Disney Plus Issues 'Outdated Cultural Depictions' Warning for Old Movies, but Won't Remove Racist 'Dumbo' Crows

As Disney+ subscribers continue to explore the new streaming service that launched Tuesday, some users have discovered content warnings for "outdated cultural depictions" in old Disney animated movies such as Dumbo, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp.

Twitter users noted that titles such as The Jungle Book, The Artistocats and Fantasia also include a warning that they "may contain outdated cultural depictions."

Other films include that get this tag include Swiss Family Robinson, Goofy special How to Fish and Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

Dumbo, made in 1941, famously features a group of singing crows that depicted racist caricatures of African American accents. The main crow is named Jim Crow, in reference to the Jim Crow laws that segregated Americans by race from the late 19th century through to 1965. In a key scene in Dumbo, the crows sing "When I See an Elephant Fly" as the titular flying elephant soars through the sky.

Disney+ was praised on Twitter Wednesday for issuing disclaimers about outdated references in older content.

"#disneyplus super amazing that dumbo, lady and the tramp, peter pan, and all other movies with outdated cultural depictions are kept intact and have a disclaimer about them, that is how it should be handled, with a warning similar to warner bros," said one user.

Other Twitter users pointed out that Warner Bros. has previously issued comprehensive disclaimers about racial prejudices in old Tom & Jerry cartoons that were released on iTunes and other streaming platforms in 2014.

Warner Bros.' warning reads: "The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While these cartoons do not represent today's society, they are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed."

Disney was criticized for not overtly referencing what content might be "outdated" as Warner Bros. did with Tom & Jerry.

Some social media users were also critical that the "outdated cultural depictions" message wasn't applied to the 1992 animated version of Aladdin or the 2013 adaptation of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as a Comanche character.

Disney+ will not offer subscribers the controversial 1946 film Song of the South, which has been criticized for racist depictions of black people and its ill-considered representation of slavery.

Disney+ became available nationwide across the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands on Tuesday. Other international markets, including the U.K., will need to wait until March 2020.

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"Dumbo" racist crows. Disney
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