Disney has created an empire with their adaptations.
They have a series of Easter eggs and hints, some of them being very controversial and the others just being something worth laughing over. Eagle eyed fans notice these things and bring them They get around the internet thoroughly, so we created a list of things that’ll show you a different side of Disney.
#1 What’s the deal with all those dead moms?
There are countless missing mothers in the Disney movies. Whether dead or just plain gone, they include Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Cinderella, Bambi, The Fox and the Hound, and Finding Nemo are just a few of them.
That’s probably because Walt Disney’s own mother died in a horrible accident right after he bought her a house from the money he made with Snow White. The furnace was faulty, and leaked, and caused Flora Call Disney to asphyxiate. Walt Disney blamed himself.
#2 The Shining is in Toy Story.
The floor in Sid’s house is remarkably similiar to the flooring of the Overlook Hotel. There’s also the fact that the number 237 is referenced multiple times throughout the movie, which is also the same number in the hotel that caused so many problems.
The director is also a professed lover of Stephen King, so it’s most likely intentional.
#3 The big bad wolf isn’t what the three pigs should be afraid of.
When the three little pigs went to the brick house to stay away from the big bad wolf, they’re seen celebrating. This happened in the 1932 short film called The Three Little Pigs.
In the background, you can see that it wasn’t the big bad wolf that took their father, it was the humans. In another, you can see Mother Pig nursing seven piglets, which means that four of them went to the slaughterhouse early.
#4 Call a sex line.
In the movie The Santa Claus, there’s a dialogue where Tim Allen jokes about “1-800-SPANK-ME? I know that number.”
Turns out, that line is an operational sex line that charges by the minute and a whole bunch of curious children ended up calling them. They changed the line to 1-800-POUND on the DVD releases and the television airings but didn’t recall the VHS tapes because it “would actually do more harm than good” and draw “more attention to the matter.”
#5 Gaston sees Death
In Beauty And The Beast, Gaston tries to kill Belle’s captor-turned-hero after chanting “Kill the beast!” Many, like myself, were looking forward to seeing him finally die, and when Beast spares him, Gaston lunges back. Upon reflex, Belle’s true hero pushes back, and falls off a cliff.
In a closeup of his eyes, you can see Death’s skulls flashing in his irises. This was deleted in the VHS version, but you can still see it in the DVD version.
#6 Aladdin tells children to take off their clothes.
A lot of people got up in arms about a dialogue in Aladdin when he was trying to convince Princess Jasmine to marry him. Her tiger, Raja, didn’t like Prince Ali in the least, and was defending Jasmine. Aladdin said “C’mon, good kitty, take off and go,” but a lot of people heard “Good teenagers take off their clothes.”
The voice actor has denied this to be true on numerous occasions, but you can’t help but hear it once it’s pointed out to you.
#7 The, uh… d*ckhead.
There’s a scene in Hercules where they save the damsel in distress, Meg from the River Guardian. In the tussle between him and the demigod, the Guardian gets hit in the forehead with one of his own horseshoes. The bump he gets is very, very phallic and the eye brows look distinctly like balls.
You can draw your own conclusions.
#8 Scar turns into a rug.
In the beginning of The Lion King, Zazu said to Mufasa that Scar would “make a very handsome throw rug.”
And in the movie, Hercules, you see that he wears a pelt that looks startlingly like someone familiar. He even throws it on the floor like a rug, and that happened three years after the movie, and the prediction of Lion King.
#9 Elsa and Anna’s parents.
In the hit movie, Frozen, the parents of the princesses go off to sea only never to return. It’s grim and morbid, because death by drowning is one of the worst ways to go. However, there’s this theory that in The Little Mermaid, Ariel explores their sunken ship. And how Eugene and Rapunzel from Tangled make a small cameo, the parents might have gone off to attend their wedding.
#10 The sex dust in Lion King
When The Lion King was released, there was a small scene where Simba falls down and dust bursts up onto the screen for a few frames. A conservative group called the American Life League said the dust spelled out the word “SEX”.
One of the movie’s animators said that was ridiculous and that it spells out “SFX” and in, special effects. Besides, putting in the word sex for a few frames is pretty lame.
#11 The naked woman in The Rescuers
22 years after the movie The Rescuers was released, Disney, in 1999 made a surprise announcement where they were going to recall 3.4 million copies of the movie. Apparently, sometime between the film getting completed and distributed, someone spliced in an image of a topless woman between two frames. It wasn’t noticeable in VHS, but on DVD it was.
#12 Jessica Rabbit didn’t wear underwear.
There’s a scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? involving Jessica Rabbit. When she and Eddie Valiant get into a car accident, they are thrown from their cabs and for a frame or two, you can see up Jessica’s legs and it would seem that the animators decided to skip drawing any underwear. Or anything at all. Much like the Rescuers, this was fixed in the DVD version.
#13 The Little Mermaid genital controversy.
Despite not having any human bits, The Little Mermaid attracted a lot of attention because of different genital-like innuendos. When Ursula tricks Eric into marrying her, the minister that officiated the wedding looked like he had an erection. Animators said that was just his knee, but that’s not the only thing that happened.
The VHS tapes were also recalled because the cover art apparently included a male genital like spire. While the minister remained in the movie, the cover art is now just a collector’s item.
#14 The rampart racism in Disney movies.
In Dumbo, a murder of crows make racist remarks against the baby elephant. And many have seen this to be racist in itself because the crows look like they’re supposed to be a parody of black people.
In Fantasia, characters designed after African-Americans have the role of slaves during Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony scene. The slaves, Sunflower and Otika serve centaurs and other Greek myth creatures.
In Peter Pan, Tiger Lily and her people speak in broken English and act ridiculously wild, to make fun of Native Americans. They’re even referred to as ‘savages’.
In Lady and the Tramp, evil Siamese cats speak in thick Asian accents riddled with many other offensive Asian stereotypes.
#15 Finally, a movie so racist it didn’t even get a DVD release.
Even though the movie Song of the South might not ring many bells, their hit song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” might. This movie was so torridly racist and offensive, that one critic calls “one of Hollywood’s most resiliently offensive racist texts.”