We all think animated movies are 100% innocent, perfect for our kids to watch. But what if that is not always the case? What if we adults sometimes miss hidden dark details that are actually very easy to see?
An eagle-eyed Disney fan recently spotted a hidden detail in the animated film Hercules. This discovery has made people think differently about one particular scene.
The scene in question involves Hercules' love interest, Meg. It is when she comes to the realisation that she may have feelings for Hercules. Meg starts singing one of the iconic songs, I Won't Say (I'm In Love), as she walks through a fancy Greek courtyard.
As we have noticed, the garden Meg is exploring during her song is filled with several sculptures. At first glance, they might appear to be romantic ornaments dedicated to love, but this is not the case. The statues appear to be crueller than one can think, and some might say abusive.
Disney fan @elldramaticaromantic posted on TikTok: "Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa, hold on...So I never noticed this before, but in Hercules, in the part where she sings I Won't Say (I'm In Love), there's a part where she says 'I thought my heart had learned its lesson'. And the statues that she passes by... these aren't love scenes. These are assault scenes from Greek mythology. Like, no wonder she's trying to be cautious!"
Posting the clip, she wrote the caption: "Paying more attention to the art in Hercules and oh my gosh."
Since the video was posted, it has racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Several other concerned viewers have commented on the video, expressing how shocked they were by the revelation.
One wrote: "Disney in the 90s did not hold back and tried to get away with as much as possible," while another added, "They're also all based off of real statues! One with Aphrodite and Pan, Nessus and Deianira and the last possible Nymph and Satyr."
A third praised Disney for its attention to detail, writing: "Absolutely adore visual storytelling like this. The board artists and layout artists knew what was up."
This discovery is one of the latest in a long line of similar realisations for adults who are now re-watching the children's classics and spotting things they missed.
Similar discoveries have been made in other animation movies such as Toy Story and even the famous Shrek. What other animated films do you think will be watched with an eagle eye next?