The family-friendly world of Disney has long been accused of having sexual imagery hidden in some of its animated films and promotional material. Shocked parents may well have ended up noticing some very questionable additions to their kids favourite Disney movies. Were they added on purpose? Were they the work of disgruntled animators? Or is it all a load of old tosh?
Sometimes, rumours of inappropriate jokes in beloved Disney films have turned out to be completely false. A well-known example appeared on the Internet a couple of years, when a particularly rude image from Toy Story 3 started circulating on the internet (we’ll let you spot the X-rated shadow for yourself in the image below!).
Thankfully the viral image later turned out to be a well-executed hoax. However, viewers have spotted far more deliberate innuendos in some of their favourite Disney cartoons.
Please do join us in taking a look at 20 of the most controversial ‘secrets’, but don’t blame us if this ruins your childhood…
1. The Word ‘SEX’ Appears In The Sky In The Lion King?
Did you pick up on this subliminal message the first time you watched The Lion King (1994)? Devastated after the death of his father, Simba kicks up some dust and suddenly the word ‘SEX’ clearly appears in the sky. Or does it?
According to former Disney animator Tom Sito: “It doesn’t say SEX. It says special effects. It’s SFX.” It’s just a shout out to the special effects department then… or is it? You’ll have to make up your own mind on this one! It must be sending some kind of message to Simba!
2. A Naked Woman Appears In The Rescuers?
An image of a naked woman definitely appears as Bianca and Bernard pass by, which was apparently common knowledge among Disney animators.
Can you notice her?
Unfortunately Disney executives weren’t aware of this naughtiness, leading to Disney having to recall 3.4 million VHS copies of the film. It’s still unclear as to the exact reason for this one, or who thought it was a good idea at the time!
3. The Bishop Gets An Erection In The Little Mermaid?
This Bishop in The Little Mermaid appears to be enjoying weddings a little more than he should. However, according to former Disney animator Tom Sito, who actually drew this particular scene: “It’s his knees. The joke was he’s a little man standing on a box and his robes, his big bishop robes, are draped over everything so they’re covering his whole body. And people are just seeing what they want to see.”
We’re really not convinced by Sito’s explanation here. If that protrusion is meant to be a pair of knees then he has the strangest and smallest knees in the world.
If it’s not his knees then the bishop must be thinking of something or someone.
Take a look at the clip below and see what you think! The bulging ‘knees’ point in a very strange direction and are at the level of his waist.
It’s not the first time that this particular bit of The Little Mermaid has been spotted, and Disney was eventually forced to remove the offending ‘erection’ from the film after one particularly disgruntled viewer attempted to sue them over it in 1995. The Arkansas native complained that both The Little Mermaid and The Lion King were not ‘suitable for use and viewing by young children’ – and even accused Disney of including ‘a visible sexual message’ in the former (referring to the ‘knees’ of the bishop).
4. A Thong Appears On The Lion King Poster?
The Lion King actually makes another appearance on the list with a very questionable poster publicising the release of the film. Again, at first glance we thought this was just a standard picture of a lion’s face. But some people have spotted something a little untoward.
Does The Lion King poster contain a subliminal image of a thong wearing rear? Or have people just got dirty minds?
We’d love to know people’s thoughts on this one, to me this is just a really nice, artistic take on a lion’s head and nothing dirty there unless people trace a semi-clad lady over it! What do you think?
5. Aladdin Tells Teens To Get Naked?
As Jasmine opens the curtains in the scene below, you can hear Aladdin say what sounds like “good teenagers, take off your clothes”. According to the Aladdin director’s commentary however, the line is supposed to be something like, “Good tiger. Take off. Scat. Go!”.
Hmmmm….doesn’t make much sense to us. What do you hear? Let us know in the comments!
Anyways moving on..
6. A Penis Appears On The Cover Of The Little Mermaid VHS?
The Little Mermaid followed the adventures of Ariel and her friends whilst she looked for her Prince Charming under the sea. However, rumour has it that a disgruntled Disney animator sought revenge on the company by drawing a castle spire in the shape of a penis. Check out the cover of the Little Mermaid VHS cover below:
This is one of those that, once seen can’t be unseen! Do you think this was a deliberate act or an unhappy coincidence? It certainly looks just a little bit naughty to me!
