11 Disney Plus Movies That Are Weird to Watch As Adults

Sometimes ya gotta confront the demons of your childhood, especially when they were created by a bunch of overworked, underpaid animators in a California warehouse.

If you grew up with a TV, chances are you spent a lot of your childhood watching Disney movies.

Do you ever wonder where all those images and stories went? They must be lurking around in our brains somewhere, having embedded themselves into our psyches when we were at our most impressionable.

Because of this, watching something you last saw as a six year old can be distinctly surreal, especially when you realize just how strange, messed-up, and often, wildly psychedelic so much of the media you consumed as a youth was.

Disney Plus has entered the streaming game, and naturally, it's sure to rake in billions despite the glitches. For better or for worse, Disney was part of most of our childhoods. If you're looking to tap into some of those hidden reservoirs of childhood memories and nightmares, look no further than these 11 odd films. Many of them hold up, but others are full of cracks and flaws you may never have noticed.


This heartwarming story appeared to be about a cute little robot, but it actually was very clearly about the climate crisis. In 2019, when scientists predict untold suffering due to global warming and natural disasters are picking up in speed and ferocity, WALL-E's desolate vision of global apocalypse feels...too real. Also, since Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are considering space communities, the surreal spaceship habitat that houses all the remaining humans in WALL-E hits a bit too close to home.


2. Fantasia

This film was made in 1940, and if you view any of the clips, you'll notice that every frame seems to have been spawned from some sort of psychedelic experience. What was Fantasia? What is Fantasia? The truth is that no one really knows—Fantasia exists beyond human comprehension, in a sphere all its own—but the music is magnificent and the imagery is so surreal that you'll be amazed that you just accepted it as a kid.

3. Sleeping Beauty

This film was made in 1959, so it can be forgiven for its lack of feminist sensibility, but still… watching the prince plant a totally non-consensual kiss on a woman who is mostly only known as "Sleeping Beauty" is rather disorienting. If you're a woman who was raised on princess movies but are still wondering why you're having so much trouble getting over the impulse to be shy, submissive, and acquiescent, look no further. (The same goes for Snow White, who also goes to live in a house with seven strange men).


4. Robin Hood

Robin Hood was kind of a militant socialist. If you've been motivated by Bernie Sanders in recent years or have been organizing since you were a teen, watching this movie and seeing Robin Hood's dedication to redistributing the wealth can feel oddly resonant and inspiring.

5. Hannah Montana

This isn't a movie, but watching Miley Cyrus gallivant around in her blonde wig as the super innocent, ultra-perky Hannah Montana will inevitably be disorienting for the adult viewer. Cyrus has spoken openly about the struggles she went through while filming the show, saying that playing Hannah Montana made her "hate her body" and leveling other critiques at the franchise. Watching the show is eerie in that it'll remind you of the days of your innocent youth—before you ever saw Miley Cyrus naked (which simply became a rite of passage around 2012)—but maybe it'll also make you realize that you have a lot of internalized sexism.

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE, Miley Cyrus, 2009. Photo: Sam Emerson/ ©Walt Disney Co./courtesy Everett Entertainment Weekly

6. Dumbo

Is this movie a critique of animal abuse or an insane, racist acid trip, or a bit of both? The crows are racist (their leader is literally named Jim Crow), and there's a racist song, etcetera. In one scene, baby Dumbo gets drunk and hallucinates a parade of pink elephants. Scarring? Undeniably. Poor Dumbo. This movie is almost sadder to watch as an adult knowing just how sad Dumbo's plight actually is.

Dumbo's dream

7. The Black Cauldron

This movie is not as well-known outside of Disney aficionados, as its release almost brought down the entire franchise. Made during Disney's "dark period" when the company was experimenting with horror and new technologies, this genuinely creepy movie is often called the "darkest Disney movie ever." I definitely remember watching this as a kid and being seriously terrified by the skeleton crew and onscreen suicides in this film. In that way, it makes sense that the film has amassed a cult following largely made up of the generation it scarred for life. Sometimes ya gotta confront the demons of your childhood, especially when they were created by a bunch of overworked, underpaid animators in a Glendale warehouse.

