Friday, March 12, 2021

Disney rates four of its classic films as not for kids now because of stereotypes

New Switzerland


The Walt Disney Company has removed four of its classic films from its app offerings for kids (still available for adults).  Why dies this remind me of COPPA and YouTube's "made for kids" at the end of 2019 (when life was still normal). 

They are “Dumbo”, “Peter Pan”, “The Swiss Family Robinson”, and “The Aristocats”.

I remember seeing Dumbo as a boy;  Peter Pan has been remade as a musical, and I recall reading “The Swiss Family Robinson”.

Screenrant has a description of what stereotype support Disney found necessary for self-censorship. Dumbo accidentally walks into "Jim Crow" territory, quite literally.  As the article says, "stories matter". 

Picture: Map of “New Switzerland” in “Swiss Family Robinson”, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

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