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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Out is a short animated film from Pixar. Its lack of iffy content makes it appropriate for all ages, but its message about a man being honest with his parents about his sexual orientation may not be entirely clear to the youngest viewers. Kids will enjoy the animation, as well as the story device of two characters (in this case, a man and his dog) switching bodies. Some of the comical hijinks are perhaps especially targeted at kids -- like watching the man behave like a dog, including sniffing his dad's bottom, and the dog like a man, including peeing on the carpet. The comic violence isn't scary. Messages about love and acceptance are embodied by sweet, caring characters, including couple Greg and Manuel, who share a brief kiss. "Jeez" is the extent of language.
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What's the story?
Greg (voiced by Kyle McDaniel) is in a loving relationship with his boyfriend Manuel (Caleb Cabrera), but he isn't yet OUT because he hasn't told his parents he's gay. When his parents drop in for a surprise visit, Greg pushes Manuel out the back door. Then, in a magical turn of events, Greg and his dog Jim swap bodies. Now Greg, in the dog's body, must do everything he can to distract his parents from discovering his secret. Meanwhile, the dog, in Greg's body, wreaks havoc in the house and yard. Will these comic shenanigans end with Greg revealing his secret? Will his parents accept Manuel into their family?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about secrets. Have you ever kept a secret from your parents or family, like the main character in Out? How did it make you feel?
How would you describe the movie's message? Why is it such an important one?
If you could swap bodies with any person or animal, who would it be and why?
Could you imagine this story lasting more than 9 minutes? What else do you think could happen to these characters in a longer movie?
Did the animation in Out remind you of any other films you've watched? If so, which ones?
- On DVD or streaming: May 22, 2020
- Cast: Bernadette Sullivan, Kyle McDaniel, Caleb Cabrera
- Director: Steven Clay Hunter
- Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Run time: 9 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: For mild thematic elements.
- Last updated: July 9, 2020
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