Top Ten | Disney Controversies
Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2009 08:12
With the December release of "The Princess and the Frog" showcasing the first African-American princess in a Disney movie to date, we've compiled a list of Disney's less-than-honorable moments over the years. We may not have noticed them as innocent little kids, but now that we're adults (wait, what?), we're calling you out, Walt.
10. "Song of the South": There's a reason this 1946 movie has never been released in its entirety on video or DVD: It portrays Uncle Remus as a happy plantation worker in the South, which Disney thinks, just maybe, might be considered racially insensitive. Or even a flat-out bias incident.
9. "Sex" written in the sky in "The Lion King" (1994): A subliminal message to innocent, unsuspecting five-year-olds to stop being so innocent and just have sex already. Classy, Disney. Classy.
8. "Snow White" (1937): Considering their history of racist characters and images, it makes sense that for its first feature film, Disney would choose a pure, angelic white girl who can only be saved by her (white) Prince Charming.
7. "Alice in Wonderland" (1951): Basically, this film should be renamed "Kids, look at how much fun it can be to trip acid!" And just because something says "Drink Me" on it, doesn't mean you should. Kids, haven't you heard of roofies?
6. The priest in "The Little Mermaid" (1989): Some say it's just an unintentional fold of the robes, some say it's shoddy shadowing — but guys, let's call a spade a spade. The dude got a boner.
5. Deaths in Disney movies: How many of us were scarred by Bambi's mother getting shot or Simba's father being pushed off the ledge and trampled to death?
4. "Aladdin" (1992): Aladdin, the hero, looks like some white guy, while the villain, Jafar, is a gross caricature of an Arab man. And apparently cutting off people's arms for stealing is totally the norm in the Middle East.
3. Walt Disney: The godfather of animation, Walt Disney himself, was, in fact, a raging anti-Semite!
2. The crows in "Dumbo" (1941): They're black crows. Their leader is named Jim. You do the math.
1. The Siamese cats in "Lady and the Tramp" (1955): "Where we finding baby there are milk nearby?" Really?