J. J. Hunsecker wrote:Well, Lucas didn't delete or edit out any scenes from his new versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. He added scenes, as well as CGI effects. The movies are altered, not censored.
I think changing the cantina scene so that Hans Solo now shoots in self-defense is tip-toeing pretty close to the same kind of PC changes mandated at Disney.
J. J. Hunsecker wrote:I think things are a little different with Disney, too. The edited changes to the compilation films were made by executives who had nothing to do with the creation of Disney's original cartoons. They were "outsiders" chosen to run the studio by the stockholders.
The decision to go public as a company was made by Walt & Roy, so they accepted all the consequences that go with becoming a public corporation.
I don't consider anyone employed in the company to be an "outsider" any more than I would consider myself an "outsider" at the various companies that have employed me through the years.
J. J. Hunsecker wrote:They made decisions that Walt or Roy Disney, the people who created the studio, probably would never have agreed with.
That is a huge supposition. Walt always had great concern for the mainstream American audience. In my opinion, he would have no problem with those changes, but neither of us can really know for certain.
J. J. Hunsecker wrote: Walt Disney altering The Three Little Pigs is one thing -- he produced it after all -- but Michael Eisner making those choices seems a different matter to me. He had no knowledge or love for those cartoons.
Again, this is another supposition. I know it's vogue now to criticize Eisner, but I also remember what bad shape Disney was in before he took over. Eisner brought in Frank Wells & Jeffrey Katzenberg who are credited with turning the company around. The renaissance of Disney animation that began with The Little Mermaid
began under Eisner's watch.
J. J. Hunsecker wrote: During Eisner's reign the studio was very conscious of being "politically correct" and keeping some of its product from release on home video, while others were issued in an edited format.
IMO, the Disney Studio has ALWAYS been concerned with being "PC." It's just that our notin of what is "PC" has changed through the years.
When "The Three Little Pigs" was made, a negative Jewish stereotype was not considered "un-PC" (so also for many racial & ethnic sterotypes). As mainstream tastes changed, Disney changed to conform to those changes.
Remember Walt was the guy who instituted the "no mustache or beard" rule for employees at Disneyland (when he himself had a mustache!) because he feared his mainstream audience associated such facial hair with "hippies."
Eisner is long gone and we still have such digital alterations and no Song of the South
release, so to me, being PC is, was, and always has been a part of the Disney Company's policies.