- Are you someone who grew up watching Disney cartoons or movies?
Like seriously, I think that’s the wrong way to put it. Of course you have! Ever since we’ve been introduced to Disney Channel we’ve been glued to the fantastic Disney cartoons and movies.
Well, then, let me ask you another question and I want your absolute honest answer.
Do you still watch Disney?(cartoons/ films)
For all those of you who shook your heads and said no, I’d believe a part of you is lying. Come on. I know watching cartoons is childish and lame and we all know that you are a grown responsible adult now who is capable of making major life decisions already but did you cross-your-heart-and-swear-to-die gave me the honest answer?
(*you* Rolls eyes and thinks: Huh! Christopher Nolan movies are the real deal. I watch everything which intellectually feeds my brain. )
Whether you still watch Disney or not, you might have young siblings or cousins who still can’t miss an episode of their favorite cartoon or movies. (They’ll keep on watching the same thing whether it’s their 1000th time or the first. It doesn’t matter to them. Disney is their absolute favorite. ) And if you are a baby sitter, it’s your responsibility to watch all the stupid things they watch and keep an eye on them. (Unless you are the clever kind who keeps loads of food and drinks and comfortably keeps the kid in front of the television, that too in full volume, and hopes he doesn’t notice you making out with your boyfriend in the other room. )
Now, before you run off and think I’m just going to rant on about how Disney has made our childhood beautiful and enhanced our imagination and creativity, (Indirect confession for my love for Disney.) let me state, this post is anything but beautiful and childish. It’s filled with gore, brutal honesty, hidden secrets averted from the prying eyes of little kids and shattering and reconstruction of your memories.
1. Dead Parents.
An unusual trend seen in Disney movies is that they usually kill off the parents. If they aren’t killed, they are captured, missing or replaced by an evil step-mother. The reason why most of the protagonists have either lost their mother or father(or both) is believed to be related to Walt Disney’s personal life history. After the huge success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney had bought a house for his parents. However, due to a faulty heating system, his mother died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Here are a few instances where we find absent parents:
Peter Pan- The Lost Boys have no parents. They call Peter Pan their father and Wendy their mother.
The Sword in the Stone- King Arthur is an orphan.
Lilo and Stitch- Lilo and Nani’s parents died in a car accident.
Finding Nemo- Mother dead.
and, well, the list goes on……
2. Creepy Dialogue in Aladdin.
Before I say anything, watch this clip closely.
If you did hear the creepy good teenagers, take off your clothes, I have nothing more to say.
(I think you can chum up with that kid along with your boyfriend and watch Aladdin now, can’t you? It has the right measure of secret pervy messages hidden which you both can enjoy!)
3. Appearance of Scar in Hercules.
Remember the conversation between Mufasa and Zazu in The Lion King about Scar making a very handsome throw rug?
Mufasa: [about Scar] What am I going to do with him?
Zazu: He’d make a very handsome throw rug.
Zazu: And just think, whenever he gets dirty, you can take him out and beat him.
Well it turns out, he did become (sort of ) a throw rug.
We again find Scar’s appearance (his deceased version or his hide, more specifically) in the 1997 animation film, Hercules.
4. Dirty references.
Disney’s main concern was not only to attract the younger audience but also the older audience as well. And what better way to catch their attention than to slip a few dirty references here and there in the movie? Kids have become more informative and savvy nowadays but there are still certain instances which moves over the head of many children. While some of these cases have been subtle, a few have also been reported to be very vulgar and pronounced.
One classic example of subtle and indirect perverted reference is seen in the 1995 film, Toy Story.
After Sid had completely destroyed most of his(and his sister’s toys) we find plenty of mutilated and broken toys in Sid’s house. While the scene is used to refer to the fact that beauty is skin deep when these toys help Woody to escape Sid’s place, there is one thing we skipped out as a kid; a particular toy-having a pair of legs and a hook. A hooker.
5. Eye-Chart refers to the Illuminati
There is one episode in the Ducktales (Yuppy Ducks) where a reference to the Illuminati is seen in the background. Now, an eye-chart is usually viewed with one eye which is also the symbol for the Illuminati.
Watch this clip carefully to notice the eye-chart and the writings on it.
6. Mental Disorder.
The Evil Queen or the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is believed to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. While she needs constant conformation from her magic mirror that she is the Fairest of the Land, she commands her faithful Huntsman to kill Snow White when she discovers that the young Princess has now become the fairest of them all and her involvement with a handsome Prince from another kingdom.
Elsa from Frozen is said to have Agoraphobia (Fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness or embarrassment.) and paranoia.
7. Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella.
In the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella, one of the evil step-sisters had cut off her toes and the other her heel so that both can fit into Cinderella’s glass slipper. Unfortunately, they couldn’t. The only person the slipper could fit was Cinderella herself who eventually got married to the handsome Prince Charming. Hard luck, eh?
8. Horrific Rage of the Beast.
Whenever the Beast gets angry in The Beauty and the Beast(1991), he destroys furniture and inanimate objects around him.
Remember, his servants are household objects. (So you know where I’m getting at, don’t you?)
These were a few of the many subliminal messages hidden in Disney cartoons and movies.
So next time you watch a Disney flick, be sure to keep yourself wide awake and note all the little things you didn’t catch when you were a kid. Also, Disney isn’t as innocent as you thought I’d be , now is it?