Not only are there a lot of subliminal messages in Disney films, there is also a lot of racism.
In Dumbo, the main black crows name is Jim Crow and all of his followers have speech and mannerisms that depict African-Americans. Sebastian in The Little Mermaid has a Jamaican accent and sings about how life is easy when you don’t have many responsibilities. Many people think this was a jab at Jamaicans for being lazy. The alley cats in the Aristocats are all foreign. There’s a Chinese cat, a Russian cat, and a womanizing Italian cat. The Native Americans in Peter pan all sing about how the Native Americans received their complexion. The Siamese cats in The Lady and Tramp are named Si and Am and resemble the typical Asian stereotype with slanted eyes and buck teeth. The apes in The Jungle Book have British English accents, talk in jive, and sing like Louie Armstrong. There were plenty of Arab stereotypes in Aladdin especially in the beginning of the song where they are labeled as barbaric and will cut your ear off if they don’t like your face. The hyenas in The Lion King were looked down upon by the lions. They also lived in the elephant graveyard which seemed to represent the ghetto. In Pocahontas, the Native Americans were either seen as ruthless savages, or noble savages. Disney was being progressive when they had their first black princess in The Princess and the Frog. Fans were outraged at the fact that the Prince’s race was a little ambiguous. Well, what did you think of this list?