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‘Lightyear’ producer vows no cuts amid film’s ban in several Asian countries over same-sex kiss

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  • Disney Pixar’s film “Lightyear” has been banned in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries due to the depiction of a same-sex couple who share a kiss.
  • Children under the age of 16 will be unable to watch the film in Singapore where Infocomm Media Development Authority gave the film an NC16 rating.
  • A producer for the film stated that China will most likely ban the film as Disney is denying any requests for changes.
  • The United Arab Emirates, where same-sex relationships are considered a crime, said that the film violated the country’s media content guidelines.
  • “Lightyear” will be released in theaters on June 15 for international audiences and June 17 for the United States.

The depiction of a same-sex couple who share a kiss in the Disney Pixar animated film “Lightyear” prompted 14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries to ban the film.

In “Lightyear,” a prequel to Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise, Buzz’s close friend, a female space ranger, marries another woman. A scene depicting the timeline of the couple’s relationship features a brief kiss between the couple.

Pixar promotes ‘Turning Red’ director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins to leadership roles

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  • “Turning Red” director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins have been promoted at Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Shi is now the vice president of Creative while Collins has assumed the position of senior vice president of Development.
  • At Pixar, Shi worked as an intern before becoming a story artist for “Inside Out.” The Chinese Canadian filmmaker eventually worked on other big projects, such as “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4” before gaining international fame for the short film “Bao” and the feature film “Turning Red.”
  • Collins previously worked on “Wall-E,” “Finding Dory” and “A Bug’s Life.” She also helped lead Pixar’s SparksShorts program.
  • “Pixar has always been a place that seeks to delight and surprise audiences and I am thrilled to be able to expand on that legacy and help shape what comes next, surrounded by some of the most diverse, unique and inspiring filmmakers and voices working today,” Collins said in a statement.

Turning Red” director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins have been promoted at Pixar Animation Studios following the success of the studio’s latest feature film. 

Pixar announced on Tuesday that Shi is now the vice president of Creative. Collins, who has worked for the company for 25 years, has assumed the position of senior vice president of Development.

Sandra Oh reveals how her tiger mom told her she would love her more if she ‘were neater’

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  • Sandra Oh revealed a relatable tiger mom experience at a press conference for Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red.”
  • Oh recounted that her mother had told her, “I wish you were neater. Then I would love you more.”
  • The Canadian American actress says it was “an unbelievable quote” and that she “had to write it down on Post-it,” which she uploaded a photo of to her Instagram in May 2021.
  • Oh also mentioned that she has a strong relationship with her mother.
  • The coming-of-age Disney Pixar film stars Oh as the voice of 13-year-old Meilin Lee’s mother Ming Lee.

At a press conference for Disney Pixar’s new film “Turning Red,” actress Sandra Oh revealed that her mother had once told her that she would love her more if she “were neater.”

Oh explained that, at the time, what her mother had said was so “unbelievable” that she “had to write it down on a Post-it.” The Canadian American actress posted a photo of the note to her Instagram in May 2021.

‘Representation matters’: Viewers spot small details in ‘Turning Red’ trailers that make a big difference

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  • A Reddit user shared a screenshot from the official trailer of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” to point out a light blue patch on a student’s left arm.
  • Reddit users believe that the animated student is wearing a Dexcom, a glucose monitoring device used by people with diabetes, and marveled at the minor detail adding to the film’s diverse representation of characters.
  • In the Pixar film’s teaser trailer, which was released last year, another animated female student with dark brown hair in one of Mei’s classes was also previously spotted with a diabetic device attached to her right arm and a purple insulin pump on her waistband.
  • Pixar's first Asian-led animated film “Turning Red” premieres today on Disney Plus.

Disney Pixar’s latest animated film “Turning Red” includes a small detail that viewers are marveling at: a little blue patch on a student’s arm. 

Reddit user @Scorch8482 shared a screenshot from the film’s trailer, wherein a blond female student wearing a light blue patch on her left arm is shocked to find Mei in her panda form in the bathroom. 

‘It just felt good to be seen’: ‘Turning Red’ boy band 4*Town on Asian representation in Pixar’s new movie

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  • The “Turning Red” voice actors behind Disney Pixar’s first-ever boy band 4*Town spoke with NextShark about the animated film’s Asian representation and universal themes.
  • “To see this type of representation on screen that I haven’t seen that much growing up… it really made me feel seen and heard,” Vietnamese American singer Topher Ngo (who voices Aaron T. in the movie) said.
  • When asked about the takeaway message of the film, Josh Levi (voice actor of Aaron Z.) replied, “[Be] kinder to everyone and also kinder to yourself as you're navigating. I don’t know if that expires, trying to navigate and figure that out as you grow up even through middle school, as an adult, in your career, in your future and your family, so yeah, just grace with yourself, too.”
  • The voice cast behind 4*Town also features Jordan Fisher (Robaire), Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell (Jesse), who also helped write the band’s three songs, and Filipino American actor and singer Grayson Villanueva (Tae Young).

Disney Pixar’s first-ever boy band 4*Town spoke with NextShark about Asian representation and the universal themes they took away from Domee Shi’s “Turning Red.”

Pixar’s latest animated feature, which follows the story of a Chinese Canadian teen who hits a particularly awkward stage of puberty when she turns into a giant red panda, hits close to home for the fictional boy band’s voice actors.

Review of ‘Turning Red’ that criticized the movie’s characters as unrelatable prompts backlash, apologies

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  • CinemaBlend’s Managing Director Sean O’Connell was heavily criticized online for his review of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red,” which he deemed an “exhausting” film not “made for a universal audience.”
  • His review circulated on Twitter, leading many users to accuse him of dismissing the movie because it featured Asian protagonists, whom he criticized as unrelatable.
  • “This is what happens when white males are presented as the default. Audiences have empathized with white male protagonists forever but you get one Asian girl in animation and these people question their existence,” POC Culture tweeted in response.
  • The online backlash prompted a Twitter apology from both O'Connell and CinemaBlend’s Editor-in-Chief Mack Rawden.

A review of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” published by CinemaBlend was taken down after it was heavily criticized online.

CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O’Connell deemed Pixar’s latest animated feature “exhausting” and not “made for a universal audience.” His review, in which he gave the film two-and-a-half stars, has since been unpublished from the publication’s website, although it can be found archived online.