Lightyear Disney+ Hotstar release date set for August 3

Lightyear — the Pixar animated film starring Chris Evans, Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, and Uzo Aduba — will stream on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar starting August 3. It debuted in theaters on June 17.

On Disney+ Hotstar, Lightyear will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

The August 3 date was first announced on Tuesday by the film’s official Twitter account, Pixar’s Lightyear. The tweet reads, “Get ready to take off with Disney & Pixar’s #Lightyear streaming August 3rd only on @DisneyPlus.”

Director Angus MacLane said in a statement that Lightyear looks amazing on the big screen, sure, but we’re excited to bring it to Disney+.

“We dedicated years of our life to this film and we are so proud of it. We want to share it with as many people as possible.

“Disney+ not only gives more fans the opportunity to see Lightyear, it gives us every opportunity to see him again and again.”

The animated sci-fi adventure shares the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the Toy Story figure character, who was voiced by Tim Allen. After getting lost on a distant planet. young astronaut Buzz must find his way back to Earth with the help of his commander and crew.

Captain America alum Evans said he was a “kid in a candy store” being part of the project.

“The Toy Story movie was such an impactful movie. It’s so iconic and the characters had such variety. They just offer something so relatable,” Evans shared in a behind-the-scenes featurette.

“This movie is the origin story of Buzz Lightyear. It’s the story that made Andy and his friends want to go buy a Buzz Lightyear toy.

“I’m a huge Pixar fan. I was a kid in a candy store. It’s unlike any Pixar movie to date,” Evans added.

Lightyear has been banned in various Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, due to the inclusion of a gay kiss.

The scene, involving the female character Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner, was originally cut from the film, but reinstated following uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees.

Lightyear is the latest in a growing list of major Disney features, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Eternalswhich have encountered issues in the Gulf countries due to scenes involving LGBTQ references or issues, which often fall foul of censors for theatrical releases due to illegal homosexuality in the region.

In January, West Side Story was also blocked from reaching cinemas in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

Lightyear releases August 3 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever available.


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