It Gets Better at Pixar

A message from the employees of Pixar:

This comment by CLaarkamp1287 on YouTube sums it up better than I could:

“For Pixar to do this kind of video takes major balls on their part. As a film company that is associated with being family-friendly, it is so often construed that homosexuality is a threat to family values, and here comes Pixar to completely dismiss that ridiculous myth. Awesome job, Pixar. Clearly, movies aren’t the only thing you excel at.”


  • http://www.atomicbearpress.com Brian

    Wow! Very very cool and moving.

  • http://www.animatedviews.com Randall Cyrenne

    Amazing and wonderful that they did this. Brave, too.

    Great job, Pixar.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    Everything these guys and gals produce seems to make me cry. Incredible video.

  • Karl Hungus

    Its a wonderful video, not only for the public service it provides, but for the intelligence (right surprise coming from Pixar) used in its approach. Namely that it is a a message that calculates casualty rather than assessing blame. All kids are going to get bullied. I was bullied, people reading this were bullied. Some worse than others and some in more vulnerable states than others. Trying to outlaw bullying is like trying to outlaw peer pressure. Its a symptom of human nature. And in the end, no one takes their own life because of bullying alone. Suicide is a resolution of someone who has very deep self worth problems that very likely started long before anyone bullied them.
    Its of the utmost importance that those most vulnerable are told, quite simply, that it gets better. That has gone unsaid too often in the public discourse surrounding this recently growing issue.

  • D

    Now, I’ll probably catch a bit of heat for this comment, but I think I’m ok with that. It is really only a response to the comment off of youtube that you added.
    I am 100% for allowing my fellow man and woman to choose for themselves and although I do not support or encourage these particular choices, I of course will always honor another individuals choice in life.
    What I can’t agree with though is the comment, “it is so often construed homosexuality is a threat to family values, and here comes Pixar to completely dismiss that ridiculous myth” We could get into a lengthy discussion about this, true, and I don’t think cartoon brew is the place to do it. But I simply could not let it go however that it was regarded it as a “ridiculous myth”
    From the relationships between a man and woman spring our children, our families. Families are a central building block of society. Disassemble the family unit, and society naturally will follow. That is not a myth.

    • http://ratso.podomatic.com Carl Russo

      “Families are a central building block of society. Disassemble the family unit, and society naturally will follow. That is not a myth.”

      True, that. And it really doesn’t matter if if the family has two mommies or two daddies as long as it’s a loving unit.

      • Mytwocentes

        It does matter if a person has two mommies or two daddies; love doesn’t smooth over the consequences of ones actions. To quote Tina Turner: “What’s love got to do with it.”

    • The Brewmasters

      OK, D, your comment now represents the other side of the discussion so glad we got that out of the way. Future comments should address the contents of the video, the It Gets Better campaign, or Pixar’s decision to participate in the campaign. Any broader debate about the rightness/wrongness of homosexuality will be removed. Let’s not ruin a message of hope, peace and love with pettiness.

      • Chuck R.

        “OK, D, your comment now represents the other side of the discussion so glad we got that out of the way.”

        Are there only two sides to the discussion? I was deeply moved by the video and I applaud the folks who appeared in the video for their candor and bravery. I found out only a few years ago that my best friend in grade school was gay. He never confided in me or his family throughout the formative part of his life. That is a terrible tragedy, and I hope the campaign can bring comfort and dignity to those who feel isolated and desperate. Pixar is addressing a real need here.

        Still I appreciate what D has to say, and he said it in a civil way undeserving of the tart reply from the Brewmasters. I don’t believe homosexuals choose their orientation, and I don’t believe that same-sex unions are any more a threat to family values than the epidemic of divorce, extramarital sex, and gratuitous content on TV. I also don’t believe that my opinion or Pixar’s is going to change anyone’s basic beliefs on the matter.

