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13 Innuendoes Found In Animated Movies

anime1Toy Story

In the movie, Toy Story, one of Sid’s toys is a small fish hook attached to doll legs. The legs appear to be from a Barbie-type doll. The doll is known as a “Hooker” in the show.

anime2aThe Lion King

In the animated feature film, The Lion King, Simba collapses into the dust in an iconic scene. However, the dirt spins up into the air in a cloud. Within the cloud, the word “SEX” can clearly be seen if the video is slowed down. Disney claimed that this was an innocent mistake, but many feel the claim was a cover-up.

anime3The Lion King (cont.)

When The Lion King was rereleased in 2002, the poster came under scrutiny for what appeared to be a woman’s backside hidden in the lion face. Could it be a figment of audience imagination, or another cleverly placed innuendo?

anime4A Bug’s Life

In an attempt to draw parents and children alike, A Bug’s Life was full of adult humor. There is one scene that is particularly loaded with sexual connotation. When Francis meets one of the Fly Brothers, the brother says, “Hey, cutie! Wanna pollinate with a real bug?”

This is thought to be a direct innuendo meaning sex.


The sexual innuendo in Aladdin is more of an auditory slip and occurs when the title character is attacked by Jasmine’s tiger. He supposedly responds with “Good kitty, take off and go.”

But the line was somewhat garbled and what audiences heard was: “Good teenagers, take off your clothes.”

The line was cut from the DVD release because of the controversy it caused.

anime6aThe Rescuers

Within The Rescuers, which debuted in 1977, fans were able to catch a glimpse of a topless woman. This photo of a topless woman was inserted in at least two frames, although they were so briefly shown that most people wouldn’t notice them. Disney recalled millions of videotapes because of the slip-up.

anime7The Little Mermaid

On the cover of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a phallus was spotted by many adult fans. While Disney initially disputed the image’s existence, a disgruntled Disney animator later stepped forward and claimed he added the image in shortly before being fired. The symbol was found only on the original cover, within the drawing of a castle.

anime8The Little Mermaid (cont.)

Another ambiguous moment came in The Little Mermaid during the wedding scene between Eric and Ursula. The minister appears to have gotten a little too excited during the ceremony. However, when you examine other angles of the scene, this protrusion can be interpreted as the minister’s knee.

anime9Betty Boop

Betty Boop is considered to be the first and most iconic animated sex symbols. She is modeled off the Jazz Age flappers and began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. The character itself was hyper-sexualized, designed to tempt men while still being as child-friendly as possible. The cartoons were very popular among adult audiences of the time.

anime10The Flintstones

The Flintstones had its share of sexual connotation as well. This was most obvious in a scene between Fred and Barney. While shopping for a Halloween costume, Fred asks Barney what he wants to be. Barney replies that he would like to be taller. Fred recommends he get another head. Barney replies, “What do I need three of them for?”


A more recent example of hidden innuendo (similar to “The Lion King” incident) is in the 2010 Disney film Tangled. It was suggested that one of the promotional posters included the word “Sex” subtly hidden within Rapunzel’s hair.

anime12Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Released in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a smash hit. There was plenty of sexual innuendo in Jessica Rabbit herself, but there was also a very obvious sexual blooper inserted into the film. When Jessica Rabbit is thrown from a vehicle, her cartoon dress comes up and she is wearing no underwear.

anime13Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

There is nothing “hidden” or “accidental” about the sexual innuendos in this film; even the name has a sexual connotation. The movie casually references all kinds of risqué behaviors. Many younger fans of South Park were disappointed in the film’s R rating, though it’s rumored the film just barely escaped an NC-17 rating.

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  1. LMAO!!! That little mermaid bit. The animator really tried it there. Chai!

  2. I just feel like disproving the one on The Flinstones.

    In Fine Art, human height is usually measured in heads, more like ‘head’ is a unit of height. Hence, the statement: “Get one more head”.

    As for: “What do I need three of them for?” Perhaps, he meant: “Why do I need to be 3 heads tall for?”

    Yea right, at the end of the day, what do I know? LOL

  3. Lol. I didn’t know all these stuff. *goody two shoes* 😉

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