Most people would assume that because of it’s clean cut heritage, Disney would have strict regulations on things like drug use, sex and violence. But the three things that are expressly banned from all Disney films may actually surprise you, because they are none of the above!
David Lowery recently wrote and directed the new Disney film, Pete’s Dragon, and has spoken out about the things he wasn’t allowed to include in the film. “When you sign a contract with Disney, the things it says your film cannot have are beheadings, impalement or smoking,” David told Ain’t It Cool News.
“Those are literally the three things you are not allowed to put in a Disney film, they literally have those words in the contract as things you’re not allowed to do,” he continued. We aren’t super surprised by the smoking ban, but beheadings and impalement seem super specific and we’re not sure why.
The ban on smoking has a few exceptions, and is only allowed to be shown in Disney films where it is depicting a historical figure who was known to smoke, or portraying cigarette smoking in an unfavorable light.
The 1989 original version of The Little Mermaid featured Ursula being impaled by the bow of a ship, and was considered by many to be ‘too graphic’ for a children’s film. This is reportedly the reason why impalement is specifically on the no go list.
What do you think about these Disney bans? Do you think there’s anything they missed out?