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Disney+ Being Released with Content Warnings

LFC's Photo LFC 14 November 2019 - 03:30 PM

Disney+ is releasing a lot of old content, some of which does not hold up well in today's norms of acceptability.


Viewers who signed up to stream Disney+ were greeted with disclaimers about racist and offensive content in some older movies.

"Dumbo," for example, had this statement at the bottom of the movie's description: "This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."

The original "Dumbo" notoriously featured a character named Jim Crow, leader of a group of black crows, that was voiced by a Caucasian actor using a stereotypical African-American accent.
Director Tim Burton chose to not include the original crow scene in his live-action remake of "Dumbo."

He also omitted the scene in which black characters put up circus tents while singing "Song of the Roustabouts."
Disney is not the first studio to add a disclaimer on old titles that feature racial prejudices or other troubling content. For example, Warner Bros. used this on an old "Tom and Jerry" release:

"The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While these cartoons do not represent today's society, they are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be that same as claiming these prejudices never existed."

AnBr's Photo AnBr 14 November 2019 - 08:12 PM

And still no Song of the South.

Beelzebuddy's Photo Beelzebuddy 15 November 2019 - 11:35 AM

Is Fantasia on there?
Night on Witch Mountain?

golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 15 November 2019 - 01:27 PM

Turner Classic Movies spends a lot of time talking about the history of films and identifying the conventions of the times in which the films were made. It's a good way to learn cultural history. The Disney animations should be discussed in the same way, but probably won't be. BTW I hated Dumbo as a kid...flying elephant? Give me a break and then the manipulative taking Dumbo's mother away...designed to make everyone cry and scary for little kids.