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‘Aristocats’, ‘Dumbo’, and ‘Peter Pan’ Among Disney Classics to Include Warning and Detailed Explanation of Racist Imagery on Disney+

‘Aristocats’, ‘Dumbo’, and ‘Peter Pan’ Among Disney Classics to Include Warning and Detailed Explanation of Racist Imagery on Disney+

  • Disney continues its efforts to give voice to all communities because stories matter.

Stories do shape how we see ourselves and others around us. The Walt Disney Company has confirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion within their catalog by reviewing their library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures.

“We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of,” the statement reads on the Disney’s Stories Matter website.

Disney sought out leading organization outside of the company to compose an advisory council who can advocate for the communities they represent and help guide through leadership on critical issues and shifting perceptions. The various organizations composing the third-party council include the African American Film Critics Association, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, IllumiNative, National Association of Latino Independent Producers and among others.

The advisory before identified titles on Disney+ will read:

“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.

To learn more about how stories have impacted society, please visit

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A few examples of titles receiving the advisory with an explanation of some of the negative depictions include Disney Classics Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson.

Disney continues its efforts to give voice to all communities because stories matter.

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