Subliminal Messages in Disney Movies: Really?

So did Jessica Rabbit really flash her lady parts?

The very idea of subliminal messaging in movies and television shows has always been a controversial topic, and the conversation heats up when the discussion turns to possible sexual content hidden within the cutesy images of Disney cartoons. No one likes the idea of someone trying to influence our thinking with subconscious trickery, but a lot of people believe that many commercials on T.V. hide some kind of secret message that makes us want to eat something, wear something, and, most of all, buy something we don’t really want or need.

Is it subliminal messaging when a beautiful model wearing a skimpy bikini takes a huge bite out of a massive cheeseburger bulging with bacon and cheese? That’s a little devious, but how about if the catchy jingle about the world’s tastiest cheeseburger has a barely audible voice chanting over and over, “you want a cheeseburger, you want a cheeseburger…” That’s kind of scary.

There are lots of popular urban legends about sexual subliminal messages in Disney movies. Plenty of them are about movies I’ve watched with my kids over and over, and I never for a second suspected these sexual innuendoes and images. Even after researching this topic and looking at all kinds of video, I’m not sure if it’s the cartoonists with the dirty minds, or the people who say they see the “subliminal messages.” Either way, here are some of the most talked about Disney “subliminal messages.”


You’ll have to decide for yourselves if you can see or hear the subconscious picture or sound that the “message hunters” say are there. If you have an original VHS (some of these are old school,) or the DVD, look for yourself and see if you can see it on a copy you know hasn’t been touched-up, edited or altered in some way by someone who wants to convince you that what you don’t see is really there.

10 Lion King


10 lion kings

If the conspiracy theorists are correct and Disney is on a mission to make children think the word, “sex,” then they went over the top in the making of the Lion King. According to a certain YouTube theorist, the letters S-E-X are spelled out over and over throughout the film, in the grass, in the water, in the flames, in the landscape, in the rocks in the trees, in the animals’ hair. Even drawing over it with red lines just shows me that someone wrote “sex” in red over a movie scene, but maybe you can see it yourself.

The most famous Lion King subliminal message is said to be the scene where Simba as a cub is on a clifftop, communing with his father’s spirit, when he steps on a bed of flowers that all float up into the sky, then turn into stars that align themselves to skywrite the word “sex.”

Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Okay, there’s nothing subliminal or even subtle about the Jessica Rabbit character in this not-for-kids Disney flick. She walks, talks, and acts like a porn queen, and her voluptuous assets are barely covered up at all. The hot button for this movie comes at the end of the car crash scene, when after Jessica is thrown from the vehicle her slit-to-the-hip dress rides up and you can see quite obviously why there’s no panty-line in that skin-tight gown.

The Three Little Pigs



One of the first Disney films, this classic children’s tale gets a different twist (or gets twisted) in a scene where all three pigs are celebrating in the brick house, with the smart brother playing music on his brick piano while sitting on his brick piano stool. The picture hanging on the wall and labeled “Father” is an image of a string of sausages. How is that subliminal? Is it that pigs become sausage, or are they supposed to be phallic sausages?

Mickey and Minnie


Okay, if you take away everything else in the picture, I can see where Minnie’s blue dress kind of looks like a man-part, but come on! You really have to be looking for it. Mickey’s arm is around Minnie’s waist, she’s got her arm up around his neck in a hug. Her shoulder is not intended to look like the head of a phallic symbol…or is it?

The Rescuers



3.4 million copies of this video were recalled by Disney officials, who stated that the original home video version had been tampered with and an “objectionable image” could be seen in the background. Anyway, in the version you can see online, there’s a scene where Bernard and Bianca are sitting in a sardine can passenger seat on the back of transporter bird, Orville, and as they fly past a brick building you can see a naked woman standing in front of an open window.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid subliminal

Some of the most well-known and possibly most obvious subliminal sexual messages are said to be found in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. There are two scenes that stand out, so to speak.

