Top 10 Darkest Disney Movies

The Top Ten

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

The fact that this movie is darker and deals with more serious issues than other disney movies is what makes it good

Honestly, it is creepy as hell, especially with the murder and the lustful man.

Many of the people voting seemed to have confused dark with scary. Something scary is in your face, Ursula's death can be called scary. Dark implies something more subtle that has an alternative meaning. The song hellfire in Hunchback is dark. They show no blood and death, it is just shown with words where he sings about raping Esmeralda and/or sending her to hell. My other choices for this list would be Zootopia for the racism. The Princess and the Frog because the villain is literally dragged into hell. And finally, The Lion King for making Scar strikingly similar to Hitler.

Dark, because It touches a subjects like racism, religious fanaticism, AND... "practically unheard of in a Disney movie" it touches sexual lust, which makes it a unique standalone in the long slew of Disney movies.

2 The Black Cauldron The Black Cauldron Product Image

With its creepy villain and the undead army that he's created with the black cauldron, this movie could be on the list where the darkness raised the bar in Disney animation.

There is a rumor where there is a deleted scene where there was partial nudity from the princess. Brought to you by the happiest place on earth

Forgive me for saying this guys, but I'm afraid those people at Disney might have been on drugs when they made this piece of trash.

3 Pinocchio Pinocchio Product Image

Omg that park where those kids get turned into donkeys terrified me as a kid

By today's standards Pinocchio should be rated PG a lot has to due with the whole Pleasure Island scene an island where bad kids can drink, smoke fight with and even kill one another the only thing its missing is an hooker bar, but as it turns out the island is a trap where the coachman turn the kids into donkey's and sell's them off to places like the salt mines and the whole sequence where Lampwit turns into a donkey is pretty scary.

Child trafficking, death, kids drinking/smoking, children gone forever, possibly murder...I mean do I really need to say more? The villains get away with it, and all of those donkeys (A.K.A kids) will keep disappearing and dying because...they are kids who don't like supervision from adults (like most kids out there).

I can't believe I saw this when I was like 5. I mean it's pretty good but really dark, to me, especially the pleasure island part

4 Return to Oz Return to Oz Product Image

Return to Oz drops everything that was great about the original Wizard of Oz colorful atmosphere, musical numbers and lovable characters and replaces it with hideously deformed characters and darker tone.

Scariest and creepiest kids movie ever. And I love it

This is a dark, creepy and weird film that they made based on L. Frank Baum's books.

Its not dark. Its just a crappy wizard of oz sequel that looks like a failed remake.
^0_0^

5 The Lion King The Lion King Product Image

Scar murders Mufasa in order to take over as king then tricks Simba into deserting his kingdom by telling him that Mufasa's death was his fault, Simba comes back all grown up and challenges Scar then sends him over the edge and is either killed or eaten by the Hyenas.

This would basically be a hamlet play just with animals

Scar has killed Simba's dad.

It may be all happy and cute at first with Simba and Nala’s friendship as cubs, but then it gets darker throughout the movie and later escalates to Scar killing Mufasa and blaming Simba for it, then Simba returning as an adult and fighting Scar.

6 Fantasia Fantasia Product Image

This is when disney looked aside of being kid friendly and focused more on the music rather than whats actually showing on screen. Once you past "The Rite of Spring" (which by the way is the bestt ❤) you see dinosaurs die, and get eaten and stuuf. Then at the very end, The Night on Baldmountian. Mm that is very haunting. He is pretty much satan. This disney movie is a bit HAUNTING but not dark. Either way, this movie delivers amazing animation, and AMAZING music, that make this movie beautiful, and worth your time.

Four Words: Night on Bald Mountain

Definitely the best Disney movie ever made. And since Chernabog is the reason to be scared of, it deserves to be top 3, Chernabog is the scariest and the best Disney Villain ever made.

7 The Fox and the Hound The Fox and the Hound Product Image

The first half of the movie is more kid friendly but after both Tod and Copper grow up they are pitted against each other even Big Mama warns Tod that the time will come when Copper will do what Amos has trained him to due which is hunt game, just the scene where Tod and Copper are face to face with each other with a crazed look in their eyes as they go in for the kill.

