Disney is a family-friendly franchise, and while many millennials love it, its core audience is children. But, Disney still does what they can to make their movies engaging and fun for adults as well. Sometimes, they purposefully slip in punches that only grownups will understand.
While on the surface, this “Madagascar” dialogue is completely safe, if you turn Marty’s words, “sugar honey iced tea,” into an acronym, you get a word that does not belong in Disney movies.
A Secret Combination
Pixar fans know to keep their eyes peeled and look for easter eggs in each and every Pixar movie. Hawk-eyed viewers noticed a peculiar code in many of the studio's films. "A113" can be found in the background of almost all of Pixar's animated movies.
The truth is that this secret code is merely a fun inside joke between the company's animators. Many of the talented animators who had the privilege of working on Pixar films went to school at the California Institute of the Arts. There, they took animation classes to help them perfect their craft. Many of those classes took place in classroom A113. This nod to the animators' college days can be spotted in "Up," "Brave," and all "Toy Story" movies.
We wouldn't usually peg conspiracy theory lovers as avid Disney watchers, but apparently, there is an overlap. In one episode of "DuckTales," Scrooge visits the doctor. At the doctor's office, there's an eye test chart with a hidden message on it.
The seemingly harmless chart spells out the phrase "Ask about Illuminati." When conspiracy theorists noticed the sign, they celebrated, and with good reason. While this could just be a joke that one of the original animators put it, it is still unknown who put it there and why.
A Dirty Message in the Dust?
Disney is for everyone, which is why many were upset when they thought they saw an inappropriate word written in the sky in 1994's "The Lion King." Rumor had it that the dust sent to the sky by Simba spells the name of a certain adult activity.
This is the kind of scandal Disney could not afford not to react to. Their official claim was that the sand spells SFX and not... that other word. SFX stands for special effects, and according to the entertainment franchise, this was just a nod to the team. Whether you choose to believe them or not, that's up to you!
A Tribute to Jobs
2012's "Brave" was highly acclaimed and won several best-animated picture awards. Many grew to love the redheaded lead, Merida, but it is a minor character in the film that sparked rumors.
According to an unconfirmed theory, Lord Macintosh was created as a tribute to the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. Jobs had strong connections with Pixar and died in 2011, just one year before this film was released. Based on hearsay, the Lord is named after Jobs' commended computer, the Macintosh.