Children’s films are clearly intended for children, yet behind the lovable characters, colorful animations, feel good music, and happy (and usually rather predictable) endings – hides (unpredictable) sexual innuendos. From the obvious phallic-shaped objects to the less-obvious adult humor jokes – the Disney and Pixar studios seem to always slip in a sexual reference into almost every kid’s film. These sexual messages are carefully laced into family friendly films that appear so innocent on the surface, yet below the surface, these kid’s films reveal more adult-oriented material. Perhaps, the film studios are right – these “sexual innuendos” are just misunderstandings and misinterpretations, and nothing more. Or maybe, Disney and Pixar are adding in a bit of sexuality in order to try to make these family films truly fun for the whole family. Either way, audiences around the world have taken notice. Although given G and PG ratings, these 14 children’s movies contain sexual innuendos you may have never noticed… until now.
14. Toy Story
The 1995 Pixar film, Toy Story, introduced us to some of the most beloved animated film characters in cinema history, including Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody. Buzz and Woody are both toys that belong to Andy, a young boy who treats his toys more like friends, than inanimate objects. However, across the street lives Sid, a young boy that takes joy in tormenting his toys, by taking them apart and creating creatures, like a doll with mechanical spider legs and a duck head on top of a GI Joe. Alongside the creatures, the film includes a seemingly innocent toy — a pair of Barbie legs with a dangling hook, which subtly suggests that it’s a “hooker.” Nice one, Pixar!
13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit involves adultery and murder, so it’s no surprise that the filmmakers snuck in some hidden sexual references. During the scene in which Jessica and Bob Hoskins are in a taxi, they crash the car, hitting a light post. As the car crashes, Jessica tumbles out of the car and out of her dress. Her iconic red dress flies up, revealing that she isn’t wearing any panties. The moment lasted only for a few frames, which equates to a split-second, but thanks in part to the power of pause, the animators racy shot didn’t stay hidden for long.
12. A Bug’s Life
The 1998 film, A Bug’s Life tells the story of Flick, an inventive ant who teams up with a team of circus bugs, including a caterpillar, a ladybug, a praying mantis, a walking stick, a black widow spider, a moth and a flea, in order to defeat the greedy Grasshoppers who steal his ant colony’s food supply every season. In one scene, a pair of flies ask Francis, the ladybug, “Hey cutie, wanna pollinate with a real bug?” As kids, we may not have known enough about the birds and the bees to know that that was anything more than friendly flirting. However, we know now – it was clearly a sex joke.
The 2007 Pixar classic, Ratatouille tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a rat, named Remy who can cook and a chef named Linguini, who can’t cook. Near the end of the film, the infamous restaurant critic, Anton Ego, visits Remy and Linguini’s restaurant and gives a lesson to the two chefs about food before tasting it, stating, “If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow it.” However, it seems the lesson was less about food and more about sex. It was very subtle, but Pixar managed to slip in a sexual innuendo with a reference to oral sex.
There’s been a lot of speculation over the years about this hidden sexual innuendo in the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin. Some have written it off as a misheard whisper, but many believe it was just another one of Disney’s hidden sexual connotations. In the scene when Aladdin is first trying to woo Jasmine, he whispers to Jasmine’s pet tiger, “Good kitty, take off and go,” – however, the phrase sounds an awful like, “Good teenagers take off your clothes.” Audiences are convinced they heard the latter phrase – which implies a bit of sexual brainwashing on Disney’s part.
The 1997 Disney film, Hercules also has a hidden sexual innuendo, involving the villain known as, River Guardian. Meg was sent by Hades to recruit the River Guardian for his army, but he would only agree to join if Meg would be his lover. Meg’s refusal enrages the villain and a fight ensues as Hercules shows up. The two battle one another and the fight ends with Hercules punching the River Guardian through the air. Before he passes out, his own horseshoes fall on his head, causing a bump shaped as a phallic, to grow out of the top of his head. As the penis-shaped bump swelled, the River Guardians’ eyebrows appeared to morph into a set of testicles. Now, that’s a pretty obvious sexual innuendo.
