They say ignorance is bliss. However sometimes ignorance is just ignorance. There you are just sitting in front of the TV. Suddenly, something flies over your head quick as a wink. You get the feeling that you missed something, but the movie goes on so you disregard it.

This is little me watching Disney movies.

As I grew older (and more aware of the existence of sarcasm and swear words) reshowings of the these beloved classics revealed jokes that might have gone unnoticed, except by your parents.

1. The Lion King

One of the few movies where you can recognize it from the first note. This has got to be one of my favorite versions of Hamlet. (Yes, you heard right. Look it up!) The mesmerizing colors, the intense story, and darn catchy score by Tim Rice can leave any child with his or her mouth gaping open in amazement. I remember one of the most heart-thumping moments was when Pumbaa was being hunted by Nala. Then this joke pops up.


My young innocent self thought he was going to say butt.

2. Hercules

I sometimes wonder if Hercules jump-started my current love of Greek and Roman mythology. Anyway, remember right before the scary (awesome) Hydra scene? As Herc runs to remove the boulder, you can hear one of he kids yell this line.


For those of you still not sure, those are the roman numerals for 911. GET IT!?!?! Because I sure didn’t at the time. However in my old(er) age, I love quoting this.

3. Aladdin

Next to the Genie, Iago is a close second to my favorite character. Did anyone catch this when Aladdin shows up to accuse Jafar of being a traitor?

Jafar: Prince Ali left.

Aladdin: Better check your crystal ball again, Jafar.

Jasmine: Prince Ali!

Iago: How in the he..*cough* *SQUAWK*

Silly Iago. There is no cursing in Disney movies!



4. Beauty and the Beast

I stand by the idea that Belle’s true love was that library. Though Cogsworth has other ideas of what you should get a woman.


I’m really glad that the Beast didn’t go for the cliche flowers and chocolate. However, I definitely didn’t understand what the last one meant since he says it so fast. Kinda like singing “Elemeno…P!” in the alphabet song. (Fun Fact: His voice actor ad-libbed that line!)


5. Finding Nemo

All drains lead to the ocean. At least that’s what the tank fish believe. Part of their master plan involves dirtying up the tank so that the dentist will bag them up. Germaphobe royal gamma, Gurgle, starts to panic in their algae-ridden home.

tumblr_mh16dqMHcz1r5zq6ao1_500tumblr_mh16dqMHcz1r5zq6ao2_500Shame on you, Gurgle! There are children watching this movie! Someone get the poor guy some antibacterial, stat!


6. Sleeping Beauty

My favorite scene in the movie is the when the good fairies are trying to create a surprise birthday party for Aurora. Poor Merriweather is stuck being a human mannequin for Flora’s Frankenstein gown. tumblr_m0pt93Di0a1r7jirgo1_500

Please apply cold water to burned area.

Bonus: Cars


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I was actually in high school when this movie came out. So after years of missing these jokes, I was pretty pleased to be in the generation that finally understood.


Can you think of any Disney jokes that went over your head?


*All images are copyrighted to Disney

4 responses »

  1. acornishmum says:

    Ha ha I love this! Watching Disney films with my own children I’ve actually found them a lot funnier than when I was a child, and I love how they put jokes in there pretty much just for us parents!

    Stevie ☺

  2. Chow Kim Wan says:

    The Aladdin one was intentionally left in there… I believe Gilbert Gottfried (voice of Iago) actually used swear words quite a number of times during the recordings and they had to censor it in such a manner because blippers will sound extremely weird in Aladdin. Aladdin fan right here. One more less obvious one is in The Lion King. In Hakuna Matata, Timon said “Pumbaa, not in front of the kids.” after Pumbaa sang some line I cannot really remember, but he was about to say “fart”. You can check that out.

    • Hakuna Matata
      I love Disney trivia! I did understand the Hukuna Matata one when I was younger. It always made me giggle. 🙂

      The line is
      Pumbaa: And I got downhearted..
      Timon: How did you feel?
      Pumbaa: Every time that I…
      Timon: Pumbaa, not in front of the kids!
      Pumbaa: Oh! Sorry!

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