When it comes to children’s movies, we can’t help mentioning Disney, the largest and most popular franchise in the world. They have produced many movies that earn billions of dollars globally each year. And Disney has successfully become an inevitable part of every childhood. That’s why Disney has had a tremendous impact on many generations, especially today’s youth.
However, not only children but many adults are also loyal fans of this studio, because Disney products always bring positive messages and energy. Perhaps this is the reason why in Disney movies, there are scenes that only adults can understand. You might probably miss several hidden meanings in Disney’s scenes when you were a child.
So, we have prepared a list of such scenes in Disney movies. Surely, you can comprehend these scenes fully now and realize the reason why we lost them during our childhood. Keep scrolling down and find out what they are!
#1 Zootopia: they are good at multiplying
There are many funny one-liners in “Zootopia,” but we can’t believe Disney got away with using this scene. When the verbal scuffles between her and slick-talking Nick are heated, Judy says the line about bunnies being good at reproducing. Nick’s expression tells it all. Something tells us the face isn’t a result of wondering, “Did she really just say that? “, but it’s still a great line.
#2 Mulan: Mushu’s commentary
Most of Mushu’s performance comes from Eddie Murphy, but his routines are known for being a little rougher than PG-13. Especially when Mulan decides to take a dip in the pond. It’s certainly one of the more underappreciated lines in the movie when you view it again now.
#3 Lady and the Tramp: “He’s a Tramp” is a torch song about Tramp’s love life
Though much of the “scandalous” material is just hinted at Lady discovers that the cheerful and friendly Tramp isn’t exactly what she is. He has actually traveled the world with one or two fine canines. When we were young, we probably thought this meant Lady wasn’t Tramp’s first choice. As adults, we can reasonably assume that he’s not exactly our second, third, or fourth love relationship. We’re kinda starting to understand how he got his namesake, now. He’s a tramp, but we love him.
#4 The Lion King: Timon nearly swears
In the blink of an eye and you’ll miss it, Timon is doing his best to pull Pumbaa from the roots when he screams “Geez, why do I always have to save you–” before he could. We can see why we might not have completely caught this before. As adults, we can’t help but hear the swear words when Timon sees Pumbaa about to be eaten by a hungry Nala. In all honesty, it’s still pretty funny.
#5 Hunchback of Notre Dame: Sinister Minister
From the very first minutes of the film, we already know Claude Frollo is more than just your average bad guy. He is a powerful man who uses that power for evil while believing he is doing good, which makes him become Disney’s most realistic villain. Moreover, people said Frollo is one of the reasons why “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is arguably Disney’s most mature animated movie. The scene with Frollo sniffing Esmerelda’s hair definitely sits wrong with kids. It’s only the adults who know full well what he’s imagining in this scene.
#6 A Goofy Movie: Pete and PJ’s relationship
When Goofy and Max are taking a rest at a roadside motel, they run into Pete and PJ. The dialogue between Goofy and Pete in the scene at the pool really gets under our skin rather than how serious it is. Pete responds, “My son respects me” after Goofy says that he loves and trusts his son Max. Goofy responds with a chilly response. This raises the possibility that Pete and PJ’s bond is based more on fear than on love.
#7 Hercules: Hercules’s Oedipus joke
This one probably didn’t make us flinch as kids. After Meg convinces Herc to get away from his hero duties for a night, we find them walking through a statue garden talking about their date, apparently going to see a famous play. “That play, that Oedipus thing. Man, I thought I had problems” is a reference to Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Oedipus is destined to murder his father, wed his mother, and go blind. I doubt that we’ll ever see this character in a Disney version.
#8 Toy Story: Sid is a Leg Man
We’re all familiar with Sid Philip’s collection of Mutant Toys. He could be a possible psychopath or a budding artist, but we took a second look at one of his creations, Legs. It could just appear to be another of this kid’s messed-up inventions, but two Barbie doll legs on either side of a plastic fishing rod might also be a visual pun on the word “hooker.” Our elder audience members really missed it when we were kids. Some designer at Pixar must be laughing.
#9 The Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella throws major shade
The highlight of Glenn Close’s career may have been her role as Cruella DeVil. If she isn’t terrifying some kid that happens to be watching, she’s entertaining the adult audience with her outrageous attitude and dark sense of humor. It’s when she visits Anita and Roger at their home and insults Roger’s work as a video game creator. Then, she throws some major punches when he reveals that they’re expecting a baby and the dogs are expecting puppies. She replies “You have been a busy boy, haven’t you” Definitely a touch excessive, even for Disney.
#10 The Great Mouse Detective: “Let Me Be Good to You” is a Burlesque Act
While we’re on the subject of Disney songs with sensual overtones, let’s talk about this scene we’re shocked Disney got away with. In “The Great Mouse Detective Basil”, Dr. Dawson and Detective Basil smuggle into a seedy bar in search of Ratigan leads. The show they get treated to gets a little hot and heavy for Disney. This looks quite similar to the saloon girls you may see in a standard western to the untrained eye. However, there is some raunchy content in the lyrics. Especially when the main mouse starts to “take off her blues” and starts taking her blue skirt off.