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Disney Erotica

Remember when the priest gets an erection in The Little Mermaid? Or when the leaves spell out the word sex in The Lion King? How about when Aladdin says, “Good teenagers take off their clothes”? None of this ringing a bell?? Well if you’ve watched these Disney classics then you’ve seen all of the above… subliminally that is. Curious to know what else you’ve set your eyes on as a child?

The Rescuers, 1977

Check out the topless model in the open window… look closely (The Rescuers, 1977).

The Little Mermaid, 1989
The Little Mermaid, 1989

Who knew the Magic Kingdom had such phallic décor (The Little Mermaid, 1989).

And the best part is that Disney movies are transcending generations… so you, your kids and your grandkids can experience the magic together over and over again! Apparently, the newly released Disney films have had the explicit content removed. Apparently.

Here’s another observation…what does The Little Mermaid, Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jasmine (Aladdin), Bambi, Pocahontas, Simba (The Lion King), Nemo (Finding Nemo) all only have in common? They only have one parent. What does Snow White, Cinderella, Mowgli (The Jungle Book), Aladdin, Dumbo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan and Peter Pan all have in common? They’re all orphans. So why does Disney fail to depict a complete family? Some may argue that having the main character deal with the loss of a parent makes for a more heart-felt story and sparks a deeper fondness towards the character. Having the hero/heroine fend for themselves and overcome great obstacles makes them that much more admirable. I don’t buy it. With all the sky-scraping divorce rates and single-parent homes, the last thing this world needs is more excuses to portray the unimportance of a complete household. Sometimes circumstances cannot be helped, but this example of broken homes that Disney constantly puts forth makes people view it as the norm. Hence, making the traditional family look like an ideal as opposed to a reality.

Disney makes us little girls dream about finding our “prince charming” (which some skeptics might refute molds women to set their standards at ridiculous heights), makes us believe dreams really do come true (if only they did always and quicker) and above all entertains us when our parents can’t figure out how else to shut us up (Cinderella worked on me). If only things could always be that innocent. If only I didn’t have to grow up and find out about the penis castles and leaves spelling dirty words in my favorite childhood flicks! If only I didn’t have to grow up and realize Disney killed everyone’s parents.

-LMS

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About Little Miss Spanglish

Bright-eyed dreamer, set in her ways... enjoys working-out to slow jams. Hates being called by her full name by people close to her. Has never had a pet, yet has names picked out for her future fish, cat and Teacup pig (name of future dog still in the works). Loves receiving handwritten letters in the mail (long, handwritten messages in thoughtfully picked out cards also result in a smile). Will stare in disdain at her plate if it is inhabited by: brown rice, asparagus or beets (coming around on the beets). Finds skipping-down-a-sidewalk to be a lost art in adults... refuses to let that happen to her.

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2 thoughts on “Disney Erotica

  1. The Lion King DOES portray a nuclear family. King Moufasa and Queen Sarabi are Simba’s parents 🙂

    Posted by charlie | December 31, 2011, 9:51 pm
  2. Not only does it set standards too high in the “prince charming” aspect, it also teaches you that you can get prince charming if you are beautiful enough. The prince is always amazed by her beauty before he knows anything about her. Eric fell in love with Ariel and she couldn’t even carry out a freaking conversation!!

    Gotta’ love the surprises in the movies, though. The phallic tower on the cover is my favorite, personally.

    Oh, and one day, a long time ago, I actually downloaded The Little Mermaid and watched the wedding part, because I was so upset at the thought that they gave the priest a boner. After watching it, I realized that because the priest is old, he’s stooped over, and his knees are bent. What looks very much like a boner is actually a view of his knees sticking out, from the side. You can definitely see this during the scene. That’s the only instance I can refute; I’m pretty sure the animators did have fun throwing in references to things children shouldn’t see/hear, in other movies, though.

    Posted by Liz Vona | January 3, 2012, 3:46 am

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