Sunday, August 7, 2011

Disney is weird about when they want to appease soccer moms

In the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch, there's a scene with Jumba invading Lilo's house to capture Stitch. Jumba throws his open Swiss Army knife at Stitch and it stabs the back door and sticks out the other side and Pleakley who is standing outside the door shrinks his body back from the Swiss Army knife's tools. In a early version of the scene, Jumba's Swiss Army knife has sharp tools and Pleakley shrinks away from a hatchet, a syringe, and a circular saw.

But for the soccer moms, in the final version of the film Jumba's Swiss Army knife has blunt tools and Pleakley shrinks away from a toothbrush, a comb, and a tube of toothpaste.

The 2009 film The Princess and the Frog has a scene with Frog Tiana and Frog Naveen being pursued by three hillybilly men wanting to catch them for food. One man throws two handfuls of knives at Tiana and she arranges her body in a crazy pose against a tree trunk and the knives stab the bark around her and between her appendages but she's unharmed and flees.

It's as though the people scripting the scene decided "To heck with what the soccer moms would think. Let's do our way!" I couldn't help comparing this throwing knives part to the Swiss Army knife part in L&S and wonder why anyone cared to alter it for soccer moms.

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