        My concern is that perfectly sensible campaigns like this, that address the universal call to tolerance, love and civility are often exploited by people who have a completely different agenda —to dissolve the traditional definition of marriage, which in turn undermines any religious faith (a great many of them) that upholds the belief that there is something sacred about the bond between a man and a woman when they undertake the important responsibility of bringing new life into this world.

      • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

        Those people are imaginary and your conclusion makes zero sense.

    • Hmm

      Families come in all shapes and sizes and don’t always fit into one convenient mold, who are you to criticize how a family should and shouldn’t be? Why should heterosexual couples have all the fun in ruining their children? Isn’t the stability of the household with a loving nurturing environment what’s most important for the child? 40-50% percent divorce rate in the US among heterosexual couples, by such brilliant rhetoric, shouldn’t we also outlaw divorce as it too is a disassembly of a family unit?

    • qwerty

      Homosexuality isn’t a threat. Yeah, you need a man and a woman to produce a kid, but that’s just a bit of science. People have been adopting children for ages. As is, there are a lot of gay couples out there I’d trust to raise kids more than I would some straight ones. Canada has had gay marriage for years and it hasn’t crumbled yet. Babies are still born here.

      Homosexuality also isn’t a choice, but let’s not get into that or we’ll be here all night.

    • Irony

      Going by the divorce rate in the United States, society should have already “fallen”, but let’s ignore that and continue to blame gays for everything.

      Herp derp.

    • Ernesto

      Well, that “homosexuality is a threat to family values” IS a ridiculous myth. Or at the least a complete misconception. If you define family as a group formed by “mom, dad, kids” then yes, it might be a treath, but just becuase your scope of the concept “family” is so narrow. Families in the world are (and have always been) a lot more diverse, include grandparents, uncles, diferent sex (and preference) members, “half-brothers” and sisters, step-parents, lack other members (like one or more parents). What really counts is the love, caring and comitement betwen the members, not the gender or sexual preferences of them.
      Also I think you missed the point of the video, it mainly says “it is ok to be who you are, it gets better, don’t kill yourself” as it is aimed to people who have become suicidal due to the huge amount of presure put into them by people who won’t accept them just because they don’t fit in their ideas of what is “right”.
      Lovelly video BTW

  • PeteR

    ” Disassemble the family unit, and society naturally will follow”

    Prove it.

    Oh—you CAN’T.

  • Karl Hungus

    Amid is right. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion on gay marriage. Stop baiting people into revealing their personal beliefs and then making them out as villains from behind your keyboard.

    The video is about emboldening those most vulnerable to one of the uglier sides of adolescence. We can all identify with what is discussed here no matter what your opinion is on larger social discussions.

  • jp

    I’m sorry D, but there are plenty of healthy (by which I mean loving and supportive) families headed by same sex couples. And the numbers state that children raised in these families have a LOWER than average percentage of being gay. Supporting gay people does not disassemble any viable family unit (nothing you say will convince a gay person to turn straight and start a family), but it just might help assemble one.
    Of course, given the choice, many gay people may never start a family, but many straight people make that same choice. Should we be up in arms against all the spinsters and cat ladies, the workaholics, ladies men, priests and just sad lonely single people not raising children? There are certainly more of them, so they must be doing even more to undermine the family.

    It just doesn’t follow that allowing one group an alternative to another group’s norm detracts in any way from that norm. Do Yankees need to be outlawed to stop defections from the Red Sox Nation? Should dog-people start an all out ban on cats? Should I really be outraged that Katie Perry kissed a girl? Come on D. Where’s the harm?

    Seriously.

    • The Brewmasters

      In case the first Brewmasters comment above wasn’t clear, comments should address the contents of the video, the It Gets Better campaign, or Pixar’s decision to participate in the campaign. Take the back-and-forth about social issues elsewhere. Thanks for understanding.

  • http://scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    Very moving! There is a similar project at http://www.throughmyeyesdvd.com/ supported by New Directions Ministry of Canada.

    • HermanMelting

      What do you personally mean by “moving”? Didn’t you once equate the living/dead marriage in Corpse Bride to gay marriage?

