In the three years that Disney+ has been around, the platform has grown from a place people go to watch classic Disney movies to a platform people love for its Emmy-nominated original content. Just in the past few months, Disney has also decided to add its first R-rated movies to the streamer with the additions of Logan and Deadpool.
And now, they have changed a classic movie back to the way it was.
In 2020, Disney added the classic Tom Hanks film Splash to the platform. Splash — directed by the legendary Ron Howard — tells the story of Allen Bauer (played by Hanks), a man rescued at sea and falls in love with the mermaid who rescued him. The mermaid, named Madison, was played by Daryl Hannah, and, while an overall wholesome movie, the movie does include a scene that Disney originally deemed inappropriate, so they blurred it.
The scene shows a naked Hannah running on the beach with her back to the camera. In the original film, the audience could see Hannah’s bare backside as she ran. However, when the film was brought onto Disney+, CGI hair extensions were added and her backside had a distinctive blur to it to hide the nudity. Now, it seems that Disney has decided that the movie should be shown in its original form.
The move to bring back the original, non-CGI scene is one that seems to make sense now that Disney is broadening Disney+. Disney is encouraging parents to use the Parental Controls feature, so that their younger children cannot access films they do not feel are appropriate. Plus, the scene seems relatively minor in comparison to a film like Deadpool.
Disney+ has a number of exciting new original films and television shows slated to be released soon. In the next couple of months, the streaming service will release several new series, including The Santa Clauses, Willow, and National Treasure: Edge of Extinction. There will also be new movies like Disenchanted, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules.