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Robot Cat Steals Buzz Lightyear's Show
What Critics Think About
the Buzz Lightyear Movie

What Critics Think About the Buzz Lightyear Movie

'Lightyear' is a solid addition to the franchise, but Sox the cat steals the show

(Newser) - Buzz Lightyear breaks out of the Toy Story franchise to showcase the adventure that led to him becoming an action figure in Lightyear , the Disney-Pixar film in theaters Friday. From director and co-writer Angus MacLane, it finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans, not Tim Allen) and friends trapped on a...

A Kiss Gets Pixar Movie Banned Overseas

UAE does not look kindly on lesbian show of affection

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature Lightyear from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters, per the AP . The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly will ban the film, raising the possibility other Muslim-majority...

Senator Moves to Strip 'Woke' Disney of Copyrights

Josh Hawley wants to reduce protection term from 95 years to 56 years

(Newser) - Sen. Josh Hawley has taken the Republican attacks on Disney to a new level: The senator introduced a bill Tuesday that would undo decades of copyright law for large corporations, retroactively stripping Disney of its rights to many characters, the Hill reports. In a press release, Hawley made it clear...

Disney District Says Florida's Move Might Be Illegal

1967 law that created district says it can't be dissolved before bondholders are paid

(Newser) - Florida's government has passed a law repealing the self-governing district Disney has had in the state for 55 years—but since the two-page law fails to address some very complicated issues, the Reedy Creek Improvement District says business will continue as usual for now. Reedy Creek has told investors...

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill to 'Remind Disney It's a Guest'

Move would strip Walt Disney World of self-governing status

(Newser) - Update: Florida's full legislature has now passed a bill to repeal a law granting Walt Disney World's properties self-governing status. The move could have huge tax implications for Disney, per the AP . The vote escalates the clash between Disney and Republican Gov. Ron De Santis over what critics...

After 2-Year Ban, Happiest Place on Earth Opens Its Arms Again

Hugs, character interactions make their return

(Newser) - It's been more than two years since Disney characters mingled with theme park guests—rubbing noses, whispering secrets, and perhaps most importantly, offering hugs. When Disneyland reopened last April after a 14-month closure triggered by a global pandemic that made physical interaction risky, visitors could only glimpse Mickey and...

After 20 Years, Ice Age Squirrel Gets His Acorn
Congratulations, Scrat

Congratulations, Scrat

Final video from Blue Sky Studios allows 'Ice Age' squirrel to get his acorn after 20 years

(Newser) - Scrat finally got his acorn. If that sentence doesn't make sense, you maybe haven't seen any of the animated Ice Age films over the last 20 years. Scrat is the squirrel who emerged as a mascot of sorts for the franchise, thanks to short clips that showed him...

A Disney Heir Comes Out as Transgender

Family launches effort to fight 'Don't Say Gay' bill and similar efforts

(Newser) - An heir to the Walt Disney Co. has come out as transgender, announcing a family effort to support LGBTQ rights and oppose new legislation that threatens them. Charlee Disney came out publicly last month at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala after coming out privately four years ago, NBC...

Calling Disney Too 'Woke,' Outlet Will Make Own Content

Conservative Daily Wire says entertainment giant is pushing 'radical' ideology to children

(Newser) - The conservative media outlet Daily Wire is launching an entertainment division for children to counter what it calls a "woke" ideology of Disney. The company—best known for its podcast featuring Ben Shapiro—says in a release that it will spend $100 million over three years to develop DW...

Disney Workers Among 108 Arrested in 'Operation March Sadness 2'

Florida sting operation targeted prostitution, human trafficking

(Newser) - A sheriff's office in Florida says 108 people were arrested, including a retired judge and several Disney employees, during a sting operation to combat human trafficking, prostitution, and child sexual abuse. Most of those busted in "Operation March Sadness 2" were arrested for seeking a prostitute or "...

After Outrage, Disney CEO Opposes 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Bob Chapek called Ron DeSantis

(Newser) - Disney employees were outraged by the company's failure to condemn Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, which is now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk , as it worked its way through the state legislature. Now, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has spoken out against the bill, though...

Disney Responds to Peter Dinklage's Snow White Slam

Company says it's taking a 'different approach' on the 7 dwarfs in its live-action remake

(Newser) - Update: Peter Dinklage spoke up this week about Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Snow White, and Disney was listening. Hours after criticism about the film from the 52-year-old Game of Thrones and Cyrano star—who has a form of dwarfism and wasn't happy to imagine a reboot that...

Before Mickey Mouse Club's Britney and Justin, There Was Tiffini

Tiffini Hale, who performed in late '80s reboot of variety show and in Disney's The Party, dead at 46

(Newser) - When The All New Mickey Mouse Club, a reboot of sorts of the popular '50s variety show, debuted in 1989 on the startup Disney Channel, Tiffini Hale was one of the original cast members, preceding the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling. She went...

China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer
China, or
Did a Number
on Homer

in case you missed it

China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer

'Simpsons' is now streaming in Hong Kong, but one episode is missing

(Newser) - When Disney+ debuted in Hong Kong earlier this month, viewers were able to stream 32 seasons of the Simpsons. Or nearly all 32 seasons. As it turns out, one particular episode is missing, and it just happens to ridicule China. Coverage:
  • The show: The missing episode, which originally aired in

Eternals Won't Be Released in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar
Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Censors objected to same-sex kiss

(Newser) - The latest Marvel movie comes out in the US on Friday, but in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the release date for Eternals has been shifted from Nov. 11 to possibly never. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Disney was not willing to make cuts demanded by censors in...

With Some Attractions Closed, Disneyland Raises Prices

Park stands to make money even if attendance briefly dips

(Newser) - If you want to go to the happiest place on Earth, be prepared to spend a lot of money. And no, we aren’t talking about Finland . Disneyland introduced tiered pricing, raising the cost of a ticket on high-demand days, in 2016. And it raised prices on all five tiers...

Disney Delays Release of Indiana Jones, Marvel Movies

New Indiana Jones movie has been pushed back a year

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back the release dates of many of its upcoming titles, including the untitled Indiana Jones movie and the Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever. The company said Monday that the fifth Indiana Jones, a James Mangold-directed and Steven Spielberg-produced installment which sees the return of...

And Just Like That, Scarlett Johansson's Disney Battle Ends

The two sides settle her lawsuit

(Newser) - Update: Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled a lawsuit brought by the actress over the streaming release of Black Widow. While details were not made public, both sides released statements Thursday saying they looked forward to working together in the future. The AP notes it was a "swift end,...

Disney Sues to Keep Rights to Avengers Characters

Lawyer for creators, heirs has filed notices of copyright termination

(Newser) - A battle between high-powered lawyers is looming over the legal rights to some of Marvel's best-known characters, including Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and Black Widow. Disney, owner of Marvel Entertainment, has filed lawsuits in a bid to retain full control of the characters, the Guardian reports. The suits were...

Parents of 3-Year-Old Suing Disney Cruises for $20M

Lawsuit alleges another child sexually assaulted toddler in front of staff

(Newser) - Parents of a child in Vermont are suing the Disney Cruise Line for $20 million. They say their 3-year-old daughter was groped by a “significantly older child” while being looked after in the Oceaneer Club daycare for passengers ages 3-12, WCAX reports. They say their daughter was restrained, and...

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