      “Behind the beauty of Corpse Bride is also a commentary about how confused the world is about marriage. Is it something that is expected of us, as it is expected of Victor and Victoria, as simply a business arrangement? Is it something we can willfully turn off and on like a light switch? Can we change the rules? Why not two women? Two men? A man and two women? The living and the dead? … Unfortunately, we’ve screwed all of these things up. We’ve treated ourselves, the earth, marriage and sex as something we can re-define and twist around to our own liking”

      If we as a society have “screwed up” by opening up to gay marriage, then in what way do you find this video moving? Serious question.

  • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

    The fact that you aren’t told who those people are or what they do at the company (not that you’d likely know them had they told you) really gives the impression that all of Pixar put their weight behind this issue. It gives the video far more power that way.

  • jp

    Sorry BM.
    No disrespect meant.
    Your note wasn’t up when I started penning my 2¢.
    Feel free to delete what you must. I won’t hold it against you.

    That being said, I think the video is a huge testament to the heart and integrity of those in charge of a studio that seems to be overflowing with both.

  • Paul D

    Outstanding! Way to go Pixar and all the folks on this video!

  • Doug Nichols

    I think that’s my new favorite Pixar film.

    Thanks, y’all.

  • Chris Webb

    Now that Pixar has made this film, does this mean that two years from now Dreamworks will make one just like it? :)

    (Just kidding. Way to go, Pixar!)

    • DW artist

      I guess working at DreamWorks is still an acceptable reason to bully someone.

  • http://Roundtableanimation.com Joan Manuel

    Yeah that´s very cute and all……
    but let´s see Pixar (as the Disney owned Company that it is) come out (of the closet) with a movie about a SINGLE gay character (that doesn´t actually make fun of gay stereotypes like KEN does in ToyStory), maybe they can start with a secoundary character, they don´t have to base it on a Gay theme.

    Was the Caterpillar from Bug´s life gay?…oh ,wait it is a stereotype too, it actually reminds me of Cameron from Modern Family.

    • Ken

      Ken was not gay. He really liked Barbie but just really LOVED fashion. Maybe he was a cross-dresser too but that doesn’t make him a homosexual.

      I don’t understand why we need an openly gay character anyway. I think Pixar would just risk ruining the movie for a lot of kids whose parents won’t let them see it because it’s full of “propaganda”. I don’t see how a cartoon character announcing that he’s gay would make a cartoon better for children. Also, I believe any sort of homosexual activity on screen would only make children laugh. Not trying to be offensive but I’m almost certain any deeper message would go right over their little heads.

    • Karen

      “Was the Caterpillar from Bug´s life gay?”

      No. He was a German Caterpillar. Everyone stereotypes Caterpillars as German.

      Come to think of it, I’d love to see “Inglorious Bastards” with an all Caterpillar cast.

      • http://Roundtableanimation.com Joan manuel

                  “Consider for a moment, the world a caterpillar
                  lives in. It’s a hostile world indeed…”

  • http://chrisboyd-characterdesign.blogspot.com/ Chris Boyd

    Wow wow wow wow wow! What an amazing video.
    Loving Pixar now more than ever. Thank you Pixar for
    making this video.

  • Someone who was touched by this

    This was outstanding. I’m straight, but I’ve been dealing with a lot of issues with faith in friends and thinking I’ll ever find someone who gets me. This helped. This reminded me I’m going to graduate and move on to such incredibly bigger things.
    I admire that even in a project with such a focused topic, Pixar manages to spread to all audiences.

    • Nicolas Orizaga

      I’m straight too but have been going through a really rough year, as the mother of my children has decided that she no longer wants to be involved with me…she has abandoned our children multiple times over the course of the year and done all sorts of hateful things to me…I don’t want to get into it here but these “it gets better” videos have really helped me not do something stupid to myself….

      • Oluseyi

        Think of your kids. Hold your head up, it gets better. We love you, and the world needs your voice!

  • qwerty

    Looks like the Pixar staff got picked on a lot. A bad idea–if you annoy an entertainer, he or she can make fun of you later in life!

