Disney censors one of its movies — again

You might have heard a rumour once about something naughty involving a certain bishop in a certain Disney cartoon. That rumour was debunked ages ago, but apparently it still makes the rounds and has been known to get Disney into trouble now and then … so, now, reports Jim Hill, for the film’s DVD release this coming Tuesday, Disney has gone the extra mile and removed the apparently-but-not-really naughty something in question.

The purist in me objects to this, of course, and would rather see this film in its original form, knobby knees and all — just as I would rather see, say, the original version of the anthology Melody Time (1948), before Pecos Bill’s cigarette was digitally removed.

Then again, I grew up watching the 1950s version of The Three Little Pigs (1933), which replaced an ethnic stereotype with something more generic and less offensive — and I think it was good that I grew up with the version that I did. FWIW, I didn’t even know that the more offensive version existed until Leonard Maltin mentioned it on a DVD that came out five years ago.

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  • RC

    hey i didn’t know about the little pigs edit…hum? interesting.

    But I think the Little Mermaid Edit is appropriate…that little “blooper” intentional or not is…shall we say…apparent.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • What was the blooper

  • Take a look at those “knobby knees” and ask what a prude with a dirty mind might think they were. 🙂

  • Ahhh… pathetic.

  • I for one am glad I can finally get The Little Mermaid on DVD and watch it. It was a favorite of mine when I was younger and I’ve been waiting forever…knobbly knees and all.

  • FWIW, the film has been released on DVD once before — way, way back in December 1999, when the DVD format was brand new — but it’s been out of print for a long time, and I believe it was a pretty bare-bones set, and didn’t have any of the goodies that this new set will have.