29 Naughty Hidden Secrets In Disney Films

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Unless you live in a cave, you'll know all about what Disney's all about. It's Disney. The Mouse House. The greatest producer of family entertainment that there ever was.

Originally founded on October 16th, 1923, Disney was formed by the brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.

Before officially changing its name to The Walt Disney Company in 1986 it also operated under the names 'The Walt Disney Studio' and 'Walt Disney Productions.'

It has since very much established itself as a leader in the American animation industry, and has diversified to live-action film production, television production and of course, theme parks.

It's also, on occasion, a peddler of absolute obscenity.

Some of these sexy gags spotted by viewers are, if you're to believe the Disney insiders themselves, 'accidental'.

Others, on the other hand, have been very deliberate. 

In an interview with the Huffington Post, ex-Disney animator, Tom Sito, said:  "You know in pre-video and pre-VHS and VCR and stuff, people used to put little inside jokes in films because things were running at 1/24 of a second."

"So you say, 'Well, nobody’s seeing anything.’ ... And then so [cartoonists] will do that as a joke. But really since the modern age of playing back stuff and everything, they look at everything now, even the old films. They’ll go frame by frame, and they’ll pull those questionable things out all the time."

Join us in taking a look at 29 of Disney's most controversial hidden 'secrets' - but don’t blame us if it ruins your childhood.

29. The Lion King's 'sex' scene

Hailed as one of Disney's best animated efforts, The Lion King is also one of the Mouse House's most notoriously cheeky films.

In one scene that comes midway through the film, a melancholy Simba gazes up at the night sky.

As he lays down with a thud, Simba kicks up a cloud of dust, which appears to spell out 'SEX'.

Or does it? Not according to ex-Disney animator Tom Sito, who says the cloud is much more innocent than that.

According to Sito, the message references the visual effects department that worked on The Lion King, not smut.

"It doesn't say SEX. It says special effects. It's SFX," Sito claims. You'll just have to take his word on that one though.

28. The Little Mermaid's bishop gets a little too excited

We're just going to say it: the Bishop in The Little Mermaid appears to enjoy officiating weddings a little more than he should.

During the scene in which Prince Eric prepares to marry 'Vanessa', it once appeared that the bishop overseeing the ceremony had gotten a little too excited.

As the bishop stood before the soon-to-be-betrothed and said "Dearly beloved", his groin region appeared to bulge and inflate.

To some viewers, it was a sign that this man of the cloth was taking the wrong kind of pleasure in his work.

Former Disney animator Tom Sito says the 'bulge' is actually one of the bishop's knees, but this didn't stop one viewer from attempting to sue Disney over the image not being 'suitable for use and viewing by young children'.

As a result, Disney was eventually forced to remove the offending - ahem - 'erection' from the film.

27. The Little Mermaid has penis-y poster art

Is it just us, or does the poster and home vid cover art for The Little Mermaid look happy to see us?

The art depicts the main characters against the backdrop of Atlantica, which here seems particularly phallic.

And just in case you'd like to take a closer look at the offending item specifically, then here you go.

Was it simply an innocent accident? Not according to longstanding rumour, which has always suggested that a ticked-off Disney animator inserted the penis intentionally after being sacked.

It turns out the rumour was just that, though. Not only was the poster artist not fired, he wasn't even employed by Disney in the first place.

The artist in question has since admitted that the artwork was a result of him rushing to complete it over an all-night design session - meaning any penises in the poster are mere Freudian slips at best.

26. Jessica Rabbit exposes herself

Since the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, Jessica Rabbit has become one of the most iconic symbols of female sensuality in real life and in the world of animation.

Jessica was intentionally drawn with one of the most unrealistically desirable bodies in the world, all curves and slinky physicality.

It appears even the animators who created the character couldn't resist fantasising about Mrs Rabbit.

At one point in the film, Jessica crashes out of the cab she's been riding with Bob Hoskins' Eddie Valiant.

