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Things About Disney Movies You Only Notice As An Adult

Our poor, innocent minds 😱

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When it comes to Disney movies, many of us like to think we’re experts – but are we right? After all, we grew up watching so many of the things that some of it must have sunk in by now. However, there must be certain things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult and boy, you might be glad you missed them.

Tent for one more?

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Emporer's New Groove
The Emperor’s New Groove was the film of the century back in 2000 (yes, it really was that long ago), but there was something we missed all this time. Remember when Yzma pitched a tent so glitz and glam that everyone on Pinterest was left shook at her glamping skills? And poor Kronk was left out in the cold? Thankfully, he had his teddy bear and tiny tent to keep him warm. Only, rather than climbing inside the tent it was just big enough to cover one area in particular. He was pitching a tent. Over his crotch. Children might have missed the reference, but as adults, we sure noticed this Disney extra.

Flying high in Santa Clause

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is one of the best Christmas movies out there, but it seems as though there were even hidden things in this Disney film, too. There is a scene where Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) goes flying off into the air. Pretty cool, right? So his son, Charlie, tells him he’s flying. Rather than comforting his son, Scott replies that he’s “used to it. I lived through the ‘60s.” What seems like a harmless joke that flew over most of our heads as children is now one of the things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult.

Alice in Wonderland was pretty trippy

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Alice in Wonderland
Growing up, it was easy to lose our minds to the thought of falling into Wonderland and discovering all the hidden wonders of the new land. However, it seems as though we didn’t need any mushrooms or biscuits to take a trip – we have the film to do it all for us. Viewing the movie with adult eyes gives us the chance to see just how trippy the entire thing really is. A caterpillar smoking in the grass? A doorknob that talks to you? A Mad Hatter? The list really could go on and on. About as long as the trip the writers must have taken for this one.

Pocahontas is all a lie

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Pocahontas
Although Pocahontas used to be the movie that had us reaching for a tissue, it’s now the one that has us demanding the truth. In the film, Pocahontas falls for John Smith. In reality, John Smith makes up the entire story of being saved by Pocahontas which is eventually used as ammo for starting a war with the tribe. Plus, Pocahontas was 11 years old – even Disney isn’t that twisted! In fact, she married John Rolfe as an adult and didn’t meet Mr. Smith until she was brought to England. At least she got to face her enemy in the end.

The gargoyles never existed

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Hunchback of Notre Dame
It looks like there are plenty of things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult, with Quasimodo’s gargoyles being just one of them. Back in our childhood, we always figured they only came to life when Quasimodo was around because they only wanted to talk to him and no one else. Turns out Hugo, Victor, and Laverne only spoke to Quasi because they were all in his head. Yup, that’s right. All those years of emotional abuse from Frollo were enough to push our favorite hunchback over the edge until he was forced to imagine his own friends.

Hercules and Ariel could be closer than we thought

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult: Hercules and Ariel related
Both Hercules and Ariel were from Greek mythology. Okay, we might not have been hot on Ancient Greece as a kid, but we missed this in these Disney films until we were adults and knew the way of the world. Hercules is the son of Zeus – head of the Greek gods. Poseidon – Ariel’s father – is a Greek god. As many of us know by now, there was plenty of loving to go around up on Mount Olympus. It didn’t matter how related someone was, nothing could stand in the way of true love! This means there’s a high chance that Hercules and Ariel are related in some way.

Zazu was right all along

Things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult; Scar in Hercules
Ah, The Lion King. One of Disney’s classic movies, but one that comes with many hidden Disney messages. One of the biggest things we noticed about the film as adults is how accurate Zazu was all this time. Sure, a British bird will always sound smart, but who would have thought he *actually* knew the future? During one scene, he comments that Scar will “make a very handsome throw rug.” Seems simple enough, right? That is until we fast forward three years to the release of Hercules and find out Scar really did turn into a home accessory after all. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

Who knew there could have been so many things about Disney movies you only notice as an adult all these years? It seems as though the writers and animators are sneakier than we thought. Our childhood mind might not have been able to handle it, but as adults, we love the idea of all these hidden Disney secrets.

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