    I’m glad it got better for them. I hope things get better for the kids they made this for.

  • http://MrFunsBlog Floyd Norman

    Very cool. Thanks, Darla.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    You can always tell when someone has something really important to say because they’re forced to take a stance which exposes them to great risk.

    Way to go Pixar.

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    Staggeringly beautiful. I’m in tears. I’ve been a big ‘rah-rah’ supporter of the LBGT community. Living near and working in Vancouver, BC, and being online in different art and gaming communities has allowed me to meet people just like this. Some of the sweetest, kindest, most amazing and courageous people I know are LBGT.
    As for this video – you GO, Pixar! I’ll wave my rainbow flag in support of all my friends, and all those who fight for a better tomorrow!

  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    GO PIXAR.

  • http://fernandopventura.blogspot.com/ Fernando Ventura

    No “Production Babies” on the credits this time!

    • pheslaki

      Did you actually watch the video, or did you just rush to the comment section for a lame stab at snark? Because one person does mention kids.

  • Sandypants

    the “It Gets Better” campaign is wonderful. It warms my cold, cynical heart to see so many people come together for this cause. You have to understand just how important it is to people like us. The message is important for any generation of kids, but I am glad it is being sent out now… you don’t have to end your life and you don’t have to feel like your life is over… because it will get better.
    Pixar already had my respect. This video just sent it over the top!

  • JuJu

    beautiful. I’m actually tearing up. I’m glad to see Pixar speak on this issue. It’s a pretty big gamble, considering alot of their viewers oppose that lifestyle and will most likely boycott them now. But I’m really glad they didn’t care, and did the video anyway.

    • Oluseyi

      On the contrary, I’m sure they care – and that makes it all the more powerful. Disregarding the reactions of those you don’t care about is far less bold than considering the backlash from those you do, yet deciding to stand by your principles. Nothing in Pixar’s history has ever suggested that they don’t care about any of their viewers.

  • http://www.jeffsimonetta.com Jeffrey Simonetta

    I always am interested in finding out how things actually are. This video shows not only this but finding success and happiness by perseverance through hardship. The themes here discussed apply more to just homosexuality but getting to the greener pastures by sometimes accepting that you’ll need to walk through the thorn bushes. Very well done Pixar.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Well done to the folks in Emeryville. Now, in Cars 3, have Mater fall in love with someone who pretends to have a stick shift but actually uses automatic. Call the character a “transmissional.” :3

    • http://www.webcomicsnation.com/dholvrsn/index.php Doug Holverson

      Which reminds me, I heard tranny used as slang for transmission years and years before I heard it used for being transexual or transvestite. Hearing the other use threw me off the first time around.

    • Jessica Britton

      Well done indeed! Heartfelt sentiments, beautifully expressed. And Steve, I doubt if Pixar would toss in a cheap dig at Trans folks, even as a “joke”.

      Thanks Pixar, you did good!

  • Brandon Cordy

    Just when you thought they couldn’t get more wonderful…

  • OtherDan

    Sad and kind of shocking that even today people are feeling like they can’t be themselves. Coming from a straight guy, I think it’s safe to say that many, if not most people really don’t care whether someone is gay or not. They may be fascinated or repulsed-but they are with straight people too. So, if you are gay and scared, I hope this video gives you that extra awareness and confidence that life “gets better” and you don’t have to live a life of repression.

  • Erik Westlund

    Regarding the content of Pixar’s contribution to the It Gets Better campaign… two very powerful moments for me stand out from all the other powerful statements in this video:

    “Someone interrupted me… ”

    and

    “I get to walk up those nine steps… ”

    Great stuff. No wonder these people know how to tell stories. They have great stories to tell.

  • http://www.bobharper.net Bob Harper

    After viewing this, it’s not hard to see why Pixar has so much humanity in their films. Bravo to Pixar for being so bold and bravo to everyone in the video for being so brave. Together we can all help make it better…

  • Thomas Hatch

    This video is awesome.

