Sunday, February 04, 2007

Censoring what we never saw

Greetings Mortals!

In the 2003 film version of The Haunted Mansion, one of the nicer aspects of the film were the paintings created (and recreated) by Gunnar Ahmer. While most of the paintings emulated what we see in the mansion, one painting did not. This painting was entitled The Armageddon.

The original area for the paintings themselves was not in a portrait hall like what we see at Disneyland, but rather in the foyer above the grand staircase. If you look closely, you can still see the paintings there.

The Armageddon painting was very graphic. As Ramsley shown the Evers to their rooms, they would walk past the painting and he would tell about the fall of man. The original painting of the after stage had to be repainted however. Disney felt that, while the painting as a whole was graphic, one area seemed to be a little too lewd for their standards. So, the final version, which never really got screen time in the film, was altered to what we see below.


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