Rich Menga

8. Alice in Wonderland

Like Fantasia, some of the imagery in this movie is undeniably eerie and almost too surreal. The fact that Alice winds up at a strange luncheon with a Mad Hatter where time doesn't exist? That she takes something that makes her grow small, then large? That she falls down a rabbit hole? What drugs were the people who made this movie on? Or perhaps the better question: What weren't they on? As a child watching this movie, I imagine that I developed some strange ideas about reality and rabbits that haunted me to adulthood. Also, the movie brings up complex questions about physics, math, philosophy and more—that's a lot for a children's fairytale.

9. Beauty and the Beast

This one has also been discussed ad nauseum, but Belle...lets a man imprison her and then falls in love with him. This is Stockholm Syndrome at its finest. She gets imprisoned and then marries the man who imprisons her. Sure, it's a tale as old as time, but I think that in the recent live-action remake, we all let our feelings about Emma Watson's vocals and the Beast's anthropomorphization overtake the simple strangeness of the tale.

Crosswalk the Musical: Beauty and the Beast

10. Cars

Cars is full of adult humor, from the stoner hippie bus character Fillmore to the scene where Lightning McQueen's fans "flash" him. Actually, it's implied that the cars have sex, so that says more than enough. What universe is this?

11. Hunchback of Notre Dame

This movie is adorable and charming in a lot of ways, but it also has an undercurrent of disturbing sadism and sexual violence. Frollo harasses Esmeralda to no end, and she's almost executed at the end of the film. There's torture, death, abuse, hallucinations…

Then again, all that is part of what made Disney movies so enduring, right? Kids get exposed to a lot growing up, and if all Disney films were all squeaky-clean and innocent, that would defeat the purpose of stories, which are meant to relate to people and resonate across ages and demographics. That doesn't mean that it's not strange to look back on these films after a while, but what's funny is that a lot of these strange films were also some of Disney's greatest. If anything, the grains of reality that Disney built into their fanciful stories are what make these films that much more powerful and timeless.


The Burning Question About Miley and Liam's Split: Is Millennial Love Dead?

Miley and Liam are officially over, and so are our hopes and dreams of everlasting love.

Is there a word for events that seem like they could only exist in the broken-simulation version of 2019?

Whatever that might be, it has to apply to Miley Cyrus's surreal social media presence following her split from her husband of eight months, Liam Hemsworth.

By now, everybody knows that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have separated after less than a year of marriage. This isn't the first time the couple has broken up, though; they were engaged from 2012 to 2013, and Miley went through one of the most epic post-breakup freakouts ever during her Bangerz era.

Anyone who was expecting Miley to pull a similar stunt will be disappointed. Miley actually seems to be thriving post-breakup…maybe even a little too much. Following the split, she uploaded a few strange social media posts comparing herself to the Dolomites. Later, she also compared herself to the entire planet.

Of course, there's also been some twerking. An explicit video of Cyrus twerking in Italy surfaced on August 9th from the trip she took with Kaitlynn Carter. Photos of Cyrus and Carter kissing also surfaced, coming just a week after Carter separated from her husband, Brody Jenner.

On Monday, Cyrus uploaded a selfie in a recording studio, indicating that more music is on the way. Will we be getting another "Wrecking Ball" out of this, or does Cyrus have something else in store? Judging by her actions only a few days after the breakup, she's determined to live out this chapter of her life in the public eye.

Also on Monday, Hemsworth broke his silence on the breakup, telling Daily Mail Australia, "You don't know what it's like. I don't want to talk about that, mate."

Even if their split was conscious and amicable, the couple does have some things left to resolve. Together, they own eight dogs, four cats, and one pig, and they plan to "coparent" the animals, said a source. Still, the source added that Cyrus believes the dogs are all hers, though Hemsworth adopted two of them. "She seems to be more concerned about the pets than Liam right now," they continued.

Out of all the loose threads and unanswered questions left in the wake of this shocking separation, one stands out from the rest (even more so than the question of what will happen to their pets). That question: Is love dead?

To answer that, first we'll need to figure out why the couple split in the first place. According to their breakup statement, Cyrus and Hemsworth were torn apart by a desire to focus on themselves. "Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time," it read. "Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy."

