The new Disney-Pixar animated film “Onward,” which has main themes centering on wizardry and a magic “visitation spell” to temporarily conjure a father up from the dead, also features a line where a cyclops police officer — voiced by a homosexual screenwriter — subtly reveals to viewers that she is a lesbian.
“Onward” tells the story of two elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who received a wizard’s staff gifted to them by their late father, Wilden, who died before Ian was born and when Barley was a small child. The staff comes with a spell that has the ability to bring him back for just 24 hours.
“Dear Ian and Barley, long ago, the world was full of magic. Over time, magic faded away, but I hope there’s a little magic left in you,” a letter from Wilden reads. “And so I wrote this spell so I could see who my boys grew up to be.”
However, in using the spell, Mr. Lightfoot only appears from the waist downward, and his sons scramble in finding out how to conjure him up in totality before the 24 hours expires.
According to Collider, director and screenwriter Dan Scanlon wrote the story based on his own loss of his father as an infant.
“When I was a year old, my father passed away. I don’t remember him and neither does my brother, who was three at the time,” he revealed at a D3 event. “I have always wondered who my father was, and that question became the blueprint for this movie.”
In addition to the theme of using sorcery to meet a deceased father, a number of outlets have noted that “Onward” features a character who subtly reveals her homosexuality.
In one scene, Officer Specter, a purple cyclops voiced by screenwriter and producer Lena Waithe (known for “Bones,” “Master of None” and “Dear White People”) and her law enforcement partner, Officer Gore, pull over a driver, who explains that he was distracted because his girlfriend’s children were acting up.
Specter then empathizes, stating, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.”
“It just kind of happened,” producer Kori Rae told Yahoo Entertainment of the line. “The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.”
Source: Christian News Network