Disney to feature its first openly gay teen romance in upcoming animation Strange World

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27 Jun 2022, 08:24

Strange World promo pictures

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Disney’s first gay teen romance is about to hit the big screen. 

Their next animated movie, Strange World, will star the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union and Dennis Quaid as part of the Clade family of legendary explorers. 

According to Variety, the first three scenes from the highly-anticipated film were shown during France’s Annecy Animation Festival, and it gave a small glimpse into the growing romance between Ethan Clade (Jaboukie Young-White) and school crush Diazo. 

Animator Matthier Saghezchi, who was in attendance at the festival, watched the heartwarming scene, and shared his delight on Twitter at the LGBTQ+ representation. 

He wrote: “Just saw the very first glimpse into #Disney ‘s #StrangeWorld at the #Annecy2022 festival - it features the first openly gay teen romance in a disney feature!!! #RepresentationMatters.

“The scene describes the son being very shy in front of his boy crush, and his dad comes in and says “so nice to meet you! my son talks about you all the time” and further embarrasses his son - very cute.”

Not much else is known about the upcoming film, other than that it takes place in a “dazzling land full of mysterious phenomena – shoals of flying fish, walking rock columns, and octopus-looking monsters,” as reported by Variety. 

The news follows the backlash new Pixar movie Lightyear got after featuring a same-sex kiss. 

Buzz Lightyear’s friend Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) and another female character lock lips after 30 minutes into the film and it's caused uproar from Florida's Parental Rights In Education Bill 'Don't Say Gay' bill.

The new voice of Buzz, Chris Evans, revealed he's delighted that Disney included a gay kiss, but is frustrated a same-sex romance even needs to be debated.

While anti-gay protestors have kicked up a stink over the kiss, the level-headed actor thinks it is 'wonderful' that it didn't get cut and hopes that it becomes 'the norm' on screens.

"It's nice, and it's wonderful, it makes me happy. It's tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion," he told Variety.

"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."