Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has been unable to acquire permission to indicate its new Pixar film “Lightyear” in 14 Center Jap and Asian international locations, a supply mentioned on Monday, and the animated movie appeared unlikely to open in China, the world’s largest film market.
A “Lightyear” producer informed Reuters that authorities in China had requested for cuts to the film, which Disney declined to make, and he or she assumed the film wouldn’t open there both. The animated movie depicts a same-sex couple who share a quick kiss, which prompted the United Arab Emirates to ban the movie.
The United Arab Emirates mentioned the couple’s relationship violated the nation’s media content material requirements. Homosexuality is taken into account felony in lots of Center Jap international locations.
Representatives of different international locations, together with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Lebanon, didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon why they might not permit the movie to be exhibited.
“Lightyear” is a prequel to Pixar’s acclaimed “Toy Story” franchise. Chris Evans voices the lead character, Buzz Lightyear, a legendary house ranger.