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Taika Waititi on why Lightyear’s LGBT love story is essential after UAE ban

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Taika Waititi has opened up on the importance of Lightyear’s LGBT love story after the film was banned in the United Arab Emirates.

The Thor: Ragnarok director lends his voice to the new Toy Story spin-off film, focused on Chris Evans’ Buzz Lightyear.

The movie features a sweet romance between Uzo Aduba’s Alisha Hawthorne and another character in a series of scenes that has led to Lightyear becoming the latest movie to be banned in the UAE.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk at the Lightyear red carpet, Taika said of the same-sex love story: ‘I think it’s so awesome.

‘It would be wonderful to one day get to a place where it doesn’t have to be a talking point. The idea that, to go and watch a movie and that’s your big problem? That’s crazy!

‘You never hear people going, “Oh, did you see that movie where that man and that woman kissed?!” If we can just let that go, love is love, if we can normalise it, then we’re moving towards a good space.

‘And when studios make these tiny little steps towards that, just like having a same-sex relationship, it’s just steps towards normalising it and I think you can’t ask for more than that.’

Taika and Chris had a blast at the Lightyear premiere in London (Picture: Getty Images Europe)
He voices the new version of Buzz (Picture: Invision/AP)
Taika opened up about the same-sex love story (Picture: James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock)

While the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office did not give a specific reason for its decision, it stated vaguely on Monday that the Disney and Pixar film was banned for its ‘violation of the country’s media content standards’.

The country criminalises consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults.


Lightyear follows Buzz’s adventures as a marooned Space Ranger (Picture: PIXAR)
Fans are set to see a whole new side to him (Picture: Pixar)
Uzo Aduba’s character Hawthorne is featured in a sweet same-sex love story (Picture: Getty Images for Turner)

Taking to Twitter, the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office posted an image of Buzz Lightyear in the new film, crossed out with a red line.

This action was taken despite the country declaring it would stop censoring cinematic releases and would introduce a 21-plus age rating for films it classifies for older audiences just six months ago.

Keke Palmer also has an important role in the film (Picture: Karwai Tang)
(L-R) Taika Waititi, Tim Peake, Keke Palmer and Chris Evans at the UK premiere of Lightyear (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The same-sex scene was reportedly originally cut from the film by Disney.

It was reinstated following the uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees claiming that Disney had been censoring ‘overtly gay affection’ and the company’s CEO Bob Chapek’s handling of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

Last year, Pixar’s Onward, a 2020 American computer-animated urban fantasy adventure film, was also reportedly banned by several Middle Eastern countries because of a reference to lesbian parents.

Lightyear follows Buzz on his adventures as a marooned Space Ranger, in the movie a young Andy could have watched before the events of the Toy Story films.

Lightyear is released in the UK on June 17.

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Taika Waititi on why Toy Story spin-off Lightyear’s same-sex love story is essential after UAE ban

8 essential ‘Bob’s Burgers’ episodes to watch before you see ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’

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After hundreds of episodes, countless burgers of the day, and an unending amount of Belcher hijinks, Bob’s Burgers is finally making the leap to the big screen with The Bob’s Burgers Movie.

You don’t need to watch the show to enjoy the movie: It can stand on its own. However, if you want to start watching this charming animated series and don’t know where to start, or if you’re a fan who wants a refresher on the show’s key characters, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a guide of eight essential Bob’s Burgers episodes to stream before seeing The Bob’s Burgers Movies — plus a few extra goodies if you’ve got the time.

Two of the suggested episodes are general all-timers, while the other six are specifically tailored to each of the show’s main characters: Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), Linda (voiced by John Roberts), Tina (voiced by Dan Mintz), Gene (voiced by Eugene Mirman), Louise (voiced by Kristen Schaal), and Teddy (voiced by Larry Murphy). Bob’s Burgers has so many amazing episodes that it’s impossible to fit them all on this list — apologies to “The Equestranauts” and “The Hauntening” — but all the episodes below are absolute gems that will prepare you for the movie. So grab a burger, put on your pink bunny ears, and get ready to party with the Belchers.

Here are eight essential episodes of Bob’s Burgers to check out before you see The Bob’s Burgers Movie.


