Everyone is a Disney fan, whether they like to admit it or not. Who hasn’t sung “Let It Go” at the top of their lungs, or wished that Pizza Planet existed in real life? Disney Studios has released some of the most adorable and charming films ever. We have fallen in love with characters like Simba and Woody and Buzz Lightyear, while cringing at villains like the evil stepmother, Maleficent and Sid from Toy Story. You probably have your favorite Disney films, characters, songs, and scenes. Maybe some of them are featured in our list of 15 Shocking Subliminal Messages in Disney Movies. Believe it or not, you may have been watching some of the films without even realizing that there were pretty dirty things there.
Let’s go through these examples one at a time. After reading through these examples, you are going to want to go on a Disney film-watching binge this weekend! Grab your friends and some popcorn and keep your remote control handy, because you are going to want to rewind, pause, and rewatch some of these Disney scenes. Let’s see what is so inappropriate about The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Toy Story, and other classic Disney films. Be sure to keep children away, because some of these jokes and hidden messages are quite explicit. It’s incredible that these films and movie posters were released in theaters all around the country. Just be warned: these revelations may ruin some Disney movies for you. If you don’t care, then let’s do this!
15. The Phallic Palace
Let’s start out list off with The Little Mermaid. Who didn’t love this late 1980s Disney classic? If you were around for the release of The Little Mermaid, then you may have seen the cover art for the original VHS. If you look closely, you will notice that one of the towers of King Trident’s palace looks distinctly like a penis. The adult joke is so widely known that this tower has earned King Trident’s home the nickname “The Phallic Palace.” Clever, right? The rumor is that one of the artists added that little nugget to the movie’s cover art because he was about to get laid off and wanted to leave a lasting impression. A penis on the poster of a kid’s movie would definitely do that! When Disney re-released The Little Mermaid, they gave the movie poster and cover art a revamp, and King Trident and his palace aren’t even featured anymore.
14. Loads of Sex Jokes
There are so many sex jokes in the Disney movies that we just decided to lump them all together here. Case in point: In Toy Story 3, when Barbie says to Ken, “nice ascot” (but you know she really meant ass). Another Toy Story 3 sex joke is when Lotso grabs Mrs. Potato Head’s lips to make her stop talking. Mr. Potato Head comes to his wife’s defense by saying “Hey, nobody takes my wife’s mouth except me!” Hmm. In A Bug’s Life, there are two insects that are basically PG-rated prostitutes, and they ask the ladybug if he wants to “pollinate with real bugs.” Wow. In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Genie makes a joke after an earthquake rocks Aladdin’s and Jasmine’s wedding, saying “I thought the Earth wasn’t supposed to move until the honeymoon.” We could go on and on, but we think you get the point. Disney Studios is full of horndogs!
13. Esmeralda in the Flames
Most people forget about The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In our personal opinion, it is such an underrated Disney movie. Sure, it took on a darker tone, but it had the attitude and wit that could make it a Disney classic. Anyway, this film is not without its sexual innuendo, just like EVERY Disney movie. There is a scene in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in which Esmeralda appears in a fiery apparition. While she dances around in the flames, there are a few frames in which she appears to be fully naked. We can see huge bouncy breasts as the gypsy titled her head back in an impressive backbend during her dance. Furthermore, there are even some people who claim that the word “sex” makes an appearance on Esmeralda’s body while she’s in the flames. Some kids may not notice this at all, while others may spot it right away.
12. Sid’s Toy
In the original Toy Story movie, it is no secret that Sid is one twisted kid (and he grows up to be a garbage man). Anyway, Sid the child had a scary tendency to tear apart his toys and reassemble them in creepy hybrid creations. Who wasn’t freaked out by that giant baby head on a mechanical spider body? The subliminal message comes in the toy that featured long, lean Barbie legs on a fishing hook. She’s a hooker, get it? What an age-inappropriate joke. If you thought that Little Bo Peep was the toy that we had to keep an eye on, it is actually Sid’s hooker Barbie that is the real hussie. And if you think that this was a mistake, think again. All of the Toy Story movies are filled with adult humor and sexual innuendo. Our true question is why Sid had a Barbie and a baby doll in the first place.