  • Obo

    Isn’t it interesting that everyone has been bullied. No one ever claims to be the bully.

    I wonder how many of these Pixar employees talked, spread rumours and gossip or said mean and spiteful things about people behind their back in High school or college

    • Gobo

      There’s a massive difference between spiteful high-school cliquishness and being physically and mentally abused daily because of one’s sexual orientation. That’s what the It Gets Better campaign is about.

      • Obo

        No there isn’t. I’m not sure the last time you were in high school, but teasing and gossip is just as destructive and hurtful as the school jock slamming you into the locker.

        Not only that, but it probably happens more often. These type of campaigns seem to ignore that the realities of high school have changed. Everyone teases, everyone spreads rumors and everyone is a bully. Instead of acting in a very simplistic, good vs evil narrative which seems to fit more in a fictional “revenge of the nerds” world than 2010/2011, which should be reaching out to all students, telling them that actions have meaning, consequence and can be destructive. All the way from the jocks to yes the gay kids.

    • Meredith

      Of course no one will claim they were the bully because they don’t see anything wrong with what they did. I’m of the opinion that those that say “what’s the big deal” and “kids will be kids” are most likely the ones that were the bullies.

    • Steve Gattuso

      Here’s something from a person who WAS a bully.

      http://www.pattonoswalt.com/index.cfm?page=spew&id=150

  • Was my face red

    It was have been so much easier for them to not get involved at all and opens them up to attack for pushing an ‘agenda’ (rather than just having some empathy for others) which will probably have career motivated commentators crawling all over their back catalogue looking for evidence of their threat to family life. So well done. They have big beutifully rendered balls.

  • d

    people are people so why should it be,
    you and i should get along so awfully…

  • BWSmith

    Regardless of what one thinks of the content of this particular video, the concept itself is a bad idea.

    Pixar as an entertainment corporation really needs to stay out of politics.

    They are the best at what they do in producing their cinematic works of art. They don’t need to create distractions from that.

    (See “Stars, Dancing With The”..)

    • Gobo

      Telling abused kids that things will get better, and helping to prevent teen suicide, isn’t “politics”. It’s human. If Pixar decided that teen suicides were just an annoying distraction which their films (I’m sorry, ‘works of art’) are above, then I’d no longer see a reason to watch their movies.

      • Dan Spacik

        Well said Gobo. I have a friend who tried to kill himself because his parents thought he was going to hell for being gay. Sad.

    • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

      Art and entertainment are never apolitical nor should they be.

  • Bob

    I visit the Brew every day (sometimes, a couple of times a day) — but this is the first time I’ve wept. I called my husband of 20 years over and looked at it again. Wow. Like their best animated films, this is filled with humanity and warmth.

  • Doug Vitarelli

    besides being an animator i’m also the son of a gay parent. life was difficult for a long time but these days, 30+ years later, my whole family still gets together to celebrate the holidays, birthdays and the occasional sunday dinner. what i’ve found is that who you are is important, not your sexuality.

  • http://messytimbo.blogspot.com tim

    yeah that’s wicked that those peeps came together and made that to help people who are coming out. I hope people find comfort in this video.

    but i don’t think i’d called pixar brave for putting there name to it. when they make a film dealing with these issues i’ll call them brave.

    I can’t call a company who putting out a string of sequels “brave”

    • Justin

      I call the individuals who put their face on video and told their stories to the world brave.

  • A.C. the actress

    Absolutely beautiful, I actually cried. Thanks for sharing this video, Amid. I’m surprised that Pixar did this–but at the same time, not. Very glad to see how up to date Pixar is with social issues.

    Definitely will be sharing this with my friends.

  • Hans W.

    Great video, Pixar! I was very moved…

  • Doug

    Wow. WOW.

  • http://torontoanimation.blogspot.com TempleDog

    Y’know, after “Cars” I always pegged Pixar as leaning towards the ‘Family Values’ contingent. Thanks for recognizing that the studio is an extended family, not a factory space full of ‘art generation machines’. Stone cold ballsy, nicely done. And come to think of it, a nice, concise, well-produced lil’ vid too, not preachy, just matter-o-fact humanity. Guy like.

