Into the Woods: Censored by Disney

Disney’s screen adaptation of “Into the Woods” will be less dark than its source material, and the movie will also have major plot changes.

Already touted an Oscar contender, the movie, which is directed by Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), opens in theaters on December 25.

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics for the 1987 musical reimagining of classic fairy tales, revealed the new plot details during a recent talk with high school drama teachers.

To make the picture more family-friendly, Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) will not die. The film will also be less sexual as Cinderella’s Prince (Chris Pine) won’t sleep with the Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt) and the relationship between Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp) and Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) won’t be sexually laced.

According to Playbill, one of the teachers at the event said he is considering putting on a production of “Into the Woods,” but is concerned about the lascivious relationship between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

“You’ll be happy to know that Disney had the same objections,” Sondheim said. “You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed and the prince does not sleep with the Baker’s Wife … You know, if I were a Disney executive, I probably would say the same thing.”

This means that the song “Any Moment” performed during Prince Charming and the Baker’s Wife’s tryst will “probably” be cut.

It’s unclear what will happen to “Lament,” which the Witch (Meryl Streep) sings after Rapunzel dies, and “Moments in the Woods,” which the Baker’s Wife’s belts out after the Prince leaves.

The film will feature two new songs that Sondheim penned with James Lapine.

A teacher then asked how to respond to high school students frustrated with performing edited, PG versions of plays.

“You have to explain to them that censorship is part of our puritanical ethics and it’s something that they’re going to have to deal with,” Sondheim responded. “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. You have to deal with reality.”