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Disney warnings of racism in classic Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Jungle Book movies

Disney warns of racism in classic Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Jungle Book films for ‘negative racial depictions and mistreatment of people or cultures’

  • Beloved classics have all been preceded by the warnings on the Disney + streaming service
  • The warnings are considered part of an ongoing investigation conducted by Disney into its extensive catalog movies
  • Other features to include the warning include The Aristocats, Lady and the Tramp, and Swiss Family Robinsonn
  • Disney + has also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

A series of classic Disney animated films have been given content counseling to warn potentially sensitive viewers of negative racial images or outdated ethnic stereotypes.

Beloved classics Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Dumbo have all been preceded by the warnings on the streaming service Disney + due, part of the ongoing march in Hollywood’s fight against racism.

A message to viewers reads: “This program contains negative images and / or abuse of people or cultures,” is the advice on the screen.

Warning: A series of classic Disney animated films, including Peter Pan (pictured), have received substantive warnings to warn viewers of negative racial depictions

Warning: A series of classic Disney animated films, including Peter Pan (pictured), have received substantive warnings to warn viewers of negative racial depictions

These stereotypes were wrong then and not now. Rather than removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it, and spark a conversation to create a more inclusive future together. ‘

The warnings are considered part of an ongoing investigation conducted by Disney into its extensive catalog movies.

Other features that include the warning include the 1970 musical comedy The Aristocats, the love story Lady and the Tramp of dogs – a hit for Disney in 1955 – and the 1960 adventure Swiss Family Robinson.

Not So Harmless: Dumbo comes under fire for his references to Deep South racist segregationist laws, as well as its use of afflicted African American voices

Not So Harmless: Dumbo comes under fire for his references to Deep South racist segregationist laws, as well as its use of afflicted African American voices

Not So Harmless: Dumbo comes under fire for his references to Deep South racist segregationist laws, as well as its use of afflicted African American voices

Regarding The Aristocats – a film about a group of musical felines – Disney warns viewers that one of the cats “sings in English with a bad accent, voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks.”

Meanwhile, Peter Pan viewers are being warned Native American Indians are being referred to as “redskins.”

Disney also claims that scenes in which Peter and The Lost Boys dance in Native American headdresses are a “form of mockery and appropriation of the culture and images of the native peoples.”

A Necessity for a Bear: The Jungle Book, a 1967 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel, has also been highlighted for its alleged use of negative racial stereotypes

A Necessity for a Bear: The Jungle Book, a 1967 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel, has also been highlighted for its alleged use of negative racial stereotypes

A Necessity for a Bear: The Jungle Book, a 1967 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel, has also been highlighted for its alleged use of negative racial stereotypes

In the doghouse: Lady and Tramp has been listed for alleged stereotyping of Asians

In the doghouse: Lady and Tramp has been listed for alleged stereotyping of Asians

In the doghouse: Lady and Tramp has been listed for alleged stereotyping of Asians

The Jungle Book, a 1967 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel, was also highlighted for its alleged use of negative racial stereotypes.

Elsewhere, the 1941 release of Dumbo has come under fire for its references to racist segregationist laws in the Deep South, as well as its use of affected African-American voices.

Lady and Tramp has been listed for alleged stereotyping of Asians courtesy of the Siamese cats Si and Am, while a hound dog has canines with largely ethnic names and accents including Mexican and Russian.

Divisive: Disney + has also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

Divisive: Disney + has also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

Divisive: Disney + has also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

Unreleased: Set on a plantation during the American Reconstruction era, Song of the South never received a DVD or video release in the United States due to its unsavory treatment of varieties

Unreleased: Set on a plantation during the American Reconstruction era, Song of the South never received a DVD or video release in the United States due to its unsavory treatment of varieties

Unreleased: Set on a plantation during the American Reconstruction era, Song of the South never received a DVD or video release in the United States due to its unsavory treatment of varieties

Disney + has also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South.

Set on a plantation during the American Reconstruction era, Song of the South has never received a DVD or video release in the United States due to its unsavory racing style.

After its release, reviewer Richard B. Dier wrote for The Afro-American “as vile propaganda for white supremacy as Hollywood has ever produced.”

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