews. Almost every moment of overtly gay affection is cut short by Disney, even when Pixar’s creative team and production team protest. […] Although the creation of LGBTQIA + content is the answer to discriminatory legislation, we are prohibited from creating it. “