As she's thrown from the car, Jessica's legs open to reveal more than Mrs Rabbit would probably prefer her public to see.

It's a Basic Instinct moment in a film full of risqué humour, atypical even for those filth merchants over in the Disney animation house.

25. Sid has a 'hooker' in his room in Toy Story

Perhaps even more so than parent company Disney, Pixar has a history with innuendos intended just for the adults in the room.

Exhibit A: 1995's very first Toy Story, and specifically one of the characters that lurk in bully Sid's bedroom.

Among Sid's toys, all of them nightmarish mash-ups of other toys he's dissected, is a pun-tastic monstrosity.

Keeping company with a spider-baby, a car that walks, and a GI Joe head glued onto a Melody Push Chime, is 'Legs'.

Legs, so Christened by Woody, is a pair of Barbie doll legs with a fishing rod for a body.

That would make 'Legs' a walking hooker, which isn't subtle, but damn if it doesn't get the job done as a visual gag aimed squarely at the grown-ups.

24. Cars 2 features a 'lemon party'

First thing's first: if you don't know what a 'lemon party' is, for your own sake, do NOT start Googling it now.

All you need to know is that 'lemon party' refers to a widely shared shock image of three elderly gentlemen in the act of...we'll call it lovemaking.

With that vague, cautious introduction out of the way, let's get on with analysing one of the most outrageous Disney in-jokes of them all.

Cars 2 has as its villains a bunch of old cars - nicknamed the Lemons - involved in an international fuel-based conspiracy. In one scene, these old geezers can be found having a party featuring lemon hats, lemonade and a table full of lemons.

"Isn't this a great party?", one attendee asks, in case anybody in the audience hadn't caught on to what was going on.

As we can't figure out any other reason why these villains would be called the Lemons in the first place, why they would all be older gentlemen/cars, or why there would be a scene involving elderly characters at a 'lemon party', we're just going to have to jump to this conclusion: Pixar is full of perverts.

And for God's sakes do not Google 'lemon party'.

23. Aladdin gets kicked out of a brothel

We all wondered about it when we were kids: just who are those sexy women who so despise Aladdin in his introduction scene?

Well, we're all adults now, so let's not beat around the bush any longer: those women are prostitutes, and our boy is in a brothel.

Which leads us on to the next question: how do these prostitutes happen to know Aladdin as well as they apparently do?

And one more: why do they push the poor chap out of a window, an act that seems particularly dangerous considering the number of storeys up the brothel is?

Evidently, Aladdin has paid visits to this house of vice before, getting to know the girls pretty well in his time.

That's why these women want Aladdin gone: they know he can't afford to pay for their services, and they've likely been burned before. Burned by his lack of cash, that is.

22. Baby Herman commits sexual assault

Who Framed Roger Rabbit's 'child actor' Baby Herman is not, it's safe to say, as innocent as he looks.

Baby Herman isn't actually a baby at all, but a middle-aged 'toon with a gravelly voice, taste for cigars and a criminal's eye for the ladies.

In his own words, Herman is a man with a "50-year-old lust and a three-year-old dinkie".

Still, Herman's shortcomings don't stop him from acting like a borderline sexual predator all through the film, regrettably.

In one scene from the theatrical cut of Roger Rabbit, Herman can be seen peeking - and, more disconcertingly, poking - up women's skirts.

Dreamt up in a time before the #MeToo movement began, this scene has been cut from subsequent home video versions of the film.

Obviously, because the only place people want to see a toddler with an adult voice sexually assaulting a woman is in their nightmares.

21. Miss Piggy admits to having sex with multiple pirates

In a brave move for a woman in the industry, Miss Piggy has never been one to hide her love of - and sheer appetite for - the opposite sex.

Nothing this pioneer has said or done, however, compares to her inspiring work in Muppet Treasure Island.

In this puppet-based classic, Miss Piggy unsubtly implies that she has had sex with not one, but two legends of the pirate world.

The first conquest Miss Piggy confesses to in the film is one Captain Flint, of Treasure Island fame, with a bold and feisty "he was a pirate, I was a lady...you know the story".

