Disney films are known for being family-friendly. But sometimes they sneak a bit of adult humor into the cute cartoon comedy. Here are some of the most surprising dirty jokes that made it into beloved Disney movies...
'Toy Story 2' - Buzz's Excitement
In "Toy Story 2," upon meeting Jesse the Cowgirl, Buzz Lightyear has an unexpected physical reaction. As he watches Jesse perform an impressive stunt to open a door for Andy's dog to head outside for some bathroom time, Buzz's wings spring open. Kids may simply take it as a sign that Buzz is surprised, but adults know what's really going on.
'Mulan' - A Couple of Things
In "Mulan," the title character impersonates a man to take her father's place in the army. In one scene, she tries to hide her exposed body from three fellow soldiers. Realizing she's about to be revealed as a woman, her dragon companion Mushu exclaims that there are "a couple of things" they're bound to notice. Adults will more easily pick up on his meaning than kids.
'Frozen' - Foot Size
In "Frozen," mountain man Kristoff quizzes Princess Anna about her her new fiance, Prince Hans. Kristoff asks Hans' foot size, to which Anna responds that "foot size doesn't matter." Whiles Kristoff is incredulous, adults in the audience roll their eyes at the implied reference to a man's foot size correlating with the size of another part of his anatomy.
'The Emperor's New Groove' - Pitching a Tent
This is a quick and breezy sight gag in "The Emperor's New Groove." In one scene that takes place at night, Kronk pitches a tent to sleep for the evening. The tiny tent covers only one particular area of Kornk's body, serving as a visual reference to the euphemistic meaning of "pitching a tent," one that might make parents blush if they're watching the movie with their kids.
'Cars' - Top Down Waitresses
Settle in, "Cars" fans, because for a series that's mostly designed to sell children's toys, there are a lot of naughty jokes in these Pixar movies. In the first "Cars," blink and you'll miss this sign for a "Top Down Truckstop" which boasts of its "all convertible waitresses." Because apparently topless waitresses are in demand in this universe?
'Hercules' - A Complex Joke
Some adult jokes require a little knowledge of Greek mythology to understand. In recapping his date with Meg in the movie "Hercules," the title character talks about a play they'd watched together. "That Oedipus thing?" Hercules says. "I thought I had problems." Adults will understand the "Oedipus thing" is that Oedipus killed his dad then married his mom.
'Ratatouille' - A Tiny Little Problem
In "Ratatoille," when novice chef Linguini attempts to confess something to fellow kitchen staffer Colette, he says he has a "tiny, little" something, before trailing off. At the sight of his hand gesture, Colette looks down briefly at Linguini's pants. Even though they know he was taking about his rat friend, Remy, adults viewers understand the conclusion to which Colette jumps.
'Toy Story 3' - Nice Ascot
Barbie and Ken fall in love at first sight in "Toy Story 3." It's as if they were made for each other. As they eye each other up and down, Barbie tells Ken he has a "nice ascot," meaning his neckerchief, but she hangs on the word just long enough to make it sound like she's complimenting him on something else...
'Cars 2' - The Lemon Party
In "Cars 2," Mater attends a lemon party, a party thrown by a bunch of lemons, i.e., old, broken-down cars that don't function well. Here's hoping that joke was an accident rather than something more dirty-minded. Don't get it? Whatever you do, don't run a search on "lemon party" to figure out the gag. Oops, we just made it worse.
'Frozen' - Natural Law
Can a man and a reindeer be "just friends"? Not according to the trolls in "Frozen." While summing up the flaws of their adopted son Kristoff, the trolls sing about "his thing with the reindeer that's a little outside of nature's laws." It creeps Anna out, but she doesn't take it as a sign the smelly ice harvester might not be boyfriend material.
'Cars' - The Piston Cup
Time for another "Cars" joke. When Lightning McQueen brags about how many times he's won the Piston Cup, Mater spits out the oil he's been drinking and remarks, "He did what in his cup?" If you're too innocent to understand this very dumb play on words, count yourself lucky.
'Toy Story' - After a Long Night of Hooking...
