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Disney Controversies: True Or False?
Squeaky clean, or distinctly grubby: the scandals of the House of Mouse
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Disney Controversies: True Or False?
Aladdin (1992)

The Controversy: It started slowly, with reports that, at one point, a voice - possibly Aladdin's - is quietly heard to whisper, "All good teenagers, take off your clothes." It was picked up by devout Christian types and what was an amusing, yet hard-to-prove quirk quickly became a rallying cry for those who believed Disney was sneaking adult messages into its films.

One mother, who quickly dumped all of her beloved Mouse House titles in the rubbish bin, commented that it was "like a toddler introduction to porn". The jury's out on exactly what happened, but there's evidence that it was a simply audio editing error or a mis-heard line of dialogue.

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1 I saw Song of The South in primary school
Posted on Friday February 19, 2010, 18:49 by Scruff
and again in college, ON VHS. Read More

2 The Little Mermaid
Posted on Monday February 15, 2010, 10:58 by pinkdegu
This one is actually completely true. If you have the VHS versions of the movie, the priest willy is there for all to see. The Special edition 20th anniversary 2 disk dvd, however, has it corrected so the priest has no willy. Or knee. Or whatever. Read More

3 The Little Mermaid
Posted on Monday February 15, 2010, 10:57 by pinkdegu
This one is actually completely true. If you have the VHS versions of the movie, the priest willy is there for all to see. The Special edition 20th anniversary 2 disk dvd, however, has it corrected so the priest has no willy. Or knee. Or whatever. Read More

4 Bollocks!
Posted on Wednesday February 10, 2010, 00:00 by eastmav
I have seen the Little Mermaid phalluses with my own eyes and have heard the Aladdin line with my own ears... I've also seen the Lion King sex dust with my own eyes too. These things were absolutely there when I check them last decade, but they might have been removed since. True, true, true. Read More

5
Posted on Tuesday February 9, 2010, 22:49 by bentgaga
Yes I don't understand the True/False buttons either - because I remember those things with Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as well - are Empire saying that the song and the body part drawings were speculated by the public but were then deemed an accident therefore making them false, or are they saying that it didn't happen at all. Very confusing. And thanks for bringing up the Basil one, that took me back and gave me a giggle. Read More

6 RE: Yet again Empire get it WRONG
Posted on Monday February 8, 2010, 17:21 by mroz22
Very true... I own Aladdin on VHS and i've heard the line numerous times and it indeed states that " All good boys and girls, take off your clothes!" And I used to own the Mermaid cover that looked indeed like a 8===D, and the word "sex" does appear in lion king in dust as it passes over the sky background. Read More

7 RE: song of the south never released on any home format?
Posted on Sunday February 7, 2010, 15:50 by skeletonjack
L: Rain Dog 1. Read the piece again, it says "The FULL film has yet to be released on any home entertainment format." 2. kipedia says "The film has never been released in its entirety on home video..some portions of this film have been issued on VHS and DVD as part of either compilations or special editions of Disney films." 3. Eat it ya whiners h dear. I'd probably not put too much faith in what you read in Wikipedia. The UK Video release of Song Of The South IS the full version. You can read all about the movie and its troubles etc (should you wish too) here: http://www.songofthesouth.net/faq/index.html Read More

8 RE: Basil: The sexy mouse detective
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 18:58 by mins
Just to add to the 'Llittle Mermaid' thing. I've got the first dvd release and my friend the 2nd release. There's a clear difference in the 2 when it comes to the 'naughty priest' scene. It appears on mine but not on my friend's dvd. And even if it's a knee/foot and he's standing on a box the pointy thing is still in a very odd place to be nothing but a hard on Read More

9 Basil: The sexy mouse detective
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 17:48 by tasha101
I'm a little surprised that 'Basil: The Great Mouse Detective' didn't make this list... while it was never a big name Disney flick, I think it would have to be the most deserving of films to make it on this list, purely for the 3 minute long mouse strip tease about half way in that actually involves the lyrics- 'come on baby, i'll take of all my clothes' followed by other notable gems such as 'we can do anything you want to do' and 'I can make you feel allright'... Yes ladies, when faced with a bar room full of drunk and aggressive mice (or men) just grab a mike and take your clothes off! Excellent message to be sending the kiddies. Still it was one of my favourites when I was little and I had no idea what it was about. I only got perturbed when I rediscovered it this year and had to stop watching because I was so at a loss as to how to handle cartoon mouse on cartoon mouse seductions.. Read More