Miss Piggy then says all she can ever say in her protracted greeting of Tim Curry's Long John Silver.

"Hello, Looooooong John", winks Miss Piggy in Silver's general direction, prompting Kermit to exclaim "Oh no, him too?!"

Dear God, these puppets are insatiable.

20. Buzz springs into action in Toy Story 2

Pixar might be the best around in terms of making art out of its animation, but if you think the studio is above making cheap boner jokes, think again.

However, Pixar took things to a whole new dimension with the release of Toy Story 2, which is the first film in the series to introduce cowgirl Jessie, a vibrant, vivacious kind of toy who's always ready for action.

Basically, she's perfect for man's man Buzz Lightyear. And damned if he doesn't know it, too.

Buzz's intro to Jessie is awkward: he's bashful, while she's more interested in helping Andy's barking dog Buster to get out of Andy's room.

Not distracted by Buzz, who's courting, Jessie promptly springs into action, skateboarding onto the doorknob and opening the door for Buster to escape.

Left in Jessie's wake, all Buzz can do is watch, his mouth agape, as his wings become helplessly erect.

The embarrassment on Buzz's face says more than a toy could ever convey in words.

19. Thumper and Flower get erect in Bambi

1942's Bambi, only the fifth animated feature film ever to be released by Disney, continues to be a talking point for modern audiences, and not just because of that scene where Bambi's mum gets killed.

No, if Bambi is a talking point today among the denizens of the internet, it's because the film acts as a kind of subtle - or not - sex education for the whole family.

In a sequence that seems genuinely NSFW in the right - or quite possibly wrong - context, we find Thumper, Flower and their partners getting freaky, cartoon-style.

As Thumper spies himself a beautiful female rabbit, his ears begin to twitch to attention.

This is before Thumper's entire body goes into a frenzy, with it only going limp again after their bodies have finished touching.

The same goes for Flower, who - even more suggestively - turns stiff and red after being kissed by a stunning female skunk.

18. Cinderella has an unfortunate hardcore moment

Cinderella, first released in 1950, was one of the films that made Walt Disney the most popular movie studio in the world. It's also a picture that, in the age of the internet, has become subject of much mockery.

Naturally, considering the filth-mongers that we are as a society today, the mockery regards a scene that - taken out of context - looks distractingly hardcore.

It all happens when Jaq and Gus, the film's rodent heroes, elect to steal a bunch of jade beads from Drizella.

There's just one problem: these two lads are mice, which doesn't give them a whole lot of carry options. Then Jaq has a brainwave.

In order to carry off this tiny heist, Jaq decides the only way is to thread the jade beads onto Gus' tail and just walk the jewels out.

Pause this little vignette at the right moment, et voila: it's a scene that you'll never watch again without being reminded of something decidedly un-Disney-like.

17. Hercules' River Guardian has an obscene head injury

Of all the beasts our hero has to face off against in 1997's Hercules, Nessus the River Guardian is one of the demigod's lesser foes.

A Dwayne Johnson-level-ripped centaur who towers over Herc, Nessus comes up against Zeus' boy when the River God attempts to snatch Megara.

Naturally, it all ends with Hercules saving the day and freeing Meg - but not before Hercules despatches Nessus in humiliating fashion.

After some furious rasslin', Nessus is rendered inoperable, knocked into permanent confusion when his own horse shoes land on his head.

For anyone who still doubts that the Disney animators are secretly up to no good, just take a look at what happens next.

Damn, Hercules, are you kidding us with this? You don't give a big blue monster a large, protruding lump accompanied by two round lumps at the base and get to claim innocence.

That's a phallus - no question. If Walt didn't already have a reputation as a Nazi sympathiser, this could be potentially devastating for the Disney brand.

16. There's a 'thong' in the Lion King poster

In some cases where viewers have cried 'Disney smut!', it may seem that the beholders are reading into things a little too much.

