27. The Little Mermaid’s phallic poster
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. 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 in the world of animation and real life. 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 she 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.