Pixar is currently in sequel mode, with four of its next five projects continuing existing series rather than beginning new ones. The first of these, next month’s “Finding Dory,” may also be the most anticipated: “Finding Nemo” has been among the studio’s most beloved projects since it was first released in 2003. Its newest trailer suggests that it may also be the most progressive, with one scene hinting at the first lesbian couple in Disney•Pixar history.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment just over one minute into the new trailer, a toddler drops her sippy cup after being knocked over by a stroller. One of two women walking in front of the little girl picks up the cup and says, “Poor baby, let me get that for you.” Observant viewers immediately picked up on the brief scene, which follows on the heels of social-media campaigns to feature more LGBT characters in tentpole movies: #GiveElsaAGirlfriend advocated for the Disney princess to have a female love interest in the next “Frozen” movie, while #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend proponents are hopeful that Cap will finally get over Peggy Carter.
“Finding Dory” is directed by Andrew Stanton and features the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres in the title role as well as Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Willem Dafoe, Idris Elba and others. Disney will release it on June 17.