It's been said that a lot of our most infamous leaders from history were compensating for something, a classic "Napolean Complex." So maybe it just makes sense that the king in The Little Mermaid needed to prove something as well. Hello, Huge Penis Tower of the Castle.
The rumor is a disgruntled artist about to be fired drew it on purpose, and it has such an uncanny resemblance to the male genital organ that it's hard to see it as anything else. However, Disney has debunked the rumor and explained that cover artist didn't even work for the company. The artist, in turn, said he was rushed to finish the artwork at around four in the morning and simply didn't work as hard on the background detail. To that, we say: