Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Subliminal Messaging in Disney Movies

  After watching the class lecture on subliminal messaging, it made me remember a viral conspiracy theory that was going around for a while. As we know subliminal messaging is something that can be used to essentially influence your behaviors subconsciously. This can be done through advertisements, quick flashes of pictures, or messages embedded in media. There is a conspiracy that Disney movies that we all know and love, have hidden messages to brainwash young children. Some people believe that these images or sounds that are at times, sexual in nature were put there for an evil reason. Others believe the animators did this as an inside joke. Personally, I don’t believe that these are real subliminal messages put there to harm kids. Maybe a few are really things put in by animators as a joke. As kids even subconsciously I don’t believe we were watching or listening to these films closely enough for any of it to be impactful. Even if they are just things that are mistaken as hidden sexual messages. While I don't agree with this theory I do find it interesting. It resurfaces every once in a while on social media and so I think it is important to address. Linked below is a huffington post article that points out some of these examples and disputes them with input from a professional animator.

1 comment:

  1. Believe it or not I literally had this idea earlier today when I was going over the subliminal messaging slides in lecture five. In my own personal opinion subliminal messaging is used and used often when it comes to television shows. Some key examples include the Simpsons, Spongebob, and as you mentioned so keenly Disney. Disney uses it many times, as that link shows us various examples, although those explanations by a professional animator open the door to the possibility of these subliminal messages being jokes or simply misinterpreted messages. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that it is important to address this regardless, and I am happy to see someone else post about this very matter.