I grew up profoundly loving the Disney True-Life Adventure films of the 1950s. We used to see them projected by good old Bell and Howell 16mm projectors on "audio-visual days" in grade school -- magic time for me.
I was very surprised to find that Disney's 1954 film, "The Vanishing Prairie" was banned by the state of New York because it showed the live birth of a buffalo calf. Really unbelievable.
Here was Walt's comment:
At the time, Walt said:
“Birth scene would never have appeared on the screen if I believed it might offend an audience. It would be a shame if New York children had to believe the stork brings buffaloes too.”
The state censorship board eventually reversed its decision after the ACLU, on Walt’s behalf, lodged a complaint.
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