Disney+ Removes “The Aristocats”, “Peter Pan”, “Dumbo”, and “Swiss Family Robinson” Movies From Children’s Profiles Due to Negative Cultural Depictions

In their continued effort to promote diversity and inclusion, Disney has made select films unavailable on children’s Disney+ profiles due to negative cultural depictions, particularly racist stereotypes. The films are still available on standard Disney+ profiles with a content advisory warning directing viewers to www.disney.com/StoriesMatter.

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The films now unavailable on children’s profiles are The Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson. The films have been moved to a 6+ rating and are not the only movies unavailable to children as PG-rated Disney films are also unavailable.

Below are Disney’s explanations for each film’s rating change.

The Aristocats

The cat is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth. He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks. This portrayal reinforces the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture such as “Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg Foo Young. Fortune cookie always wrong.”

Dumbo

The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. In “The Song of the Roustabouts,” faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like “When we get our pay, we throw our money all away.”

Peter Pan

The film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as “redskins,” an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples’ culture and imagery.

Swiss Family Robinson

The pirates who antagonize the Robinson family are portrayed as a stereotypical foreign menace. Many appear in “yellow face” or “brown face” and are costumed in an exaggerated and inaccurate manner with top knot hairstyles, queues, robes and overdone facial make-up and jewelry, reinforcing their barbarism and “otherness.” They speak in an indecipherable language, presenting a singular and racist representation of Asian and Middle Eastern peoples.

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A Swiss Family Robinson remake is currently in the works for Disney+, as well as a live-action Peter Pan & Wendy, both of which we can expect to handle race much better than the original films. There has already been a live-action Dumbo remake which cut much of the problematic elements from the animated film.

Below is a Stories Matter video more about The Walt Disney Company’s current diversity efforts.

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Brian
Brian
8 months ago

I doubt kids get the references the movies portrayed. Parents may have been offended for children. If they have any.

Jacob Bay
Jacob Bay
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian

These are mostly white liberals taking offense for other people since white liberals love sticking their nose into other people’s business.

Frank W
Frank W
8 months ago

Things are getting a little more than silly.

Unsinkable Mongala Millie
Unsinkable Mongala Millie
8 months ago

Listen, I am as liberal as the come. But this has go to end. It happened and at the time it wasn’t a big deal. Yes, retrospectively it is a big deal. But it should/can be used as a learning tool. Is that the purpose of a Disney movie? To learn life lessons. In my opinion these films, along with Song of the South, should be released with a host intro ala TCM discussing what is problematic with the films. And if that isn’t good enough for everyone then have a parental password for some of these “hot topic” films… Read more »

Marcus
Marcus
8 months ago

THANK YOU! I’ve been saying this about Song of the South forever – heck even Whoopie G has stated publicly she wishes they would release it to start a convo. The history of the Uncle Remus stories provide should not be lost to the world, and having a roundtable discussion regarding it and the film, and the performances in this film would be perfect on TCM. Disney is making it worse by trying to hide. Own it, teach it, let people learn, and move on – it won’t be taboo anymore

Sdevillier
7 months ago
Reply to  Marcus

Leave it alone and enjoy it for the artful entertaining material that it is. We don’t need to be told how to interpret it. Just as we don’t need a label on coffee to tell us it is hot and not to place it between our legs. Oh wait never mind.

We have been dumbed down and this only fosters our not knowing how to think but rather being told what to think.
Sit back enjoy the movie and get a life – your own.

Chris
Chris
8 months ago

That’s exactly what they did. The films weren’t removed, just blocked from the child’s profile. You can still watch them under the adult’s profile and have the conversations with the kids about it.

DAvid A
DAvid A
8 months ago

Tell you what. Why don’t DIsney just remove every movie made prior to 2020 and suspend Disney+ until such time as they can put some new content on there that doesn’t offend the Cancel Culture crowd because I am sure that if they wanted to they could find something that offends them in every Disney movie (although probably wouldn’t offend the majority). The world has gone mad.