8. The Little Mermaid
The 1989 Disney film, The Little Mermaid reached its climax (no pun intended), when Ursula (the sea witch) steals Ariel’s voice, gives herself a human body and hypnotizes Prince Eric into loving her. To make it official, a bishop who seems more excited about the union of holy matrimony than Ursula, is performing the ceremony. That’s right, audiences quickly noticed the bishop’s physical excitement, through what appeared to be an erection. Disney attested that it was his knees, but they decided to later release a new version of the film, where the bishops’ “knees” were removed from the scene.
7. The Lion King
The Disney classic, The Lion King introduced us to the lovable characters Simba, Pumba, and Timon, and slyly taught us the purpose of life. In one scene, the three friends are laying in the grass, while looking up at the stars. Simba wonders about his purpose in life, and dramatically walks off. He falls down on the grass, swirling the dust in the wind. However, the swirling dust looks as if it’s trying to tell him something when it spells out the word, “SEX.” So, according to Disney, sex is the purpose of life? Disney quickly shot down those rumors, exclaiming that it actually spells “SFX” – which is short for special effects, and that it was meant to be a tribute to the special effects team. Oh, Disney…
6. Toy Story 3
Pixar does a fantastic job of sneaking hidden sexual innuendos into their films, and the 2010 film Toy Story 3, was no exception. In one scene, the villain Lotso, a pink stuffed bear, removes Mrs. Potato Head’s lips from her body, because she’s talking too much. Mr. Potato Head yells, “Hey, nobody takes my wife’s mouth except me!” Clearly, Mr. Potato Head wasn’t referring to just talking when he exerted ownership over his wife’s mouth. Children, most likely did not notice the sexual innuendo – but adults realized very quickly that Mr. Potato Head was referring to oral sex.
5. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The 1971 kid’s film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory took us on a tour of a candy factory filled with a chocolate river, lollipops, gumdrops, licorice, and snozzberries. Yes, snozzberries. In one scene, Wonka shows off his newest invention: lickable wallpaper. The children and guardians begin licking the wallpaper, when Willy Wonka explains, “Lick an orange. It tastes like an orange. The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries.” Veruca Salt questions what snozzberries are, but Wonka never really gave her an answer. So, what are they? According to Roald Dahl, the author of the Willy Wonka book – a snozzberry is the head of a penis. Now, that’s filthy.
The 2010 Disney film Tangled, tells the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel and has a hidden sexual innuendo similar to the film, The Lion King. Although, contrary to The Lion King, the sexuality in question doesn’t occur in the actual film but instead, was noticed in promotional posters for the movie. It’s been suggested that one of the film’s movie posters included the word “SEX” which is cleverly hidden within Rapunzel’s hair. Perhaps, this was also supposed to say “SFX” or maybe, Disney just really enjoys hiding the word ‘sex’ in their children’s films.
3. The Brave Little Toaster To The Rescue
The 1999 animated direct-to-video sequel, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, gave audiences a sexual reference so climatic and so ridiculous, that it’s almost unbelievable. The scene in question begins with a computer talking to a computer mouse. The computer exclaims, “My memory banks are being stroked,” while making pleasurable sounds like – “Woo!” and “That feels sorta good.” He adds, “I feel something happening inside of me and I can’t keep it to myself any longer,” and then all at once, the printer explodes with sheets of white paper. Yes, you read that right – Disney’s animated computer climaxed and you understand the rest.
The 1950 Disney film, Cinderella, told us more than just the story of a mistreated step daughter turned princess, it told us the story of two best-mouse-friends, Jaq and Gus. Jaq and Gus did everything together – got into trouble together, ate together, went on adventures together and experimented together. Yes, that’s right – Jaq and Gus experimented together. Remember the scene when Jaq and Gus are scrambling to collect the beads from a broken necklace? Jaq and Gus find themselves in an odd position when Jaq begins stringing the beads onto Gus’s tail. Although this scene seems playful, many would assume that Jaq and Gus are sexually experimenting with sex toys.
1. The Rescuers
The Disney film The Rescuers debuted in 1977, and unveiled much more than a children’s story about two New York City mice that come to the aid to those in need. The film unveiled a photo of a topless woman, which was inserted into two frames. The image of the topless woman can be seen 38 minutes in, as Bianca and Bernard fly through the city in a sardine can. The image was so brief that most people wouldn’t notice it, however after the topless frames were discovered, Disney recalled 3.4 million videotapes and released a formal apology.