50 Disney Scenes Containing Hidden Characters From Other Disney Movies
Disney is well-known for its love of hiding characters from the Disney/Pixar universe inside its own movies. Sometimes the references are obvious, but other times the animators have done an excellent job of hiding away popular characters in much-loved Disney films.
In the list below, we’ve included 50 Disney scenes which contain hidden characters from other Disney movies. Did you spot some of these the first time around? Scroll down the article below to see whether you noticed these Disney easter eggs hiding in plain sight…
50. Aladdin (1992)
First up – did you notice this very brief Little Mermaid easter egg in Aladdin? The Genie finds none other than Sebastian inside his ‘Royal Recipes’ book and we hear ‘Under The Sea’ play for a couple of seconds.
49. Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin features another classic Disney character in the form of Pinocchio at one point during the movie! When Aladdin promises that he’ll use one of his wishes to free the Genie, the Genie says ‘yeah right’ and promptly transforms his head into that of the little wooden puppet.
48. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
Only the most eagle-eyed Disney fans will have noticed this one. In a street scene from The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, you can see Belle from Beauty And The Beast in the bottom right-hand corner!
47. Tarzan (1999)
There’s some Disney characters hiding in plain sight during this scene from Hercules. Does that tea set look familiar to you? It’s only the singing and dancing crockery from Beauty And The Beast.
46. Toy Story 2 (1999)
In Toy Story 2, Mrs Potato Head can be spotted reading a story to some of the Toddle Tots. If you squint, you can see that it’s a page from A Bug’s Life.
45. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters, Inc. features a very familiar Finding Nemo character when Boo hands Sully a plush Nemo. However, at the time this scene was created, Finding Nemo was still two years away from release!
44. Finding Nemo (2003)
During the Finding Nemo credits, you might not have spotted Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. swimming past the camera!
43. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
In 101 Dalmatians there’s a famous Twilight Bark scene which occurs just as the cats have been kidnapped. Notice the two pups at the bottom of the screen? That’s Lady and Tramp from the Disney film of the same name.
42. The Rescuers (1977)
In The Rescuers, you can clearly see the outline of Bambi and his mother during the classic Disney song ‘Someone’s Waiting For You’.
41. Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin has yet another hidden Disney character you might not have noticed. See who’s lurking in this pile of toys? It’s the Beast from Beauty and the Beast!
40. Hercules (1997)
In The Lion King, Zazu states that Scar ‘would make a very handsome throw rug’. Which might explain why he ends up as just that in 1997’s Hercules. The titular character wears a pelt of the villainous uncle – justice is served!
39. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
You have to really squint hard to see this one. When Mike runs out of the door you can just about see a Nemo toy hanging up on the wall.
38. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
There’s a double whammy here! Randall ends up in the trailer from A Bug’s Life – and what’s that to the left of the caravan? The Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story.
37. Lilo And Stitch (2002)
In Lilo’s bedroom, you can clearly see a Mulan poster hanging on the wall. Nice!
36. Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo contains several hidden characters – did you notice this one? In the toy box at the dentist waiting room, there’s a Buzz Lightyear lying on the floor!
35. Finding Nemo (2003)
This poor kid is also busy reading a Mr. Incredible comic while waiting to go and see the dentist. The Incredibles would only be released in 2004, a year after Finding Nemo.
34. The Incredibles (2004)
If you look to the left of this scene, you can see Doc Hudson from Cars hidden in the background. Cars was eventually released in 2006.
33. Ratatouille (2007)
During the scene when Remy sneaks into the house, he briefly throws the shadow of Dug from Up against the wall!
32. Ratatouille (2007)
In another scene from Ratatouille, you can just about spot Bomb Voyage – the baddie from The Incredibles – doing some street art for passers-by. Quite a transformation!
31. Wall-E (2008)
The Pizza Planet pops up yet again in Wall-E – did you spot it first time around?
30. Up (2009)
In this scene from Up, a girl is playing in her bedroom with the Pixar ball resting on the carpet. Hidden in the shadows on the left hand side of the screen is Lotso from Toy Story 3, which was released the following year.
29. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
Remember Jock, the Scottish terrier from Lady and the Tramp? He also makes an appearance in 101 Dalmatians during the Twilight bark scene.
28. Frozen (2013)
Frozen contains more than a few hidden Disney characters. During Elsa’s coronation, you can clearly see Rapunzel and Eugene from Tangled walking into the castle.
27. Frozen (2013)
Tiana from Princess and the Frog is also present when Elsa addresses the crowd of nobility. You need your glasses on for this one though!
26. Big Hero 6 (2014)
Did you notice this hidden character at the police station? It’s a wanted poster for the evil Prince Hans Westergaard aka the baddie from Frozen.
25. Monsters University (2013)
The Pizza Planet truck just loves showing up in other Disney films. In this frat party scene from Monsters University you can spot it parked on the left hand side of the screen.
24. Tangled (2011)
Remember the three-legged spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty (1959)? It makes a sneaky appearance in Rapunzel’s bedroom decades later.
23. The Little Mermaid (1989)
During the wedding scene between Eric and Ursula, you can see plenty of noble men and women gathered at the event. Among these characters are both the king and the grand duke from Cinderella (1950).
22. A Bug’s Life (1998)
We’re starting to believe The Huffington Post when they claim that the Pizza Planet truck appears in nearly every Disney Pixar movie. Here you can see it parked next to a trailer in A Bug’s Life.
21. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Remember the toy repairman with the giant glasses who manages to fix Woody? He previously starred in a Pixar short film from 1997 entitled Geri’s Game.
20. Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
There’s a hidden character from one of Disney’s lesser-known films, The Brave Little Toaster (1987), in The Emperor’s New Groove. At Mudka’s Meat Hut, you can see that the chef owns his own brave little toaster.
19. Finding Nemo (2003)
The Pizza Planet truck crops up yet again in Finding Nemo when Gil is describing their escape route out of the dentist.
18. Brother Bear (2003)
Brother Bear wasn’t one of Disney’s most successful movies, but it did anticipate the arrival of Finding Nemo the same year. How? You can just see a little clownfish hopping out of the net alongside all of the salmon.
17. Cars (2006)
See that jackalope painted on the back of the RV truck to the right? It’s the same one that appears in the Pixar short film Boundin’.
16. Wall-E (2008)
Mike from Monsters, Inc. is hiding in the rubble in Wall-E. You can just about see him lurking in the background!
15. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
In a street scene from the movie, look to the right at the woman on the balcony shaking out the carpet. That’s actually Aladdin’s magic carpet!
14. Cars 2 (2011)
The giant Gastow’s restaurant we see in Cars 2 is a reference to Ratatouille. Did you spot it the first time around?
13. Brave (2012)
The Pizza Planet truck even appears on the witch’s table in Brave! Hiding in plain sight yet again. Pixar animators must love their pizza.
12. Tangled (2011)
Get your magnifying glass out! In this scene you can just about see a tiny Pinocchio puppet dangling above Flyn Rider.
11. Partysaurus Rex (2012)
This animated short still managed to get in a reference to Monsters, Inc. See the fluffy toilet cover in the background? It’s a tribute to Sully’s distinctive fur!
10. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
Tiny the T-Rex from Meet the Robinsons (2007) is hanging around Game Central Station when Ralph travels back from Pac-Man.
9. Wreck-it Ralph
In the very same scene, you can see Cinderella and Belle walking in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
8. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Bill the Lizard is an odd-looking character that first cropped up in Alice and Wonderland. He reappears again in The Great Mouse Detective.
7. The Little Mermaid (1989)
King Triton rolls into his underwater kingdom to lots of fanfare. There’s a huge crowd of people waiting for him – among them are Disney favourites Goofy, Mickey and Donald Duck!
6. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
At one point in the movie, Louis scrunches up some swamp grass and pretends to put it over his head like a wig. This is a reference to Madam Mim from The Sword and the Stone (1963).
5. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
In Lilo’s bedroom, as well as the Mulan poster there’s also a very cute plush elephant toy by the window. It looks familiar because it’s Dumbo from the Disney film of the same name.
4. The Black Cauldron (1985)
This movie hasn’t really stood the test of time and isn’t one of the Disney classics. However, it does feature a very famous individual – at one point in the movie, Tinkerbell starts floating around inside the cave.
3. Treasure Planet (2002)
When Jim Hawkins is asleep in his bedroom, we get a brief glimpse of his surroundings. On Jim’s shelf is a stack of books, some paper and…a Stitch plush toy!
2. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
The Pixar ball makes a very hidden appearance in this movie – you can just about see it resting on a stool in the left hand corner of the screen.
1. Oliver & Company (1988)
Tramp, Peg and Jock make another appearance in a different Disney movie – this time they’re hanging around on the street in a very brief cameo. Did you spot them?
Did you spot all of these hidden Disney characters the first time around? Let us know in the comments section below!
If you still want more Disney hidden secrets, then why not check out the article below?
Unless you live in a cave, you’ll know all about what Disney’s all about. It’s Disney. The Mouse House. The greatest producer of family entertainment that there ever was.
The reputation as a family-friendly studio has been cultivated by almost a century spent producing animation made for people of all ages.
This reputation, however, is built on a lie, and no we’re not talking about founder Walt Disney’s sympathy for the Nazis.
Rather, we’re talking all that smut that the Disney animators have unashamedly snuck into Disney films over the years.
From Bambi to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, all the way up to the present day with the likes of Frozen, Disney has been stuffing its animation with sexual imagery and innuendo since the beginning.
Some of these sexy gags spotted by viewers are, if you’re to believe the Disney insiders themselves, ‘accidental’.
Others, on the other hand, have been very deliberate. You may never have noticed, but it’s almost guaranteed that your favourite Disney movie has a reference to some filth or another in it at some point.
Please do join us in taking a look at 30 of Disney’s most controversial hidden ‘secrets’ – but don’t blame us if it ruins your childhood.
30. The Lion King’s ‘sex’ scene
Did you pick up on this subliminal message the first time you watched 1994’s The Lion King?
Hailed as one of Disney’s best animated efforts, The Lion King is also one of the Mouse House’s most notoriously cheeky films.
In one scene that comes midway through the film, a melancholy Simba gazes up at the night sky.
As he lays down with a thud, Simba kicks up a cloud of dust, which appears to spell out ‘SEX’.
Or does it? Not according to ex-Disney animator Tom Sito, who says the cloud is much more innocent than that.
“It doesn’t say SEX. It says special effects. It’s SFX,” Sito claims. You’ll just have to take his word on that one though. Still it’s not as bad this very deliberate pornographic image in The Rescuers.
29. There’s a naked lady in The Rescuers
First released in 1977, it wasn’t until years later that anyone managed to spot the obscenity just lurking beneath the surface in The Rescuers.
Around 38 minutes into the film, as Bernard and Bianca fly through the city, a naked woman can be seen in the window of a building.
The image was apparently inserted into the film by one of the animators having a cheeky little inside joke.
It wasn’t until 1999, when The Rescuers was released on VHS for the first time, that somebody first paused the scene and discovered the bare-chested lady.
Parents were immediately outraged and the company had to act quickly to deal with the controversy.
Disney were forced to immediately recall all 3.4 million copies of the film and had to erase all traces of the X-rated image for subsequent releases. Whoops!
Disney executives also had to do a bit of explaining when it came to one particularly racy scene in The Little Mermaid.
28. The Little Mermaid’s bishop gets a little too excited
The Bishop in The Little Mermaid appears to enjoy officiating weddings a little more than he should.
Did you notice this naughty Disney moment the first time around?
During the scene in which Prince Eric prepares to marry ‘Vanessa’, it used to appear that the bishop overseeing the ceremony had gotten a little too excited.
