Disney’s Splash Mountain — based mostly on the studio’s extremely controversial Song of the South — is getting an entire revamp, reports CNN. Instead of being based mostly on the 1946 film, Splash Mountain will probably be retooled to be based mostly on 2009’s Princess and the Frog, the primary Disney film to function a Black princess.
Splash Mountain debuted within the 1980s in each Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California, drawing inspiration from the Br’er Rabbit story from Song of the South. For these unfamiliar, Song of the South is a highly controversial movie that presents a glorified view of slavery and reductive and offensive portrayals of Black characters. Even when the journey debuted in 1989, the film was thought-about controversial, as then-CEO Michael Eisner acknowledged the film wouldn’t be getting a house launch in America. To this present day, there was no video launch of Song of the South and the film is absent from streaming service Disney Plus.
A petition to alter the theme of Splash Mountain began circulating a number of weeks in the past, because the racial justice motion swept the nation and titles like Gone With the Wind have been reconsidered and faraway from streaming platforms.
Though the petition is just a few weeks previous, Disney acknowledged that it has allegedly been engaged on this revamp for over a yr now. The firm mentioned that the brand new Splash Mountain would decide up after the occasions of the film (and thus, function Tiana as a human and not a frog) and comply with Tiana and her trumpet-playing alligator buddy Louis on a musical journey, as they put together for a Mardi Gras efficiency. The journey will function music from the film.
“Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important,” Disney mentioned on Thursday. “It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.”
There isn’t any date for the revamp.