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Two all-around essential episodes: “Wharf Horse” and “World Wharf II: The Wharfening” (Season 4, episodes 21 and 22)

Oh, nice things are nice.
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Why it’s great: The two-part finale of Bob’s Burgers Season 4 is a must-watch, both because of its overall excellence and because it will set you up for the spinoff film. Much of The Bob’s Burgers Movie revolves around the nearby theme park, Wonder Wharf. These two episodes focus on the wharf and what it means to the town. Landlord Calvin Fischoeder’s (voiced by Kevin Kline) brother Felix (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) tries to persuade him to sell the wharf so he can put up condos.

Bob, tempted by the promise of a burger restaurant on the beach, decides to help Felix out. The plan goes off the rails and brings the Belchers into mortal danger, resulting in a thrilling conclusion with deliciously high stakes. On top of all that, these episodes give us a double-whammy of killer songs with “Nice Things are Nice” and “Bad Things are Bad.” If you only have time to watch one or two Bob’s Burgers before running to theaters, make it these.

If you want another excellent Bob’s Burgers two-parter: Watch Season 8, episodes 6 and 7, “The Bleakening.” This top-notch Christmas special has everything: musical numbers, a Christmas mystery, Game of Thrones-inspired fantasy sequences, and Adam Driver singing about nude modeling (yes, really). It’s mandatory holiday viewing.

An essential Bob episode: “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” (Season 6, episode 19)

Three children, a woman, and two men stand in a group in a dark bathroom.

Don’t look now, but Bob’s in a sticky situation.
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Why it’s great: Bob’s Burgers‘s 100th episode is also one of its best. When Bob has a chance to be interviewed for Coasters magazine, a Louise prank gone wrong winds up with him glued to the restaurant’s toilet seat. It’s a scramble to get him unstuck in time for the interview — without diners, friends, and foe Jimmy Pesto finding out. This episode perfectly highlights Bob’s hopes and dreams for the restaurant, as well as his loving (but occasionally exasperated) relationship with his family. As if that weren’t enough, “Glued, Where’s My Bob?” delivers a show-stopping musical number with “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom.” It’s an absolute banger.

If you want more Bob: Watch Season 4, episode 5, “Turkey in A Can.” Thanksgiving episodes are always prime Bob episodes, but this one, which is like a Thanksgiving special crossed with a murder mystery, takes the cake — er — takes the turkey?


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An essential Linda episode: “Eat, Spray, Linda” (Season 5, episode 18)

A woman with cracked glasses and gum in her hair stands on the side of a road in the country, holding out her thumb.

Is this Linda’s worst birthday ever?
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Why it’s great: A trip to the grocery store on Linda’s birthday sends her on a disastrous odyssey where everything that can go wrong — skunks! gum! torn pants! — goes wrong. Meanwhile, the rest of the Belchers run around town to her favorite spots to try to find her. Every second of this episode reminds us of why we love Linda, be it her relentlessly positive approach to life, her love for her family, or her infectious catchphrases. Alright!

If you want more Linda: Watch Season 1, episode 5, “Hamburger Dinner Theater.” This is a great showcase of Linda’s optimism, theatricality, and all-around star power. Let her sing everything!

An essential Tina episode: “Bad Tina” (Season 2, episode 8)

A girl in a green dress and pink bunny ears, a girl in glasses and a blue shirt, and a boy in a yellow shirt stand on steps outside their school. The girl in glasses is groaning.

Insert Tina groans here.
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Why it’s great: “Bad Tina” is a quintessential Tina episode, featuring middle school angst, butts, and, of course, zombie fantasies. Tina tries to get closer to her crush Jimmy Jr. (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) by hanging out with the school’s cool new girl Tammy (voiced by Jenny Slate), who proves to be a not-so-great influence. As Tina tries to be someone she’s not, her family reminds her that she’s great just the way she is: A hormonal teenager with a penchant for boys, butts, and erotic friend fiction.

If you want more Tina: Watch Season 6, episode 17, “The Horse Rider-er.” Tina gets to go to horse-riding camp. However, she quickly realizes that her time there pales in comparison to her time with her fantasy horse, Jericho (voiced by Paul Rudd).

