Disney decided to renew the game “Jungle Cruise” or “Journey in the Jungle” in its two theme parks in California and Florida, to delete what the company described as “negative images” of some cultures.
Disney said on Monday that the game that takes its pioneers on a river cruise will be renewed “to reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.”
Critics argue that the game, launched in 1955, has racist overtones in portraying some non-Western characters as savages and cannibals.
Disney said in a blog post that the update will include new scenes and plot for the game. The company did not specify a date for the release of the updated version, but said that the changes were not related to the movie “Jungle Cruise”, which is starring Dwayne Johnson, which is scheduled to be released in July.
“This is not a reimagining of the entire game. It’s the jungle Cruise that you know and love … We simultaneously address negative images of Aboriginal people,” Chris Beatty, a creativity executive at Walt Disney, said in an interview.
The changes come on the heels of a cultural revision in the United States to counter systemic racism, which has led to adaptations of several television programs and films.
Last year, Disney published instructions attached to some of the classic animated films it has produced, such as “Peter Pan”, to point out that these works contain outdated stereotypes of people of color.