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'Into the Woods' movie watered down

The movie, set to open Dec. 25, won’t be the same as the Broadway musical. Spoilers ahead.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

Disney movies usually are pure, sweet and innocent.

“Into the Woods” won’t stray too far from the family friendly ideals.

The Stephen Sondheim musical, which opened on Broadway in 1987 with stars Bernadette Peters and Tom Aldredge, has been in the works at Disney for some time and is expected to hit theaters Dec. 25.

But it won’t be the same in movie form.

In a recent discussion chronicled by The New Yorker, Sondheim let the beans spill on what changes will be noticed in the film.

The movie won’t see Rapunzel’s character killed off. And Cinderella’s Prince won’t have inappropriate relations with the baker’s wife, which means an entire song will be cut. Or, “it’s probably cut,” as Sondheim said in the article.

In response to teachers opposing the changes, Sondheim said: “Censorship is part of our puritanical ethics, and it’s something that [students are] going to have to deal with. There has to be a point at which you don’t compromise anymore, but that may mean that you won’t get anyone to sell your painting or perform your musical.”

Sondheim is known for pushing the envelope, such as with his musical “Sweeney Todd,“ which has gory elements.

The Disney movie “Into the Woods” stars Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp and more. It is directed by Rob Marshall, of “Chicago” fame.

Do you think Sondheim should’ve allowed Disney to cut parts of the movie? Will you still to see the Disney movie despite it being untrue to the original musical?


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