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‘Negative Depictions’: Disney+ Blocks Certain Classics from Younger Viewers

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Disney is now censoring four of their classic films. The censoring on Disney+ is on accounts for children 7 and under. They are citing what they call ‘negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures’. Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Aristocats, and Swiss Family Robinson are no longer available for younger users.

This decision is a follow-up to content warnings the company placed on some of it’s older films. Adults can still watch these films; however, they have to sit through a 12 second disclaimer that cannot be skipped. The disclaimer also directs viewers to a website called Stories Matter.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the website says. “We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of.”

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the warning reads. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”

“Because happily ever after doesn’t just happen.”

I grew up on Disney and being from Arizona, I was able to go every summer with my family. My love of all things Disney has just grown over time and have now been instilled into my marriage and our three wonderful kids! We love Disney and go as often as we can.

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