Which films are censored on Disney
Disney +: Some films have been censored by Disney
Disney + wants to convince families in particular with its content. Unfortunately, this also means that the streaming provider sometimes applies the scissors retrospectively with films and series.
Currently the harmless film “Splash - A Virgin on the Hook” is causing a stir. The comedy from 1984 is released in Germany from the age of 6. However, it contains a short scene in which the naked bottom of actress Daryl Hannah can be seen. Certainly nothing traumatic for children, a nice moment for adults in the context of the film, nothing sexualized.
Nevertheless, Disney now digitally helped with the short recording and extended Daryl Hannah's hair so that it now covers her downside while Tom Hanks looks after her. The effect looks pretty weird and rather silly and even makes the scene a little ridiculous. Some may dismiss this intervention as a minor matter, but one problem becomes clear here: Streaming providers have absolute control over their content and can change it at any time at their own discretion.
Disney + didn’t want butts on their platform so they edited Splash with digital fur technology pic.twitter.com/df8XE0G9om
- Allison Pregler - Host of an Online Film Forum 📼 (@AllisonP Regulator) April 13, 2020
So what could happen if Disney, perhaps ten years from now, considers it a concern that an aging Tony Stark will take the young student Peter Parker under his wing? Do you then cut out all the scenes from “Avengers: Endgame” that revolve around it? This example sounds silly, but it is intended to make it clear that retroactive changes to works of art, including films, are fundamentally questionable. This applies twice if the original version should no longer be made freely accessible.
Streaming providers control what their subscribers see
Disney has also removed swear words from "Free Solo" and "The Night of Crazy Adventures" because they do not fit into Disney's own image of family-friendly content. But wouldn't it then perhaps be better to make the content available uncut on other platforms instead of adapting it to your own view of the world? Not only do you deny the audience the option to enjoy a work true to the original, you also hit the face of creative minds in a certain way.
Anyone who owns a DVD, Blu-ray or UHD Blu-ray can also be unlucky and catch a version that has been cut or changed by the studio. The advantage, however, is at least that it is no longer possible to doctor around after the purchase. With streaming providers like Disney +, this is possible at any time. These retroactive changes are quite alarming, because perhaps a younger viewer sees "Splash - A virgin on the hook" laughs at the bad digital effect, and does not suspect that the moment was never intended that way.
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