10 Basil: The sexy mouse detective
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 13:59 by tasha101
I'm a little surprised that 'Basil: The Great Mouse Detective' didn't make this list... while it was never a big name Disney flick, I think it would have to be the most deserving of films to make it on this list, purely for the 3 minute long mouse strip tease about half way in that actually involves the lyrics- 'come on baby, i'll take of all my clothes' followed by other notable gems such as 'we can do anything you want to do' and 'I can make you feel allright'... Yes ladies, when faced with a bar room full of drunk and aggressive mice (or men) just grab a mike and take your clothes off! Excellent message to be sending the kiddies. Still it was one of my favourites when I was little and I had no idea what it was about. I only got perturbed when I rediscovered it this year and had to stop watching because I was so at a loss as to how to handle cartoon mouse on cartoon mouse seductions.. Read More

11 RE: song of the south never released on any home format?
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:39 by Rain Dog
1. Read the piece again, it says "The FULL film has yet to be released on any home entertainment format." 2. Read Wikipedia, which says "The film has never been released in its entirety on home video..some portions of this film have been issued on VHS and DVD as part of either compilations or special editions of Disney films." 3. Eat it ya whiners Read More

12 The Lion King
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 19:42 by A_Clockwork_Orange
This was shown to me on a VHS edition years ago...don't know if it was a mistake or if it's still in it, but just after Simba sees the vision of Mufasa, he flops down into the grass. If you pause and slow motion play, for a split second the dust spells "sex". Read More

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Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 18:36 by philshepp
http://www.kimbawlion.com/rant2.htm Read More

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Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 18:34 by philshepp
How about Jessica Rabbit wearing no knickers and the Lion King being a rip-off of Japanese 'toon Kimba the White Lion? Read More

15 Yet again Empire get it WRONG
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 17:29 by princemadonna
The line IS in Aladdin, when he's on the balcony, and the scene cuts to Jasmine - the Genie whispers it (only on VHS) the cover of The Little Mermaid WAS changed because ppl thought it looked phallic (again on VHS) and it's the priests feet, not his knee - he's standing on a box. Also, The Song of The South WAS released on VHS - and back to Aladdin, Abu screams "shit!" when the stones are exploding in the cave of wonders - this was also removed when it went to DVD - Empire need to remember that VHS exsisted at one time if they want to do something correctly. Read More

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Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 13:31 by britesparc
I echo the confusion about the "True" and "False" buttons... the Aladdin line IS actually in the film (according to an old issue of Empire, the true reading is something like "Hey, good tiger, take off and go!"), and the willy IS on the cover of Little Mermaid. Obviously they were never intended to be a dirty line/naughty image, but the "misread" content does exist. Read More

17
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 11:17 by odddaze
The Song of the South was released on VHS, that's how I saw it, so that's a home entertainment format. Read More

18
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 10:36 by JohnJDuffy
I hate disney Read More

19 Riiiiiiiiight, ok
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 08:55 by MOnkeyboy1138
Firstly like many people below I actually own the Song of the South on video (and a delightful romp it is too), but let me get this straight, the controversy surrounding the film is that the slave owners were too nice to the slaves in the movie? What did they want, slave owners beating the men and raping the women and children? Then you get to the animated bits, where clearly Brer Rabbit is a clever black man and Brer Fox is the dumb (but thinks he's clever white man). I have always found the controversy around Song of the South a bit daft, a character telling fantasy stories within the historical context of where the stories originated and that gets Disney in trouble, but wait they also get in trouble with this because they aren't fully historically accurate. Read More

20 Song of the South HAS been Officially released on VHS
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 08:06 by Obi-Wan
I still have Song of the South on an official Disney VHS. It's one of the few VHS I kept when I transferred most of my others to DVD. Read More

21 Hmmm
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 04:55 by Overmind
Seems like the only way to avoid racial controveries, or to not step on some petty minoritys foot these days, are to make the movies pure white.. Read More

22 Wha....
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 00:11 by purplefacedmonkey
I don't get why Aladdin and The Little Mermaid are marked false. There is a scene in Aladdin where a voice in the background whispers something like "all good teenagers take off your clothes," although you can't determine what it actually says. People WANTED to see cocks in the Little Mermaid cover, but as you said Snopes put that one to the rest by contacting the artist (I remember reading it on their site). So, what are true or false buttons for? That the contents of the rumour is the true or just that the rumour exists? At least on snopes (since you stole most of this article from there anyway) they make it obvious whether it's fact or misnomer. You also missed out the one about the word "Sex" appearing in the clouds in Lion King (it's actually "SFX"). So does that mean the controversy is true or false by your standards? What a poorly written article Empire. Read More

23
Posted on Thursday February 4, 2010, 23:43 by shongage
all these controversies about disney, but the main one left out: that walt disney's head is cryogenically frozen beneath disney world ready to be brought back to life when the technology advances to such a point.. Read More

24 song of the south never released on any home format?
Posted on Thursday February 4, 2010, 21:37 by smorgasbord
do some better research Empire, you're better than that. Read More


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