Have you ever re-watched one of your favorite childhood movies and realized that there was so much innuendo and adult-like jokes that your innocent mind just skipped on over? I think we've all had this experience, especially with Disney movies.
This post is meant to be fun and silly, so don't let it ruin your childhood!
Timon and Pumbaa, The Lion King
Timon and Pumbaa could easily be interpreted as not only Disney's most popular gay couple, but also as an interracial couple that adopted an African child, Simba. "Hakuna Matata," their signature phrase says it all: Let go and be free!
Ratigan, The Great Mouse Detective
Ratigan sure is a puzzle! First, if you haven't seen The Great Mouse Detective, watch it the very first chance you get. It's one of my favorites.
Not only is the sexual tension between the villainous Ratigan and hero Basil nearly palpable, the song that Ratigan sings, 'Goodbye So Soon," sounds a lot like a love ballad. Ratigan's name itself is a tribute to Terrance Ratigan, a famously gay playwright.
Even looking past his girlish name of "Flower," this character is introduced as he kisses on our protagonist. Flower even blushes deeply when Bambi calls him pretty, obviously flattered. I know that dear Flower ends up with a female skunk by the end of the movie, but have you ever heard of a beard? The non-facial-hair type of beard?
Hugo & Djali, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This is the definition of an "odd couple." You have a goat and a... gargoyle statue made of stone. Both characters have been confirmed as being male, but Djali - the goat - dodges Hugo's advances... only until the sequel, though, where they end up happily together.
The Internet went crazy with speculation when Oaken from Frozen allegedly comes out in a scene where he waves to his family from through the glass of a sauna room. We see him standing with another white male and Asian children, making people think that this is his own growing family. Could the man have been his husband standing along with their adopted children? Or is the woman standing to his right his wife? If so, then why is the man in the middle taking center attention?
When asked about the character, director and writer of Frozen, Jennifer Lee said:
"We know what we made," Lee stated. "But at the same time I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs to the world. So I don't like to say anything, and just let the fans talk. I think it's up to them."
Flounder, The Little Mermaid
Flounder's gender seems to stay pretty ambiguous. He is always paired up with Ariel, swimming beside her all day without showing any interest. Can you say every princesse's dream come true?! A gay best friend!
Scar, The Lion King
Why am I accusing one of Disney's most hated villains of being homosexual? Well, sure, Scar is effeminate, but that's just a stereotype. What really gives it away is that he is a fierce, loathsome male lion and does not have any little cubs running around. Think about it. Scar takes over the pride, and in turn, should be mating with all of the lionesses, however, we see that the pride has not grown at all when Simba returns.
Terk is voiced by the very proud and out comedienne, Rosie O'Donnell. She's also plagued with the common occurrence of people misunderstanding which gender she is. It doesn't help that her consistently tomboy-like behavior and distrust in most males made her gender even more unclear.
Kuzco, The Emperor's New Groove
One of the infamous character's who managed to evade marriage, Kuzco has no problem being flamboyant, even dressing in drag and pretending to be a couple paired with Pacha. His entire story is based around a character who has a whole staff dedicated to protecting his "groove." Sounds like any of the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.
Brave stirred up a bunch of controversy upon coming out because the main character, Merida, was seen as a closeted lesbian because she is disgusted with the idea of marriage and fiercely works toward her own independence. She's a largely popular icon in the gay and feminist communities and currently sits as one of the only two Disney Princesses that doesn't have herself a Prince.
Shang and Mulan, Mulan
These two are possibly some of the most gender confused characters in all of Disney history. First, you have Shang - the Chinese General who was confused about why he was having flutters for Mulan (a person he thinks is a male). Then, we have Mulan. Mulan is disinterested in any sort of suitor or marriage proposal, leading her to go off to war impersonating a man.
Well, there ya' go! Remember that this list was all in good fun.