UAE: Animated movie Lightyear will not be screened in cinemas

Film has been banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well



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Published: Mon 13 Jun 2022, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Mon 13 Jun 2022, 6:54 PM

Disney-Pixar's animated film Lightyear will not be screened in cinemas across the UAE, the Media Regulatory Office has announced. In an Instagram post, the regulator said the decision was taken because of the movie’s “violation of the country’s media content standards”.

The movie was scheduled to be released on June 16. According to media reports, the film has been banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well.

The regulator further stated that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to evaluation before the date of screening to the public, to ensure the safety of the circulated content according to the appropriate age classification.

Lightyear is the fifth installment in the Toy Story franchise that was the first computer-animated franchise and catapulted Disney and Pixar into superstardom. The movie is centred around the hero explorer Buzz Lightyear, who after being marooned on a planet, embarks on an adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion.

The Toy Story films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, with each film setting box office records.

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