The first time I ever heard my 4-year-old say the F-word, it was because of something he heard in an animated family-friendly movie: How to Train Your Dragon.
The main character throws a fit [shared below] — and whether or not DreamWorks really is dropping the F-bomb, it sounds close enough to prompt a toddler to ask out of nowhere:
Mommy, what’s F-ck it mean?
Oh no he didn’t just ask me that.
That’s not what she said baby. She said bucket.
Hear it for yourself.
Now I don’t know what this girl in the dragon movie is supposed to be saying in her fit of rage, and searches on the internet only turned up other mamas looking for the same answers. But it got me thinking, this isn’t the first time something inappropriate has landed in a fairly kid-friendly flick.
Take for instance, one of the most egregious examples of them all. The harmless priest in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. What it looks like needs no explanation. But according to several online reports, what Disney says you’re seeing is a knobby knee.The same movie is also accused of phalic palaces undah da sea.
And the list goes on. Artists for Disney’s The Lion King allegedly drew the word “sex” into a cloud of dust kicked up by Simba, and in Aladdin, the Genie is blamed for whispering naughty nothings about teenagers.
But all of those Disney sexploits don’t get under my skin the way this DreamWorks incident has. For starters, most viewers are going out of their way to find these hidden messages. One quick Google search, and you’ll see countless posts where people are listing how many times they’ve found the word “sex” spelled out in the lines of Pocahontas’ face or whatever else.Even if DreamWorks isn’t swearing in this film, my son sure as heck thought he heard the F-word. And he doesn’t event know what that word is. He thought he heard a word, he didn’t know what it meant, and he asked for the definition. This was no subliminal message. It was a word being screamed by a pissed off character that was meant to sound the way it sounds.
Thanks a lot, DreamWorks.