Origins: On 8 January 1999, Disney announced a recall of the home video version of their 1977 animated feature The Rescuers because it contained an "objectionable background image." That image was one which appeared in a scene approximately
Unlike most rumors of risqué words and visuals hidden in Disney's animated films, this one was clearly true, and the images in question were undeniably purposely inserted into the movie.
The two "topless woman" frames had reputedly been present in the film ever since its original theatrical release in 1977 (a fact apparently confirmed by Disney, whose spokesperson said that the tampering "was done more than
Disney's announcement of the recall was considered a bit curious by some at the time it took place because, unlike previous rumors about "hidden" items in Disney's animated films, knowledge of the hidden images found in The Rescuers was not widespread until Disney itself made a public statement about it. As well, the frames in question were not noticeable during a normal viewing of the
Last updated: 18 February 2014
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