Movie Myths: ‘The Little Mermaid’ and the Lewd Drawing
Some disgruntled artist at Disney, angry that he was about to be laid off when he was done working on ‘The Little Mermaid,’ illustrated a penis on the castle in the background of the VHS cover for the movie as part of a revenge plot against the studio for letting him go.
True or False? False. The artist didn’t work for Disney, first of all, and the particular illustration of the castle appeared in both the theatrical promotional materials and the VHS cover art. It wasn’t intentional — the artist had been working late and rushing to complete the artwork, and accidentally drew a castle spire that resembled a penis. Is there a penis drawn on that castle? Kind of — if that’s what you prefer to see it as, anyway, but that castle already has some pretty phallic imagery as it is. Bottom line: it wasn’t intentional.