    • Funkybat

      It shouldn’t really surprise people that Pixar has people who would speak out on social issues. Despite some trends & tendencies toward certain “types,” Pixar is not homogeneous. There are thousands of people there, and they all have their own views about political, social, and sexual topics. Just because they make family-friendly films doesn’t mean they are all conservative, and just because they are in the SF Bay Area doesn’t mean everyone is liberal, either.

      The subject of gay teens being bullied for their orientation shouldn’t even *be* a left-right issue, it’s a matter of people being mistreated for arbitrary reasons. Whether it’s because they are gay, black, fat, short, female, *whatever* reason, teasing and harassment are never right. People should raise their kids to leave others alone and to instead discuss why the differences in others make them “uncomfortable,” so that eventually everyone can understand others and themselves better.

  • purin

    That was very moving.

    It’s sad that we’re in a state of begging people to not die.

  • Brendan Spillane

    LOVE!!!

  • The Jones Boy

    Ken is not gay. He’s a malignant narcissist with more clothes than Cher.

  • Simon

    I support.
    Despite this being about LBGT issues – this is a message which applies to all that feel bullied or mistreated, undervalued or abused. I hope everyone in that state, LBGT or not, can hear this message or may have someone to speak to.

  • KNSat

    I didn’t think I could admire Pixar more than I already did. I was wrong.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitschensyngk Kitschensyngk

    Very admirable.

  • Randy Koger

    Wow!!!! Amazing, ballsey and to the point. I was a Pixar fan before I ever heard of this, but now I have so much more admiration for them, and on a completely different level. That was brave. And I appreciate it so much.
    Thanks Pixar.

    And by the way, everything everyone says in that video is true. I know….I’ve been there. And it really does get better.

    Bravo, people. Bravo.

    RK

    PS: Just FYI, we do NOT “choose” our orientation. I sure as hell didn’t, anyway.

  • majic

    I’m not judging, but was there an event, or press release, or occurance that happened to trigger the production of this video? I agree with everyone here, but it just seems … random.

  • Mark

    An excellent video, but sad that it had to be made at all.

  • http://trosper-ignatz-gentlegiant.blogspot.com/ Diana

    As a lifelong queer and lifelong cartoon and comic book fan, I applaud this effort. Growing up hearing the contradictory messages of “be yourself” and “don’t be that” and having those messages reinforced by otherwise beautiful cartoons like The Flying Mouse was really tough.
    Go Pixar!

  • HermanMelting

    Way to go Pixar! Now all you need to do is to back up your words by not hiring bigoted creeps like Larry the Cabl–oh wait.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    I wanna be gay too! Super testimonial that carries a lot of weight coming from the creative powerhouse of Pixar!
    Way to go, Darla, Kevin and all you lovely people at Pixar.
    Lots of love!
    Jorgen

  • Greg Ehrbar

    When and where I was growing up, it was not “cool” to like Disney or cartoons when you were over the age of about seven or eight. It was even weirder to still be listening to Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Golden or Sesame Street records as a teen. But I loved them and I still do. I crank up the Chipmunks in the car.

    I had a very small group of friends who understood but it could get pretty lonely and despairing. There weren’t fan clubs, blogs and things like Cartoon Brew back then. My parents were understanding, especially my late father, but my mom was under a lot of pressure from my relatives about “what is wrong with that kid?” To her credit, she still bought me the Snoopy Drive In Movie Theater (REAL film clips from Peanuts specials? Too cool!) even though she was dreading what my grandparents would say when I opened the box on Christmas. I had to “play it down” so they wouldn’t ridicule me. She also had to defend me when I chose to study film in college and pursue a Disney career even though that was “crazy, impossible and unsteady” according to my “expert” relatives.

    I was made fun of a lot for what I liked and I mention all of this because Cartoon Brew is populated by many like me, who have taken a lot of guff for being different.

