Pixar's latest animated film breaks new ground in representing LGBTQ+ romance and marriage on the big screen.
The film about the real-life Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), an astronaut tasked with carrying out the most dangerous space missions offered by the U.S. government, will not only shed light on the wonders of space exploration, but also tell a lifelong romantic story between two women. Under the command of officer Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), Buzz tries to reach hyperspace to rescue his crewmates stranded on an uninhabited planet, while his best friend Alisha opts to put her own life before her career. She meets her wife, starts a family, and lives her life surrounded by caring and loving people.
Despite the fact that the film diligently paints a loving picture of a tender LGBTQ+ romance, some viewers were quite upset that it appeared in the animated project at all. Chris Evans, in a conversation with Variety, decided to share his own opinion on the same-sex kiss shown in the children's film at one point.
"It makes me happy. It's tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of 'news.' The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm and that this doesn't have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films. Look, it's an honor to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there," Evans said.
Fans clearly endorse Evans' point of view on the subject, but some note that same-sex kiss featured in the animated film may pose a problem for some parents, even if they are fully supportive of LGBTQ+ people themselves.
"Most parents want to be the ones to introduce their kids to same sex relationships. I don’t care if my kids see two women or men kiss. Love is Love, but many parents want to be the ones to teach their kids about it. We can debate if that’s good or bad but that’s reality." – @Orangejoe82.