This reasoning echoes a lot of the sentiment that abounds among today's millennial and Gen-Z generations. Young people today are more likely to prioritize self-care in general. Among many spheres of online discourse, there's a kind of pervasive focus on the self and the belief that one's own personal growth is more important than putting others above one's own desires and needs. Is Miley and Liam's split a result of this increased focus on self-absorption?

It's possible, but on the other hand, if fewer people are compromising themselves for love than ever before, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Like individuals, love is also ever-changing, and it makes sense that its definition might be shifting with the times.

As individuals, Hemsworth and Cyrus do seem rather incompatible. Hemsworth seems to enjoy his privacy, and Miley Cyrus is, well, perpetually just being Miley. Some fans noticed seeds of dissolution in their relationship back in February, when Hemsworth put a stop to Cyrus when she tried to start twerking on the red carpet. "We're not doing that here," he said, revealing just how far apart the two stand in terms of their values and personalities.

Miley Cyrus Grinds On Liam Hemsworth In This Oscars Interview & He Has The Best Reaction | Access

Maybe Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's relationship isn't a good litmus test for the state of modern marriage and love at large. Maybe millennials have killed love along with bar soap and doorbells. Who's to say? Their relationship has always been as rocky as a cobblestone street. It seems that no matter how many times they tried to rebuild it, the wrecking ball was always going to come for their love in the end.


Miley Cyrus

All you need to know.

Full Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

Date of Birth: November 23, 1992

Born: Franklin, TN

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actress

Status: Single (Engaged to Liam Hemsworth)

Children: 0

She grew up with a famous dad (country singer Billy Ray Cyrus), started her career on the small screen, and is now one of the most popular singers of the century. Whether "she's just being Miley" or flaunting her fame, Miley Cyrus never lets us down when we need some energy and excitement. She shed her "good girl" image by shedding most of her clothes, but now Cyrus seems to be maturing in a less "loud" way. Hit after hit, Cyrus makes music that's fitting for today's culture and creativity. She's attractive, outgoing, fun-loving, and talented. Here's more about the star and why she shines so spectacularly.

Disney Darling

It's hard to believe the Cyrus we know and love today is the same person who once played TV's Hannah Montana. The role brought Cyrus into the spotlight as she gained young fans who would eventually follow her career path to this day. Her acting abilities and vocal talents were special, and audiences could see she was destined to be a star.

Making Music

After her "child star" persona had worn its welcome, Cyrus was ready to rock. Her initial albums were still youthful and innocent, but her voice showed maturity and versatility. But like many young women her age at the time, exploring sexuality and pushing the boundaries was on Cyrus' agenda. And boy did she push. Provocative lyrics, nearly NSFW music videos, and on-stage performances which left audiences picking their jaws up off the floor showed how Cyrus had shed her Hannah Montana image and was moving on to Cyrus 2.0. She'd wag her tongue, strip down to her skivvies, and do anything for the shock value. Fans loved it, until it was too much. She has simmered down some, but her inner-tiger still has some roar left in her.

Her Greatest Hits

Whether fans prefer the tame or the titillating, it's hard to argue that Cyrus' songs aren't catchy and creative. Some of her chart-toppers include "The Climb," "Wrecking Ball," "Party in the U.S.A.," "We Can't Stop," "See You Again," and "Malibu." Check out the video for "Wrecking Ball" below:

Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Official Video)

Love Life

Cyrus met actor Liam Hemsworth on the set of the film The Last Song in 2009. Fast forward to now and their on-again/off-again relationship seems to be on-again. They are reportedly engaged but as for wedding bells, we'll wait and see. Like any high-profile couple, working out a relationship is even more difficult when all eyes are on you. Hopefully these two will make the most of their romance and one day share a set of "I dos."

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

POP⚡DUST | Read More…

RELEASE RADAR | Miley Cyrus is Back with Younger Now and We're Obsessed

How Celebrities Have Been Affected by the California Wildfires

The Disney Comeback Kids: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Hilary Duff

Frontpage Popular News

MILEY CYRUS' 10 best deep cuts

ALBUM | The former Disney princess displays a knack for diversity and style in her music.

From "These Four Walls" to "Twinkle Song," we take a look at the singer's best deep cuts of her career (so far).