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  DAvid A

Amen

AdeeK
AdeeK
8 months ago

Oh thank goodness. It’s so good to know Disney is taking care of this for our children’s own good so they can’t be damaged by these horribly offensive movies they produce decades ago. And thank goodness the parents don’t have to go through the trouble of worrying about such a thing. 🙄

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  AdeeK

Lol

Robert
Robert
8 months ago

So stupid. How about instead of censoring it, which is part of the doctrine of several tyrannical political parties of Europe’s history, you actually, you know, learn from it? You can’t learn from something that doesn’t exist. Also, the Native Americans have actually said they’re honored to be called redskins, way back when the debate about the NFL team first began.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
8 months ago

Unbelievable. How much more “woke” can Disney get and much more can they de-value Disney plus?!?! I’m glad I cancelled my subscription. They take away classics like these, degrading the value of the service for families, all for the sake of woke-ness and political correctness. Shameful.

Bob
Bob
8 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Um, who’s “taking away classics”? Those movies are still on Disney Plus in their original uncensored form. I’m wondering if someone took away your ability to read.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob, my point is that it is not up to Disney to decide what my children should see or not see – that is MY job as the parent. It is simply Disney’s job to entertain us, not play “woke” parent. Perhaps it was your inability to read my post.

Bob
Bob
8 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Um, yeah … You’re the one who wrote that Disney is planning to “take away classics like these.” I didn’t imagine that or read it incorrectly. Parents are still able to continue deciding what their children should and shouldn’t see, even with the new changes being implemented. That hasn’t changed. You can let your kids have access to the “adult profile” in your Disney Plus account. Disney is not making that decision for us; it’s a decision that is still very much in our hands. Since you canceled your subscription, it’s not even an issue that affects you directly, so… Read more »

Sdevillier
7 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Absolutely

naomi
naomi
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I’ve noticed most people can’t seem to read here! It can only be a good thing that we are acknowledging that racial stereotyping is wrong but we can still watch these classics with that in mind. Jeesh, some ppl eh?!

John
John
8 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Walt would be rolling in his grave.

Kat
Kat
8 months ago
Reply to  John

Yes he is!!!

Gary
Gary
8 months ago

Kill me now

Impressions de Frank
Impressions de Frank
8 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Ok.

Clair S.
Clair S.
8 months ago

So sad we’re going down this road to appease the “woke” cancel culture rather than appreciating (and learning from) historical art for what it is based upon when it was produced. I guess we better start burning books and anything else produced before 2020 for fear it may offend someone,,,

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  Clair S.

That will probably happen next!

Kat
Kat
8 months ago
Reply to  Clair S.

As we speak, Classic books , while not being burned, are being removed from public and school libraries across our beautiful USA. The two latest are
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
AND
To Kill a Mockingbird
So, if these classic books are removed, our kids can’t read about the adventure of Huck and his friend Tom Sawyer. Does this mean Disney will reimagine Tom Sawyer’s Island?

Leiren
Leiren
8 months ago

This is just absolutely stupid and ridiculous. I am so over hearing and seeing all this stupid bullshit – people need to take their head out of the asses and stop crying like a bunch of whiny babies.

Crista
Crista
8 months ago
Reply to  Leiren

Rarely do I approve of profanity. But , in this case, here here! Agree 100 percent complete.

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  Leiren

💯 agree

Barb
Barb
8 months ago
Reply to  Leiren

100% agree

Movie Watcher
Movie Watcher
8 months ago

I swear Disney doesn’t understand their own work sometimes. The crows are an example of irony. They take previously derogatory depictions and even names and use them in a positive manner. They actually help Dumbo. I believe they were mostly voiced by Black actors too.

CRL71
CRL71
8 months ago

So, how many warning labels will it take to get Song of the South on Disney+?

Ashley Bailey
Ashley Bailey
8 months ago
Reply to  CRL71

As if Song of the South is THAT bad?! I remember humming the tunes as a little girl. Has nothing to do with systemic racism at all. “Wake” the fudge up, Disney. Nobody cares about you policing content.

