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Hidden Images and Messages in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

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Easter eggs and hidden images in "The Little Mermaid."

Easter eggs and hidden images in "The Little Mermaid."

Disney's Famous Easter Eggs

Hidden images and Easter eggs are everywhere in movies. Disney animated movies are no exception to this practice. The studio is famous for adding hidden images to its films. Here are some of the best secret images from the classic film, The Little Mermaid.

The cover of "The Little Mermaid" contains a famous Easter egg.

The cover of "The Little Mermaid" contains a famous Easter egg.

Phallus in the Palace

Okay, okay. We might as well get it out of the way first: the famous "penis" in The Little Mermaid movie poster. This is one of the most famous and one of the most debated Disney "goofs" (no pun intended).

The story goes like this: A disgruntled artist working on the film was fired. But before he left, he got his revenge by drawing a penis in Tritan's castle. The phallic image went unnoticed by Disney and soon, children across the world were bringing home VHS tapes with this "artwork."

Disney claims that the "penis" was not the result of an angry former employee and simply states that the image was just a coincidence.

So is it the work of a disgruntled employee? Or is all of the ruckus simply people's wild (and perverted) imaginations getting the best of them?

You decide.

Close-up of the alleged phallus

Close-up of the alleged phallus


Sign on the Dotted Line

Always, always read a contract before signing it! I think this is where Ariel made her mistake because if she had just read it, she would've realized that it didn't even make sense! Were the artists high or just lazy when they wrote out the words for Ariel's contract? It starts off normal: "I hereby grant onto Ursula, Witch of the Sea..."—but then it just starts turning into jibberish.

The artists also happened to hide a Mickey Mouse head amongst all the jibberish. And this is one of the rare hidden Mickeys that actually has a face instead of just the shape of the head and the ears.

Can you see the priest's knee or his boner?

Can you see the priest's knee or his boner?

The Perverted Priest

It seems like penises are starting to become a theme with The Little Mermaid. Yet another highly debated image is during Eric and Vanessa's (Ursula) wedding scene: the Priest seems to be the happiest out of everyone. If you look closely, it appears that the Priest is getting a boner throughout the ceremony. The "bump" comes and goes throughout the scene, but is clearly visible.

Disney came out saying that the "bump" is nothing more than the Priest's knee(s). Looking at the picture below, it's debatable. When I first saw the bump, I was skeptical as to whether the "bump" was his knee or a hidden joke left by an animator. But after looking at the smaller picture within the picture below, it appears that he has two "bumps," further supporting the knee theory.

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However, again, I leave it up to you to decide. Either way, the artist probably should've been more careful.


Quite a Crowd!

In the beginning of the movie, Triton's daughters put on a concert for their father. During Triton's big entrance into the theater, you can see quite a few special guests if you look closely:

  • Mickey Mouse (to the lower left)
  • Donald Duck (to the lower left)
  • Goofy (to the lower left)
  • Someone wearing Mickey Mouse ears (to the lower right)

These next three I have yet to find, but there has been speculation that they are also present in the scene. Maybe you'll have better luck finding them than me.

  • Someone with a Mickey Mouse balloon
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Walt Disney himself! (A balding man in a brown suit)

King Triton's Entrance

In the background, you can see two characters from "Cinderella."

In the background, you can see two characters from "Cinderella."

Royal Guests for a Royal Wedding

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn would be proud of these two wedding crashers: the King and the Duke from Cinderella. These two make their appearance during Eric and Vanessa's (Ursula) wedding scene.

Please let me know in the comments if I missed anything in The Little Mermaid and if you have ideas for which movie I should do next!


Meggie on August 06, 2020:

Walt Disney isn't in a brown suit he's in a long brown shirt that's opened in the front, blue pants, and has a big nose so he's not recognized.... As a kid all the adults would point him out

yumi on July 15, 2020:

never thought i will find something so so so unique. whatta surprise...

vivi on May 16, 2020:

ME: ah yes this is very good for children

also me: let's show these things to our kids

Anj on May 06, 2020:

Actually not true on the contract scroll. No Mickey mouse head with a face. Just blank space. Unless they took it out for the Disney+ version. Why would they though.

lilly on April 26, 2020:

hay wow a pe-HHHHHHHOOOOOOOONNNNNNNKKKKKKKKK in the pic why would someone do that for heavns sake why it is for kids

Ryan William Allshouse on February 10, 2020:

Yes I do i like the movie

Randy Wheeler on December 26, 2018:

After the climax of "Under The Sea", when all the fish point to where Ariel was sitting, the upper right quadrant shows, without trying to hide it, The Incredible Mr. Limpit in fish form.

Kathryn Buchanan on February 28, 2018:

Holy cow!!!

Justin and Brittany on January 25, 2018:

There is a Mickey mouse bubble next to sea horse


dizzy on April 27, 2017:

I always heard growing up that on the cover of the VHS, Eric's hand is going down behind the rock and doing something he shouldn't, hence why Ariel is looking down and gasping. There's a version of the cover where she's looking away and his hand is on top of the rock, and that was supposedly a correction (though that cover has the "coincidental" shape in the castle as well. Who knows if it's true or not.

peaceforever17 on March 16, 2017:

you should do jasmine plus i found some weird stuff in that movie

Rob on January 13, 2017:

Lyrics from under the sea Darling it's better down where it's wetter

Shhhh... on November 13, 2016:

There is a ton more on The Little Mermaid Poster!!! The work "Fuck" is spelled out in the water...

I would give you more but that would take all the fun away...

PEK on June 08, 2016:

That palace penis deal is far too similar for me to even entertain the accident excuse. The artist should just own it and call it the Rumpledforeskin Tower.

Horsè crazy girl on March 01, 2016:

I never would have thought about this.

janet on November 01, 2015:

Right find something to do

Sadie on October 09, 2015:

Psssstttt... What about tangled? If you notice, when they are opening the gates, and Anna rushes out, look to the left and you will see Flynn Rider and Rapunzel! Also good job, I could never find those by myself even if I tried! I'm to busy helping kids sit down to watch the movies I'm always to tired to pay attention.

Ilianna Jimenez on March 27, 2015:

U forgot one secret from the movie

Guy on January 21, 2015:

wtf why is this a thing in disney

I love disney movies on November 05, 2014:

Did you know that the reaked ship in the little mermaid it is the exactly same ship as in the movie frozen when ana and elsa's parent's had to leave in the same ship that sinked .By the way tarazan is ana and elsa's parents because the parents didn't actually die they got strander in an island where tarazan lives now with his gorilla mom .

paulina escobar on November 05, 2014:

Did you know that rupunzle is ana and elsa's cousion

Lol on May 21, 2014:

I found kermit

DChance on April 29, 2014:

I missed everything you said from the movie. I only watched the movie as a kid.

lesliebyars on August 23, 2013:

Very interesting. I never noticed these things while watching the film.

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