Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Disney has had a long history of retrograde depictions of people of color in their classic animated films — an issue that the company has been grappling with for decades. See: the saga of Disney’s famously racist 1946 film Song of the South, which has been both promoted and hidden by the company at various intervals throughout the years.
But unlike Disney’s treatment of Song of the South, which Disney has made a concerted effort to make unavailable on home video and streaming, the House of Mouse is attempting to have a fuller conversation about the racist elements of its beloved classics like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and The Aristocats. The company is expanding is Disney+ content warning to these three films, improving and enhancing its advisory label to include “negative depictions” and deeper dives into the cultural context of the titles.