Foreign media say the story library is one of the key assets of the new digital platform, and now Disney faces the challenge of reinventing the classic without offending it. The streaming platform Disney Plus officially kicked off in the U.S. on November 12, local time, and of course has some new content, such as “The Mandalorians” in the Star Wars series, but its real strength lies in its huge catalog of movies and TV shows, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais on November 14.
This includes works that were born in the first half of the last century, and some of the scenes, characters or plots in these works may be a problem for today’s audience.
Disney decided to retain the content, so it would see a disclaimer before its original episode aired: “This show is presented in the form originally created.” It may contain outdated cultural descriptions. For example, in “Dumbo” in 1941, viewers can see a crow named Jim with a distinctly black accent, alluding to the then apartheid Jim Crow Act in the United States. In addition, there are some cartoon images of smoking, also need to be on the side to play the words of the warning.
In addition, the 1937 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in the hero all day cleaning the house and care for the seven dwarves scenes, 1953’s “Peter Pan” red skin and the face of the incomprehensible language of the American residents are attached to the above reminder. And an English song sung by a Siamese cat in 1955’s “Lady and the Tramp” is a mockery of the typical Asian grammar and pronunciation errors. In 1970’s The Aristocats, a cat was also set to have a distinctive accent, pale yellow hair, slender eyes and very large teeth, sending a clear racist message.
Disney’s decision to issue a disclaimer for the classic series is a reminder of a similar approach taken by Warner Bros. a few years ago, according to the report. Like Disney, Warner Bros. has a history of nearly a century, and its early films and TV shows are full of cultural insensitivity, racism, bigotry and other content that now seems problematic. For example, the company’s 1940s cartoon series “Tom and Jerry” now comes with a disclaimer: “Tom and Jerry may depict some of the racism and racial prejudice that was once common in American society.” This description was wrong at the time, and it is now wrong. ”
Britbox, the UK streaming platform that has been launched in the UK, Canada and the US since last week, faces the same problem, the report said. The platform has removed some content deemed inappropriate from the program, and other works include reminders of possibly offensive lines.