Until now, Disney is still considered a studio that likes to make movies or series for the whole family. Almost all the movies they make can be watched by all ages, both children and adults. Even so, there are several Disney movies that are considered controversial, which is why several countries have banned the screening of these movies made by Disney. There are many reasons why these movies were banned, starting with showing scenes that were deemed inappropriate and various other reasons. So what are the Disney movies that were banned? Check out the following Geeks!
beauty and the Beast
Live-action Beauty and the Beast was released in 2017. This movie tells a story Belle, a beautiful woman who was held captive by the Beast in his castle. While at the palace, Belle learns to see the good in the Beast. Little by little, their relationship turned into an exciting love. This movie features romantic drama, beautiful music, and amazing visuals. Although the story is suitable for all circles, this movie is banned from showing in several countries, for example, Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries. Because this movie features a character who likes the same sex, namely LeFou. And while none of the scenes explicitly feature same-sex scenes, the movie was still banned.
pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl directed by Gore Verbinski. This film chronicles the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in search of the Dead Man’s Chest, the legendary treasure of Davy Jones. On this journey, he meets old enemies and new friends, including Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. This movie was a great success, but it was not released in China. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was not released in China because it was deemed to contain supernatural and violent content, something that is strictly prohibited in China due to strict regulations.
In 2020, Disney released the movie Onward directed by Dan Scanlon. The film follows the adventures of two brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who try to revive their father for one day with ancient magic. In the movie, they then go on a journey full of twists and turns and encounter some magical creatures. Interestingly, this animated movie was banned in several countries due to controversial rulings related to same-sex enthusiasts. That is why Onward was banned from broadcasting in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, in several other countries, this film was allowed to be shown, although some sentences or dialogues were changed.
Mary Poppins became a legendary Disney movie. As? The film was released in 1964 and was adapted from a book by PL Travers. Mary Poppins tells of a nanny named Mary Poppins who comes to London to babysit. And with unique magic, Mary Poppins takes children on an extraordinary magical adventure. Although it looks like a children’s movie, this movie was banned in China when it was released. The Chinese government banned movies that combined live action and animated content. This step was taken to help the development of the animation industry in China without the influence of foreign works.
West Side Story
In fact, West Side Story is not screened in several countries such as Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. Because this movie features a transgender character named Anybodys, played by Iris Menas. Disney initially refused requests to cut scenes containing transgender messages, as requested by the UAE government, but in the end Disney cut and edited the scenes for broadcast in the UAE. The United Arab Emirates is known for its strictest censorship regulations.
When it’s released in 2022, Disney has high hopes for the Lightyear movie, considering the movie bears the big name Toy Story. But when it was released, the movie didn’t shine in Hollywood. Especially after the movie was banned in many countries like Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and many other Middle Eastern countries. Even the movie was also banned in Malaysia and Kazakhstan. Because Lightyear features a same-sex kissing scene that is considered controversial. The scene is played by Alisha’s character.
Christopher Robin is a live action film starring the character Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor. Robin in the movie is said to have grown up and is busy with his work. That’s why he began to forget about the Hundred Acre Wood along with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. This film does not feature controversial scenes. But the Chinese government banned this film from being released there. What could be the cause? Yes, this movie was banned because there was once a meme comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh. That’s why the government banned the film.
Those are the geeks of various Disney movies that were banned for various reasons. Which of these movies have you seen, geeks?