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You might be asking, what could provoke a family film to be banned in the first place? Whether it's for religious reasons or being just plain awful, some countries (usually Malaysia) found some reason valid enough to outlaw them...

5. How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

Based on the 1973 novel of the same name, HTEFW was a nauseating flick about a new kid who accepts a disgusting dare from a bully, that if successful could shift the power-house in their class. This feature performed poorly at the box office, and received lukewarm reviews from critics. It also happens to be banned in Malaysia due to its vile content. No eating worms, kids!

4. The Dark Crystal (1982)

An '80s Jim Henson production (yay!), The Dark Crystal was about a Gelfling named Jen (played by Jim Henson) who is searching to find a dark crystal's missing shard and bring balance back to his realm. But, some Islamic countries (such as Iran) found its ceremonial scenes offensive to the Islamic religion.

3. Pinocchio (2002)

This 2002 live-action Italian film is based on the book The Adventures of Pinocchio. The book's protagonist, Pinocchio, became popular in America partly due to Disney's animated adaptation in the '40s. The movie was criticized for being overall terrible, with lousy English dubbing, and even made it on Rotten Tomatoes' '100 Worst-Reviewed Films of the 2000s (placing fourth).' And to add insult to injury, it's not allowed in Iran and Malaysia (their reasoning is unknown).

2. Barney's Great Adventure (1998)

This '98 crapper was another '90s psychedelic film. With a Barney doll that comes to life, a shooting star that produces a large, magical egg that eventually hatches into a koala-like creature which projects people's dreams... yeah. Malaysia banned this for being unacceptable for children to watch, but didn't elaborate on how it wasn't acceptable.

1. Prince of Egypt (1998)

This '98 underrated classic is a marvel in terms of animation, story telling, music, effects, and voice-acting. It's also been outlawed in the Maldives, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is based on an old testament story of a Hebrew baby who is set adrift on the Nile, only to be found and adopted by the rulers of Egypt and ultimately seeks freedom for his enslaved people. The Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in the Maldives explained their decision by commenting, "All prophets and messengers of God are revered in Islam, and therefore cannot be portrayed." As for Malaysia's board, they stated that the censored body meant that the picture was "insensitive for religious and moral reasons."

Update: There was originally a sixth movie on the list, Song of the South. After reading some comments I rechecked my research and discovered it hasn't been banned. I'm sorry for the error, and I plan to do a better job next time when fact checking my articles. I'm sorry for the mistake.


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