As the bishop stands before the soon-to-be-betrothed and says “Dearly beloved”, his groin region appeared to bulge and inflate – a sign to some viewers that this man of the cloth is taking the wrong kind of pleasure in his work.
Former Disney animator Tom Sito has claimed that the ‘bulge’ is actually one of the bishop’s knees.
Still, this didn’t stop one viewer from attempting to sue Disney over the image not being ‘suitable for use and viewing by young children’.
As a result, Disney was eventually forced to remove the offending – ahem – ‘erection’ from the film.
But that’s not the only X-rated moment in The Little Mermaid…
27. The Little Mermaid has penis-y poster art
Is it just us, or does the poster and home vid cover art for The Little Mermaid look happy to see us?
The art depicts the main characters against the backdrop of Atlantica, which here seems particularly phallic.
You were probably too innocent minded to spot it…or were you?!
And just in case you’d like to take a closer look at the offending item specifically, then here you go:
Was it simply an innocent accident? Not according to longstanding rumour, which has always suggested that a ticked-off Disney animator inserted the penis intentionally after being sacked.
It turns out the rumour was just that, though.
Not only was the poster artist not fired, he wasn’t even employed by Disney in the first place.
The artist in question has since admitted that the artwork was a result of him rushing to complete it over an all-night design session – meaning any penises in the poster are mere Freudian slips at best.
26. Jessica Rabbit exposes herself
Since the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, Jessica Rabbit has become one of the most iconic symbols of female sensuality in real life and in the world of animation.
Jessica was intentionally drawn with one of the most unrealistically desirable bodies in the world, all curves and slinky physicality.
It appears even the animators who created the character couldn’t resist fantasising about Mrs Rabbit, though.
At one point in the film, Jessica crashes out of the cab she’s been riding with Bob Hoskins’ Eddie Valiant.
As she’s thrown from the car, Jessica’s legs open to reveal more than Mrs Rabbit would probably prefer her public to see. It’s a Basic Instinct moment in a film full of risqué humour, atypical even for those filth merchants over in the Disney animation house.
So did you notice it first time around? Maybe you spotted the prostitute in Toy Story instead? Read on to find out more…
25. Sid has a ‘hooker’ in his room in Toy Story
Make no mistake: perhaps even more so than parent company Disney, Pixar has a history with innuendos intended just for the adults in the room.
Exhibit A: 1995’s very first Toy Story, and specifically one of the characters that lurk in bully Sid’s bedroom.
Fans of the movie will remember there was the creepy rolling frog, the car with human arms and legs, plus the weird mechanical spider-like baby doll.
But one of Sid’s toys had a very X-rated name which probably went straight over the heads of any 90s kids out there.
Among Sid’s toys, all of them nightmarish mash-ups of other toys he’s dissected, is a pun-tastic monstrosity.
Keeping company with a spider-baby, a car that walks and a GI Joe head glued onto a Melody Push Chime is ‘Legs’.
Legs, so Christened by Woody, is a pair of Barbie doll legs with a fishing rod for a body.
That would make ‘Legs’ a walking hooker, which isn’t subtle, but damn if it doesn’t get the job done as a visual gag aimed squarely at the grown-ups.
24. Cars 2 features a ‘lemon party’
First thing’s first: if you don’t know what a ‘lemon party’ is, for your own sake, do NOT start Googling it now.
All you need to know is that ‘lemon party’ refers to a widely shared shock image of three elderly gentlemen in the act of…we’ll call it lovemaking.
With that vague, cautious introduction out of the way, let’s move on to one of the most outrageous Disney in-jokes of them all.
Cars 2 has as its villains a bunch of old cars – nicknamed the Lemons – involved in an international fuel-based conspiracy.
In one scene, these old geezers can be found having a party featuring lemon hats, lemonade and a table full of lemons.
“Isn’t this a great party?”, one attendee asks, in case anybody in the audience hadn’t caught on to what was going on.
