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7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

Until now, Disney is still regarded as a studio that loves creating family-friendly films or series. 

Almost all of their films are suitable for all ages, from children to adults. 

However, there are some Disney films considered controversial, leading to their ban in several countries. 

There are various reasons why these films were banned, ranging from displaying scenes deemed inappropriate to other reasons. 

So, what are the Disney films that were banned from screening?

Beauty and the Beast

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

The live-action Beauty and the Beast was released in 2017. 

The film tells the story of Belle, a beautiful woman who is held captive by the Beast in his castle. 

While in the castle, Belle learns to see the goodness in the Beast, and their relationship slowly transforms into a touching love story. 

The movie features romantic drama, beautiful music, and stunning visual effects. Despite its universal appeal, the film was banned in several countries, such as Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries. 

This is because the film includes a gay character named LeFou. Although there are no explicit scenes depicting same-sex relationships, the movie faced censorship.

Pirates of the Caribbean

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is a sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski. 

The film follows Captain Jack Sparrow's adventures as he searches for Davy Jones' legendary chest. 

Along the way, he encounters old enemies and new friends, including Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. 

While the movie was a massive success, it was not released in China. 

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was deemed to contain supernatural and violent content, something strictly prohibited in China due to its stringent regulations.


7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

In 2020, Disney released the film "Onward," directed by Dan Scanlon. 

The movie follows the adventure of two brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, as they try to bring back their father for a day using ancient magic. 

Throughout the film, they embark on a tumultuous journey and encounter various magical creatures. 

Interestingly, this animated film was banned in some countries due to controversial references to same-sex relationships. As a result, "Onward" was banned in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. 

In other countries, the film was allowed to be screened with certain dialogues or lines altered.

Mary Poppins

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

Mary Poppins has become a legendary Disney film. Released in 1964, it was adapted from the book by P.L. Travers. 

Mary Poppins tells the story of a nanny named Mary Poppins who comes to London to take care of the children. 

With her unique magic, Mary Poppins takes the children on an extraordinary adventure full of wonders. 

Although it appears to be a children's film, it was banned in China upon its release. The Chinese government imposed a ban on films that combine live-action and animation content. This measure was taken to support the development of the animation industry in China without the influence of foreign works.

West Side Story

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

West Side Story was not screened in several countries such as Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait. This is because the film features a transgender character named Anybodys, portrayed by Iris Menas. 

Disney initially refused requests to cut scenes containing transgender messages, as requested by the United Arab Emirates government. 

However, Disney eventually edited the scenes to allow the film to be shown in the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates is known for having the strictest censorship rules.


7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

When it was set to be released in 2022, Disney had high expectations for the film Lightyear, considering its association with Toy Story. 

However, upon its release, the film did not shine brightly in Hollywood, especially after it was banned in many countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and others. 

The film was even banned in Malaysia and Kazakhstan. 

The reason for the ban was due to the film featuring a controversial same-sex kissing scene involving the character Alisha.

Christopher Robin

7 Disney Films Banned from Screening!

Christopher Robin is a live-action film featuring the character Christopher Robin, portrayed by Ewan McGregor. 

In the film, Christopher Robin is depicted as an adult busy with his work, causing him to forget about The Hundred Acre Wood and his friends like Winnie the Pooh. 

The film itself does not contain any controversial scenes. 

However, the Chinese government banned its release there because of a meme that compared China's President, Xi Jinping, to Winnie the Pooh. 

As a result, the film was banned by the government.

These are some of the Disney films that were once banned from screening for various reasons. 

Among these films, which ones have you watched?

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