Disney+ is aimed at family-friendly audiences so the streaming service is censoring and editing content that falls outside of those parameters (sometimes in… creative ways), even if the film was originally distributed by a Disney label and with a “PG” rating.
Case in point, Tom Hanks’ mermaid romantic comedy Splash, which was released in 1984 by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures — and featured shots of actress Daryl Hannah’s naked bottom in her role as the mermaid Madison. Despite featuring brief nudity and some strong language, Splash still only received a “PG” rating at the time. (Casual nudity was pretty widespread in ’80s movies.)
It’s been 36 years since Splash was released, but Disney+ is here to finally cover up Hannah’s heinie.
As pointed out by Twitter user Allison Pregler (via AV Club), the version of Splash available on Disney+ has digitally altered the offending region:
As you can tell from the gif above, Hannah’s hair has been either digitally augmented to cover her rear end or maybe Disney digitally added a bikini bottom. It’s tough to tell. Suffice to say that is not how she appeared in the original film.
IGN has reached out to Disney+ for comment on this alteration but had not heard back as of time of publish.
The now-defunct Touchstone was Disney’s label for more mature-themed films. Splash was Touchstone’s first release and was a huge hit for the time, earning $ 68 million domestically.
Other notable Touchstone releases included Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Color of Money, Adventures in Babysitting, Three Men and a Baby, Good Morning, Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dick Tracy, Pretty Woman, The Rocketeer, Sister Act, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Con Air, Face/Off, Rushmore, Unbreakable, Bruce Almighty, and Lincoln to name a few.
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Splash isn’t the first older Disney release to have its content addressed by Disney+. The streaming service previously added “outdated cultural depictions” warnings to several of their classic films, including Dumbo, The Aristocats, Jungle Book, and Lady and the Tramp.
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