Fourteen countries in the Middle East and Asia will not screen Lightyear, Pixar’s latest animated film, scheduled for world premiere this week. Among these is the United Arab Emirates, which yesterday explained that they banned the film because it violates the country’s media content standards.
This would be because a same-sex relationship is included in the film, and homosexuality is considered a crime in many Middle Eastern countries. Representatives from other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Lebanon did not respond to requests for comment on why they would not allow the tape to be shown.
Lightyear is a prequel to Pixar’s acclaimed Toy Story franchise. The voice of the main character, Buzz Lightyear, is provided by Chris Evans. In the film, Buzz’s close friend marries another woman, and a scene that shows the milestones of the couple’s relationship includes a brief kiss.
The producer of LightyearGalyn Susman said she assumed the film would not be shown in China either, though Disney has yet to receive an official response from Chinese authorities. “We are not going to cut anything, especially something so important,” Susman told Reuters at the film’s premiere in London.
Lightyear It opens in theaters in the United States, in Canada on Friday.
What will this prequel be about? Toy Story
The film is a prequel to what was later narrated in Toy Story as focuses on the epic adventures that made Buzz a national hero.
Defined as an epic space adventure, the film tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear. After the group he is a part of is marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light years from Earth, our protagonist will lead the mission that will aim to find his way back home through space and time.
In this sense, as anticipated Buzz Lightyear’s main mission will be threatened by the arrival of Zurg and his army of ruthless robots. Emperor Zurg will be the enemy of this brave, somewhat grumpy and convinced astronaut who will fight to get back home. In this way, the toy will have to face his greatest adversary that was already known in the previous films, in order to succeed in his objective.
Thus, the phrase “towards infinity and beyond” will make sense in this film where the very Chris Evans will provide his voice as Buzz (Tim Allen, in the animated film), in an exciting preview of the film that will be released on June 16, 2022.
In addition, the film will feature other figures that will contribute their nuances through speech. Keke Palmer (Wall Street scammers), Dale Soules (Orange is the New Black) and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) will bring recruits to life; while, peter son (Ratatouille, A large dinosaur) will voice Sox. Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), James Brolin (Westworld, The Amytiville Horror), Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez y Isiah Whitlock Jr They will also be part of the cast.