Over the years, Disney’s animated arm has made a lot of strides when it comes to inclusion and diversity.
Yes, it has been really slow, and lots of improvement is still needed to provide a good example for children and adults. But still, they have done a lot to bring people of color and women into the forefront of their animated features.
And it looks like Disney may be making a small leap forward, if the speculation about the new Finding Dory trailer would prove true.
In the second official US trailer for the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, which was released by Disney Pixar on Tuesday, there is a small scene that caught the eye of some keen viewers.
The scene only lasts a few seconds, and it shows an octopus and Dory who is inside a sippy cup, riding a stroller. The stroller knocks into a toddler and the sippy cup and the octopus are thrown out. It then cuts to two women, one of them kindly picks up the cup turns to the stroller while saying “Poor baby, let me get that for you.” Both women are shocked when they see the octopus who somehow had hurriedly returned to the stroller and is now pretending to be a baby.
Social media users are now pointing out that it is probable that the two women are a couple, and that the toddler who was knocked down by the stroller is their child.
If this is true, it is not only a small step in the right direction but could prove to be appropriate since the movie’s title character, Dory, is voiced by Ellen Degeneres, who is the most prominent out lesbian celebrity in the world.
Makes one wonder if the animators were somehow inspired by the film’s star in adding this particular scene?
Hopefully we’ll find out once the movie is out.
Finding Dory will be swimming up to cinema screens on June 17.