“The past can hurt. But in the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – The Lion King
With quotes like these, adorable, memorable characters, guileless fun-filled plots and life lessons by the bucketload, children’s films have a special place in my heart. Even at the age of 22, I can’t help but go back to some of my favourite childhood films as well films made for children these days. And while it is often a treat to watch such innocent fares, it is a curse, because of my increased perception as an adult to sleazy, sly and often secretly sneaked-in innuendos which are rife across a lot of films intended for children. I almost wrecked my childhood when I re-read Harry Potter a year ago and noticed a whole bunch of… uh… racy lines for the first time (like the ones mentioned here. Open at your own risk). Similarly, films we watched with a childish innocence once and ones the current generation of kids watches with wide-eyed love often have a few jokes for the parents too!
Disney, the historic market leader in this demographic, actually have a decorated history of inserting “blink-and-miss-em” dirty jokes in their films, something they have vehemently denied on multiple occasions. Now, new blood Pixar, too, doesn’t lag behind in the subliminal humour race. So, here are all the sexual innuendos in children’s films we could dig up. There were a lot of “pause” moments involved. Prepare to be shocked!
Disclaimer: This post contains explicit language and visuals. Those who are underage (and/or easily offended), please steer clear.
1. Bambi (1942)
At 1:12 in the above video, when Bambi’s friend Flower kisses this male skunk, he turns bright Red and stiffens from head-to-toe. So cute right? Riiiight. This was perhaps the first erection innuendo in a children’s films.