Everyone loves Disney films, adults and children alike. They bring us back to a time where life was much simpler and we can be little kids again. Over the years, there have been rumors that our favorite childhood films could have hidden messages in them. Of course much of this subject to speculation. The following pictures and videos are potential hidden messages found in Disney films.
My all time favorite film by Disney is The Little Mermaid. Mainly because I've always wanted to be a mythical creature of the sea. OH AND I LOVE THE RED HAIR!!!
An urban legend states that a disgruntled artist drew a penis in one of the spires of the castle on the cover art for this movie. Though one of the spires does look phallic, supposedly that's only because an artist was rushing to finish the piece late at night.
There is also a scene in the film where it looks like the priest marrying Prince Eric and Ursula as "Vanessa" has what we would call a hard on. The artists behind the film have said that its just that the priest has knobby knees... yea.. OK sure.
Possible Racism in Song? Dumbo
The Lion King
Everyone I know has either seen this or mentioned this to me since I was a little girl. Apparently at one point in the film, a cloud of dust appears and spells out the word SEX. Now this has been disputed and analyzed. Personally, I think the words are only visible if you know what to look for as its nearly impossible to know if they were put there intentionally. There was a lot more going on in The Lion King besides the whole sex-in-clouds drama. There was the whole "Scar kills Mufasa" bit. But then again the film is based off of Hamlet.
Family friendly film? ummmm, I don't know. I wont lie though, besides the whole possible hidden messages thing, it was a great film for it's time.
Possible Racism in Song? Peter Pan
Alice in Wonderland
My mother always told me never to talk to strangers. She also told me never to take food from strangers or ,jump down rabbit holes that would take me into trippy worlds where insects spoke, cats had freaky smiles, and there was something obviously wrong with the guy wearing the hat.
We all know the story. The main character, Alice, falls into a mysterious hole after following a white rabbit and ends up in Wonderland, where up is down and black is green. One of the first things the character does after she lands in wonderland is eat some questionable wafers that say "eat me". She does so a few times in the film and each time she either grows to outstanding heights or is smaller than an ant. Now if this isn't the side of effects of a hallucinogen then I don't know what is. Alice is obviously drugged throughout the film, well at least I think so.
Then there is the Caterpillar that smokes Hookah...I'm not even going to get into that one. Anyway, many people accused the film of promoting drug use and it didn't help matters that in the 70's this was considered a trippy film on college campuses.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was a cartoon lovers dream. It was a unique mix of live-action and animation. If you wanted to see your favorite Disney and Warner Bros cartoon characters together then this movie was for you. Its not really a Disney film but does have most of the characters there.
In a scene between Donald Duck and Daffy Duck, some people hear Donald use a racial slur against Daffy. Take a hear for yourself on the video below.
Another Who Framed Roger Rabbit? rumor says that viewers get an extra peek at the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in one scene. After a car accident, Jessica's dress slips up her legs. On the LaserDisc release, some viewers noticed a few frames where her underwear disappears.
Racist Donald Duck?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the story of lonely Quasimodo who was born deformed and looked down upon by those in his town. He meets the gypsy Esmeralda and develops a friendship with her. Of course true to the Disney formula, the villain in the story is someone of power, who in this story just happens to be Quasimodo's "father."
This was the first Disney movie to use the word "damn" and also features a fantasy sequence involving a pole dance. That's on top of the adult themes of sexual obsession, prejudice and infanticide
Aladdin: Take off your clothes?
Educated on August 05, 2015:
Everyone's so concerned about how Walt Disney represented women, but no one mentions that he was a huge Nazi sympathizer. It's a fact by the way. This isn't an opinion. White people from the early 20th century and before, were racist. That's why there are racist themes in some of these movies. I can't believe no one mentioned the crows from Dumbo. That's the most racist thing ever.
Stargrrl on December 31, 2014:
Yeah, I thought that Alice in Wonderland was sketchy, one big acid trip after another....still like it.
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Robin Oatley on December 02, 2011:
It is fascinating that these (intentional) mistakes are in these movies. On the other hand, I think it is a sad thing because many of these movies represent the innocence of youth.
I think you should cut Disney some slack for the weak female characters and the deception of Happily Ever After, because in the end, many of the Disney movies are (based on) fairy tales. And this is just the way that those fairy tales have evolved over centuries.
anunez49 (author) from New York on November 16, 2011:
@Adventure Lover- I completely agree with you. Disney has a way of, I wont necessarily say putting down their female characters, but making it seem like once the "prince" comes to save them everything will be alright. Of course the real world tells us different.
Adventure Lover on November 16, 2011:
Maybe you should add that Disney somehow makes women believe that Happily Ever After is an ideal ending. As much as much as I do enjoy watching Disney animations, I do feel that that message has an impact on kids' minds... Trusting love at first sight (Well, how long did the female characters know these people before they fell in love and married the male characters -- One character even sacrificed his or voice to see her romantic interest... Hmmm -- Talk about being poor role models.
Greg Johnson from Indianapolis on November 16, 2011:
Great research on the hub, I've heard much of this before and it's a shame that it happened and all too many people just don't believe it despite the evidence.
Oscortega from California on November 15, 2011:
I remember this was a very popular topic a few years ago. Maybe it still is. But it's a shame that these subliminal messages were allowed to hit the market. I emphasize "allowed" because I can't see how they got through quality control of a Multimillion dollar company such as Disney.
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on November 15, 2011:
As much as I grew up on Disney Classics (Snow White, Cinderella) it later came to my attention that Walt Disney was a mysogynist. The women are always dead until a Prince kisses them, or live like slaves, as Cinderella did with her nasty step-sisters. None of his characters have Mothers either. Coincidence? I wonder. Other fairy tales are awful too, Hanzel and Gretal almost baked in an oven, Red Riding Hood worried about getting molested by a wolf. It's a wonder our generation wasn't warped by hearing these ghastly stories at bedtime!
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on November 15, 2011:
As much as I was fascinated by this hub, it was also sad because these movies held so much esteem in my youth. But I can appreciate your hard work in doing this hub.