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