7. Jessica Rabbit Exposes Herself?
The character of Jessica Rabbit instantly entered the world of pop culture with her striking appearance. For a cartoon, she definitely oozed sexuality with her ample assets, smoky voice and sultry attitude.
Since the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica has become one of the most iconic cartoon symbols of female sensuality in real life and the world of animation. She was intentionally drawn with one of the most unrealistically desirable bodies in the world – today when a woman has an exaggerated hourglass figure she’s often compared to the famous Jessica.
The clip below shows a car crash in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where Jessica Rabbit is thrown from the car and appears to expose herself. Or does she? Apparently there was a rumour that animators had drawn Jessica Rabbit without underwear in a few frames, but later editions of the film were altered to give the good lady back her dignity.
It’s not like Jessica Rabbit really needed to do much more to have captured the imaginations of teenage lads everywhere in their formative years and help them through their adolescence. Then suddenly she goes all Sharon Stone on us!
What do you think of the clip above? We’re convinced that the writers were genuinely being a bit cheeky with the inclusion of Jessica Rabbit’s very own Basic Instinct moment.
8. The Word ‘SEX’ Appears On Tangled Promotional Posters?
This is a very similar theory to The Lion King scene featured earlier in the list. Fans of the animated comedy Tangled believe they’ve spotted cartoonists trying to fit the word ‘SEX’ into the official poster for the film. Take a look at the image below and tell us what you think. Is there something in this or is it a load of old nonsense?
I have to say that, with this one, I think it’s just people with far too much time on their hands looking for something that’s not there. If the red writing wasn’t there would you really have seen the word in the hair?
9. Bambi and Thumper Caught In The Act?
Bambi was first released in 1942 and was based on the book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.
It was only the fifth animated feature film to be released by Disney, but it has had a long-lasting effect on audiences around the world. Who can forget the first time they saw that heart-wrenching scene with Bambi’s mother?
What audiences might not realise is that some eagle-eyed viewers have noticed something a little suspect in some scenes from the original film!
In one particular scene in the much-loved woodland tale Bambi, Bambi and his friend Thumper decide to take to the ice. What follows is an interesting display between the two creatures! As they begin to ice skate, Thumper repeatedly…bumps up against his friend, creating some interesting images that do look a little NSFW.
Did you notice this when you first watched Bambi? Or were you too young at the time? We apologise if this inclusion has just completely ruined this lovely innocent movie for you! Or is Thumper pictured doing “favours” for Bambi? In any case, Bambi doesn’t look like he requested Thumper’s ‘advances’, in fact Bambi looks to have been taken completely by surprise!
10. Naughty Pic in Monsters Inc? (This didn’t make it in to the final cut!)
Uncle Roger and Mommy is naughty!
This one has done the rounds on the Internet a few times, but it’s always worth a laugh. The final film version features an innocent children’s picture to the left of Sulley, but Disney actually created an X-rated version which was created by one of the lead animators.
It was never released into the final footage (I wonder why!) as it depicts the child’s Uncle Roger in a compromising position with their mum!
11. Foot Size mentioned in Frozen
This was actually a more blatant bit of rudeness on Disney’s part that parents at least would definitely have picked up on. How many of you remember hearing it for the first time in Disney’s hit film, Frozen?
A brief mention is made of a man’s foot size and how it doesn’t matter. Because you know what they say, right, Big feet, Big shoes…. Yeah that’s what they meant!
How big are your feet?
12. That’s an (ahem) interesting lump on your head!
We don’t think we’re reading too much in to this one, from Disney’s Hercules. At the end of this battle, the big blue monster has a very large lump on his head, in fact it’s not only a large lump, it has two smaller round lumps at its base.
If this doesn’t look like a certain part of the male anatomy then we don’t know what it does look like, but this one is certainly dodgy!
Hercules has a few entries in this list. At another point in the film, viewers have also spotted a Jessica Rabbit-style reveal in one of the shots of the muses dancing, but we’re less convinced by this theory and think people might have been staring at the scantily-clad figures a little too long.
Moving on folks..
