Disney+ Version Of ‘Splash’ Censors Daryl Hannah’s Butt With Really Bad CGI

If you’ve never seen the Ron Howard film Splash, it’s pretty darn innocent. The 1984 rom-com stars Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, her playing a mermaid who falls in love with a human dude. But apparently, this lighter-than-light comedy was still just a tad too racy for Disney+, and couldn’t get in without a really misguided CGI edit.

So the scene in question finds Hannah and Hanks sharing a kiss on the beach. However, when she turns to leave, you can see, through her thick long hair, that she is totally naked. You catch a brief glimpse of her butt, and that’s it. Well, that was too much for Disney, who added some terrible CGI hair to cover it up. It looks bad, like the cast of Cats suddenly rose up and emerged from Daryl Hannah’s ass crack.

We expect much better from Disney, at least to provide good-looking CG. On the other hand, the hypocrisy is par for the course. They have no problem showing tons of Marvel violence, but a woman’s ass? For a fraction of a second? That’s a bridge too far.

However, all of this Splash stuff has reminded me of the planned remake from a few years ago. It would’ve starred Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, with him as a merman. Think Disney would’ve furred-out his behind? Doubtful.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.