‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ given seizure warning by Disney

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
The Rise Of Skywalker could cause seizures.

Disney are working alongside the Epilepsy Foundation to warn viewers that Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker could affect those with the condition. 

Just two weeks out from its release, Disney have revealed that particular visuals and sustained flashing lights during sequences during the blockbusters might cause epilepsy sufferers to have seizures. Disney have written and distributed a letter to exhibitors across the world asking them to warn customers.

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Disney’s letter notes, “Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you provide at your venue box office and online, and at other appropriate places where your customers will see it, a notice containing the following information: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photo sensitivities.”

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) Richard E. Grant, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Writer/director J.J. Abrams, Co-writer Chris Terrio, Producer and President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo and Anthony Daniels participate in the global press conference for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" at the Pasadena Convention Center on December 04, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The studio appear to have learnt after their mistakes back in 2018. That’s because Disney were roundly criticised after a prolonged scene in Pixar’s Incredibles 2 used an abundance of strobe and flashing lights. They were roundly criticised on social media for not issuing a warning about it.

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The Epilepsy Foundation have already praised the studio’s proactiveness with this issue, and on Friday they took to Facebook to write, “We appreciate Disney proactively putting out information about Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker containing several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.”

They also provided tips for keeping people safe, too. 

The ninths and final installment in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will finally be viewers just before Christmas, as it will hit UK cinemas on December 19.