Was this deliberate? It's hard to say. In the original "Toy Story," Buzz and Woody come across a group of mutated toys that were created by their creepy next-door neighbor, Sid. One of the toys, Legs, is a pair of Barbie legs attached to a fishing rod with a hook on the end. Older fans inferred from the visual pun that Legs is a literal hooker.
'Mulan' - X-Ray Vision
Poor Mulan. She spends her entire movie trying to get men to take her seriously, and is also constantly in danger of being objectified as strangers stare at her body. During the scene in which Mulan meets Mushu the dragon, he claims he can see straight through Mulan's armor, a claim that earns him a slap, as that's not something any woman wants to hear.
'Cars' - Groupies
There are groupies in "Cars." This isn't particularly subtle. The characters Mia and Tia follow Lightning McQueen around, dressed in his signature color and emblazoned with his logo. Where the joke gets weird is when the pair start literally flashing McQueen during a press conference. Sure, they're only flashing their headlights, but a dirty visual pun is still dirty.
'Bambi' - Twitterpated
Did you forget there's a sequence in "Bambi" devoted entirely to the sexual awakening of three male characters? The movie's animals call this becoming "twitterpated." Flower's twitterpation is the most awkward. When a pretty female skunk kisses him, he turns bright pink (flushed with blood, perhaps) and goes stiff as a board all over, including his tail. You don't need a diagram to understand what that symbolizes.
'The Incredibles' - Getting Busy
In "The Incredibles," Syndrome learns Mister Incredible started a family with Elastigirl. Syndrome remarks, "You married Elastigirl? And got busy!" In an earlier draft of the script, Syndrome simply says "and had a kid." So either a writer thought the movie needed to be a bit more risque, or Jason Lee, Syndrome's voice actor, ad-libbed the line and they kept it in.
'A Bug's Life' - Pollinating
The ongoing gag surrounding the ladybug Frances in "A Bug's Life" hasn't aged well. The joke is that he looks like a female, but he's actually a male. We're introduced to the joke when, in a circus performance, Frances is dressed as a flower. A rowdy fly shouts down from the audience, "Wanna pollinate with a real bug?" Since flowers reproduce due to pollination from insects, it's not a subtle catcall.
'Aladdin and the King of Thieves' - Earthquake
The "Aladdin" song "A Whole New World" is often interpreted as code for sex ("over, sideways and under"). But the sequel "Aladdin and the King of Thieves" doesn't try to be even that subtle. When an apparent earthquake interrupts Aladdin and Jasmine during their wedding, the Genie says, "I thought the earth wasn't supposed to move until the honeymoon." Classy.
'Pinocchio' - Jackasses
In "Pinocchio," the titular boy puppet joins his human friends at Pleasure Island, where they drink, smoke and do other stuff you won't see in Disney movies today. Then there's a horrifying reveal: Boys who visit Pleasure Island turn into donkeys used for slave labor. Kids will be too freaked out to understand the "joke": The boys have literally made asses of themselves.
'Ratatouille' - Vegetable Familiarity
In "Ratatouille," Chef Skinner is suspicious of Linguini hiding in the refrigerator, saying that "one can get too familiar with vegetables." Apparently we're supposed to wonder where Linguini is putting the veggies while getting familiar with them.
'Jack-Jack Attack' - Baby Sitter
In the short cartoon "Jack-Jack Attack," Syndrome finds it unexpectedly easy to kidnap the titular baby. Babysitter Kari is all too eager to hand Jack-Jack over to someone else, but she does question what the letter S on his chest stands for. Syndrome says it stands for "Sitter" and that he would've been called "Baby Sitter," but he didn't want BS on his chest. Plenty of parents dodged their kids' questions when they asked what's wrong with BS.
'Toy Story 3' - Mrs. Potato Head's Mouth
In "Toy Story 3," the villainous Lotso takes away Mrs. Potato Head's mouth piece in order to stop her talking. Indignant, Mr. Potato Head exclaims, "No one takes my wife's mouth except me." Fans have puzzled for years over what Mr. Potato Head means by this. Is he simply being misogynistic by taking away his wife's mouth, or does he mean something way dirtier?
'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' - Taking a Look
In "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Frollo is a creepy villain motivated to either possess or murder Esmerelda because she's so hot. In her first appearance, Esmerelda performs a dance that attracts Frollo's attention. Wanting to seem offended, he says, "Just look at that disgusting display." The captain of the guard, Phoebus, takes it as a command, replying, "Yes, sir!" and widening his eyes to get a better look.
