The studio apologized in a statement, “We the filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures, we are deeply saddened to learn that our portrayal of the fictional characters from The Witches could upset people with disabilities and regret any offense caused. “
The statement continued, “By adapting the original story, we worked with designers and artists to come up with a new take on the cat’s claws that are depicted in the book. Viewers never intended to feel the fantastic non-human creatures were meant to represent them. This film is about the power of kindness and friendship. We hope families and children can enjoy the film and embrace this stimulating and loving theme
The criticism came after viewers said that there were differences between the hands and feet of the characters in the film, which negatively portrayed limb disabilities. Some took to social media with the hashtag #NotAWitch.
Paralympic medalist Amy Marren wrote via Twitter: “@Please find out about #LimbDifferences and support the idea that you are #NotAWitch because you look different! You can also actively support the community of membership differences by using words that describe us as PEOPLE, as difference does not define us. “
The Paralympic Games tweeted that “differences must be celebrated and disability must be normalized”.