UAE says it had no role in 'Puss in Boots' renaming

Hollywood animation due to open this weekend has been retitled 'Cat in Boots' in the UAE
UAE says it had no role in 'Puss in Boots' renaming
The Hollywood movie Puss in Boots has been renamed for the UAE
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 25 Nov 2011 09:39 AM

A decision to rename Hollywood studio Dreamworks Animation's Shrek spinoff movie 'Puss in Boots' for release in the UAE had nothing to do with censorship, the National Media Council (NMC) said on Friday.

The movie has been renamed 'Cat in Boots' for cinemas in the UAE but a NMC source stressed it had no involvement in the decision.

"I can say 100 percent, even 1,000 percent that we have had nothing to do with this film. We have not received any complaints about the name and we have not contacted anyone asking them to change it," the source said.

He was responding to earlier reports that suggested the name change had been demanded by the UAE censors.

The source added that the decision to change the name had been made by the Hollywood studio and the movie distributors in the UAE and that the National Media Council had not been involved in discussions.

Produced by Hollywood studio Dreamworks Animation, Cat in Boots is a spinoff from the studio's popular Shrek series and tells the story of the main character's adventures before he appeared in Shrek 2.

Based on a French fairytale about a feline con artist, which was written around the close of the seventeenth century by a retired civil servant, the film has so far earned $178m at global box offices.

The film is also Dreamworks' first feature film to be partially produced in India, which helped to reduce costs by around 40 percent.

Cat in Boots is released in UAE cinemas this weekend.

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