The release of the new animated film “Inside Out” is scheduled for Tuesday, the day before Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is released on Dec. 15.
The release of both films, based on the Pixar books “Toy Story” and “Frozen,” comes as Disney and Pixar continue to face intense scrutiny over the way the films depict children’s themes.
A report by The New York Times published in November, which called the films “toxic” for children, prompted the company to reverse course and release the new films.
In a statement Monday, Disney said the film’s themes “are inclusive and include the diverse communities of our people, while also being respectful of the experiences of all people.”
“We have not taken a position on the book or movie’s content.
The company does not endorse or oppose the book’s content,” Disney said.
“We are grateful that the new film is being released as soon as possible.
We are excited to bring the films together for the first time in 2019, and are looking forward to seeing how audiences respond.”
The new films are not the first animated feature to focus on diverse audiences.
In 2016, “Inside out” featured an African-American lead in the role of an African American woman in a white, middle-class household.
The film was the first Disney film to include an African, Latino, Asian and Native American lead.