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Sexist Disney: The fatal flaw

Updated on February 11, 2015

'Minnie' Mouse

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Horny Priest?

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Jessica rabbit's lady-parts

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The Rescuers

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Disneys Subliminal Messages

Disney and the infamous subliminal messages.

Disney has been a household name for generations. While widely loved by both children and adults of all ages for their fairy tale love stories and delightful music pieces, they have often been criticized for adding subliminal messages into their cartoons. Subliminal messages have been used in advertising for decades but when they are of much naughtier natures in the films and cartoons intended for children, it becomes just that bit creepier!

To clarify, subliminal messages are messages hidden in either something we see or hear. Subliminal literally means ‘below threshold’-so we are unaware of the message. An example is the image to the right of Mickey and Minnie mouse. Granted, at first glance we clearly see Minnie in a blue dress giving Mickey a friendly hug, but is more than just a friendly hug between friends? At a closer look, that question is clearly answered.

I wish to point out that I will not be writing (other than this brief statement) on any of the many accusations that Disney purposefully place the word ‘sex’ in their drawings of smoke, water or fire because it seems that the argument may never be won, do people see these things because they look for them, can that word be found everywhere if we really look? Totally unclear so ahead I go with what I deem to be too obvious to be coincidence!

One: The Little Mermaid. My Favourite film growing up by miles. And yet only recently have I too noticed the raunchy priest and the phallice palace on the cover. Personally I find there is no way of regarding this as accidental.

Two: Aladdin. I had heard this rumour but it wasn’t until I went in search of the DVD and heard it for myself that I realised there really was something to the accusation. In a scene on Jasmin’s Balcony, The genie is talking but in the background you can hear Aladdin say “Take off your clothes”. Most people say it is ‘good teenagers, take off your clothes ‘ but honestly I could only hear the latter, but hear it I certainly did!

Three: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Jessica Rabbit, the cartoons heartthrob gets flung from a car. While flying through the air her dress flies open and reveals her lady-parts. Now maybe this wasn’t a proper ‘Children’s film’ but I can certainly remember watching it early on.

Four: The Rescuers. Probably the most gross and unprofessional Disney slip-up. The picture speaks for itself! (And for those of you, like me, who needs someone to point out what it is. It’s a naked lady! Shown not once, but twice!!)

Five: Beauty and The Beast. One of the most romantic tales I knew growing up and I cannot point out enough how flabbergasted I was when I watched the video clip below. Now the narrator goes into a good few details, some I agree with-some I don’t, but he’s definitely onto something. The end is the most disturbing. I have also another video clip from you-tube of someone who found another subliminal message in the second 'Lion King'. See for yourself, its near the end!

Of all things to put subliminal messages in Disney chose Cartoons. And not just any messages either, ones that sell sex!


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      Bryony Harrison 4 years ago from UK

      I think the 'sex' in smoke messages are just people looking for it and determined to find it anywhere, but there is no denying the priest having boner in the Little Mermaid.

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      belleart 4 years ago from Ireland

      I agree wholeheartedly. But there's much more than just the little mermaid, in nearly every old Disney classics, there are little subtle 'indiscretions' everywhere-besides the 'sex' messages in clouds and whatnot.

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      Bryony Harrison 4 years ago from UK

      One of the most blatant is probably the bare-breasted banshee in Fantasia in the penultimate sequence.

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