"Finding Dory," as the long-awaited animated sequel to Disney and Pixar's "Finding Nemo" 3-D movie in 2003, may be taking on the major topic of showing the first lesbian couple to appear in a Disney film, based on interpretations of the movie's new trailer. Many reactions to the possibility dotted the Internet during this Memorial Day weekend. The film is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016.
In the middle of a new trailer for Finding Dory, Tank the Octopus poses as a baby in a carriage. A toddler drops her sippy cup after being knocked over by the 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." The couple that interacts with Tank in this scene are both females, leading many people to believe Disney may be portraying a lesbian couple on the big screen.
These moments in the trailer caused the Internet to blow up with speculation, reports CinemaBlend.
Observant viewers immediately picked up on this brief scene in the Finding Dory trailer, reports IndieWire, 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.
The inclusion of more LBGT characters in film and TV has been one of the hot topic issues in Hollywood, according to CinemaBlend: "While there have been strides made in regards to creating interesting and dynamic characters who identify as something other than heterosexual, there are still some glaring exceptions. And those exceptions are largely owned by Disney: Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Disney proper."
Finding Dory focuses on the amnesiac character Dory, and will explore the idea of her being reunited with her parents. The film takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo, and is set off the coast of California.
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.