Case in point: the poster for the 2002 theatrical re-release of 1994's The Lion King, which has over the years acted as a kind of Rorschach test for perverts.

The poster's design is simple: as Simba stands before the African sunset, his father Mufasa looks down on his son from the clouds. Stunning; brave.

What initially appears to be the outline of a lion's face, however, looks like something else entirely to some.

Where most people see noble Mufasa, others see a woman from the rear, wearing nothing but a thong.

So, what's it going to be? A big cat, or another surreptitious naked Disney lady? You decide.

15. Aladdin tells teens to get naked

Is dashing magic street urchin Aladdin to be trusted? If we're to believe some of the film's fans believe, then no, not around teenagers he isn't.

Fabulous Aladdin might be, but the thief-turned-prince shows his true colours in the scene wherein he, as Prince Ali, attempts to woo Princess Jasmine.

What the 'prince' doesn't count on is Jasmine's pet tiger, Rajah, confronting him on the balcony of the palace.

It's here where Aladdin can be heard muttering in the background as Jasmine emerges from her room.

But what does Aladdin say? Some think they hear a subliminal message: "Good teenagers, take off your clothes".

Or is it "Good tiger, take off, scat, go!", as is claimed on the film's director's commentary? Probably that, considering not even Disney would be bold enough to risk a lawsuit.

Still, listen in close to the clip, and decide for yourself. (It's definitely the latter though.)

14. Mr Potato Head makes an oral implication

In case you missed it: there are more disturbing things in Toy Story 3 than the gang almost being melted to death in a giant furnace.

Not long into the film, the toys discover that Sunnyside Daycare isn't the paradise they were originally promised, with Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear first letting his villainy be known when the toys confront the strawberry-scented teddy about escaping Sunnyside.

Rather than listen to Woody and gang's sob story, though, Lotso elects instead to silence them - literally, in the case of Mrs Potato Head.

As Mrs Potato Head argues for the toys' release, Lotso snatches away her plastic mouth, prompting outcry from her husband.

Mr Potato Head's response? "No one takes my wife's mouth except me".

What exactly Mr Potato Head might do with his wife's lips in his own time is left to the viewer's imagination.

But come on; Pixar knew what they were doing.

13. Kronk tents up in The Emperor's New Groove

It's not one of the best known Disney animations, but The Emperor's New Groove certainly ranks high in the innuendo department.

New Groove is the tale of Emperor Kuzco, an arrogant young prince who is transformed into a llama one day (just go with it).

The animated adventure also follows Kronk, lunk-headed henchman to the Emperor's scheming advisor, Yzma.

In one bizarre scene from the film, Kronk falls asleep under the stars, where the big guy is covered - only partially - by a tent.

This 'tent', unfortunately, only covers one part of Kronk's body, and it ain't his head.

Now, can anyone explain why the animators would have found it funny that Kronk might have wanted to keep just that particular part of his anatomy covered up while he was sleeping?

No wonder the bear looks so haunted.

12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame shows A LOT of Esmeralda

Admit it: even as a kid, you had a crush on The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Esmerelda. Don't you dare sit there and lie.

For the uninitiated, Esmerelda is the Gypsy dancer who befriends poor old hunchbacked bell ringer Quasimodo in the film.

And how could he resist? She's a bona fide scorcher, insomuch as cartoons can be, and one scene filthily hammers the point home.

Throughout the dastardly Judge Claude Frollo's song, Hellfire, Esmerelda appears in a pulse-quickening vision for the sinful Justice.

As Frollo sings into his fireplace, Esmerelda appears in the flames - and, for just a few blink-and-you'll-miss-them frames, she does it apparently completely nude.

With the animation paying particular attention to Esmerelda's breasts and hips, it soon becomes clear that Hunchback's animators are as thirsty as a group of cartoonists can get.

11. Frozen makes a joke about a character's 'foot' size

As Disney gets older, its innuendos get more and more adventurous, as any adult Frozen fan will testify.

