The Simpsons Movie
Banned In: Burma
Dubbed the “State Of Fear”, Burma came third from bottom when the world’s nations were league-tabled for “international freedom of expression” last year.
Notoriously inconsistent, Burma’s dreaded Motion Picture & Video Censor Board clamps down on eroticism (women aren’t allowed to wear "Western-style" shirts), aggression (you can’t punch more than five times in any one film) and... colours.
Yellow and red are banned, which was a problem for a certain Springfield family...
Spider-Pig, President Schwarzenegger, Bart’s (already censored) penis... All gone. Like tears in rain.
“They never explain why. We just have to follow the rules,” sighs Burmese comedian-turned-director Zargana.
The Da Vinci Code
Banned In: Vatican City
Well, more boycotted than banned, really. God-botherers were well and truly bothered by Ron Howard’s adap of Dan Brown’s bestselling toilet-read.
A Vatican department formerly known as ‘The Holy Office’ declared the movie is “full of calumnies, offences and historical and theological errors.”
No one was quite sure what a “calumny” was, but The Da Vinci Code didn't unspool in Holy Town.
The Pope brigade also banned Angels & Demons from shooting in Rome’s churches, but Howard shot there anyway. He’s currently keeping an eye out for random lightning bolts.
“Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive,” says Cardinal Francis Arinze.
Which doesn’t sound very forgiving.