Now that I’m watching over a six-month-old baby, I’ve been re-watching a lot of Disney movies, thanks to Netflix. Some of these movies I used to watch over and over again when I was a kid, and others I only had seen a couple of times twenty years ago. Since I’ve been watching these Disney movies with fresh, adult eyes, I’m now aware of how oblivious I was as a kid, and how parents these days need to relax just a little bit. There were so many superbly inappropriate things that happened in these Disney movies that I either 1. paid no attention to, and 2. never understood in the first place because I was six. Here are some examples of the somewhat creepy, morbid, and painfully terrible things that were said or suggested in these Disney movies.
In the very beginning of the movie, when the “Pioneers” or “Pilgrims”, or whatever the hell you want to call them are singing merrily while preparing the ship out to the New World, this guy:
Thomas, brags about how much gold he’s going to find. Then he says, “And if an Indian gets in my way, I’ll blast ’em!”
That is no joke. You don’t believe me? Watch the first three minutes of the movie and you’ll be rolling on the floor either laughing or crying because everything you thought about Pocahontas is suddenly rushing away from you. Of course, as a kid, I paid no mind to the dialogue. I didn’t know what they were saying half of the time. So to think that any six-year-old will have any clue that some British man plans on shooting bullet holes into Indians if they try to snatch their gold is a bit ludicrous. Subtle, yet brilliant Disney. Keepin’ it real.
There was a brief sexist moment in this movie that was so on point. In fact, I can’t believe I never thought twice about it, no matter how old I was when I watched this movie on repeat. In my opinion, the number one feminist in Disney is Mulan, so naturally there are going to be a lot of sexist qualities but it makes sense with the time period and story. In the scene when her father is being summoned to go to war and Mulan interrupts, this guy:
tells her father that he needs to teach Mulan to “hold her tongue while in a man’s presence.” Whoa now. Whoa.
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
There was a scene in this movie that gave a total rapey vibe. Seems unbelievable right? When Esmeralda meets Frollo for the first time, he does a little hair sniffing and she’s totally creeped out by it. He says, “I’m imagining a rope around that beautiful neck,” or something of that nature. She pushes him away and says, “I know what you were imagining!”
Call me crazy, but was that forced sexual tension? EW.
Not only are Tarzan’s parents murdered by a leopard, but the death scene of John Clayton was a bit brutal. He gets all tangled up in the vines and starts chopping them with his very large knife until suddenly, POW:
death by accidental hanging. How did this not scare me as a child?
These are only just a few movies that I’ve noticed over the past few weeks. Feel free to point out any adult-like content that you’ve noticed in Disney movies recently! And leave out the subliminal messages stuff: what normal person even notices that?