The American Edit Completely Ruined The Whole Point Of Godzilla
You're likely aware that Godzilla was inspired by Japan's (sooooomewhat justified) fear of nuclear annihilation in the 1950s. American audiences, however, weren't clued in to this for years because of a couple of very specific, very stupid changes made to the U.S. release of the original 1954 film.
TohoInstead of atomic power, he was now birthed by midi-chlorians.
Because of strict censorship guidelines, Japanese filmmakers in the 1950s couldn't come straight out and make politically charged films about the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So instead, director Ishiro Honda and his collaborators created "Gojira," a potent, subversive metaphor for nuclear anxiety. The creature itself was created by nuclear power, grew beyond human control, and wreaked unstoppable havoc on cities. Its grotesque appearance was meant to evoke the "burnt, scarred skin" of A-bomb victims. Pretty harrowing stuff for the "guys in rubber suits stomping on cardboard buildings" genre.
Then the movie made its way to America, and Hollywood decided to alter the film ever so slightly by deleting any mention of nuclear testing. To make up for it, they then added 30 minutes of new scenes with a character played by Raymond "Perry Mason" Burr to refocus the movie around an American protagonist. So not only did the U.S. version completely neuter the film's political message, but it also made an American the hero of a movie about the horrors of the U.S. bombing Japan. It's like reediting Citizen Kane into the triumphant story of how American materialism turns a lowly sledding child into a laser-focused billionaire with a rockin' pad. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Toho"RRRAWWWRRRRR I AM NOT A METAPHOR FOR ANNNYTHINGGGG, WHAT ARE BOMBS EVEN?"
Dumbledore's Phoenix Has A "Loaded" Name In The UK
While not a main character or anything, in the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore's pet phoenix Fawkes is important enough to inspire the name of one of the books (... And The Order Of The Phoenix), and the Magic-Hitler-killing secret society revealed therein. You're likely aware that the name "Fawkes" comes with some British historical baggage. That is, unless you didn't read the books and thought the movie characters were saying "Fox," and assumed it was Lucius Fox from Batman in a Easter egg before the film universes eventually connected.