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We don't know about you, but Disney films have certainly had the power to traumatise us over the years.

Whether it is the death of Mufasa in The Lion King, the death of Bambi's mother in Bambi, or the entirety of The Black Cauldron, Disney has the power to bring a lot of emotions.

However, there is a specific set of things you will not see in their films now.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2019, Disney Film Chief Alan Horn made some revelations about how the the studio can utilise 20th Century Studios from the previous 21st Century Fox studios that they purchased that same year.

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Reflecting on the differences between Fox and Disney, he said: "With Fox, we can make movies that right now I say no to.

"Take Bohemian Rhapsody, which is PG-13. It's a hit movie and very, very good. But there's no way we could make it under the Disney label because the characters smoke cigarettes and other content."

So, it's clear that Disney films have a clear no smoking policy.

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"Nor could we have made [ Warner Bros.' R-rated] Oscar-winning Argo because the characters smoke and use the F-word," he said.

He continued: "We always have to think about the smoking policy. The audience for a Disney movie may not know what they are going to see, but they know what they aren't going to see.

"There are certain things we just can't include because we'll get letters."

So, smoking and bad language, that explains why we don't see those in the films.

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In fact, in 2020, it was revealed that the release of hit musical Hamilton had seen some swear words censored.

Hamilton tar and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted: "LANGUAGE! 1. On July 3, you're getting the whole show, every note & scene, & a 1-minute countdown clock during intermission (bathroom!)

"2. But MPAA has a hard rule about language: more than 1 utterance of "F***" is an automatic R rating. We have 3 "F***s" in our show. So…

"..I literally gave two f***s so the kids could see it: 1. In Yorktown, there's a mute over "I get the f___ back up again" 2. "Southern *record scratch*kin' Democratic Republicans." You can sing whatEVER you like at home (even sync up the album)! Love you. Enjoy."

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So, they re keeping good on their promise!

However there is a caveat to the smoking ban if it is period accurate!

Speaking at the Disney shareholder meeting in 2015, executive and former CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, said: "We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board: Marvel, Lucas, Pixar and Disney films.

"In terms of any new characters that are created for any of those films, under any of those labels, we will absolutely prohibit smoking in any of those films."

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However, he added: "Except when we are depicting a historical figure who may have smoked at the time.

"For instance, we've been doing a movie on Abraham Lincoln, he was a smoker, and we would consider that acceptable."

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He noted of the difficulty in remaking animated classic Pinnochio: "The scene in that movie that had the biggest impact to me was Pinocchio smoking a cigar and turning red."

He then added: "When you sign a contract with Disney, the things it says your film cannot have are beheadings, impalement or smoking.

"Those are literally the three things you are not allowed to put into a Disney film."

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So, beheadings, impalement, swearing, and non-historical smoking!

This explains why Moana and Elsa haven't been puffing on their roll-ups from the off-license in recent films, or why Woody and Buzz haven't been cutting heads off left, right, and centre!

Do you agree with Disney's policy? Let us know in the comments below.