'Hocus Pocus' - Desiring Children
In "Hocus Pocus," the movie's three witch antagonists explain to a bus driver that they "desire children," meaning they need to find some kids so they can suck out their life essence to remain youthful. The driver misunderstands, offering to give a couple of tries to help the witches start families. How generous.
'Muppet Treasure Island' - Long John Silver
A joke in "Muppet Treasure Island" involves Kermit shaming Miss Piggy for daring to have romantic relationships with other people while the pair were separated for many years. When they meet up with Long John Silver, Miss Piggy makes it clear she spent some intimate time with the pirate, stressing the word "Long" in his name.
'The Lion King' - Sex Writing
In the movie The Lion King, there's a scene when adult Simba lies down on a ledge and some magic dust floats off and becomes his father in the sky. But before it turns into ghost-Mufasa it seems to spell out "SEX." Disney claims it is supposed to spell out SFX for their visual affects team.
'Peter Pan' - Shadow
In Peter Pan, when Peter is at Wendy's house he starts dancing around with his shadow. One scene it looks like the shadow is showing an extra appendage sticking out between his legs. Sure it's probably his little knife he carries but instead it looks like Peter's shadow is packing heat.
'Cruella' - Puppy Joke
In the live action version of 101 Dalmatians, Roger tells Cruella that he and Anita are pregnant, he then tells her that they are also having puppies and
Cruella responds with "Puppies! Well, haven't you been a busy boy." Was that a weird beastiality joke or what?
'Who Framed Rodger Rabbit?' - Jessica Rabbit's Panty Problem
The movie Who Framed Rodger Rabbit? instead really a kid's movie but it is a Disney movie and is only raged PG. It is still very racy for a PG movie, especially with the sultry character of Jessica Rabbit alone. In one scene Jessica Rabbit falls and you can see that she is not wearing underwear, pretty inappropriate Disney!
'The Little Mermaid' - Little Problem
The Little Mermaid caught some controversy for this one scene where it looks like the priest has an erection. Apparently it is his knee but Disney did end up removing the offending ‘erection’ from the film, and one particularly disgruntled viewer even attempted to sue them over it in 1995.
'The Three Caballeros' - Donald Duck's Extra Grabby
The film The Three Caballeros as a movie in general doesn't hold up because it is pretty racist in general but that's not the only issue. In one scene, Donald Duck is clearly seen grabbing a woman's breast without permission. Consent is key, Donald!
'Inside Out' - Bear Joke
Inside Out tells the story of a girl dealing with her emotions. After the protagonist Riley moves to San Francisco, she gets spooked in her new bed at night. She thinks, "What was that? Was it a bear?" Her emotions make sure to tell her that's simply not possible: Disgust comments with, "There are no bears in San Francisco." Anger responds with, "I saw a really hairy guy who looked like a bear." San Francisco is known to have a large gay population and "bear" is a term for a big manly men who are gay, it's definitely a joke for adults.
'Hercules' - Narcissus Discovered Himself
In a scene in Hercules, Hermes says to Zeus, "I haven't seen this much love in a room since Narcissus discovered himself." Discovering himself how? Could be a clever masturbation joke or could just be him looking at himself in the mirror for the first time. Disney's sneaky so we choose the former.
'Aladdin' - Lady Problem
Ever wonder why Aladdin was kicked out of the place where all the women were in the beginning of the film? Many people speculate that it was a brothel and since Aladdin is poor and has no money they didn't want him in there scaring away business.
'Hercules' - River Guardian's Weird Bump
Yet another issue in Hercules, in one scene the River Guardian gets a bump on his head but that bump doesn't look like a regular bump. The bump on his head resembles male gentitalia, even highlight two balls. It is very hard to not pick up on that.
'The Lion King' - Poster Bikini
Sure it isn't in the movie but the movie poster of The Lion King had some people scratching their heads. The snout of Simba and his mouth seem to make up the shape of a person's backside. It's one of those things that once you can't see it you really can't unsee it.
