Disney is taking another step forward in addressing some racially insensitive material of its past. This week, Disney began putting a warning before the start of films containing “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.” The 12 second graphic also asks viewers to visit their new site called Stories Matter where you can read articles and watch videos from an array of cultures.
Movies receiving the warning are Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Aristocats, and Swiss Family Robinson. This is an elevation to previous advisory attempts. First, they were putting a warning in the discription. The new message is attached to the first 12 seconds of the film. They also provide additional information on what specifically is inappropriate in the content. Some content will still remain off the service like 1946’s “Song of the South” due to its severity.
These steps are needed to bring a long-standing institution like Disney into the current world of streaming. Disney+ is introducing an entirely new generation to Disney’s large library. An advisory like this keeps the viewer informed and puts the film into context.
Sources: Stories Matter