As we can’t figure out any other reason why these villains would be called the Lemons in the first place, why they would all be older gentlemen, or why there would be a scene involving elderly characters at a ‘lemon party’, we’re just going to have to jump to this conclusion…
23. Aladdin gets kicked out of a brothel
We all wondered about it when we were kids: just who are those sexy women who despise Aladdin in his introduction scene?
They’re front and centre in the opening scene of the movie but they don’t seem very pleased to see the lead character.
Well, we’re all adults now, so let’s not beat around the bush any longer: those women are prostitutes, and our boy is in a brothel.
Which leads us on to the next question: how do these prostitutes know Aladdin so well, and why do they push the poor chap out of a window?
Evidently, Aladdin has paid visits to this house of vice before, getting to know the girls pretty well in his time.
That’s why they want him gone: they know he can’t afford to pay for their services, and they’ve likely been burned by him before.
Aladdin might never have existed if the prostitutes had had an effective pimp in charge of their brothel.
Which leads on to yet another question about the ‘family friendly’ kids film…
Just how would Jasmine respond if she ever found out her ‘Prince Ali’ was a regular client of ladies of the night? We say divorce.
Still, it’s not as bad as some of the tricks Baby Herman got up to in Who Framed Roger Robbit.
22. Baby Herman commits sexual assault
Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s ‘child actor’ Baby Herman is not, it’s safe to say, as innocent as he looks.
Baby Herman isn’t actually a baby at all, but a middle-aged ‘toon with a gravelly voice and taste for cigars.
This ‘baby’ also has a bit of an eye for the ladies.
In his words, he has a “50-year-old lust and a three-year-old dinkie”.
Which is just about the creepiest thing we’ve ever heard in our life.
Still, Herman’s shortcomings don’t stop him from acting like a borderline sexual predator all through the film, regrettably.
In a time before the #MeToo movement began, in one scene from the theatrical cut of Roger Rabbit, Herman can be seen peeking – and, more disconcertingly, poking – up women’s skirts.
This scene was cut from home video versions of the film, because the only place people want to see a toddler with an adult voice sexually assaulting a woman is in their nightmares.
Needless to say we have no idea why Disney animators thought that was a good idea.
21. Miss Piggy admits to having sex with multiple pirates
Baby Herman isn’t the only Disney character who might need to rethink their overtly sexual behaviour. In a brave move for a woman in the industry, Miss Piggy has never been one to hide her love of the opposite sex.
Nothing this pioneer has said or done, however, compares to her inspiring work in Muppet Treasure Island.
In this puppet-based classic, Miss Piggy unsubtly implies that she has had sex with not one, but two legends of the pirate world.
The first conquest Miss Piggy confesses to in the film is one Captain Flint, with a bold and feisty “he was a pirate, I was a lady…you know the story”.
Miss Piggy then says all she can ever say in her protracted greeting of Tim Curry’s Long John Silver.
“Hello, Looooooong John”, winks Miss Piggy, prompting Kermit to exclaim “Oh no, him too?!”
Dear God, these puppets are insatiable. It turns out certain toy astronauts are also a bit randy as well…
20. Buzz springs into action in Toy Story 2
Pixar might be the best around in terms of making art out of its animation, but if you think the studio is above making cheap boner jokes, think again.
The first Toy Story movie was notoriously full of adult humour, with parents enjoying the hugely successful 1995 film as much as their young kids.
However, Pixar took things to a whole new dimension with the release of Toy Story 2, which is the first film in the series to introduce cowgirl Jessie, a vibrant, vivacious kind of toy who’s always ready for action.
Basically, she’s perfect for man’s man Buzz Lightyear. And damned if he doesn’t know it, too.
So where did the controversy between the pair come from?
Buzz’s intro to Jessie is awkward: he’s bashful, while she’s more interested in helping Andy’s barking dog Buster to get out of Andy’s room.
She promptly springs into action, skateboarding onto the doorknob and opening the door for Buster to escape.
All Buzz can do, meanwhile, is watch, his mouth agape, as his wings become helplessly erect.
Unfortunately, Buzz is not the only Disney character on our list who can’t control his body when consumed by lust.