Have you ever heard of a gentleman by the name of Tom Sito? Probably not. Believe it or not, I am guessing that you would probably have seen a fair bit of this during your formative years, or at least his work. According to a recent interview with HuffPost Entertainment, Sito gave the lowdown on a few instances of conjecture in certain Disney films. I guess it might be worth mentioning that he no longer works for that company and now teaches animation at the University of Southern California.
The Little Mermaid is the first of these aforementioned points of conjecture which we shall visit. Of course, the Little Mermaid is a classic fairy tale originally penned and published by legendary Danish author Hans Christian Anderson way back in 1837. It has been adapted to a variety of different forms over the years but perhaps the most prominent and popular of those is the 1989 Disney adaptation in to an animated film.
The film portrays the plight of a young mermaid (if you hadn’t guessed from the title) who longs to become a human. This seems like an understandable, if not fairly ambitious dream, but hey, it is a fairy tale right?
So after various perils and triumphs throughout the length of the film, the character around whom the story revolves, Ariel, The Little Mermaid, somewhat predictably finds true love, gets married and lives happily ever after right? Well yeah, but it isn’t just the couple who are getting married that appear to be happy. The priest who is running proceedings appears to be showing physical signs of his joy by way of a bulge in the front of his pants. Yeah, it looks like he has an erection.
In fact, the clergyman appears to be getting wood so much that parents, at one point, became quite concerned. It even led one mother to file a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company in 1995. “How dare they show my children an erect (but ultimately concealed and cartoon) penis,” she probably said. Ultimately though, she dropped the charges after just two months.
So back to Tom Sito. He told the HuffPost that he was the actual artist responsible for the protrusion, but dismisses those who claim there was a stiffy, perhaps suggesting that those with dirty minds will interpret what they see in an equally dirty fashion.
“It’s his knees,” he said, according to HuffPost. “The joke was he’s a little man standing on a box and his robes, his big bishop robes, are draped over everything so they’re covering his whole body. And people are just seeing what they want to see”.
No erection. Sorry folks.