Various older movies about Disney + The streaming service – including Dumbo, Peter Pan and The Aristocats – now provides strict and non-transferable disclaimers to alert audiences to racist images.
The announcements have appeared on the details page of each film since Friday and can also be found on lists of other titles, including Aladdin and Fantasia.
For Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Aristocrats, the message appears as a 12-second message before the movie begins.
Disney has previously included a brief warning “outdated cultural imagesAbout these movies on Disney +. The language of new denials is much stronger.
It reads: “This program involves negative portrayals of people or cultures and / or misbehavior. These stereotypes were wrong then and now. Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful effects, learn from it, and encourage conversation together to build a more inclusive future. “Disney is committed to creating stories with inspiring and ambitious themes that reflect the rich variety of human experiences around the world.”
The message is similar to a waiver used by competitor Warner Bros. for old materials. Disney also has a link to a section of the Disney website called “Stories, Which explains that the company has hired third-party sensitivity experts from various organizations, including the African American Film Critics Association and the Asian Pacific Entertainment Coalition. Experts were tasked with going back to the Disney catalog and adding tips for “content that includes negative portrayals or misconduct of people or cultures.”
The site provides the logic for highlighting names like Dumbo, which features a frame of crow characters based on minstrel show stereotypes and led by leader Jimo Crowo.
“Petras Panas was singled out for portraying” local people “in a stereotypical way that does not reflect the diversity of local peoples or their authentic cultural traditions.”
Disney annotated Aristokatus for a cat that sings a musical number in accented English, plays piano chopsticks, and is “portrayed as a racist cartoon of East Asian nations with exaggerated stereotypical features such as slanted eyes and teeth. “
This year, Disney has tried to highlight problematic material in its archives. In June, the company announced its popularity The Splash Mountain ride to Disneyland would be remade remove all references toLunch song, “A film that has been criticized for covering life with sugar in a southern plantation. The movie cannot be viewed on Disney + at this time.
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