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Classic Disney movies were no stranger to featuring some traumatizing scenes.
The director of "Pete's Dragon" revealed that you're required to sign a contract agreeing that the Disney movie won't feature beheadings, impalement, or smoking.
Exceptions can be made if it's necessary to maintain historical accuracy.
You’d think anything goes when it comes to Disney. The classic children’s movies contain traumatizing scenes like Scar’s pack of hyenas planning a murder in The Lion King or the hunter getting ready to stab Snow White. Other moments just seem questionable for kids, like the caterpillar smoking something questionable in Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo’s trippy night of drinking. These days, though, the Walt Disney Company spells out specific things its characters can’t do (which have nothing to do with the three words Disney employees aren’t allowed to say).
David Lowery, director of the 2016 Pete’s Dragon, made the big reveal in an interview with Ain’t It Cool News. “When you sign a contract with Disney, the thing it says your film cannot have are beheadings, impalement, or smoking,” he revealed. Lowery didn’t have any intel on whether the rule holds true for adult movies, but the last rule started in 2015, when Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger banned smoking in any Disney film. The only exceptions are R-rated movies and any scenes in which smoking is necessary to maintain historical accuracy. (Those aren’t the only no-nos from the company—learn the 15 everyday items banned from Disney parks.)See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videosSee Also:Carrie Underwood 'may or may not have cried' after getting pulled over for speeding, and we can honestly relateThis ad featuring 'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman facing off in an epic rap battle will get you excited for the Super Bowl10 habits that are surprisingly addictive