The characters from Disney’s animated blockbuster film “Big Hero 6” star in a new limited series titled “Baymax!”, which was released Wednesday, June 29, on Disney+.
The series focuses on Baymax, the lovable, inflatable robot who serves as a personal healthcare companion, helping others throughout the fantastical city of San Fransokyo.
“The six-episode series of healthcare capers introduces extraordinary characters who need Baymax’s signature approach to healing in more ways than they realize,” Disney’s description says.
Writer, filmmaker, and activist Christopher F. Rufo tweeted an exclusive clip of the new series in advance of it becoming available to stream on Disney+, saying the clip was leaked footage.
“I’ve obtained leaked video from Disney’s upcoming show ‘Baymax,’ which promotes the transgender flag and the idea that men can have periods to children as young as two years old,” Rufo wrote. “It’s all part of Disney’s plan to re-engineer the discourse around kids and sexuality.”
The clip, which has been viewed over 6.2 million times and has over 9,000 comments, is taken from the third episode in the series, titled “Sofia,” where a middle school student encounters some major life changes, which include experiencing her first period.
Sofia, who is 12 years old, enters an all-gender restroom at school and becomes horrified that her first period comes right before she is set to perform with her friend at a talent show.
“I can’t believe this is happening! I wasn’t prepared for this,” Sofia tells Baymax, who entered the bathroom after hearing her scream “No! No! No!”
When Baymax realizes Sofia doesn’t have any “menstrual hygiene materials,” he walks to a convenience store. But when he arrives, the inflatable robot becomes utterly confused while staring at all the possible hygiene products he could purchase.
Baymax then asks a fellow shopper, who is an adult female, for some help.
After the shopper provides Baymax with a recommendation, other shoppers suddenly appear in the aisle, offering the robotic healthcare assistant further advice on which product to purchase.
The advice Baymax receives doesn’t seem out of the ordinary at first, until the camera pans out and shows a transgender man telling Baymax, “I always get the ones with wings.”
The next scene shows Baymax returning to the school’s all gender bathroom with bags full of “menstrual hygiene materials” for Sofia. “You may select your preferred sanitary napkin,” Baymax tells her.
During the duration of the 12-minute episode, Sofia explains in detail what is happening to her body to her talent show partner, who is a boy, and receives an inspirational pep talk from the robot that helps her deal with what just happened to her.
Disney shared in March that they would be including more LGBTQ+ scenes and story lines in feature films and popular releases. Last month, Disney-Pixar backed up that statement by including a same-sex kiss in “Lightyear,” which told the story of the lovable Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear.