Disney films have always been rich territory for conspiracy theorists. Ranging in legitimacy from baseless accusations to full-on proof, fans and critics love to discuss their new findings with every new release. Talk of subliminal messaging continues to sweep the internet, ruffling the feathers of anxious parents everywhere. But when taken for what they are, these jokes are sometimes the best part of a movie, even if only half the audience understands them.
Here is Screen Rant’s Dirty Disney 2: 10 Inappropriate Images in Disney Films.
For most of us, our first introduction to the concept of mortality came in the form of the 1942 classic Bambi. After losing his mother to hunters, a young deer gets by with a little help from his friends. Growing up, he finds companionship with other animals like Flower the skunk, and Thumper the rabbit. While exploring the snowy woods one day, Bambi and Thumper take to the ice. Swirling and skating, the rabbit is clearly having a better time than Bambi, who can barely stay upright. Like any good friend would, little Thumper helps get his friend back on his feet/hooves. More than once, we see him move around behind Bambi and start by lifting his back end off the ice, his legs following after. The positioning is a little unsavory in certain frames. If you watch with a skeptical eye, we’re confident you’ll understand what we mean.
The 1977 Disney classic The Rescuers follows the story of Miss Bianca, and Bernard, two mice on a mission. After a little girl is kidnapped, it’s up to the mousey members of The Rescue Aid Society to save her. The group organize aid missions for children in need all over the world. While on assignment in New York City, Bernard and Bianca scour the city for clues. The two travel by albatross as they soar through the maze of NYC high-rise buildings. However, some more astute viewers noticed something a little extra in the background. In one of the apartment windows, a topless woman faces the audience. When played at normal speed, it’s almost impossible to see. But if you slow it down, she’s clearly visible. Disney issued a recall of the home videos in 1999, but by that time, most of the tapes were probably worn out in that spot anyway.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In 1996’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo, Phoebus, and Esméralda come together to fight against the tyranny of Claude Frollo. After being locked in the bell tower by Frollo his whole life, Quasimodo has a very personal stake in his demise. Life isn’t all bad for Quasimodo, though. His friend Esméralda is a smart, beautiful gypsy who doesn’t take crap from anyone. And she proves herself to be a good friend, too. One of her scenes made some parents take notice though. While performing a dance in the flames, some argue that her body is unnecessarily top-heavy. While others contend that her dress becomes a little too invisible, and leaves nothing to the imagination.
The Lion King
1994’s emotional story The Lion King is widely beloved to this day. An instantly recognizable soundtrack and stellar animation have helped it stand the test of time. The tale of Simba’s life from cub to king is sure to tug on viewers heart-strings. But there’s one noteworthy scene that makes some people do a double-take. As Simba lays down on a cliff’s edge, he stirs up a cloud of dust that dissipates in the air. Where most saw dust drifting into the night sky, some hyper-vigilant parents claim that Disney’s animators had a more sinister motive. If you look closely, you can almost make out a naughty word hovering in the sky. When they say love is written in the stars, we don’t think this is what they meant.
First impressions are important, and frankly, the titular character from Tarzan makes a bad one. In Disney’s 1999 adaptation, Tarzan grows up in the wilderness, surrounded by it’s creatures. Raised under the watchful eye of a gorilla named Kala, he has some interesting social quirks that come out when in the company of other humans. When he and Jane meet for the first time, he crosses the line in more ways than one. Tarzan awkwardly fondles her foot, peeks up her skirt, and buries his face in Jane’s chest. What’s worse, she’s clearly uncomfortable. His intentions may be pure, but the whole exchange is kind of creepy.
The Little Mermaid
In The Little Mermaid, Ariel is a beautiful princess who lives in a sea castle with her father, King Triton. Despite her entertaining gang of sea creature friends, she’s bored with life underwater. Ariel hatches a plan to trade in her mermaid tail for a pair of human legs, with the help of an evil witch named Ursula. Given the meticulous nature of animation, it’s pretty amazing that some of these other scenes made it through dozens of rounds of editing. But this image from the 1989 Disney classic made it all the way into the film’s cover art. Just like an optical illusion, some people see it right away, whereas others need a little more time to figure out what’s up with Triton’s castle.
There are certain areas of the internet that would remain unexplored if not for websites like Reddit and Urban Dictionary. Home to many fetishes, the world wide web does not discriminate. And when one such video was released, linked to the term “Lemon Party,” some were shocked to see it referenced in such a kid-friendly flick like Cars 2. Champion race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is on a hot streak and headed to the World Grand Prix with his partner in crime, Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). Accidentally embroiled in an undercover plot, Mater meets some real nasty old guys. Referred to as “lemons” the old, broken-down cars get together for a party, and the lemon-themed decor has conspiracy theorists drawing some pretty graphic parallels.
Visual puns abound in children’s entertainment, but are especially prevalent in the Toy Story franchise. Quick flashes of adult humor keep parents entertained, and the little ones are none the wiser. A benefit of using toys for characters is that storytellers and animators can push the envelope a little farther, and probably get away with it too. In fact, there’s a whole character built on a mature play on words. The Hooker is a mash-up of sexy lady legs, and a hook mechanism hanging off a long arm. Toy Story 2 has it’s share of innuendo, and shows Buzz Lightyear’s wings standing at attention after Jesse executes an impressive feat of acrobatics.
Many generations are familiar with the story of Cinderella, it’s every kid’s worst nightmare. She loses both of her parents and is stuck living with her dad’s second wife, and terrible daughters. Through fortunate twists of fate, Cinderella ends up at the same ball as Prince Charming. If you don’t know how the story ends, we suggest you find out. Of course, Cinderella wouldn’t have made it without the support of her crew. A fairy godmother, some birds, and a few mice were her keys to salvation. Occasionally, the mice have to do some lousy tasks in the name of friendship. The beads are being threaded on to Gus Gus’ tail, but if you were to pause on the right frame, it might look like something else.
A Goofy Movie
A father-son bond is a sacred thing. So when Goofy and his son Max are at odds over a fishing trip in A Goofy Movie, their relationship is tested by the journey and, obviously, hilarity ensues. Toy Story isn’t the only franchise incorporating visual puns into it’s repertoire, A Goofy Movie gets in on the fun as well. At one point during the fishing trip, the fellas catch Bigfoot. Luckily for them, his rage fades and he quickly becomes distracted by some knickknacks in a box. He emerges from the rubble with underwear covering his head, only part of his face visible. He holds open a gap in the briefs and peers out, while adults are chuckling about the literal one-eyed monster being depicted on screen.
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