11. Booty-licious Movie Poster
The Lion King was one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, and it continues to be a personal favorite for many Disney fans. In 2002 the studio re-released The Lion King, much to the delight of superfans. Yet, there were some people who read very deeply into the new cover art for The Lion King. This new movie poster featured a huge faded-out close-up of Mufasa’s face. The colors were passionate shades of red, orange, and yellow. If you look again really closely at Mufasa’s nose up to the bridge of his nose, you might see something naughty. It looks like the backside of a booty-licious girl in a thong bikini. What the heck? We can’t unsee this now that we know about it. Forget about putting the word “SEX” in the sky; the Disney artists were looking to be a bit more obvious about their sexual desires.
10. Let’s Get Naughty
In Aladdin, we have a scene when Prince Ali is trying to woo Princess Jasmine and take her on a magic carpet ride. But before he can do that, Prince Ali (Aladdin) needs to get past Jasmine’s tiger, Rajah. While trying to get past the growling tiger, Aladdin says something like “good teenagers take off their clothes.” People have pressed rewind and listened to this scene again and again. While Prince Ali is saying this, Princess Jasmine parts the curtains and has a look of surprise on her face. Is she surprised that Aladdin said this? Or is she surprised that her pet tiger is about to chomp Aladdin’s face off? One of the former animators for Aladdin has said that Prince Ali is actually saying something like “Good tiger, go on, scat!” The animator elaborated further saying that the Disney artists who worked on Aladdin were quite conservative, so he doesn’t think they intended for Aladdin to talk dirty.
9. Monster Sex
In the Disney-Pixar film Monsters, Inc., we see a pretty explicit drawing in a child’s bedroom. In a scene towards the end of the film, you can spot a rudimentary drawing of a man and a woman having sex. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself! The name “Roger” is scrawled on the drawing, above a woman with ample breasts leaning over and a man standing upright behind her. BUT! While this image was created by one of the artists working on Monsters, Inc., it wasn’t put into the original film. Someone actually ended up photoshopping it in there and spreading the hoax around the Internet. A pretty good joke, eh? This is just another example of how freaky-deeky Disney animators like to get. Someone in the studio sketched out that sex drawing, proving once again that when you leave an artist in a room for long enough, things will get dirty.
8. An Aladdin Bromance
Let’s face it: Aladdin might be the Disney movie with the most inappropriate references. In just one example, there is a scene in which Genie saves Aladdin from certain death. After the fiasco, Genie gives Aladdin a bear hug and says that he’s becoming quite fond of him, not that he’d want to “go pick out curtains or anything”. This implies that Genie was acting in a homosexual way toward Aladdin, but felt that he needed to clarify that he wasn’t gay, nor was he making a pass at Aladdin. Well, it seems that the tides have changed and Disney is no longer as homophobic as it may have first appeared to be. In the movie Frozen, Elsa sings her anthem, “Let It Go”, which has since become a smash hit. It is also a popular gay anthem for many people in the LGBTQ community. Some even say that “Let It Go” was meant to be a gay anthem all along.
7. Flower Power
In the Disney film Bambi, there is a scene in which Flower steals a kiss from another skunk. He then proceeds to get a rush of blood to his entire body, go stiff, and then fall over. If that isn’t a subliminal message about getting a boner, then we don’t know what is. Come on, Flower goes completely stiff and erect and he is hard and long just like an aroused man’s penis. Plus all the blood is obviously rushing to his phallic-shaped body, as we can see by him turning red. This is so explicit and clear that we don’t see how Disney Studios was able to get away with it. Until now. The film was originally released in 1942, during World War II. Maybe adults needed some release from those tough times, and getting turned on by a kid’s movie might have done it. The film was re-released in 2011 in a Diamond Edition, featuring deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes documentaries.