    The Pixar people are right. It does get better. There will be hard times, yes, but no matter how much you might be despairing, the despair will pass and there will be things in life that you will be glad you didn’t miss.

    Even if I didn’t end up at Disney, I would have been glad to have it as a goal and to have the cartoons and records in my life. If I had ended my life I would have never met my partner in life — my wife, who defends (and patiently puts up with) my interests. Who would have thought a person like me would have found someone? Yet it happened. Today I insist that my son is allowed to watch shows that he might be considered too old for, but because he enjoys them, that’s what matters. We’re determined to stave off the demons of our past by sustaining tolerance and understanding in our children.

    I grew up listening to this song from the movie PUFNSTUF sung by Cass Eliot and I hope the Kroffts, Charles Fox (who has a new book out by the way) and Norman Gimbel will forgive me if I repeat the words here:

    When I was smaller and people were taller
    I realized that I was different.
    I had a power that set me apart.
    I learned to take it, use it to make it.
    It’s not so bad to be different,
    To do your own thing and do it with heart.

    Different is hard, different is lonely,
    Different is trouble for you only.
    Different is heartache, different is pain
    But I’d rather be different that be the same.

    At first I’d wonder what hex I was under.
    What did I do to be so different?
    Then I discovered some others like me.
    Wonder no longer, together we’re stronger.
    It’s not so bad to be different.
    Be true to yourself, that’s what you must be.

    Different is hard, different is lonely,
    Different is trouble for you only.
    Different is heartache, different is pain
    But I’d rather be different that be the same!

    (I still have the Snoopy Drive In Movie Theater, by the way.)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I felt I was in the same boat too Greg, though my childhood wasn’t as bad as yours though it was one that gave me a sense I had to make that decision for myself whether I wanted to still keep enjoying cartoons or not after a certain age, but was one that still felt empty since I hardly ever expressed such desires to pals at school. It certainly gets better in the long run when they come back asking you questions about it that you know all the answers anyway!

  • thomas

    Dude…that video was gay.

    haha no but really, it’s so crazy that people care so much about someone being “gay”. Throughout Egyptian and Greek history, it was actually a big deal if you WEREn’T gay, and
    for some reason, I think that made more sense.

  • Gay animator

    I like when pixar makes movies, not social statements. The time and money spent on this could have started that 2d film they have been teasing us with. I’m not really sure why Pixar made this or even what it means. No one person out of the animation industry knows who these people are, let alone gay teens in junior high. Does this mean its okay for me to be gay and 3d animate? Im kind of lost, it kind of sickens me that Corporations feel the need to let me know its okay for me to feel a certain way, to do a certain thing. This video or any video like this including actors or artist, just should not be. Why would a troubled person think they need approval from “gay actors” and “gay animators”? I get that this video is meant for good and any good intention should be celebrated, but really? Whats next John Lasseter making a video of the need for the TSA scanning machines?

    Actually being a gay animator, this video just makes me sad.

  • Josh

    As a Christian, whilst I don’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle I do agree with people respecting the lifestyle choices of others as long as those choices don’t lead to physical or psychological hurt of those around them and if/when they do, being considerate enough to listen to each other and figure out a way to resolve an issue even if the outcome doesn’t completely suit both parties.

    Having been labeled “gay/homosexual” and subsequently bullied through most of high school because of that label because I was more interested in art and not interested in football, smoking or getting absolutely drunk on weekends (the three things you had to do in my country town to be popular), I can definitely understand the alienation gay people (or anyone who’s slightly different to those around them) can experience.

