The United Arab Emirates is planning banning Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ spinoff

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This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear
The United Arab Emirates is planning banning Disney and Pixar's 'Lightyear' spinoff
This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning on banning Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” spinoff “Lightyear,” according to The National.

The National posted an article with the headline “UAE bans Disney film Lightyear over fears it could confuse children.” A tweet promoting the article was shared by the account for The National newspaper on Thursday, but has since been deleted.

According to The National, the decision to ban came from a member of the Federal National Council (FNC) who said she’d received complaints from parents that the name of the movie was confusing their kids because they were mistaking Buzz Lightyear, played by actor Tim Allen in all four Toy Story movies, as a real astronaut.

It’s still unclear whether UAE will actually ban the movie because no official decision has been made yet, sources told The National.

A rep for Disney didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The United Arab Emirates is planning on banning Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” spinoff “Lightyear,” according to The National.

Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 spinoff, Lightyear, is reportedly set to be banned in the United Arab Emirates.

According to The National, a film featuring the beloved character Buzz Lightyear is coming under fire for promoting Western values. The UAE’s government did not provide further details on why the movie was being targeted by censors, but it did explain that any content that promoted “Western culture” would need to be “whitewashed or changed.”

The movie reportedly features Tom Hanks’ voice as astronaut Woody and Tim Allen’s voice as toy collector Al McWhiggin. Buzz Lightyear will also make an appearance as he tries to return home after being forgotten at a garage sale by Andy Davis (Joan Cusack).

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Buzz Lightyear has been part of Disney’s Toy Story franchise since 1995 when Toy Story was released alongside Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys based on their likenesses from the movie.

The National posted an article with the headline “UAE bans Disney film Lightyear over fears it could confuse children.”

The National posted an article with the headline “UAE bans Disney film Lightyear over fears it could confuse children.” The article quotes UAE culture minister Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi as saying, “We are taking care of our children and their interests with this decision and we will not allow any foreign influence to affect their beliefs and values or to impact on their history.”

The movie was set to be released in the UAE on March 27, but now it’s been pulled from theaters because of its title.

It’s still unclear whether the UAE will ban the movie, which features the beloved character Buzz Lightyear.

It’s still unclear whether the UAE will ban the movie, which features the beloved character Buzz Lightyear. The National posted an article with the headline “UAE bans Disney film Lightyear over fears it could confuse children.”

In a statement to CNET, a spokesperson for Disney said that it was “still investigating” whether or not they would take legal action against Sheikh Mohammed.

A rep for Disney didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Disney did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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It’s still unclear whether the UAE will ban the film, which is set to be released in June 2022. A rep for Disney didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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