Without parents, there would be nobody to cart around a dozen children to the latest kidcom playing at the local movie theater. So, it’s only fair that the writers think of the poor adults stuck watching 120 minutes of adolescent humor and throw in a little something that only they would, or rather should, understand.
Moving the Earth (Aladdin and The King of Thieves)
Disney may have a weird track record with adult material showing up in their films, but this blatant joke in Aladdin and the King of Thieves may take things a bit further. During Aladdin and Jasmine’s wedding, the affair experiences the aftereffects of a stampeding elephant, leading to yet another quirky Genie wisecrack, though this one may have gone over the heads of every child that has watched the movie. Genie quips that he “thought the Earth wasn’t supposed to move until the honeymoon”, alluding to certain honeymoon activities that two people in love may engage in. Well… we don’t really have to spell it out for you, do we?
We Want Children (Hocus Pocus)
On the hunt for children to fuel their spell that will keep them alive eternally, the Sanderson Sisters were sure to run into a little resistance from the good people of Salem, Massachusetts. Surprisingly, they did come across a presumably lonely bus driver that was far too willing to provide the trio with children - just not in the matter they expected or that the movie’s younger viewers would understand. When Bette Midler’s Winifred Sanderson conveys to a bus driver their desire for children, the driver retorts that it “may take [him] a couple of tries.” What a filthy, filthy man. Let’s also not forget Max’s obsession with poor Allison’s yabbos.
A String of Inappropriateness (Shrek)
There could probably be a debate as to whether or not Dreamwork’s Shrek was even a children’s movie, but the hokeyness and mostly corny jokes really drive home that the target audience was likely not an adult crowd. Where the confusion comes in is with the high number of adult jokes that made their way into the script. Jokes like the titular Shrek claiming the villainous Lord Farquaad’s castle is a sign of compensation for the lord’s other… umm… shortcomings or even the tiny lord’s name. Take out the “r” and you may hear something completely different. Pay attention and you may also catch some inappropriateness from Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Farquaad’s “Magic Mirror.”
Doubtfire’s Euphemisms (Mrs. Doubtfire)
If you ever happened to catch Robin Williams’ stand-up comedy, you know that the world’s most notable funnyman was not squeaky clean. He was as crude as they come, and some of that hilarity somehow snuck its way into the 1993 crossdressing film Mrs Doubtfire. Throughout a bulk of the movie, Williams’ female personality, Mrs. Doubtfire, tosses out inappropriate euphemisms and insults the size of Kanye West's ego. At one point, Mrs. D divulges to Pierce Brosnan’s character Stu that his beau, Miranda - played by Sally Field - has crabs and a wicked powerful, jackhammer-like bedroom accomplice.
The Lehman Brothers (Despicable Me)
Adult humor doesn’t always have to be overly sexualized to the point where we want to shield the punchline from our children. In the case of Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me, the adult humor can be a little more intelligent. The aptly named “Bank of Evil,” a bank just for supervillains, apparently used to be the site of the Lehman Brothers, and unless your child is up on American economics, it’s likely that the reference flies right over their heads. For the adults that may not know, Lehman Brothers was an investment bank that declared bankruptcy in 2008 after a series of really poor business decisions surrounding the housing boom.
The Fun Part (Robots)
In Blue Sky Studios’ 2005 cutesy film, we get a look inside the life of robots. The humanoid buckets of bolts are like us in many ways, including one that most children probably didn’t catch on to. Robots plays to the fantasy of a stork delivering a baby but is at least mature enough to acknowledge the process of… well, baby making. In a line that feels far too filthy for a children’s animated movie, Lydia Copperbottom explains that, while her husband missed the delivery of the baby, “making the baby is the fun part.” That it is, Lydia. That it is.
Our Founder (Osmosis Jones)
Not quite so subtle and found in a rather questionable kids movie, this reference is easily spotted by adults and possibly any students currently going through the gamut of sexual education. As we get a look inside the mayor’s office, the screen gives us a glimpse of a rather predominant statue. The inscription reads “Our Founder” and pays tribute to a sperm cell. We hope parents were ready to have “the talk” with their kids thanks to this clever, albeit unnecessary allusion to the sexual processes that took place to produce the ailing Frank Detorre, played by Bill Murray.
The Whoville Key Party (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
Those kooky Whovians, enjoying their holiday parties just a little too much, throwing parties that only adults outside of the Dr. Seuss realm would know about. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Remember when the wide-eyed baby Grinch is stuck outside a windowsill peering into a joyous affair? Whovians were tossing keys into a bowl, a common practice on one of two occasions: either when someone is expecting to drink too much or for a key party, which we'll leave you to look up on the Urban Dictionary. At the close of the night, lady Whovians would pull a key from the bowl and go home with the owner of the set for… hmmm, how should we put this? - some roast beast? Probably a bad example.
Casey’s Confusion (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
What could possibly be snuck into a more adolescent take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a comic book series that was actually known for being a little dark? In an offbeat nod to adult humor, a conversation between hockey mask-wearing Casey Jones and Donatello sees Jones confused by the word “claustrophobic.” When accused of claustrophobia, Jones retorts that he’s never looked at another guy before, alluding to his confusion of being accused of being a homosexual.
The Invisible Man’s Small Problem (Hotel Transylvania)
Think a movie like Hotel Transylvania is only for children? While the cartoon versions of our favorite mythological monsters is definitely aimed towards a younger demographic, it’s not without its nods towards a more adult audience. Take, for instance, the scene where the Invisible Man goes for a dip in the pool and experiences a rather common dilemma among men. That’s right, kids are sure to miss this little nod to biology, one that all grown men in the theater could relate to.