In 2013, Frozen became an unexpectedly huge hit for Disney, making more than one-and-a-quarter billion in box office receipts worldwide.

This meant that a large number of children found themselves exposed to a joke about a man's foot size that was only ever meant for the adult world.

Halfway through the film, as Kristoff and Anna get to know each other, they begin to discuss the attributes of Prince Hans. And Kristoff wants to know everything.

Naturally, this includes Hans' favourite food, his eye colour and his "foot size".

Bashfully - perhaps ashamedly? - Anna responds that "foot size doesn't matter", suggesting Hans may not be all that impressive underneath the regal fabrics.

10. Some people in Ratatouille are 'too familiar' with vegetables

Arguably one of the greatest features ever to be produced by Pixar, Ratatouille is also distinctly old-school in its approach to storytelling.

Relying largely on visual comedy and stunning animation, Ratatouille often prefers to let the images do the talking.

Brad Bird's film isn't, however, immune to a raunchy and honestly pretty weird dialogue exchange about veg.

As he sneaks around the kitchen pantry in Gusteau's restaurant, wannabe chef Linguini is caught by the joint's actual chef, Skinner.

Ordered out of the pantry, Linguini explains to Skinner that he's "just familiarising myself with the vegetables and such".

"Get out! One can become too familiar with vegetables, you know," replies Skinner, enigmatically and frankly quite unnervingly.

What could this be other than a sex joke? Damned if we know, seems pretty raunch to our delicate ears.

9. Ratatouille makes a small penis joke

The list of double entendres in Ratatouille is, oddly for one of the sweetest Pixar films going, surprisingly long.

You have the joke about vegetables being used as sex toys. You have Anton Ego saying "If I don't love it, I don't swallow it."

You also have the brief sight of a man painting a nude of a female companion, which is less surprising considering the film is set in Paris.

There are also a couple of references made to hero Linguini's manhood, one of which is not so subtle at all.

As Linguini struggles to tell Colette his secret, he stutters: "It's sort of disturbing... I have this tiny, little, little..."

Colette, unsure of what Linguini is aiming at, looks down at her romantic interest's crotch with only concern.

8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit features R-rated background graffiti

Who Framed Roger Rabbit isn't your typical animated movie, and it's certainly not your typical Disney.

Though it is, like much of Disney's output, rated a family-friendly PG, Robert Zemeckis' cartoon/live-action mashup often seems aimed more towards adults than kids.

Take the suggestive toilet graffiti that can be found in the background of one shot, for example.

Midway through the film, Valiant pursues Jessica Rabbit through Toontown, eventually tracking her down to some flea-bitten hotel.

Realising he's accidentally introduced himself to the predatory Lena Hyena, Valiant hides out in the hotel bathroom.

On the wall behind Eddie there can be seen some off-colour graffiti that reads: 'For a good time, call Allyson "Wonderland"', who it's implied is a Toontown call girl.

7. Lightning McQueen has flashing groupies

Cars isn't the best-loved Pixar franchise - in fact, it's nowhere near as popular as the studio's other releases.

One oft-levelled criticism is that the Cars films aim squarely at kids, and aren't the all-round family experience that most other Pixar films are.

This criticism is unfounded.

In actuality, some of the dirtiest Disney in-jokes can be found in these auto-obsessed films.

Take, for example, the scene in which a gloating Lightning McQueen greets some of his adoring fans after a race.

Mia and Tia, two sister cars, push to the front of the crowd, and promptly flash Lightning with their headlights.

The groupies are immediately escorted away by security, because even in the world of Cars, flashing is considered grounds for removal.

6. There's a strip joint in the Cars universe

Oh boy, it doesn't end at flasher groupies: Cars also has background gags simply laden with innuendos.

Never mind that the motel in the film's world is called the Cozy Cone and has a towering erection as its logo.

In the world of Cars, it seems the characters' minds are just as filthy as those of the Disney animators.

You might have missed the sign for the truckstop that Lightning McQueen passes near the beginning of the film.

