New Animated Movie Shows Gay Family
In the new trailer for The Boxtrolls, the latest 3D animated feature from Portland-based Laika Studios, a sweet-faced toddler stands alone on a street as various combinations of parents in Victorian garb appear and disappear beside him. "Sometimes there's a mother," the narrator intones. "Sometimes there's a father. Sometimes there's a father and a father. Sometimes both fathers are mothers." Eventually, the little boy is spirited down a sewer by a friendly crew of crated monsters. "Families come in all shapes and sizes," says the narrator. "Even rectangles."The movie isn't about a gay family, but the mere mention of one in an animated film is sure to set you-know-who on yet another tiresome rampage. The studio's straight CEO (above) says, "We’re not in any way trying to be activists. We’re just trying to be who we are." Laika's last animated feature, ParaNorman, included a character who casually outed himself.
Universal has spent the last day scrubbing copies of the film's trailer from YouTube, but Hollywood Gossip has a mirrored copy. The Boxtrolls is due for release in the fall of 2014. (Tipped by JMG reader Jim)