Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Short Pixar film has silly humor, messages of acceptance.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 9 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn acceptance and the value of being honest with their loved ones.>

Positive Messages

Familial and romantic love are unconditional and shouldn't be tainted by prejudice or intolerance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A patient boyfriend lets his lover tell his parents about their relationship in his own time. Parents love their son unconditionally

Violence & Scariness

An animated human and dog swap bodies, and comic mayhem ensues, including people getting hit or knocked over and bitten, a dog running head-on into a glass door, and a fire starting in a back yard.

Sexy Stuff

Two people in a loving relationship share a brief kiss. Glimpse of a "Men on Fire" calendar, but nothing risqué is shown.  A person behaves like a dog, sniffing his dad's bottom, and the dog like a man, peeing on the carpet.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written byClaireRobson February 22, 2021

Gentle and fun opportunity to discuss intolerance and gender roles

Out is a wonderfully gentle and funny tale about a man who is finally able to come out to his parents thanks to a mishap with his playful dog. The story is fun... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written bypracticeinpublic January 14, 2021

Funny short film about overcoming your fear and being honest about who you are

We watched this with our 6 year old. He thought the silliness was hilarious and it was a great conversation starter about being okay with being different and p... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMileydog2015 June 29, 2020

Beautiful and heartwarming

Just gonna say this upfront: if you’re homophobic, just don’t watch this and don’t bother reviewing it.
A few weeks ago, I heard that Pixar was releasing a movi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTico_maco_taco November 30, 2020

Its a great movie

i love the movie great role models and disneys first LGBT+ main character :)

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?

Is it any good?

Featuring Pixar's first gay main character, this short film packs lots of humor, action, affirmation, and love into its nine-minute running time. Out announces that it's "Based on a True Story," and -- if you ignore the subplot of a human and dog swapping bodies -- the story of a gay person who's scared to "come out" to their parents certainly echoes lots of true stories. It offers an ideal/tidy ending, in which (spoiler alert) Greg's mom knew all along and his dad welcomes Manuel with a bear hug, but Out is neither preachy nor trite. Written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter, whose previous credits include Toy Story 4, WALL-E , and Finding Nemo, among others, Out is the type of quality film viewers have come to expect from Pixar.

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?

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