Called 'Top Down', the sign promises 'All convertible waitresses', suggesting this might be what we in the real world call a strip joint.

The racy original sign for the Top Down Truckstop, seen in storyboards for the film, seems to establish that sexy stripper cars is exactly what the Pixar team was going for.

5. Aladdin's Genie makes a honeymoon night joke

Aladdin's Genie fancies himself something of a standup comedian, and fair play to him, he had ages to spend in that lamp coming up with material.

Sometimes in the Aladdin films, Genie even enjoyed making a few risqué jokes which the adults in the cinema would definitely have appreciated.

In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the first, direct-to-video sequel to Aladdin, Aladdin and Jasmine prepare to marry.

However, just as the wedding is set to take place, the villainous Sa'Luk causes an elephant to stampede, shaking the ground beneath the feet of the people of Agrabah.

Sensing an opportunity to try out some more of his material, the Genie quips "I thought the earth wasn't supposed to move until the honeymoon".

In case anybody missed it, he's talking about sex. Good old, reliable, naughty Disney.

4. Inside Out makes a reference to San Francisco's 'bears'

Inside Out might be one of Pixar's more heartfelt and mature films, but that doesn't mean it's immune to enjoying a lowbrow joke or two.

One of these low-ball gags comes as an aside in a debate as to whether or not bears live in San Francisco.

As Riley hears a noise in her bedroom, Fear worries that the sound might be coming from a passing grizzly.

"There are no bears in San Francisco," protests Disgust, who's predictably disgusted, as is her wont.

"I saw a really hairy guy, he looked like a bear," says Anger in reply, opening up a whole can of worms.

It's a reference, of course, to San Francisco famously being a global centre for gay culture, in particular a large and hairy man active in the community whom Riley has recently spotted.

3. Francis gets an indecent proposal in A Bug's Life

Is there a more tragic character in Pixar history than Francis, A Bug's Life's constantly harassed male ladybird?

Think about it: here's a guy who's had to deal with unwanted advances from other bugs his entire life simply because he looks - to the bug world at least - absolutely beautiful.

Understandably, a lifetime of taunts and propositions has made Francis surly, defensive and more than a little unreasonable.

In one scene in A Bug's Life, we see Francis, a circus bug, badgered by a spectating housefly as Francis performs for the crowd.

"Hey cutie, want to pollinate with a real bug?", asks the fly, risking Francis' not insignificant ire.

Naturally, this makes Francis furious, and understandably so: this is a U-rated film, and a common fly has just asked Francis if he can have sex with him. Nobody needs that at work.

2. Marilyn Monroe nearly bares all in Hercules

It's one of the most iconic moments in movie history: Marilyn Monroe steps on a subway grate, and promptly has her skirt lifted by a gust from a passing train.

This one scene, which cemented the blonde bombshell as an all-time sex symbol, has become a cultural touchstone.

Monroe's skirt lift is now so familiar that it's even made it into a Disney movie, namely Hercules.

Zero To Hero, which describes Hercules' rise to fame as a half-man, half-god, is one of the catchiest songs to feature in Disney's 1997 comedy musical.

Look to the night sky during the sequence, and you may spot Marilyn among the stars.

One of the constellations depicts Marilyn's famous white dress moment, in an example of 'one for the dads.'

1. Tangled's promo posters might be secretly raunchy

Think The Lion King and The Little Mermaid are the only Disney films with deceptively saucy posters?

Think again, buster, because Tangled, Disney's 2010 computer-animated take on the Rapunzel myth, has its own suggestive artwork.

At least, it has if you're one of those Disney conspiracy theorists who finds raunch in literally everything Disney does.

The above one-sheets, used to promote the film in the run-up to its cinematic release, is said to contain yet another subliminal sexy message.

Don't see it yet? Then let's take a closer look at this purported filth, shall we?

So there you have it: the word 'SEX' spelled out for Disney fans to subconsciously absorb - or just a coincidental tangle of computer-animated hair.

The sad truth is we'll never know.

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