No smoking in Disney movies has been a long-standing policy for the company and now they’ve extended the policy to three popular subsidiaries. It appears characters in future Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm productions will no longer be able to light up. This could have an affect on characters who may have been written as smokers and whose persona and identification may be altered. Disney has had the no smoking policy for some time now and the Surgeon General suggests that children who witness smoking in movies are more likely to develop the habit themselves.
“We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board: Marvel, Lucas, Pixar and Disney films,” Iger said, after being prompted by a critical care nurse in the crowd — who is also a Disney shareholder — during the lengthy Q&A period.
Disney will give one exception to the rule and that rule applies to historic figures depicted in their films. If a known historic figure was an avid smoker, filmmakers may depict the figure smoking. Other than that one rule, the smoking ban is in full effect across the board. The debate between fans should be interesting to read as some will most certainly praise Disney for the smoking ban, while others may argue the affect it will have on established characters (most notably in Marvel films).
Back in the early days of cartoons, smoking was a pretty normal thing to see. I remember watching Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and other characters lighting up all the time. It was pretty normal in live action TV as well, some characters even did cigarette commercials like the one below.
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