No one has such a diverse and down-right bamboozling career as Miley Cyrus. From living a double-life on Disney's Hannah Montana to twerking onstage at the VMAs during Bangerz to rallying up her Dead Petz to her latest single "Malibu," her work spans genres and defies logic. Genre labels are of little concern for her. Coming off such massive hits as "We Won't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" in 2013, she returns with her first proper studio album later this year, and "Malibu" is refreshingly stripped back, by Cyrus standards. It's still pumping with thick, anthemic beats, but it appears we are entering a vastly different kind of artistic expression moving forward.

As such, it is time to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit each of Cyrus' studio records. Popdust has curated the singer's absolute best deep cuts; Hannah Montana soundtracks were excluded from consideration. Did your all-time favorite track make the cut? Let us know yours in the comments.

Honorable Mention: "Kicking and Screaming" from her 2009 EP titled The Time of Our Lives

"These Four Walls" (from 2008's Breakout)

Cyrus can pull off a ballad like nobody's business. The arrangement is rather stark, with simple piano and guitar setting the mood--at least before the chorus pulls into high gear. Even then, her vocal sits on top of the music, giving her a chance to really show off her skills. She leads the conversation--instead of heavy-handed production doing the job.

"Karen Don't Be Sad" (from 2015's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz)

Cyrus' massive mixtape is her Flaming Lips moment. Following the 2015 VMAs, she dropped a 23-song project on SoundCloud. Many consider the record to be a lousy representation of her talent, but it is one helluva artistic statement. This song, especially, is one of the singer's finest moments.

"Two More Lonely People" (from 2010's Can't Be Tamed)

The gallop of synths and guitar are deceiving. It's much more than just a bubbly dance track. There's plenty of bite underneath. But, of course, there's no way you won't be dancing to this all night long. "We don't have to be friends. We don't have to be enemies," she avows.

"4x4" (from 2013's Bangerz)

Cyrus has country in her blood. We all know this. She's explored country inflections quite a bit in many of her biggest hits, including "The Climb" and even "Party in the USA." Here, she taps into the toe-tapping bluesy side of the genre, with a contribution from rapper Nelly. With lonesome guitar licking in the background, she makes her rounds between rhythm and blues, pop-country and her signature funky flair.

"Bottom of the Ocean" (from 2008's Breakout)

From the moody, water-like percussion to the ocean waves outro, it's Cyrus channeling her inner Little Mermaid. "Am I crazy? Still miss you, baby," she reminisces. And later, "It burned too hot to survive." Ultimately, she decides it's better to be happy than trapped in a relationship, much like the changing of the tides washing away the debris on a sand-laden beach.

"Fweaky" (from 2015's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz)

Acoustic is Cyrus' sweet spot. Primarily piano-based (with flickering synths haunting below), you'd be hard pressed to find a better vehicle for her raw voice. Even when the percussion kicks in, there is something rather affecting by her performance. "I want to walk around while wearing high heels, after we drink all night and done a bunch of pills," she whispers.

"Someone Else" (from 2013's Bangerz)

As evidence of the swatch of influences on her Bangerz LP, this song mixes gutting balladry with the audacious synth-heavy style she adores. This is another moment that is often overlooked, but she pulls out all the stops for one of her most blistering vocals. Plus, that hook is straight up fire.

"Liberty Walk" (from 2010's Can't Be Tamed)

Probably her most underrated banger...ever. The lyrics are a bit thin, but her conviction and fierceness is unmatched. The smash hit that could have been. "Saying goodbye to the people who tied you up," she champions, shedding the shackles of her former life and cutting those toxic individuals out for good.

"The Driveway" (from 2008's Breakout)

As she reflects on a breakup, she struggles with suppressing and/or processing the many emotions. Her vocal is feverishly angry, with a edge of sorrow. The smoldering mid-tempo fits right into her central wheelhouse. Too, it's a compelling metaphor to frame the driveway as the last link in her chain: to give her ex a second chance or to completely break them off. "I tried it your way but I got nothing to show," she wails over Avril Lavigne-sized production.

