On Wednesday, Disney Chief Executive Robert “Bob Iger” Iger announced that the company would no longer release Disney-branded films in which smoking was depicted, and that any future DVD rereleases would be edited to eliminate smoking references and images.
This surprise announcement impacts a number of upcoming projects. For example, the animated remake of classic action film “Smokey and the Bandit” and Pixar’s “Nicotina” have both been canceled. Work is underway on a rerelease of “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” in which Cruella De Vil’s signature cigarette holder has been replaced by a ballpark-style hot dog. Disney corporate history is also being rewritten to depict Walt Disney as having died from a stroke instead of cigarette-related cancer.
Although smoking is banned in Disney-branded films, young fans will be pleased to learn that dogs peeing on people and tasteless jokes about bodily functions are still fair game.