Disney is a prime example of excellent branding. The Disney name has established a long-standing image that is synonymous with quality family-friendly entertainment. However, this is not always the case.
Everyone is amused by their own inside jokes. In fact, this author has been guilty of slipping the names of friends in as some of the wrong answer choices for some quiz questions when the name is close to the correct answer.
Disney has been guilty of this far too many times for them to all be dismissed as coincidences. Disney has too much at stake to engage in this type of behavior. An image they worked so hard on has created controversy over the years, all because some animators want a good chuckle that the kiddies won’t get. Well, the parents get it, and some of them are not pleased with it.
We won’t jump to conclusions, though. We just present you with the facts, add a little bit of humorous and biased journalism, and allow you to make up your own mind after reading our list on 15 Times Disney Went Way Too Far.
15. Little Mermaid Checkmates Us With Their Bishop & Castle
The Little Mermaid has two questionable things going on. One of them is easily dismissed, but the other seems intentional to us. The first takes place when Prince Eric is about to be wed to Ursula in disguise. The Bishop presiding over the nuptials appears to have a bulge in a conspicuous location. Other shots depict the holy man with knobby knees, so it is easy to dismiss this. We are not sure how the artist didn’t notice he was illustrating that knobby knee right where another knob is found. The second and more deliberate-looking act is in an artwork for The Little Mermaid. The collateral shows a plush golden castle. Within that castle appears to be a giant “organ.” The instrument we are referring to does not make music. It makes babies. You can see it in the picture above. The artist claims it was unintentional. Well, why did you have to use a giant castle to advertise a film whose star is a little mermaid? Why not superimpose The Little Mermaid on the poster? Oh, we know why, because she doesn’t have a p*nis.
14. Aladdin Promotes Sharia Law
In the opening musical number from Aladdin, titled Arabian Nights, an original verse in the song goes like this, “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face.” The following line is, “It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!” Once the American-Arab Anti-Defamation Committee stepped in to express their concerns of depicting Arabs or Muslims in this light, Disney changed the line to, “Where it’s flat and immense and the heat is intense” but left the next line as it was. The ironic thing about this is that Disney only changed the line because the Arabic Committee threatened to cut their ears off if they didn’t. Well, we don’t know if that’s entirely true, but look what was done to the artist who showed a picture of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad.
13. Aladdin Wants You To Get Naked, Kids
In the scene in Aladdin where Princess Jasmine’s tiger, Rajah, frightens Aladdin, he seems to be heard uttering the words, “Good teenagers, take off your clothes.” The script indicates that the line is, “Good kitty, take off and go.” Disney claims it is garbled because of a technical glitch. Okay, fine. Well ask yourself these questions: If it was a technical glitch, why didn’t they fix it? Why does he practically whisper the words while being stalked by a tiger? Why would you choose those unusual words to be spoken during this incident? Wouldn’t he scream for help from the owner? Of course, there is also the other end of the argument here. Maybe this doesn’t show that Disney is trying to slide one by. Perhaps those who perceive that Aladdin is asking for kids to take off their clothes are the ones who are sick and twisted here.
12. Lion King On Cloud Nine
In Lion King, Simba and his new-found friends are discussing what they believe the stars in the sky mean. Simba lays down on the Earth and a cloud of dust and pollen is sent upwards in the night air. Magically enough, the dirt and seeds form letters that appear to be an “S” and “E” and an “X” and in that order, spelling out the dirty deed itself. Artists claim they meant to spell out SFX which is an abbreviation for special effects. There are some questions associated with this as well. Why are you going out of your way and creating more work for the team by having the pollen spell out SFX? What is the point? Does it do anything for you personally or to further the film? Did you not realize that the F looks like an E and changes the entire word to mean something inappropriate for children? Based on this evidence and the potential answers to these questions, we deduce that the artist may have purposely made it look confusing.
11. Jessica Rabbit Altogether
Jessica Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, dresses in a fashion that promotes her promiscuity. Not only that, but when you look at it, a human character is married to an animal character. Seeing this kind of behavior might confuse some kids and create future serial killers. Does Disney not think they are conveying the message that it’s okay to have intimate relationships with beings from other species? Why couldn’t Jessica have been a beautiful rabbit lady? She acts in a very s*xual way as well. The majority of children won’t see that far into things. However, kids today are a lot more mature at a much younger age than they were many years ago. They know a lot more about life and s*x in general. Why do you think that is? Thanks Disney for taking their innocence way sooner.
10. Fantasia’s Sunflower
In Fantasia, there is one scene that plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and shows Greek Mythological creatures in the background. There is a dark-skinned female centaur named Sunflower, who is depicted as a servant to the light-skinned centaurs. Sunflower can be seen shining the other centaur’s hooves and fluffing their tails. Her illustrators gave Sunflower stereotypical African-American features, including accentuated lips. This film was originally released in 1940 during a time when the world had not yet learned to embrace diversity and accept the differences of others. In the 1960’s, as the nation was getting close to their 200th birthday, America finally started to grow up. Disney removed all images of the character from the film.
9. Song Of The South
Disney has used all its power and resources to prevent this film from being released in the United States. Apparently, animators are capable of feeling shame and realizing their racist ways. The film shows African-Americans as having a cheerful disposition and Disney exaggerates their characteristics. Like Fantasia, this film was released in the 1940’s. Unlike Fantasia, Disney could not simply remove the controversial characters since they were in the entire film. So, Disney just buried the film in their vaults and it was never to be heard from again and probably won’t be heard from again in our lifetime.
8. Pecos Bill Says Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em
In Disney’s Melody Time movie, there is a cowboy character named Pecos Bill. The wild Westerner is seen riding his faithful steed with a cigarette in his mouth. Promoting smoking to children is in itself insane in any era. We don’t want to hear this “we didn’t know it was bad for us” theory. That is a cop out and an excuse. Do not shift the blame, Disney. You are supposed to teach children good values. Accepting responsibility for your actions should be high on that list. So, practice what you should be preaching, Mickey. Disney has since removed or digitally altered the cigarette from Bill’s mouth, but only in the U.S. version of the film. It’s okay for foreign kids to think smoking is good. European babies are given a carton of Marlboros on their first Christmas.
7. Genie’s Inappropriate Joke
Aladdin is at it again. This time, the genie is the culprit. He makes a joke during one scene that he didn’t think the Earth was supposed to shake until the honeymoon. This is clearly a reference to the consummation of a marriage between a man and a woman shortly after their nuptial vows have been administered. Why does Disney continue to include adult humor in their films? They are trying too hard to appeal to adults. Adults experience the magic of Disney movies as much as children do. The magic for the big folks is that they get to experience the film through the eyes of the young ones. Disney, you don’t need to try and make us like the film. Enough with the adult humor already. It’s not funny.
6. Mellerdrammer Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Racism rears its ugly face once again. This time, it’s a black face and it’s on the Disney flagship character, Mickey Mouse. In Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, the characters act out scenes from Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In these scenes, Mickey and friends have black face. This is so insensitive, unacceptable, inappropriate, and downright racist. Disney acts like they are the foundation of good wholesome values, but they are far from that. They were just the pioneer in animation and learned things like empathy and compassion along the way from society as it evolved. Disney began things with a black stain, and it was them who put it there on Mickey’s face.
5. Rescuers Topless Woman
In Disney’s film The Rescuers, Disney censored themselves some 20 years after the film’s release. An image of a topless woman appears for a brief moment within the film. Disney claims the photograph was added sometime after post production. Does it really matter when it was added? It is in a Disney film and Disney is responsible for it. All Disney has is excuses, reasons why, and blame shifting. The studio asserts that the image was added sometime between the background painters finishing. We don’t want reasons like when it was added. We want to know WHY it was added and WHO put it there?
4. Emperor’s New Groove Pitches A Tent
In The Emperor’s New Groove, Kronk pitches a tent, literally. When the character is using the Earth for his bed, he puts up a very small tent incapable to housing even a baby. He places this tent over his private area. Why? Would it not have been funnier to place the tent over his face to show the ridiculousness of the act? This is another example of Disney trying to appeal to adults with inside humor geared towards them with s*xual innuendos. What is the point of this continued behavior by Disney? Disney seems so obsessed with s*xual topics that they might want to reconsider what genre of entertainment the studio puts out.
3. Toy Story – Mr. Potato Head
In Toy Story, Mr. Potato Head makes a comment when Mrs. Potato Head’s mouth is removed from her potato body. The angry spud indicates that no one takes his wife’s mouth but him. Why add the “but me” part? There is no reason for that dialogue whatsoever. “No one takes my wife’s mouth off” or “No one removes my wife’s mouth” or even “No one shuts my wife’s mouth” would have been more suitable. The comment by the animated veggie is clearly a reference to marital oral pleasure. In what other way would he “take” his wife’s mouth? Disney’s mind is clearly in the gutter and they do not practice critical thinking when they produce this type of material.
2. More Adult Humor
More s*xually-oriented material is afoot. In Frozen, the male and female characters discuss foot size and how foot size doesn’t matter. This is clearly a reference to male genitalia; no doubt about it. In 101 Dalmatians, when a couple mentions that they are having puppies, Cruella comments that the male has been a busy boy. Other characters in the canine film go as far to say they have a “shrinky-winky” from seeing a bunch of dead creatures. We would love for Disney to explain this comment. What is a shrinky-winky? Wreck-It Ralph calls Pac-Man a cherry-chasing dot-muncher. Pac-Man goes after many good-related items, so WHY pick cherries? We know why. The urban dictionary defines cherry chasers as an older man who seeks to take the virginity of young women.
1. Inside Out Gay Joke
In Disney’s Inside Out, the wholesome family juggernaut pokes fun at gay lingo. A little girl notes that San Francisco is a bear-free zone. The entire free world knows about San Francisco’s gay community and if you want to argue the context of bear, just wait. Another character declares that they saw a really hairy man and he looked like a bear. The term bear, in gay lingo, denotes a hairy man, sometimes a bigger man. Smaller hairy men are known as cubs. This is clearly a gay reference. Disney just doesn’t seem to care who they offend. We didn’t even mention that Donald Duck once considers suicide when he places a gun to his own head. Our final judgment is that Disney is really not for kids. What conclusion did you arrive at?