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Parents stunned as Disney+ blocks kids under seven from watching ‘racist’ Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats

CHILDHOOD classics have been BLOCKED from viewing on Disney+ streaming services.

Bosses at Disney have banned anyone under the age of sevem from watching animated movies Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats following updates to its content advisories.

Disney+ declared the 1953’s Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up  portrayed racial stereotypes that were inappropriate to those seven and under.

Other multi-generational family favourites – The Aristocats, Swiss Family Robinson and Dumbo – have also been removed from children’s accounts for breaching content guidelines recently put in place.

The Mail on Sunday report parents were left dumbfounded after trying to watch the films on Disney’s £5.99-per-month service. 

One said: “I wanted to watch Peter Pan with my daughter, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.”

“Then I realised they had all gone – they had been removed from the kids’ accounts. It was shocking.”

It is believed the reason behind the Peter Pan ban is because it features a Native American tribe whose members are referred to as “redskins”.

Meanwhile, the 1970 animation The Aristocats has a Siamese cat character called Shun Gon, whose slanted eyes and prominent teeth have been described as a caricature of East Asian people.

The 1960’s Swiss Family Robinson has been criticised for its “yellow face” and “brown face” pirates.

The 1941 cartoon depiction of Dumbo has been accused of ridiculing enslaved African-Americans on Southern plantations. 

One scene during the children’s film, sees faceless black labourers work along to offensive lyrics such as, “When we get our pay, we throw our money all away”.

Disney implemented a revised content advisory in October over issues surrounding racial stereotypes.

The concerns were in relation to Peter Pan, The Aristocrats, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp and The Jungle Book.

Disney+ implemented a warning graphic that ran for 12 seconds at the beginning of flagged films, rather than being written than in movies’ descriptions.

It reads: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”

“Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”

The decision to now ban the films from children’s accounts was made by a group of external experts who were brought in to assess if the content “represented global audiences”.

While the films remain available on adult accounts, they come with a disclaimer that reads: “This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”

“Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”

The Disney website says that while it can’t change the past, “we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of.”

A spokesman for Disney is yet to make a comment.

Disney has been long criticised for including problematic themes in some of its beloved movies.

The 1946 movie “Song of the South”, which has been denounced for its stereotyped portrayals of post-Civil War African-Americans, is not included on Disney+, or other home video streaming services.

In June, fans petitioned for Disney to remove all “Song of the South” characters from Splash Mountain, a ride at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California inspired by the film best known for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Splash Mountain ride changed to Princess and the Frog after being considered racist

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