'Cinderella' - Mice's Tools
In Cinderella, she has some help creating her dress thanks to her little friends - the mice. One scene, when they're stringing beads on one of their tails it looks like some sort of sex toy instead of stringing beads. If you froze your movie on this screenshot you'd for sure think it was something way dirtier.
'Toy Story' - Bo Peep's Sheep
In the first Toy Story, it seems like Woody is dating Bo Peep. In one scene, Bo pulls Woody’s face close to hers and asks, “What do you say I get someone else to watch the sheep tonight?” Definitely implying that they are going to spend the night together.
'Frozen' - Olaf's Bottom
In Frozen, one scene Olaf detaches his head from his bottom. He looks to Kristoff and asks him, "Hey, do me a favor and grab my behind." When Kristoff does, Olaf sighs and remarks, "Oh, much better." Many have suggested that Olaf had a bit of a crush on Kristoff and was getting his jollies off this.
'Zootopia' - What Judy is Good At
In Disney's Zootopia, someone tells Judy the bunny that she's dumb. She's quick to respond with she's a rabbit so she's good at multiplying and reproducing very quickly. In a way, she's implying she's good at sex.
'The Santa Clause' - Santa's Drug Joke
In the Santa Clause when Scott Calvin discovers Santa's coat and puts it on he starts flying. When his son comments saying, "Whoa, Dad! You're flying!" Scott responds with "It's okay, I'm used to it. I lived through the '60s!" and it's definitely a little drug joke for the adults.
'Toy Story' - Piggy Bank's Cork
In Toy Story, one scene Hamm's cork pops off and the change in his bank flies everywhere. He is embarrassed and tells everyone "Nobody look til I get my cork back in." Disney is definitely making a little exposed joke right here.
'Wreck-It Ralph' - Cherry-Chaser
In Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph comments about Pac-Man being invited somewhere and he's not too happy about it. Ralph yells, "That cherry-chasing dot-muncher isn't even part of this game!" According to Urban Dictionary, a cherry-chaser is an adult man chasing a younger girl's virginity. Who knew Pac-Man was such a creep!
'The Little Mermaid' - Hidden Penis
On the cover of The Little Mermaid DVD and VHS it shows Ariel, Prince Eric, and their friends in front of some sort of golden castle. One of the pieces of the castle though clearly looks like a penis. Disney has since removed this phallic shape on their more recent DVD covers.
'Tarzan' - Jane's Alone Time
In Tarzan, there's a scene where Jane begins drawing Tarzan on a chalkboard from what she remembers. While she is drawing him she comments on his intense eyes and seems to get lost in the picture. That is when her dad jokingly asks her, "Shall I leave you and the blackboard alone for a moment?" Clearly a joke implying that maybe she's crushing on Tarzan and wants some fun adult private time with the chalkboard.
'Tangled' - Hidden Sex
Similar to The Lion King, Tangled also has a hidden sex writing. This photo was used as a promo shot for the movie but if you look closely at the hair entangling Flynn looks a little funky, some say it spells out "SEX." We think it's a bit of a stretch, but Disney can be sneaky so you never know.
'Beauty and the Beast' - Every Last Inch of Gaston
If you've seen Beauty and the Beast you know Gaston can come off as very creepy, especially to Belle. When he's singing his song to woo her one of the lines ends with him saying, "and every last inch of me's covered with hair." EVERY last inch including you-know-what? Pretty nasty to get that descriptive, Gaston.
'The Lion King' - Special Humps
In The Lion King when Zazu is flying during the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" song sequence he passes some hills that resemble something from the human anatomy - yeah they kind of look like boobs. Was it intentional? Well with the hidden penises and bikini bodies, we wouldn't be surprised if it was.
'Finding Nemo' - Shorter Tentacle
A male octopus has a tentacle that is shorter than the rest because that one is it's penis. In Finding Nemo, Pearl mentions that one of her tentacles is shorter than the rest, although she is a girl this is definitely a little wink to a dick joke for all octopus fans out there.
'Cars' - Car Condoms
In Cars one of the racing cars is named Rusty Cornfuel and his sponsor is Tow Cap. Tow Cap is a hitch protector, kind of like a car condom, as the logo displays a. piece of rubber on top of a hitch. Could it be possible that in the Cars universe they can get pregnant too and this is to prevent that?