I, like the rest of you I’m sure, grew up watching Disney movies. My mom would stick a VHS in the player and let it be our babysitter for a couple of hours (life was so simple back then!). I had all of the stuffed animals and toys from every movie, and was always dressing up as the princesses. My personal favorite was The Little Mermaid, since I, too, wanted to be a mermaid. I would watch it every day for months, singing along to all of the songs very out of tune. It wasn’t until I grew up and watched these movies again in college that I realized that these movies are a little messed up.
Sure, a lot of these stories are based on old fables and fairy tales, but that doesn’t mean that Disney couldn’t have changed SOME of the messed up stuff, right? Yet, they are still there, subtlety making you double-take as you get older and realize that they are pretty dark. So many of these movies involve heavy themes, like violence and abuse, but play them off as just another thing that happens in life. Sure, these things happen, but they shouldn’t be normalized and shown to us as children, right? If you agree, take a look at these eight times Disney movies just took it waaaay too far.
When They Toys Almost Die In Toy Story 3Everyone remembers the scene where the toys are heading into an incinerator, trying to escape. At one point, they seem to give up and accept their fate. That's pretty traumatizing to watch, even as an adult. Of course, they get saved, but there was a time when you really thought the toys were going to die. Image Source: Toy Story 3
When Sully Thought Boo Was Crushed Into A Cube Of GarbageDoes anyone else cringe during this scene? I know, it's not ACTUALLY a child being crushed, but it's supposed to seem that way. That scene always freaked me out when I was little. In fact, this was the first movie I remember seeing in theaters and crying at. Poor Boo. Image Source: Monsters, Inc
The Whole Plot Of 101 DalmatiansThis middle-aged woman goes after puppies to skin them and make them into a jacket. That's it, that's the movie. Why were people just so quick to accept this? I'm sure PETA has some words to say. Image Source: 101 Dalmatians
Clayton's Death In TarzanI guess I completely blocked this scene from my memory, but Reddit brought it back to my attention. In Tarzan, Clayton accidentally hangs himself in vines and you actually see his lifeless silhouette for a second. Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's still super disturbing to see this. Image Source: Tarzan
The Fact That Cars Lived Among Dead BodiesOkay, remember when Mater worked at an automotive place? With old cars? Which are essentially dead bodies of other cars???? I'm sorry but WTF? Isn't a junkyard kind of like a morgue in this case? I have SO many questions. Image Source: Cars
Jasmine Having To Marry When She Was 15In Aladdin, Jasmine's father insists that she marries within the year, even though she is only 15. Honestly, all of the Disney princesses are teens when they meet their "prince" or "one true love" and they marry them pretty freaking quickly. What's even weirder is the fact that we don't know ANY of the princes ages. Hm. Seems like a weird message to send to kids. Image Source: Aladdin
Frollo Threatening To Rape Esmeralda In The Hunchback Of Notre DameYes, I understand that he is supposed to be evil, but his harassment of Esmeralda in this movie is truly horrifying and disgusting. At one point, he even sings about how if she won't marry him, he will kill her. Isn't this sort of sending a negative message to little girls?! Image Source: Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Bambi's Mom's DeathDo I even need to talk about this one? Bambi's mom was killed RIGHT in front of him! Obviously, there are a ton of parent deaths in Disney movies, which just creates a "wounded main character" archetype, but come on! Let the characters have parents. Image Source: Bambi
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