So have we completely ruined your Disney memories? Did you have any idea there were so many dodgy moments in these films? Or are we just reading far too much in to things that are perfectly innocent? Let us know your thoughts in the comments as always!
13. Marilyn Monroe Nearly Bares All!
Hercules actually has a few entries on the list! One of the catchiest songs to feature in the film was ‘Zero To Hero’, which described Hercules’ rise to fame as a half-man, half-god. However, in between all the different sequences, you may not have noticed that Marilyn Monroe actually makes a subtle appearance in the night sky.
When the camera switches to some constellations, you can clearly see a starry outline of Marilyn in her famous ‘white dress moment’ from the Seven Year Itch (1955). Luckily the camera swiftly changes again before she can reveal too much more!
One to think about..
14. Mr Potato Head Gets Very Possessive Of His Wife
Toy Story was well-known for its risqué humour, which often provided a good laugh for any parents forced to sit through one of the films at the cinema. The third instalment in the Pixar franchise sees Lotso the pink bear remove Mrs Potato Head’s plastic mouth when she won’t stop talking.
Quite understandably, her husband gets rather annoyed and yanks the plastic lips off Lotso before claiming that ‘No one takes my wife’s mouth except me’. Another innuendo that we hope went straight over the heads of younger audiences…
15. The Emperor Gets Into Too Much Of A Groove
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) followed the adventures of Emperor Kuzco, an arrogant young prince who is transformed into a llama. Kuzco eventually finds himself the property of Pacha, a lowly llama herder whose home is ground zero for the water park.
Let’s get the party started!
Upon discovering the llama’s true self, Pacha offers to help resolve the Emperor’s problem and regain his throne, but only if he promises to move his pesky water park.
However, things are not all that they seem in the world of The Emperor’s New Groove. In one bizarre scene from the animated film, the Emperor’s right-hand man, Kronk, falls asleep under the stars. But his ‘tent’ only covers one particular part of his body!
We’re sure any guys out there will understand why Kronk might have wanted to keep that particular part of his anatomy covered up while he was sleeping, but still – it’s a pretty strange detail for Disney to include!
16. Cars Featured Some Very Enthusiastic Groupies
In a rather rude scene from the animated film Cars (2006), super fans Mia and Tia fight their way to the front of the crowd to catch a glimpse of the famous Lightning McQueen.
Once they get chatting to their idol, the two cars actually start flashing their – ahem – headlights furiously, before two security guards chase them away.
Apparently over-enthusiastic groupies also exist in the world of animated cars!
17. Size Doesn’t Matter
Ratatouille (2007) fans may have noticed the allusion to the size of Chef Linguini’s nether regions in one particular scene from the film. Linguini is trying to work up the courage to tell his attractive colleague Collette that he has a rat helping him cook in the kitchen.
It doesn’t matter how big it is, it’s how you use it!
He begins by stammering ‘I have this tiny … little … little …’. And then she helpfully cements the innuendo by looking straight at his crotch.
18. The HunchBack of Notre Dame Contains A Very Revealing Image Of Esmeralda
In The Hunchback of Notre Dame Esmeralda’s curvy body is highlighted and appears to be fully naked during her fire dance.
Throughout most of the dance she appears clothed, but several revealing frames show a naked body containing a suspicious amount of detail around her breasts and inner thigh area. We’re sure this might have stoked a burning desire amongst male viewers of the film, young or old!
You lot are so dirty minded…
19. Disney Once Produced This Very Questionable Cover Art
Innocent minds might well assume that this cover art from Euro-Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Bladid simply shows a loving hug between Minnie and Mickey Mouse.
However, upon closer inspection, you can clearly see that Mickey has his hand around none other than a gigantic blue penis. We’re almost 100% sure the cartoonists at Euro Disney knew exactly what they were doing with that one!
20. Bambi Provided Viewers With A Subtle Biology Lesson
And finally, Disney helpfully provided its viewers with a cryptic biology lesson on one particular aspect of the male anatomy. Everyone remembers Flower the adorable skunk who appeared in Bambi (1942), a seemingly innocent tale about a deer and its woodland friends.
So much for biology..
However, at one point Flower receives a passionate kiss that causes him to go rigid and sends blood rushing straight to his head. Hmmm….