An essential Gene episode: “The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee” (Season 5, episode 17)

A girl in a green dress and pink bunny ears, a boy in a burger costume, and a girl in glasses and blue play music outside a restaurant window.

“I want some burgers and fries, I want some burgers and fries!”
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Why it’s great: If there’s one thing Gene Belcher loves above all else, it’s music. He’s constantly fiddling around with tunes on his keyboard, and in “The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee,” he decides to start a band. Like with most great bands, there’s conflict between the members, leading Gene to threaten to quit music entirely. The episode’s resolution is adorably sweet, and Gene’s enduring passion for music remains a cornerstone of Bob’s Burgers — both the show and the movie.

If you want more Gene: Watch Season 5, episode 1, “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl.” It’s Gene’s “Die Hard” musical vs. his frenemy Courtney’s (voiced by David Wain) “Working Girl” musical. Which one comes out on top in this classic Bob’s Burgers extravaganza?

An essential Louise episode: “Ear-sy Rider” (Season 3, episode 1)

A girl in a grey hoodie laughs next to a boy holding a skateboard who looks scared. Bikers in leather jackets circle them.

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Why it’s great: When I say “Louise Belcher,” what do you think of? Chances are, it’s her iconic pink bunny ears. But what happens when she loses this all-important part of her identity? The pure chaos of “Ear-sy Rider.” Louise’s nemesis Logan (voiced by Kurt Braunohler) steals her bunny ears, leading her down a vengeful path that involves enlisting local biker gang the One Eyed Snakes. This is Louise at her most wrathful, and it’s an absolute delight to watch her scheming play out. Hell hath no fury like a Louise without her ears.

If you want more Louise: Watch Season 7, episode 1, “Flu-ouise.” When Louise comes down with the flu, she dreams that she and her beloved Kuchi Kopi nightlight go on a quest. It’s a literal fever dream of an episode, complete with musical numbers and a heartwarming family conclusion.


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An essential Teddy episode: “Uncle Teddy” (Season 4, episode 14)

A man on the phone looks under a bed.

Teddy gets more than he bargained for when he babysits the Belcher kids.
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Why it’s great: Handyman Teddy has a penchant for inserting himself into the Belchers’ lives, even when they don’t necessarily want him there. In “Uncle Teddy,” he gets the chance to prove himself as the Belcher kids’ guardian while Bob and Linda are out of town. He bonds with Gene and Louise over a gross clog in their sink. But he has a harder time with Tina, who keeps trying to sneak out to meet a cute boy. It’s a treat to watch Teddy interact with the kids, so much so that he babysits them again later in Season 7, episode 17, “Zero Larp Thirty.”

If you want more Teddy: Watch Season 5, episode 3, “Friends with Burger-fits.” Bob worries that all the burgers he feeds Teddy will kill him, so the two enroll in a stuntman boot camp to get him fit. This is a great episode to watch to better understand Bob and Teddy’s relationship through its highs and lows.

Not essential, but excellent eps (for comedy and context)

Three kids in a rock band with a colorful background.

Rock on, Belchers.
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“Bob Day Afternoon” (Season 2, episode 2): “Bob Day Afternoon” introduces lovable criminal Mickey (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sergeant Bosco (voiced by Gary Cole). Both make pivotal appearances in the movie. Plus, this episode gives us some of Louise’s most memorable early-Bob’s Burgers moments.

“The Frond Files” (Season 4, episode 12): A Bob’s Burgers movie wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from guidance counselor and enemy of the Belcher children Mr. Frond (voiced by David Herman). In this Frond-centric episode, the kids share elaborate essays about their time at Wagstaff School, all of which paint Frond as the villain. Not only do we get face time with Frond in this episode, but we also get a sense of each Belcher child’s imagination, from dangerous robots to farting rock bands and hot zombies.

“The Oeder Games” (Season 5, episode 21): The Fischoeder brothers play a big role in The Bob’s Burgers Movie, and this water balloon-filled spoof of The Hunger Games establishes their relationship with the town and gives us a tour of their sprawling estate. It also plays with the Tina/Jimmy Jr./Zeke love triangle in a hilarious fashion.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie hits theaters on May 27; Bob’s Burgers is now streaming on Hulu.


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