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Hulu debuts lesbian fairytale toon

Rosaline landed on Hulu last week

Rosaline landed on Hulu last week

US streaming service Hulu has been praised by sections of the media for premiering an animated short that normalises LGBT relationships for kids.

Rosaline arrived in the children’s section of Hulu last week and puts a twist on traditional fairytale tropes by incorporating LGBT themes into its story.

The five-minute short follows a girl whose journey through the woods to find her female sweetheart sees her encounter a witch, a wolf and a fairy godmother intent on setting her up with a prince.

Narrated by Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), it comes from children’s book author Daniel Errico, who previously created another short with LGBT themes, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, for Hulu.

Numerous US news outlets have reacted positively to the latest short, with Time stating that Disney and Pixar “could take a hint” from the LGBT fairytale.

Elsewhere, The Huffington Post said the toon, currently only available in the US, would help kids “understand the true meaning of love.”

“Historically, kids’ media shies away from LGBT love, marriage and identity, which can cause an imbalance,” Errico told The Huffington Post.

“We are missing an opportunity to foster children’s natural ability to accept and understand themselves and others, and that can have serious consequences later on in life.”

Hulu, which is co-owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast, recently added to its library of exclusive programming for children with deals for past and future seasons of Curious George and preschool series Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave.

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