Growing up with cartoons – everybody is familiar with this. The never-ending battle between good and evil (rooting for your favorite hero to win), the love stories, and cracking humor that made us laugh until our cheeks started to hurt. All the good memories, and the great stories we bonded with, all the villains that made us yell at the TV. The good times.
Our favorite heroes and villains taught us a lot of things like the good guys always win, and the bad guys always lose. But, there is another side of your favorite childhood cartoons which you probably haven’t paid attention to. The creative animators and screenwriters often insert subliminal messages into their work, and the examples can sometimes be more than unusual. Sexism, political messages, conspiracy theories and hidden inappropriate jokes are found in numerous cartoons that we all grew up with. There were many accusations and even court cases where animation studios had to edit the questionable parts of their work, but the fact remained that there is something behind. We are bringing you the most obvious hidden messages today. Questionable, confirmed or not, it’s up to you to decide.
11. The Simpsons Predicted Ebola Outbreak
It’s hard to believe that people actually used cartoons to make conspiracy theories, but some of the things you’re about to see in this article are quite suspicious. So suspicious, that it gets you thinking. The Simpsons are airing for 28 years, and this cartoon won every possible award out there, featured hundreds of celebrities and movie stars, and made one of the most successful animated franchises in history.
In the episode that aired in October 1997, Marge suggests to Bart that he should read a book entitled Curious George and the Ebola Virus, trying to coax him. This wouldn’t be something significantly important, but the thing is, the Ebola crisis happened, and we were all aware of it. When you think about it, and research about Ebola, you’ll see that four years later the Ebola outbreak started, and this particular scene had no correlation with the entire episode. The episode is titled ‘Lisa’s Sax’.
Coincidence? You be the judge.
10. Hidden Message of Illuminati in Duck Tales
In this episode of Duck Tales, there is a small hidden message that isn’t hard to find. Scrooge McDuck is feeling ill, so he decides to go to the doctor. During the examination, we can clearly see in the background that something fuzzy is written on the eye chart on the wall. It appears to say “Ask about Illuminati.” The eye chart can be seen in several different moments of the episode.
The episode is titled “Yuppy Ducks”, and it aired in November 1989, a period when the public wasn’t that much informed about the Illuminati, occultism and Freemasonry. Without trying to expose a conspiracy theory or something, I must say that this definitely looks suspicious. Especially when we consider the airing date.
9. A Powerpuff Accident
Superhero cartoons were the next big thing in the industry during the 90s when the Powerpuff Girls started on Cartoon Network. The show features three young girls called Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, and their father, Professor Utonium. The adventures of the three super girls are based on fighting the bad guys, represented by an evil monkey called Mojo-Jojo. The series won a bunch of awards, and it was a favorite among young girls and boys at the time.
The episode 7 from the season 4, “Superfriends” had a situation that might be misunderstood. In the particular scene, the girls are introducing their new friend Robin to their father, and here’s what happens. The detail went below the radar, but it is a weird one, wouldn’t you agree?
8. Illuminati in South Park
Here’s one of the most controversial and incredible shows, which introduced a whole new level of comedy to the world. South Park was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who brought their unique style into animation. The show is centered around four boys: Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. Coarse language, bizarre scenes, unbelievable sense of creativity and imagination brought the series to the top of the Comedy Central feature list. The creators are putting stuff into South Park intentionally to mock with Religion, celebrities, governments, presidents… You name it. In one particular scene the Illuminati symbol was inserted without connotation to the episode script.
The scene shows a Whole Foods store and focuses on buying organic food and items. The hanging pyramid has an eye in the middle resembling the Eye of Horus – a most recognizable symbol related to the Illuminati.
7. Three Little Pigs and The Bizarre Portrait
One of the first cartoons ever by Disney, The Three Little Pigs was the first fairytale ever brought to (animated) life. It aired in 1932, and it became one of the most successful animations in history and a pioneer in the fairytale animation. The audience responded great, and the industry was formed on classic fairy tales, bringing hundreds of projects into life.
When The Three Little Pigs run away from the big bad wolf to the third house, he can’t bring it down, and the pigs are happy. The wolf won’t eat them, they sing and dance, and one of them plays piano made of bricks.
