The Luca cartoon contains many meaningful messages about transgender and LGBT


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More or less, Walt Disney has also created emotional materials aimed to create positive living motivation for the gay and transgender community in his latest animated work.

Walt Disney is a mass media company and their products are often directed to generations of audiences, especially children, around the world. Every movie or toy and TV show that this unit broadcasts creates has a great spread in many aspects and in many countries and regions. Since the acquisition of subsidiaries like Marvel or Pixar, Disney's influence has become even greater thanks to the launch of big-budget superhero or animation projects.

Walt Disney conveys many positive messages about how children adapt to modern life

Because of his overarching influence, Walt Disney constantly faced a lot of pressure. One of them is the control of content so that it is not branched and avoids "touching" cultural and customary issues that are considered sensitive in many countries. Walt Disney is said to be applying the C13 rule to the movies that it distributes. This rule allows only movies aimed at families and audiences under 13 to appear on the company's main services, this includes the newly launched Disney+ streaming platform. However, like it or not, the company is admitting that the family entertainment content is practically depleting its appeal in an age of so many competing products and services.  Ignoring the audience's voice can be a double-edged sword that makes Walt Disney lose its influence, especially in a time when every difference has a certain voice and influence like today.


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With a philosophy that runs through many movies and cultural shows, encouraging children around the world to be true to who they are and how they feel, it's clear that Walt Disney is facing a difficult time recognizing What is the existence of the 3rd world community (LGBTQ). At the moment, all LGBTQ-related content is allowed in many countries, but the content ratings are usually at a higher age (from 16 years old) as well as the consent of  Parents for works on this topic are still relatively limited.

Over the years, Disney has tried not to make or at least not let audiences judge its films as being LGBTQ related. The company has cut off many projects or sold distribution rights to mining partners to avoid damaging its reputation and child-friendly image in the eyes of global parents. However, although they have tried to "purify" the content carefully, the executives at Walt Disney understand that it is time for them to be fair and more aware of their rights and responsibilities in the field, spreading the positive and true spirit of gay, bisexual and transgender people to audiences around the world.

Newly released animated short “Out” shows a positive signal in the way Walt Disney recognizes the existence of gay people


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This has been partly demonstrated in a number of recent publications, most of them from the publisher Pixar. In June of this year, a month known as Pride Month - Pride Month for LGBTQ people, Disney released the animated short Out - a piece of Pixar's SparkShort series produced for premiere Exclusively on Disney+. The work marks the first time Disney has allowed a clear depiction of gay men as well as the first time that two people of the same sex kiss in a product created by this unit.

And recently, when the animated Luca was Disney, this message was also cleverly integrated into the content of the work (according to the writer's perception).

Luca followed the journey to land of a sea monster named Luca - a boy who always lived under the protection and education of his family in the ocean. Luca's parents believed that the terrestrial world was dangerous and could cause him to deviate from the family standards they are expecting. However, whatever happens would happen. Luca meets Alberto - another sea monster that has lived on land for many years. Together they explored the human world and Luca realized that there was no danger as his parents warned. The boy found joy in being with Alberto and, especially, they shared a common vision and a dream of adventure awaits.


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Luca represents a generation of children yearning to explore the world outside the home

The fact that Luca comes ashore and changes form like people on the ground. He was trying to hide his true self and always worried. He was afraid  that he would be be shunned, chased away if they discovered who he really was even though Luca and his friends have done nothing wrong, which was a clear message describing the lives of people of the LGBTQ community in general and transgender people in particular in modern society.

The film also depicted the close bond between the two boys, which was a rare time when audiences witness such an emotion in Disney's animated film world. The emotions described through the film of this unit have gone through many levels from humans to machines, from beauty to monsters, from children to parents and also from animals to humans. It was clearly depicting the closeness between two characters of the same sex was rare, and would even be omitted or cut out when filming.

In the original animated version of Mulan released in 1998, the character Li Shang was then considered by many viewers to be a member of the LGBT community when he had feelings for Mulan even though he did not know that this character was female at that time. This made Disney worried about the character's image, forcing them to cut him out of the script of the live-action release of the same name in 2020 to avoid the censorship of many national cultural agencies.


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In the Onward animation with the voice of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, Pixar tried to integrate the lesbian character into its work, but then this scene was also cut out when it was released in another country. In the live-action versions of many blockbuster works in the MCU universe, Star War, Disney also avoids mentioning the real gender of the characters even though this was described in the original comic version.

Luca has been out now, but this work is specified for the Disney+ platform - where the work is not under too much pressure in terms of revenue. This allows filmmakers to retain much of the message they convey to the audience. Although Disney did not confirm this message, neither did the filmmakers at Pixar. However, the audience has the right to enjoy the work in the direction they specula.



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