Disney is an entertainment conglomerate to be reckoned with. From the silent era to the present day, the media giant has been entertaining children and adults alike with movies, music, television programs and everything in between for almost 100 years.
When you think of Disney, images are conjured up of everything pure and great. True love’s kiss, fairy tales, catchy songs – these are all staples of our childhood thanks to Walt. The movies are embedded in our memories. How many of us still reminisce about the first time we watched The Lion King and how heartbroken we were when Mufasa died? How many of us still remember all of the words to A Whole New World? It’s a legacy we hold dear.
It’s true, Disney reminds us of our lost innocence. We rely on it to remain that way, not just for us, but for generations to come. That being said, there are a few choice moments in Disney history that may have gone under the radar. For instance, when you watched The Little Mermaid, did you spot the giant penis in King Triton’s palace? How about the flashers in Cars? I’m about to take you on a little trip down memory lane – it may not be quite as pure as you remember.
15. GASTON AND HIS HAIR
Beauty and The Beast has seen renewed popularity this year thanks to the live-action remake starring Emma Watson. However, let’s face it – the original will never be surpassed. The colorful characters, the talking furniture, the quintessential French village (although everyone bar the candlestick talks with an American accent, but nm). That’s not to say that the 1991 animation didn’t push the boundaries slightly. After all, we’re dealing with a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome here – and not only that, an extremely hairy brute of a man. In Gaston’s musical number, he boasts about himself unapologetically, proudly proclaiming ‘Every last inch of me is covered with hair!’ while bearing his chest and looking suggestively at the camera. Wow. TMI.
14. THE HIDDEN PENIS IN THE LITTLE MERMAID
Yes, you read that right. There is a hidden penis in King Triton’s underwater palace. It didn’t take eagle-eyed viewers long to spot the phallus slap bang in the middle of the glittering gold residence. It’s the sort of thing that once you spot it, you can never unsee it. Why it’s there is a complete mystery. Something for the mom’s to giggle at perhaps, or a disgruntled designer that just had to ‘slip’ it in there? Regardless, it’s definitely there and 100% recognizable from the base to the tip. Who knows, maybe it’s a sign of King Triton’s masculinity and power over the merfolk – or maybe it’s just an accidental dick. Either way, thanks Disney for ruining my childhood innocence.
13. FROZEN AND THE NORTH MOUNTAIN
Now, I don’t know if this is just me, but as the parent of a two-and-a-half-year-old I have watched Frozen a lot. I’m talking at least 50 times. One thing that never fails to get me is when Princess Anna storms in on Kristoff and Sven as they hunker down for the night in a shed. She asks – no demands – that Kristoff immediately take her up the north mountain. Is it an intentional innuendo? I have no idea. Is it an innuendo the rest of the world recognizes, or is it just my perverted brain reminding me that my mind lives in the gutter? I’ve inserted the clip here for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think in the comments.
12. PETER PAN AND THE MURDEROUS MERMAIDS
Peter Pan is responsible for installing a sense of ‘I can do anything!’ in young viewers since its release in 1953 (it’s also responsible for a lot of kids breaking things because they think they can fly, but we won’t go into that). Peter is obviously an extremely lovable young rogue, as not only is his fairy companion Tinkerbell infatuated with him, so are the mermaids. Peter takes Wendy to see the group of mermaids – who become instantly jealous of Wendy and decide to pull some really messed up moves. The nasty trio pull Wendy’s hair, splash her with their tales and ignore her as she tells them she can’t swim. When Peter beguiles them for their actions, they casually explain that they were ‘only trying to drown her’. They were the original mean girls.
11. PINOCCHIO DRINKING BEER AND SMOKING CIGARS
Pinocchio is much more than a movie about a puppet that wants to turn into a real boy. It’s much more than a tale in honesty. The movie itself is full of dark and disturbing corners. One of the most arguably unsettling is Pleasure Island. After Pinocchio is lured away by Honest John to take some time off to ‘relax’. At the amusement park, kids can do whatever they like, ‘Smoke your heads off. There’s nobody here to stop you.’ I know things were different back then, but my goodness – surely this was even more scandalous in 1940. The kids and Pinocchio smoke, drink, fight and eat as many pickles as they like. It’s complete hedonistic chaos – and it’s in one of the most famous Disney movies of all time.
10. TIMON AND PUMBA WATCH SIMBA GET IT ON
Besides the brutally tragic murder of Mufasa, Simba and Nala’s romance is one of the main plots in the 1994 movie, The Lion King. Without his father to guide him, Simba relies totally on his scallywag companions Timon and Pumba. The two are pretty useless, but adorable. In a scene that you never would have noticed when you were a kid, the two watch from behind a bush as Simba makes his move on Nala. Through worldly adult eyes, it’s clear to see that this is just plain perverted. Scared that they’re going to lose one third of their open relationship to another female, the two begin to cry as Timon breaks out into Can You Feel The Love Tonight.
9. THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE STRIP TEASE
The Great Mouse Detective was a little unusual for a Disney movie. The story is centered on Basil of Baker Street, a detective mouse who is an embodiment of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Based in London, there are a fair few things about this movie that are questionable, not least the scene when a very pretty female mouse, ironically named Miss Kitty, performs a very raunchy striptease/musical number Let Me be Good to You. Miss Kitty is the entertainment at a seedy tavern Basil investigates, and although he doesn’t seem to take much notice, male mice in the front row jeer as she takes off her skirt. In short, the mice visit a strip club and no one blinked an eye.
8. MIA AND TIA FLASH LIGHTNING MCQUEEN
Lightning McQueen is busy enjoying his fame when he is approached by two female cars who babble excitedly over him. They proceed to tell him that they are his biggest fans, then they literally flash him. Okay, it may just be a flash of the headlights, but what else are two cars meant to do to flirt? Wash their windscreens? McQueen looks like a teenage male discovering Playboy for the first time and is more than impressed with his adoring fans, as they are quickly hurried off by security. This sexual moment was deliberately inserted into this movie, earning it a fixed place on this list.
7. DUMBO AND JIM CROW
It’s no secret that Disney has been guilty of casual racism in the past, and Dumbo is no exception. The crows in the movie are very close to the knuckle. The main crow, Jim, is actually voiced by a white man ‘talkin’ jive.’ If that wasn’t disconcerting enough, Jim was named after the Jim Crow laws, state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. Scary, isn’t it? What’s even scarier is that these laws were only done away with in 1965. At the time Dumbo was made in 1941, cultural appropriation wasn’t even on the public radar.
6. MUSHU LOOKS AT MULAN’S BOOBS
Mulan’s little lizard companion Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy, is a loud mouthed bundle of energy. While Mulan does her best to conceal her gender from the army she is fighting for while pretending to be a boy, Mushu takes a good peek at what’s hiding under her armor. In one scene, he talks of his powers and says ‘My eyes can see straight through your armor!’ Mulan is shocked at the little peeping tom and swiftly gives him a sharp slap in the kisser. It’s likely that the connotations of that scene went straight over the heads of the younger demographic, but well done for defending your own honor Mulan! You go, girl.
5. CINDERELLA AND ANAL BEADS
This has to be one of the most visually suggestive Disney scenes of all time. Cinderella’s two rodent companions Jaq and Gus find themselves in a tricky situation while out foraging for accessories to add to the dress they’re making for the soon to be princess. While doing so, they get caught out by the deplorable feline villain, Lucifer. Their struggle sees them drop a beaded necklace which breaks all over the floor. In a desperate attempt to salvage the materials, Jaq hurriedly threads them onto Gus’ tail – and subsequently leaves us with a very clear picture. I’ll spell it out: ANAL BEADS. The film was released in 1950, so it’s very likely that the animators had no idea that the scene would take on a whole new meaning in years to come – unless I’m very uneducated about butt love trends circa mid-20th century.
4. BUZZ LIGHTYEAR’S WING ERECTION
The Toy Story franchise has given us many a great moment. Who can forget the romance between Bo Peep and Woody? It’s not only Woody that gets the action though, when Buzz becomes infatuated with newcomer, cowgirl Jesse. Buzz loves Jesse’s adventurer attitude, and in this clip he watches as she performs some daredevil stunts so the puppy can go outside to pee. Buzz watches on like a pubescent boy watches the girls track team – with wonder and amazement. He even gets a wing boner, as his assets involuntarily spring into action. It’s a scene that is just risqué enough to be acceptable.
3. ALADDIN CRASHES A BROTHEL
Everyone’s favorite street rat, Aladdin, is busy running away from the authorities after stealing a loaf of bread in the movie’s opening musical number. He runs across rooftops, through washing lines and even slides his way into a brothel. Three scantily clad females lounge around looking seductive when he stops by for a chat, as the madam bustles around, presumably getting ready for clients. How do we know that it’s a brothel, you ask? Well, it’s obvious. Why? It just is. Although totally not PG, no harm is really done and it’s actually quite endearing that Aladdin doesn’t blink an eye at his location, before continuing on with his escapades.
2. FANTASIA AND HARPY BOOBIES
Disney’s Fantasia is one of their earliest films and utterly confusing. It’s a hive of activity. In one of the segments, Night on Bald Mountain, the harpies appear – and they’re topless. This was clearly when Disney still included nipples on their characters. The evil fairies cause havoc as the minions of antagonist Chernabog, dropping demons into his hell fire. The sexy evil females are scared away by the sunrise and church bells. Giving the date of release, 1940, this would have been a little scandalous for a children’s film. It still is today. We’re all for celebrating the human form, but surely there’s a time and a place, Disney?
1. 101 DALMATIANS AND STRAIGHT OUT MURDER
One of the most popular Disney movie’s ever, 101 Dalmatians has a pretty horrific plot line. It’s all about abduction and murder. The evil Cruella DeVille conspires to kidnap all of Pongo and Perdita’s puppies for the sole intention of killing them and skinning them, for her to wear. The premise is awful if you strip it down to its roots – but because it’s Disney, the core subject is skirted around, disguised in animated bliss. Of course, it’s a serious story – but when you really stop to think about the subject matter, it’s terrifying. Luckily for everyone, no youngsters were traumatized by the film and everyone lived happily ever after. The End.
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