THE DARK SIDE OF DISNEY: Ross Hughes explores the sinister side of the Infamous Toon Studio
Part One: The look at the Urban Legends
When you think of Walt Disney, the first images that gather in your brain are that of childhood memories of much loved films! If you are a fan of an elephant that can fly or of a thief that rubs a lamp the wrong way, there is no question that the name Disney has played an important part of your life when growing up. But in between the love and respect which many of you no doubt have for so many of their films, there is a dark side that is hidden between the playful antics. A sinister evil attitude that many miss or choose to ignore. In this special feature, I will be taking a look at these moments, the urban legends that simply won’t go away and scenes from the films that will leave you thinking, “damn that is freaky!” and wondering why you never noticed it before. Please feel free readers to leave comments under the article if you agree with me, but before we get to the end lets start with the most infamous horror moment of them all, A rumour that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, a story that is still being told to this day, that of a zombie just waiting to awake:
THE FROZEN WALT!
One of the most bonkers stories ever to come out from Disney World is that of the death of its creator Mr Walt Disney. It was a story that I was told many times when I was child and a rumour that even to this day is still has strong as ever. It is believed by many that when Walt died he arranged to have himself frozen in a cryonic chamber full of liquid nitrogen so that when scientists discover how to bring people back from the dead, the man who gave the world Mickey Mouse can return once more!
Its a strange and quite horrific story that many children know of and to make it more darker, the rumour has grown to such an extent that many believe his body is stored under the Pirates Of The Carabien ride in DisneyWorld. The origins of how the rumour started is a mystery with maybe his own funeral cloaked in mystery not helping matters. Two books about the great man have been accused of helping the rumour grow, the first from Robert Mosely called Disney’s World and Marc Eliot’s Hollywood’s Dark Prince, both claim that Walt knew of this technique and had a very strong interest in it.
The fact that records show his body was cremated two days after his death have failed to halt this rumour which leaves many children wondering the day when this “zombie” will awake to a whole new world!
THE DIRTY SMUT
One of the most crazy examples of dirty talk in a Disney film was uncovered a few years ago in the film Aladdin which is more bizarre because its true! Even when I saw it, I could not help but laugh and wondered how I missed it the first time.
The scene in question is when Aladdin floats up to Prince Jasmin’s balcony and somehow a voice is heard saying “Take off your clothes!”. Honestly its all there and you can hear it here:
It is totally bonkers and one that will make you smile all day long just thinking about it. But then if you was faced with the beauty of Jasmin would you not say it!”
SEX IN THE LION KING
Ok you do not actually see Simba doing the dirty but this urban myth is kind of true if you now watch it. When our favourite lion slumps on the cliff top and dust shoots across the sky, the particles reveal the word S-E-X apparently. Well I have watched it and its really a case you see what you looking for! I saw it but only because I wanted too, its a kind of your mind playing a trick on you. The general story is that an FX department slipped in the image so it was supposed to read S-F-X which kinda makes a lot more sense. Being more of a fan who likes these dirty messages in Disney, I prefer to think of it as a dirty joke by the land that gave us Mouse and Co.
TITS IN THE RESCUERS
Ha Ha…..Well this is so true that you can actually see it in the picture above. A woman with her breasts out appears in a window and every child in the land who notices this laughs out loud. Only now avaliable in old copies due to Disney recalling the print way back in the 70’s, this is still one of the most funniest moments in cinema history.
PENIS ON DISPLAY IN LITTLE MERMAID
Here in all its glory is the cover of The Little Mermaid which caused a stir because many parents though the castle behind the characters showed more than it should. Yes it does look like a penis but what is more crazy in my mind is how the heck did they notice this at the beginning. Did one parent wake up one morning and say “I am going to look at that Mermaid cover today and see if it shows a mans willy!” Come on, this is bonkers and a clear case that some people just have too much time on their hands. Saying that, it does look like one though!
JESSICA IN NO UNDERWEAR SHOCK
When Roger Rabbit’s wife is thrown from the car, for a brief moment we see her skirt lift up and she is not wearing any underwear. Take a look above and see for yourself. If I was Bob Hoskins I would have killed Roger, made some rabbit soup and have that lovely Jessica all to myself. Yummy!!!!!!
IN PART 2 OF THIS DARK SIDE OF DISNEY……THE SCENES CHILDREN SHOULD NOT REALLY WATCH
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