Disney+ platform won’t include “racially insensitive” scenes from classic movies

One film will be cut entirely from the digital back catalogue

Disney will remove racially insensitive scenes from their past movies before they are made available to view on Disney+.

The entertainment giant announced new details on their upcoming online platform earlier this month. After planning their move into the streaming market for a number of years, they confirmed that the service will launch in the US on November 12.

Now, it has been reported that Disney are set to continue their policy on cutting out-dated material from earlier titles.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the move will mean that the entire 1946 film Song of the South won’t feature on Disney+. The controversial James Baskett-starring movie has previously been condemned for promoting racist stereotypes.


A scene from the original animated version of Dumbo will also be removed in the Disney+ version. The scene features a crow called Jim Crow, whose name was lifted from a 19th-century blackface figure. It was then used as the name of the laws legalising segregation in the US following the Civil War.

Over 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries and specials are expected to be released in the first year of Disney+, including the forthcoming Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian, two Toy Story-based projects (titled Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life) and the documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

What’s more, Disney+ users will also be able to watch all 30 seasons of The Simpsons from the day it launches.


“The service will offer fans of all ages a new way to experience the unparalleled content from the company’s iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic,” Disney said in a statement.