Mother Christmas, tell me.
It’s nice to know that we were not the only ones in trying to call the phone numbers that appeared in the films, although the filmmakers were very careful that they were not real (and also in Spain the numbering is very limited, so…), but not everyone was so cautious . This is what happened to those responsible for Go Santa Claus!a released film in 1994 that left us, in the end, with a most spicy anecdoteand with several parents and grandparents blushing when they heard what sounded on the other end of the line.
The controversy revolved around a joke uttered by the character of a Tim Allen who is still active, as Santa Claus and as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, which mentioned the telephone number 1-800-SPANK-MEwhich, to the surprise of many, turned out to be a telephone line of erotic content. Despite its comical nature, this mention generated a series of incidents that led Disney to take action.
The hare jumped that same Christmas, when a lovely grandmothernamed Shirley Dearth, took her grandchildren to the movies, only to later hear the following over the phone speaker: “Hello sexy! You just connected to the phone line America’s hottest, brought to you by American TelNet. Our unique service allows you to choose your own telephone fantasy.”
Of course, and as Howard Green, Disney representative at that time, commented shortly after, this was nothing more than a unfortunate coincidencealthough the damage was already done, and we are all aware of the American double standardwhich censors everything that has to do with sex rather than explicit violence.
The measures taken
Still present in old copies of the film on both VHS and the lesser-known Laserdisc format, in 1997 Disney made the decision to cut to the chaseso that scene was eliminated from later copies, with a fairly noticeable jump in the sequence, it must be said.
Obviously, the version that has lasted to this day and that we have been able to see on open television, for example on Disney Channel on these dates, or on Disney+, where it is available if you are subscribed to the Casa del Ratón streaming service, it is the same one that was published in 97, three years after the first complaints.
According to Howard Green, a spokesman for Disney Productions in Burbank, California, as well as Richard Schlesinger, vice president of legal affairs for Disney Motion Pictures Group, in a letter addressed to a father whose daughter spent $250 on that line, Disney tried to buy the phone number 1-800-SPANK-ME shortly after receiving the news in the nineties, although without success.
In fact, and as they have verified from Snopes, the telephone continues today erotically active.
Go Santa Claus!
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