    So while the message “It Get’s Better” is a good one, it doesn’t specifically apply to gay people and i think the video would have been a WHOLE lot better if, rather than focus on ONE choice people can be alienated for, there should have been a MIX of reasons and people talking about their experience. Then I wouldn’t get the whole “look at how happy gay people are at Pixar, aren’t we great” vibe and had more of a “here’s a whole bunch of people, all from different backgrounds and lifestyles, who respect one another and work together”

  • Grant

    What this video shows to me is that the real issue here seems to be the stereotypes for hetero and homosexual people.
    When was a persons sexual preference prevalent or related to whether you were a guy who liked showtunes??.. or a girl who liked to climb trees and be a tomboy? If that is what prompted them to wonder whether they were gay or not, then that is just as foolish as other outside people thinking they are gay for the same reasons.
    Can we please do away with these tired gender specific stereotypes please? that leads only to countless confused individuals growing up?
    What is also interesting is how closely this shows social anxiety to be a central part of their development. The feeling of extreme shyness, not belonging, being tormented. And how good it feels when you meet like minded people who support you and are there for you when you get home.
    As someone who lived a large portion of young life with that same crippling shyness, and feeling of not belonging, ineptitude with the opposite sex and torment, I am familiar with questioning your sexuality and thoughts of suicide…. what I do hope for people who watch this, is not to listen to people who tell you that you are gay or straight depending on what color you like or what your interests are… Just that for whatever interest you have…there are other people out there with the same ones. It’s just easier to find them later in life. And thats when things do get better.

    • John

      “When was a persons sexual preference prevalent or related to whether you were a guy who liked showtunes??.. or a girl who liked to climb trees and be a tomboy? If that is what prompted them to wonder whether they were gay or not, then that is just as foolish as other outside people thinking they are gay for the same reasons.”

      I completely agree, I believe this film failed due to these accounts, this can really screw up a kid!

  • Lucy

    Awesome. Simply, awesome :) Yay for them for taking this step.

    I’d love to see a day when there could even be an un-closeted gay character in a major animation.

  • http://animationreview.wordpress.com Gijs Grob

    A very moving film. Apparently it is directed to people in highschool. I hope it manages to reach them and to comfort them.

    The live stories are rather sad though – it gets me when people who simply want to love and to be loved are rejected and bullied so harshly that they even seriously consider suicide.

    Luckily, in my country gay couples are allowed to marry, but even here, homosexuals suffer bullying and rejection. And then there are countries in which homosexuality “not even exists” (as if, it even exists in several other species…)

    I certainly hope that it gets better for homosexuals everywhere.

    Anyway, thumbs up to the people of Pixar!

  • rebecca

    The message “things will get better” is a message for all, gay or straight, if you fit in or you don’t.

    I wish my friend Jeremy could have seen this before he took his own life. I miss him so much.

    Thanks Pixar.

  • S

    First comment I’ve ever written here, to say. As a straight person this video deeply moved me. I don’t doubt when I say that with this clip you have saved lives and make people appreciate one another. Which in my opinion is one of the greatest things to achieve as an entertainment company.

    Pixar it has been cliche to say yet the truth, you are a role model to many.

  • http://wskiBski.blogspot.com W

    Very Moving clip. I don’t believe this campaign has anything to do with politics. The idea that Pixar shouldn’t put together a video like this one on account of possibly offending one political group or the other is absurd. This is simply not a political video nor a political statement.

  • Daniel M.

    If it’s ok to be different, how come their movies really aren’t with the exception of Wall-E?

    I love their movies, but why does every protagonist have to be a middle-class white guy?

  • Mytwocentes

    This is a moving clip. Not only does it get better for homosexuals but it gets better for anyone who feels her/his back is against the wall. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” The issue shouldn’t be is homosexuality wrong–society does decide these things whether we agree or not–but is a person’s life more important than his/her perceived or actual shortcomings.

  • Mukki

    Can this apply to me too even if i’m not gay? ):

  • http://www.cyruscords.com Cyrus

    After watching this on YouTube I found many others who have shared there message as well. Even if being gay is a choice what give those who are not gay the right to say it is wrong. Hatred comes in all kinds of forms but some of the worse is when people inflict their ignorant beliefs on others who have the right to live theirs lives without such conflicts. Keep your ignorance to yourself and stop hiding behind your god because guess what my god believes in the right of the individual and can kick your gods ass!