The happy moment contains a pretty bizarre detail, though. When the pigs are dancing in happiness, we can clearly see the image hanging on the wall behind them. The picture shows three sausages and a caption which read “Father.” This picture directly implies to the slaughter of their father. A rude joke, some might say, and quite inappropriate for small children.
6. A Questionable Cloud of Dust in Lion King
We’ve all seen the Disney’s classic and enjoyed it. The Lion King was a big hit, but there are some hidden messages that you might oversee, even though they definitely exist. One among them which was really obvious was the scene when Simba goes to the cliff and flops to the ground throwing up a cloud of dust. It might seem innocent, but when you look closely at the dust, three letters are forming for one second. The word is pretty naughty.
The detail started an avalanche in the media, turning the religious organization, The American Life League, to sue Disney for influencing the young. The campaign against Disney’s “subliminal sexual messages” inspected many of the company’s movies. The official statement from Disney was that letters are forming in the dust, but forming a different word, S-F-X.
5. Secret Coding in Adventure Time
There is a lot of sexism in cartoons these days, wouldn’t you agree? The thing is, everybody inserts and hides sexist messages into their cartoons, and the difference is in the level of creativity of the animator. Here’s a detail that only the chosen ones might notice: on the particular episode of Adventure Time, Princess Bubblegum tries to save her kingdom residents from the frozen state in which Ice King has put them. She reads the ancient book in a search for the cure, and on the particular page, she makes the discovery. The thing is, on the other side, there is a strange set of numbers written – 5318008. This is an old mathematics sexist joke.
What do the numbers mean? Type them in the calculator and turn it upside down.
4. Inappropriate Joke in The Flintstones
The Flintstones are the series that changed television and introduced us to a different style of comedy and entertainment – the “Family” genre. Based on the working class families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles animate the modern life in the Stone Age community. The beauty of the series lies in everyday circumstances with a comedic touch. The show starts with the catchy theme song when Fred Flintstone, the main character, finally finishes his shift at the bronto-crane, slides into his car and drives home.
In this particular episode, Fred and Barney go to a costume store. Fred asks Barney what he will get, and Barney replies with: “Something that makes me look taller.” Fred makes a joke that Barney should get a new head, and Barney’s response might be two-sided.
The joke is definitely not aimed for children. What do you think?
3. Unexpected Guests in Disney Animations
Disney animators are known as funny guys. There are dozens of examples within Disney universe, where characters from one movie appear in a multitude of others, but hidden from the untrained eye. This trend is noticed in Pixar Animations movies the most. Recent animation movies like Frozen, Lilo & Stich, Finding Nemo, Brave, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille and Up all have some “guest appearances” from the other cartoons. And while speaking of the humor between animators of Pixar and Disney, the next one will be interesting.
2. A Secret, Hidden Code in Every Disney Movie?
There are definitely hidden messages in many cartoons out there. But the code that appears in every movie from Disney? That might sound more than strange. That might sound creepy. The animators are hiding a small code in every movie made in recent decades. The code is inserted carefully into literally EVERY movie, you just have to find it. It’s quite shocking when you start finding it in all of your childhood cartoons.
From American Dad, The Simpsons, Monsters University, Finding Nemo, Toy Story and many more, all of the cartoons from the Disney and Pixar studios come with the code A113. Can you guess what this code might be?
1. Johnny Bravo Predicts 9-11
The all-around tough guy from Cartoon Network, who was all about getting ladies to date him (created by Van Partible), had a significant success in the period of airing, the 90s to 2000s. The humor was adult-oriented, and Johnny Bravo became a favorite character of many. The series aired for four seasons and earned some big nominations, but no awards.
On the particular episode on September 11th, 2001, entitled “Chain Gang Johnny” there is a shocking hidden message. Johnny and his friend Carl went to movies, from where they were thrown out. The wall next to the duo arguing about outside the movie theater contains a shocking image of the tall building burning with a lot of smoke, and white sign saying “Coming Soon”.
The fact is even more creepy when we consider that the cartoon aired four months before the actual 9-11 terrorist attacks in NY. Some might see this as a coincidence, some as a joke, but it does look more than suspicious.
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