Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901. Growing up he always had an interest in the arts and had a raw talent of drawing pictures. As a teenager, Walt sold his drawings to his friends and neighbors for extra cash to get him through the week. After being in and out of odd jobs and failing terribly, he decided to make his way to Hollywood, California and persue his talent and dreams. Doing so, Walt became a Hollywood figure and one of the most well-known in the world. “Alice comedies” was released in 1925, winning Walt his first Academy Award. Over a decade later, “Snow White and The Seven dwarfs” released in December 21, 1937 and grossed over $1,499,000 during the Depression. The next five years, Disney Studios produced other films such as Dumbo, Bambi, Fantasia, and Pinnocchio, among many, many others. With such popularity, Walt became a television pioneer and to this day Disney Studios is a huge success and continues to make amazing and popular movies.
What is a subliminal message, you might ask? Well, a subliminal message is a hidden message in attempt to fool a conscious perception. In other words, you don’t know the message is there, but eventually it will be seen.
Disney moves seem to have the most shocking, most unseen, most out of the ordinary subliminal messages of all time. Our childhood memories consisting of these fantastical movies have hidden secrets not a lot of people are aware of, until now.
The Lion King-
About 3/4 into the movie, Timon, Simba and Pumba are laying down, staring up at the sky. Simba gets up, walks a distance and flops himself to the ground, forming dust particles in the air. The dust particles become a rolling cloud and in the cloud read the letters S-E-X. This frame passes to quick for the naked eye to see, but it is there. It is confirmed that the animators meant to put the letter S-F-X, an abbreviation for Disney’s special effects department. The word “sex” is in almost every scene in this movie and most of them are hidden in the background.
The Little Mermaid-
On the cover of every little girls favorite disney movie, is something rather disturbing. Something that wouldn’t be spotted out right away. It just so happens that on one of the spires of the golden castle is the shape and detail of a penis. It is confirmed that the artists added this drawing because he was angry at Disney Studios. In the beginning of the movie, King Triton swoops down over a crowd of people. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are among the crowd. Be sure to look carefully! At Eric and Ursula’s wedding, the priest appears to have an erection. But because of the poor animation, it is proven to be his knee.
This one is proven to be completely true and shocking. There is a scene where Bianca and Bernard are riding through the city in a sardine box. There are two frames in this scene that shows a perfect image of a topless woman. It is clear to see if you are looking closely.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-
This next message is in the last two frames of the scene and comes very quickly. Jessica Rabbit bounces out a taxi and as the scene continues, Disney’s Chief Executive, Michael Eisner’s telephone number appears to be on the toon town wall. In another scene, once again, Jessica Rabbit hops out of a taxi and her skirt flies up. As her skirt flies up, it shows her nude with her legs open for only a couple frames.
Aladdin shows up on Jasmine’s balcony on the magic carpet. As he approaches the balcony, Jasmine’s tiger Raja attacks Aladdin. As the tiger is growling, it is argued that supposedly Aladdin says “Good teenagers, take off your clothes.” or “Raja, take off and go.” Disney and the media say the first option is untrue. But you can be the judge of that one!
Beauty and the Beast-
This, by far, is the most disturbing out of all Disney movies I have seen with subliminal messages. May not seem like it in writing, but you will have to see it for yourself. First of all, the word sex appears in this movie over 8 times. The word shows in the least obvious places. It’s almost as if you have to watch the entire move in slow motion just to spot them out. Unless, of course, you have a good eye for things like that. Second, the diablo hand sign appears over 4x. Yeah, you wouldn’t notice at first, but now that I pointed it out, I’m positive you will see it. The diablo hand sign is supposedly symbolism for the Devil or Satan. Others will disagree and claim it is a sign for the University of Texas, Texas Longhorns.
Disney animators added these subliminal messages for their own humor. It is proven that they were tired of drawing the same things over and over again and added things only they could see. Or so they thought. Today, if you were to slip one of these movies in and try to find these secrets, it would be impossible. Disney had a reputation to hold and would stop at nothing to keep it. When the DVD’s and VHS tapes were released, the messages were no longer a part of the movie. The scenes I have listed here are just a few of the many subliminal messages in our favorite Disney movies. It seems as though almost all of these messages consist of sexual behavior and it has not yet been confirmed as to why this is the subject of these secrets.
As a child, Disney movies were always my favorite and I never wanted to watch anything else. Seeing these hidden messages and secrets did not change my mind one bit. Walt Disney and his studio are filled with such brilliant people and if adding their own humor makes the magic flow, then I say we should have this more often.