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Saturday, January 9, 1999 Published at 09:27 GMT


Disney recalls video over 'nude image'

Disney - wants to protect family entertainment credentials

The Walt Disney Company has recalled 3.4m copies of a home video The Rescuers, saying two frames contain an "objectionable background image".

According to sources quoted by the Associated Press a photo of a woman's nude body is contained in the film.

In a statement, Disney said the two frames cannot be seen in ordinary viewing because the film runs too fast.

A Disney spokeswoman said the images in The Rescuers were placed in the film during production but she declined to say what they were or who placed them.

The Rescuers, a 110,000-frame animated film about heroic mice, is the first video ever to be recalled by the company for having an objectionable image.

But in the past, various groups have made unproven claims that The Lion King and The Little Mermaid contained inappropriate images or language.

This time, the company says it is making the recall to keep its promise to families that they can trust and rely on the Disney brand to provide the finest in family entertainment.

Customers who bought the video since its re-release on 5 January may return it for exchange to Disney's video distribution wing at Buena Vista Home Entertainment in Carson, California.

Family viewing credentials

The Rescuers is Disney's 23rd animated movie, telling the story of two mice on an adventure to save a young girl trapped on a river by a notorious villainess.

The film features the voices of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor.

Burbank-based Disney is the world's second largest entertainment company and the one most associated with family viewing.

Just two days ago, company Chairman Michael Eisner vowed that Disney would refocus efforts to make more family-orientated movies.

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