6. Jessica Rabbit Bares it All
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we have the sexiest animated character of all time: Jessica Rabbit. She isn’t bad, she was “just drawn this way”. Anyway, there is a scene when Jessica Rabbit topples out of a car and bounces down a hill in her slinky red dress. Her outfits stays on, but the hem of her skirt seems to reveal her naked crotch region for a split second. If you pause at just the right time, you’ll see it – no underwear at all. Naughty rabbit! An animator from Disney studios explained that back then (this film came out in 1988), animators and artists would add in little inside jokes like that. This one was totally real, but in later editions of the film, artists were certain to cover up Jessica Rabbit’s goods. Still, there are plenty of other instances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in which Jessica Rabbit is highly sexualized. Her boobs, her heavy-lidded eyes, her GARTER…c’mon, Disney.
5. Naughty Minister
In The Little Mermaid, we can already tell that this film is a bit weird. We’ve got a 16-year-old mermaid who is already fully developed in the chest area. Plus she flaunts that body in ways that a young teenager definitely shouldn’t. It’s no wonder that all of her older sisters were jealous of her…and why her father, King Trident was seriously worried about his youngest daughter. Anyway, there is a scene in The Little Mermaid when Eric and Ariel are getting married. They are super excited, but it also looks like the minister who is marrying them is excited too. We’d even say he was aroused. You will notice that as we see the minister in profile view, he has a hefty bunch in the front of his pants. If he getting a boner from this wedding? This scene has been cleared up by Disney, who said it’s not a penis, it’s actually supposed to be his knee. Right.
4. Satanists at Disney?
Is Disney run by a bunch of Satan worshippers? That’s what some conspiracy theorists would have you believe. Apparently the hand gesture of having your pinky and index fingers pointed up along with your thumb is a symbol of the devil. And this is a hand gesture that we see a lot of in Disney films. Maleficent and the evil stepmother can be found holding their hands in this symbol, as can Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White. And there are plenty of other examples of this hand gesture as well, spanning the full timeline of Disney movies. Whether it is a vicious queen pointing out her treacherous plan, a princess falling asleep in the forest, or a young girl being seduced by a charming prince, the “Satan hands” show up a lot. We don’t really know what this is about, but it just seems to be a common hand gesture that the Disney animators copy.
3. Druggie’s Paradise
Of course if we’re referencing drugs, then we’re talking about Alice in Wonderland. This Disney movie is said to promote the use of all types of drugs, such as opium, speed, LSD, marijuana, crystal meth, and cocaine. You’ve got anthropomorphic animals smoking bongs and magic mushrooms, plus a 10-year-old blonde chick getting high on LSD and crystal meth and floating through a time warp. And just try to tell us that the rabbit wasn’t a physical representation of speed. Clearly, the creators and animators of Alice in Wonderland were on drugs of some sort. This was back in 1951, so maybe they were better able to get away with that kind of stuff? It’d be interesting to see how a movie like Alice in Wonderland would be perceived nowadays if it was premiered in theaters. Besides the drugs, there’s a moment of sexual innuendo. An image of a cave entrance looks exactly like a vagina.
2. Naked Woman Rescued
The Rescuers is a Disney film from 1977, yet it wasn’t until over two decades later that Disney studios decided to change it. On January 8, 1999, Disney recalled over 3 million copies of the original film. That’s because there is a naked woman who makes an appearance in a particular scene. When the two mice are flying away in a sardine box, you can clearly see a naked woman splayed out full-frontal through the window. Disney said that the image was placed there during post-production, but that didn’t stop them from recalling 3.4 million copies of that film. The nude picture is commonly known as The Playboy Centerfold, and apparently it’s a well-known thing in animation, even at Disney. One of their former animators said that back in the day (we’re talking the 1970s here), animators and artists used The Playboy Centerfold in many art pieces and films.
1. Sex in the Sky
This is perhaps the most well-known “inappropriate joke” in a Disney movie, and it goes back to The Lion King. This was one of the hottest movies of its time, even among live-action films, and it is still a top-ranking Disney movie among fans. In the original film, there is a scene when young adult Simba is gazing at the stars with his new friends, Timon and Pumbaa. As they look up at the sky, you might be able to make out the word “SEX” among the jumble of stars. So many people have pointed this out that an animator from the Disney studios spoke out about it saying that it doesn’t say “SEX”, it says “SFX”, which is supposed to stand for the special effects department (get it?). Anyway, some people still say that it was a sneaky way to add something naughty to this children’s film. Animators get bored, apparently.