Movies | April 14, 2020 12:37 pm

Disney Plus Censored Daryl Hannah’s Butt in “Splash”

The 1984 comedy was covered up with some questionable CGI

Daryl Hannah as a mermaid in "Splash"
Daryl Hannah is CGI covered in the edited "Splash."
Disney+/Touchstone

Astute viewers of the streaming service Disney+ noticed something different when the 1984 comedy Splash arrived on the service.

Daryl Hannah’s butt got covered by some iffy CGI work, as noted by Variety.

The original film, which also starred Tom Hanks, was rated PG for nudity — a “non-sexual nudity” that was essential to the plot, according to the film database IMDB. No surprise, given that the film is literally a fish-out-of-water tale about a mermaid (a mythical creature that, nonetheless, isn’t known for wearing clothes underwater).

The scene in question features Madison (Hannah) running into the ocean. The very bad CGI has been used to extend her hair. Another nude butt scene at the Statue of Liberty has been blurred.

Allison Pregler, the host of YouTube film series Movie Nights, notes on Twitter that Disney+ “didn’t want butts on their platform so they edited Splash with digital fur technology,” an allusion to the recent CGI debacle Cats.

The edited beach scene and the original are below. We wouldn’t consider this NSFW in either form.

The streaming service does note in the beginning of the film that the movie has been edited for content. When the service launched, it had taken a few older titles out of circulation but had kept other movies and cartoons intact with warnings at the beginning.

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