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

Updated on May 2, 2016
Easter eggs and hidden images in "The Little Mermaid."
Easter eggs and hidden images in "The Little Mermaid." | Source

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.

Phallus in the Palace

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

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

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.

Ariel Signing the Gibberish Contract

The Perverted Priest

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

It seems like penises are starting to become a theme with the Little Mermaid. Yet another highly debated image is during Eric and Vanessa (Ursula)'s 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. But after looking at the smaller picture within the picture below, it appears that he has two "bumps," further supporting the knee theory.

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

Royal Guests for a Royal Wedding

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

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's) 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!


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      Kathryn Buchanan 2 months ago

      Holy cow!!!

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      Justin and Brittany 3 months ago

      There is a Mickey mouse bubble next to sea horse


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      dizzy 12 months ago

      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.

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      peaceforever17 14 months ago

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

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      Rob 16 months ago

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

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      Shhhh... 18 months ago

      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...

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      PEK 23 months ago

      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.

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      Horsè crazy girl 2 years ago

      I never would have thought about this.

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      janet 2 years ago

      Right find something to do

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      Sadie 2 years ago

      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.

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      Ilianna Jimenez 3 years ago

      U forgot one secret from the movie

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      Guy 3 years ago

      wtf why is this a thing in disney

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      I love disney movies 3 years ago

      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 .

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      paulina escobar 3 years ago

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

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      John Dugan 3 years ago

      It’s fascinating to look for phallic imagery (intentional or not) hidden in works; one thing that is also fairly well hidden is the fact that too many men neglect the health of their own real live phalluses. One easy way to fix this: just use a high quality penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) with vital amino acids.

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      Lol 3 years ago

      I found kermit

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      DChance 4 years ago

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

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

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