One of the potential sex scenes occurs when Ursula is trying to trick Eric into marriage using Ariel’s voice. Apparently the minister performing the wedding ceremony is quite excited, if the suspicious protrusion in the front of his trousers is any indication. However, he does have really knobby knees and unless someone told you to look for an erection, you probably would never think anything untoward.

However, the Phallic Castle is really obvious even to someone not out to put forth a Disney conspiracy theory. It’s actually on the DVD box cover, a scene that shows King Neptune and wicked Ursula larger than life on either side of the spectacular, underwater castle, with a smiling Ariel and Eric in the foreground. The castle is a fairy-tale concoction of tall, soaring towers and spires, one of which bears a striking resemblance to…you guessed it…a man-part.



  1. I”m never watching disney channel movies again! I also heard something about Aladdin where he was fighting jasmine’s tiger and he says ”Good teenager take off your clothes”
    This is for children!

    • Avery, get a life. You ” heard something about Aladdin where he was fighting jasmine’s tiger and he says ”Good teenager take off your clothes”. But, did you hear it yourself IN THE MOVIE? I bet not. You didn’t hear or see anything dirty in a Disney movie. You are just repeating rumors. Try thinking for yourself.

  2. Every time I see anything like this come up, I want to laugh and then punch whoever’s said it in the face. Let’s be absolutely clear – you would need to be the sort of person who thinks about sex ALL the time, INCLUDING while watching a kids movie, to even see or NOTICE half of these! God – the same people who scoff that humans haven’t gone to moon, and that the government is “putting stuff” in the aeroplane fumes. Do not waste your time and intelligence reading this – and before you accuse me of doing the same, I actually came here to get the pretty Lion King picture.

    “Phallic sausages” my arse. *rolls eyes*

  3. I’m not sure these are subliminal messages. There’s loads more of the 3 letter message shown here, in many of Disney’s movies, but it’s not SEX, it’s SFX, it’s just the artists playing about a bit and adding their own little watermark, an in-joke if you will.

    Although I concede that one or two may have just disguised it enough to look like SEX as a further joke.

  4. Dude, a sublimnal message is not something your conscious mind notices. So with Mickie and Minnie if you don’t see the thing in the picture unless you take away everything then it is a sublimnal message. Your subconscious mind noticed it but it did not deem it important enough to alert your conscious mind. It stores everything at a young age in the subconscious. Not it merely STORES it. It does not got red of it. If your at a young age and see a sublimnal message it is stored in the kids mind FORVER.

    • I completely agree. Think of how only a few decades ago teen were psyched just to kiss someone else, now even 12 year olds are becoming way more sexual and don’t tell me that it’s because times change. Some of those messages were obvious, and even if they were hidden to the conscious mind, they have obviously had an effect on this generation.

  5. People see what they WANT to see. These supposed hidden messages sound about as kooky as people claiming a blurry image of a “bulge” in Michelle Obama’s pants is really her penis. Or reptilian shape shifters have invaded the white house because of some blurry image of a secret service man(that when viewed clearly is merely some middle aged balled guy who had his hand on his holster). If you have to look really hard to see what you think you see, stop with the conspiracy theories. How many people have seen Jesus’ face in cheese sandwiches and then others were moronic enough to pay top dollar for an optical illusion quoting it as a “miracle”. Or the people who go apeshit over “hidden messages” in children’s movies wanting to boycott Disney? If it is all true and not bullshit, I haven’t turned out that bad. I am a responsible adult, going to school for a real job, don’t even really speed much at all as I use cruise control on the highway(no way to get a speeding ticket), don’t steal stuff, leave my neighbors alone unless they mess with me, don’t use drugs, show up to work on time, yet I watched lots of Disney movies growing up. People see what they want to see and the brain fills in the gaps. This is well documented in Psychology and Neuro science(then again, people obsessed with conspiracy theories don’t care about FACTS, only their petty emotions).

  6. Unless the author outlines in red or otherwise tells us what to look for the average person is totally unaware of any subliminal messages even if you are looking for one. Why pick on Disney?


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