The Walt Disney Company was founded way back in 1923 – which is more than enough time for the global entertainment conglomerate to have courted its fair share of controversy. Over the last 94 years and counting, the House of Mouse has weathered scandals related to everything from the content of its films to the conduct of its media and theme park businesses.
Although many of the allegations Disney has faced during this time have since proven to be true, a surprising number have also ended up being false. This is especially the case with much of Walt Disney Studio’s animated output, where the brouhaha over certain supposedly immoral or discriminatory material often turns out to have little basis in actual fact.
Given Disney’s family-friendly image, situations like this which tarnish that reputation can be particularly damaging – not to mention frustrating, considering the public backlash involved is unwarranted. It can also be costly, as Disney will often go to the considerable expense of altering a film for its home video release, all to remove content that wasn’t even controversial in the first place!
Let’s take a look at 15 Disney Scandals That Turned Out To Be Fake from the past nine decades.
As even the most casual cinema buff already knows, film productions get canceled all the time. A reminder of the colossal effort required to actually make a movie, these aborted projects will typically be announced by their respective studios, a script will be developed and cast and crew hired – only to be scuttled soon after.
There are plenty of reasons why this occurs – the most common causes are creative disagreements between studio executives and the filmmakers, or financial concerns – but regardless, these reasons wind up being sufficient to ensure the plug is pulled. Like we said, happens all the time – but what doesn’t happen that often is that a film actually commences shooting before it’s shut down!
The rationale behind studios scrapping a production after filming is underway vary wildly – although again, artistic disputes and funding-related problems remain the prominent culprits. But there have also been instances of onset tragedies, freak weather conditions, and (allegedly, at least) a voodoo curse resulting in films being scuttled while the director is still calling “action!”
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of 16Movies That Were Canceled During Filming.