Top 10 Animated Movies with the Darkest Opening Scene

The Top Ten

1 The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of Notre Dame Product Image

The movie;s opening perfectly shows you a small taste of whats to come as the narrator opens the movie with the story of of Jude Claude Frollo who set a trap for a group of gypsy's as he cases down a mother and kills her then sees the child she was carrying and is disgusted by its appearance that he tries to drown the baby in the well before being stopped by the archdeacon who shows him that despite that he denies that what he's done was wrong and that he can lie to himself and his men but he'll never escape or hide what he's done from the eyes of Notre Dame as we see the statures all eerily starring at what Frollo has done and out of fear of his own soul Frollo agrees to raise the kid himself but orders the archdeacon to allow the kid to be locked away in the bell tower away from outside world.

Whole movie is dark.

2 Finding Nemo Finding Nemo Product Image

The movie opens in possibly one of the darkest ways possible as Marlan's entire family is taken away with out mercy after a barracuda attacks and not only kills Coral but eats all of the eggs, and yet this is suppose to be a movie for kids and they open it with having Marlan's family killed off in the first few minutes all with the exception of Nemo the only family Marlan has left as he becomes determine to protect him at all cost.

Only Marlin and Nemo survive.
- TheDuttyGyal

3 Grave of the Fireflies Grave of the Fireflies Product Image
4 The Prince of Egypt The Prince of Egypt Product Image

The movie opens with the Pharaoh ordering his guards to kill all of the newborn Hebrews in one moment a mother is helpless as a guard barges into her home and slaughters her child as screams can be herd all the while Yocheved and her children attempt to protect Moses and send him sailing down the Nile River.

Get this to number 1

5 The Fox and The Hound The Fox and The Hound Product Image

Movie opens with Todd's mother as she is being pursued by the hunter and his hound dog as she desperately tries to get away leaving Todd on the side of the fence as she tries to get away but is shot and killed as Big Mama looks on in horror.

Anyone else think that Amos may have been the one who killed Todd's mother?

Amos slade is a murderer!

6 An American Tail An American Tail Product Image

While celebrating Hanukkah with his family the Mousekewitz family's home is invaded by a group of Cossacks and their cats ride through the village square and attack the village setting everything on fire and the cats themselves are truly terrifying soon after they leave the Mousekewitz and the other mice families watch as their homes are destroyed in the flames.

7 Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web Product Image

The movie opens with the farmer getting ready to kill off Wilbur for being the runt of the litter before Fern frantically prevents him from doing away with him allowing her to nurture the piglet.

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9 Coraline Coraline Product Image

The movies opening has a very creepy vibe as we see the doll from Other Mothers latest victim as she begins tearing the doll apart and making a new one to resemble her new victim Coraline making the scene all the more creepy and unsettling is the creepy kids singing in the background.

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The Contenders

11 Oliver & Company Oliver & Company Product Image
12 Tarzan Tarzan Product Image
13 Bolt Bolt Product Image
14 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Product Image

As I recall, this one opened up with a Grim Reaper inspired villain offing some mobsters. You know, for kids!

15 Bambi Bambi Product Image
16 Fantastic Planet Fantastic Planet Product Image
17 Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War Product Image
18 Lilo & Stitch Lilo & Stitch Product Image
19 Pokémon: The First Movie

The opening was so dark it had to be edited out. Amber's backstory is the only film thing to make me cry.

20 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Product Image
21 Fantasmagorie (1908)

Solid black background.

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