Rick
Rick
8 months ago

Since I don’t have Disney stock, I rather don’t care. This is an example of totalitarian “wokeness”. I suppose as a Northern European with Scots/Irish ancestry I should consider any reference to being stingy as an ethnic slur. Or rather like the Monty Python skit with the Blamanche that rigged Wimbelton because as we all know Scots can’t play tennis; this should give me great offense. I rather think it is just a false flag from various factions within our Power Elite who think they can throw some sops to the masses and all the while offshore and cheat on… Read more »

Amy
Amy
8 months ago

There seem to be a lot of people commenting who don’t understand that these movies are still available on Disney+, they just can’t be watched by little kids without permission from their parents. Nothing has been censored, nothing has been cancelled. They’re just making sure that anyone who watches understands that some of the content that was considered appropriate at the time the movies were made is now viewed through a different lens – just giving everyone some context. It’s a great way to still offer these films while ensuring that children understand some of the things in them are… Read more »

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
8 months ago
Reply to  Amy

We understand and can read the problem is my kids shouldn’t “need” my permission to watch Peter Pan or the aristocrats or Dumbo…..my God everything offends somebody…..all that’s happening is more of a divide is drawn because we go to much to the other extreme because someone’s feelings are hurt……ridiculous

Bob
Bob
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Meagher

If they don’t need permission to watch, then give them access to the Adult Profile and let them choose whatever they wanna watch on Disney Plus. It’s a Disney-produced channel, after all, so what could possible offend or traumatize them? It’s all up to you now. Go forward and live your life, unencumbered and free of content restraints.

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Being that it’s Disney+ they might already be…..its the point that if there were to be restricted content needing approval it shouldn’t come from a classic beloved “cartoon”…..

Jason
Jason
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Meagher

Did you hear that? Thomas’ children don’t need his permission to watch movies. I’ll send them a copy of “Birth of a Nation”, so they can learn to be even more racist.

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason

No problem me and my white privileged family will watch it together…….the point is most people have morals, know right from wrong, do the right thing, treat people how they would want to be treated and most likely nothing from an amusement park ride or classic kids movie is forming those beliefs ……you can’t change the past or history…..implement change going foward no problem but let’s not try to fix every little thing that someone takes offense too…..especially when it was never meant to be dipicted in that fashion……

Kat
Kat
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Meagher

Right on Thomas!

Amy
Amy
8 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Meagher

Thomas, other people’s feelings matter. The only divide being created by giving a damn about hurting others is the one between people with empathy and those without. And there are plenty of people commenting here about censorship and these movies being “cancelled”, so maybe don’t speak for everyone.

Sue
Sue
8 months ago
Reply to  Amy

Perhaps children shouldn’t have been watching then without their parents to begin with??

Lindey
Lindey
8 months ago

I’m totally watching my DVD of Song of the South in honor of this absolutely nonsense!

Kathy
Kathy
8 months ago
Reply to  Lindey

I totally agree!!

Kat
Kat
8 months ago
Reply to  Lindey

Me too!

May
May
8 months ago

If Disney is going to do this, they need to also take out the popular show Phineas and Ferb also, because the main character Candace’s best friend, Stacy and her little sister, are both Japanese descent and are drawn with slanted eyes, whereas Candace the white girl is drawn with perfectly round eyes. Stacy also has parents who pressure her into becoming a doctor, which is stereotypical of Asian parents to do. Furthermore, Candance’s round eyes are round as a ball, which should offend all white people because no white people have eyes as round as a quarter, it’s ridiculous.… Read more »

May
May
8 months ago

Old movies shows be “grandpa-ed in” and not subject to new standards. Only new shows should be subject to new standards. Because you never know, in 50 years the new shows might be considered offensive for other reasons that we don’t know about right now.

May
May
8 months ago

So are they going to remodel the Peter Pan ride into something else?

Kathy
Kathy
8 months ago
Reply to  May

I wouldn’t be surprised! I think Disney has gone crazy!

Rick
Rick
8 months ago

Having thought about this a bit more, I have a recommendation. Disney should provide their rationale for this decision. For children < 7 it is rather difficult to explain adult concepts. At times it is difficult to explained nuance views to adults. In this sense I can appreciate the desire to have children raised in an environment where biases are not learned at an early age. We say that children are impressionable. They are. Humans are complex biologic machines and our cognition though a wonder is still not well understood. I should imagine there is a fair amount of cognitive… Read more »

Daniela
Daniela
8 months ago

I think that “Tarzan” isn’t appropriate for kids, and the classification is 0+ age it’s crazy, when his parents die and when the villain die is the worst scene on the Disney movies