Top Ten Disney Movies Believed to Contain Hidden Messages

Whether you believe that all of them (or any of them) are real or not, these "subliminal messages" or "hidden images" in Disney movies have proven to be quite effective at generating a lot of attention and (in some of cases) controversy.

The Top TenXW

1The Little Mermaid

The film was criticized for both it's phallic-looking poster art and supposedly inappropriate-looking priest (I'll just leave it at that) during the wedding scene.

On a more positive note, you can briefly spot Mickey, Goofy, and Donald briefly as King Triton makes his glorious entrance at the beginning of the film. - BKAllmighty

I've always hated these controversies! They ruin these movies! I keep thinking it's part of the reason The Rescuers is so underrated and forgotten. It's awful! AWFUL! GAH! And to keycha1n, this isn't the real reason to watch these movies. The REAL REASON is because they're always heartwarming movies with lovable characters, plots, songs, and everything! Frozen was great but part of what makes it so overrated is because of the way they treat the other movies (such as Oliver & Company) like complete crap! It's so stupid and annoying! If you think Let It Go is the best Disney song ever, I guarantee you have never heard Once Upon a Time in New York City. - Disney1994

I need to check some of these movies out! I had heard of these sort of things that Disney has done, but I never quite noticed it myself... Time to do a double take! - keycha1n

People are so disgusting they mistake a trident for a penis. - Pony

V1 Comment
2The Rescuers

This one is probably the most clearly proven controversy. On a select number of VHS copies, if paused at the correct moment, viewers could spot a still image of a topless woman standing through an urban apartment window. That particular issue of the film was immediately recalled, obviously. This was back in 1999. - BKAllmighty

3The Lion King

At a moment where Simba hits the ground with a thud, a small cloud of dust hits the air and forms what appears to be the word "SEX". However, Disney, itself, reported that the message was written to be viewed as "SFX" (which stands for "special effects"). The matter is unresolved as of yet. - BKAllmighty

4Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

The amount of adult jokes in this movie would fill the entire aquarium. - SuperHyperdude

"Is that a rabbit in your pocket, Eddie, or are you just happy to see me? " - PetSounds

Released by Touchstone Pictures (Disney's label for more mature content) out of fear that it may be too risqué to be associated with the Disney brand, Who Framed Roger Rabbit! Is infamously known for having one of the most paused movie moments. If you don't know which moment I am talking about... then you never mind. - BKAllmighty


An almost imperceptible off-screen murmur led people to think that Aladdin, himself, spoke the lines "good teenagers take off their clothes". Due to the fact that he was speaking directly to Jasmine's pet tiger, It is more likely that the muffled utterance was more like "Good kitty. Take off and go." Either way, the line was removed from the DVD release to avoid further complaints.

Also, Beauty and the Beast's 'Beast' makes an appearance as a small toy belonging to the Sultan. - BKAllmighty


This one, thankfully, is a friendly addition to the film. Near the beginning of the film you can spot Rapunzel and Flynn entering the castle for Elsa's coronation. - BKAllmighty

V1 Comment
7Aladdin and the King of Thieves

There are at least a dozen references and "cameos" that you can try to find in this Disney straight-to-video threequel. They're not nearly as much "subliminal" as they are just "messages", but they're all worthy of mentioning nonetheless. - BKAllmighty


Another undeniable reference. Hercules, at the peak of his initial fame, is shown having his portrait done and is wearing what is clearly Scar from 'The Lion King' wrapped across his back and covering his head. He later throws it to the ground which gives us an even clearer view of the lion-hide floor tug. This little in-joke was most likely added because in 'The Lion King' Zazu actually states, "He'd make a very handsome floor rug." Well, he became one. And it did look rather dashing. - BKAllmighty

9The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It's a triple whammy! Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast', the magic carpet from 'Aladdin' and even Pumbaa from 'The Lion King are all briefly spotted all at once on the streets during the "Out There" song. - BKAllmighty

10Lilo & Stitch

Many hidden objects and references appear throughout the film. There's a 'Mulan' poster, a 'Dumbo' doll, the famous red, blue, and yellow toy ball from Pixar's films all make appearances at various moments. - BKAllmighty

The Contenders


Once no one can spot the spinning wheel in Sleeping Beauty where Aurora pricks her finger

12Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
13Big Hero 6V1 Comment
BAdd New Item