"Twinkle Song" (from 2015's Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz)

Closing out her rather psychedelic collection of escapist and bizarre tunes with such a moving piano ballad is risky. But she's all about risks. "I just want to scream," she admits before she literally screams: "But what does it mean?!" She recounts a sequence of seemingly random dreams, including one about David Bowie who "taught us how to skateboard." She can't seem to figure out what it all means, which appears to be a summation of the listener's own journey through the record. Really, what does it all mean?!?


Premiere | SKYE STEELE shares "All That Light," talks second album

Review | Steve Moakler rocks and rolls at Gramercy Theatre

Hear LANY's brash new song "The Breakup"

Frontpage Popular News

Miley Cyrus’ Interview Mag Photos Are Scandalous (and NSFW Duh!)

Cyrus is into xxhibition

Miley Cyrus has completed her transformation from wholesome Disney child actress to model... very sexually.

It's been a (not that) long time coming, but Miley has now finally, fully shrugged off Hannah Montana and embraced her inner Jenna Jameson—and then some—Popdust has the NSFW photos.

Cyrus has been letting it all hang out for a while now—nip slipping, breast flashing, bare bod baring her way all over the world's stages, TV screens and media—but, her new pictorial extravaganza is the raunchiest yet, and, basically flat-out adult entertainment.

The 22-year-old unleashes her inner nasty girl for the new issue of Interview magazine, while face time “sexting" with photographer Mert Alas.

Interview has released a selection of the pics, with the accompanying caption, “Sometimes you have to reach out and touch someone-slash-yourself. Mert Alas shares a few of his sexts with the fearless and self-possessed princess of pop."

Fearless and self-possessed indeed—the photos include a topless Miley showing off her bits and parts in various poses; Miley clad in just a teeny black thong splayed out forward-facing on the ground and licking the floor; Miley bending forward, legs spread, T-shirt up over her head to display her naked chest as she pulls her thong right down; and Miley lying on her back, T-shirt bunched up around her neck, showing off her naked chest, thong pulled up and hand thrust between her widely spread legs as she plays with herself.

Miley Cyrus Says Billy Ray Would Rather She Has Her Lady Parts Out Than Be A B*tch

And, yeah, that's about the sum of it.

Interview's cover line is: The #ME issue #Instagang 100 of the most powerful personalities on the internet

Miley Cyrus Says Hannah Montana Triggered Body Dysmorphia

Kim Kardashian, Zayn Malik and Victoria Beckham are among the other stars taking their kit off for art—presumably the latter two, at least, aren't naked and touching themselves at the same time though.

Interview has created eight different covers, featuring KK, Malik, Cyrus and Beckham, in addition to Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Selena Gomez, and one with Alas himself.

Miley Cyrus Bares Her Boobs (Again) For Super Hot V Magazine Shoot

Adriana Lima, Snoop Dogg, Laverne Cox and Kendall Jenner, are some of the stars whose “selfies" are included inside the edition.

POP⚡ DUST | Read More…

MUSIC MONDAY | SondorBlue takes over this week's playlist

WTWD? | Questions on Season Eight of The Walking Dead: Episode 7

RELEASE RADAR | Legends Collective Soul and Pitbull & The Stereotypes both drop music

By transforming into something between The Robyn and The Skrillex, Miley Cyrus continues to work extra hard to shed her history on Disney Channel as Hannah Montana and solidify herself as a unique adult and bride-to-be. But she's not the only one in her family with important hair history. Miley's father, country music star and songwriter being "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus made a career out of his achy, breaky mullet, and later, that stubborn piece of stubble below his bottom lip during the family's collaborative Disney run. Because we're feeling hairy ourselves, here's an appreciation of the famed mane, particularly for those who haven't yet had the chance to revel in its glory.


Storm in the Heartland, 1994.






"Please allow my soul patch to distract from my transitional hair length."


Billy Ray Cyrus, "Kentucky Waterfall" mullet Billy Ray Cyrus, sporting the "Kentucky Waterfall" style mullet


Call it Cyrus's backlash to the backlash.


Adding one of those terrible fedoras, too. Let the hair flow, Billy! We don't even recognize you anymore!

Luckily, Billy's children have bravely decided to carry on the family's great hair tradition. Yes, interesting—for lack of a better word—styles seems to run in the family. Who could forget about older brother Trace?