Disney-Pixar restores same-sex kiss to Toy Story prequel

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According to an article in Variety, Disney-Pixar last week restored a same-sex kiss to the upcoming Toy Story prequel. The re-edit follows a joint statement from Pixar LGBTQ employees and allies claiming that Disney executives consistently censor ‘overtly gay affection’ in Pixar films.

The statement called out Disney management for their response to Florida’s homophobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. Despite its claimed commitment to inclusion and diversity, Disney had previously made donations to every politician sponsoring the bill. Disney CEO Bob Chapek countered that rather than protesting, Disney could make a bigger impact “through the inspiring content we produce.”

However, Pixar employees wrote in their statement that Disney consistently cut gay scenes,

“We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were.

“Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest. [Even] when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.”

Following a subsequent staff walkout, Chapek paused all political donations in Florida.

Toy Story prequel

The Toy Story prequel Lightyear includes a relationship between two female characters. Originally, the movie included a scene showing the pair kissing. But the kiss disappeared during editing.

Neither Disney nor Pixar responded at the time to inquiries about the edit. However, Variety now reports the restoration of the same-sex kissing scene.

With the scarcity of queer characters in Pixar films to date, a same-sex kiss would mark a major milestone for the animation company. 2020’s Onward featured a cyclops police officer voiced by Lena Waithe who made a single fleeting reference to her girlfriend. Even that proved enough to see the film banned in middle-eastern countries. And in Russia, the world girlfriend was dubbed as ‘partner’.

Disney-Pixar plan a June release for Lightyear.

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