This should be in the top three, or in the top five to say the least. By the middle of the movie to the end, it gets more sadder and sadder, and the themes of the wildlife makes you feel lost. This movie is incredibly good and sad. Probably one of the best Disney films in my opinion.

This was the warning by IMBD, that The Fox & the Hound is sure to be the darkest Disney movie since it first came.

The Fox & the Hound franchise is as old as the best-know Mario franchise which is even more famous than the Mickey Mouse franchise overall.

They were separated

8 Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 Product Image

the teddy bear was so mean. I really liked him till I found out he was so mean. but I can see why he's so mean. when his story is told.

The inner story of this film is full of discrimination. Toys in one room are treated one way and other toys are treated in another. And then there's the incineration scene...

This is my favorite but its kinda dark

The villain is so scary

9 The Nightmare Before Christmas The Nightmare Before Christmas Product Image

It is a little too scary for little scary for little kids but is really really good

I watched it when I was around 5 or 6 years old.

This is touchstone.

It is amazing. one of my favorite Disney movies

10 James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach Product Image

This movie is a total flop!

The Contenders

11 Spirited Away Spirited Away Product Image

This movie belongs to Ghibli, not to Disney.

So sad but has a really good meaning

I cried at this movie, should be #2

12 Alice In Wonderland (2010) Alice In Wonderland (2010) Product Image

The scene where the hatter tells Alice about when the Red Queen took over

One of my childhood favorites

13 Old Yeller Old Yeller Product Image

"Rabies and Death <3"

14 Frozen Frozen Product Image

Guys, the trolls are the bad guys, watch film theory to find out, the trolls planned to take over the throne.

I LOVED this film, but I don't consider it dark.

I don't think this movie is "dark"

I'd love this movie more if there wasn't singing

15 Saving Mr. Banks Saving Mr. Banks Product Image
16 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Product Image

Snow White nearly getting murdered in the start or poisoned is definitely dark and let’s not forget the boulder that crushed the evil queen then had her corpse eaten by vultures definitely one of the darkest Disney films

The Evil Queen commands the Huntsman to kill Snow White and if that wasn't enough also wants him to rip out her heart and place it in a chest as proof of her death.

17 Bambi Bambi Product Image

Yeah killing off bambi’s mum is pretty dark and sad and poor bambi crying over her corspe

Despite its cuteness this movie has a couple of dark moments most memorable is the death of Bambi's mom another scene is where a couple of birds are hiding in the grass and one of them starts panicking uncontrollably and flies off and is shot down by the hunters.

18 Pocahontas Pocahontas Product Image

Listen to “Savages.”

19 Maleficent Maleficent Product Image

Honestly an amazing movie, I love the character designs and the back story is super good

20 The Incredibles The Incredibles Product Image

This is a VERY dark movie.

Killing off syndrome by airplane is very dark .

21 Brother Bear Brother Bear Product Image

Killing a bear then nearly getting murdered by his brother very dark.

Kenai stabbed Koda's mother. Also the background music is pretty dark.

Kenai kills Koda’s mother out of revenge. That’s pretty dark. It also has one of the best morals/lessons of any Disney movie because of this

22 The Brave Little Toaster The Brave Little Toaster Product Image

Surprised this wasn't here already. But hey, at least we have Brother Bear! Definitely deserves its spot!

The entire movie is a demonstration of insanity as they try to reach their destination, the 4 songs give the movie it's theme, 'City of Light' is optimism, the journey just started, 'It's a B Movie' is a show of captives giving up, 'Cutting Edge' has a theme that flat out says YOU ARE REPLACEABLE, and 'Worthless' shows you that once you have outlived your usefulness, the world will throw you to the grinder to die, it is by far the most down to earth a Disney film has been despite being very 'Toy Story'

Sad

23 Monsters University Monsters University Product Image

The scenes where mike and sully are seen breaking and entering into a "door" is the darkest. When they come upon the summer camps cabin; then alerting CIT's (? ) and forest deputies, pretty dark theme in genral.

24 Big Hero 6 Big Hero 6 Product Image

to mean. and dark. but I like the girl with the name lemon something I like her.

It's dark at some parts

Jeez, the real dark scene was tadashi's death, or the fact the parents are dead (good ol disney) or the fact callaghan was alive and he screwed tadashi's efforts to help him, but this movie otherwise is really not that dark.

Death of hiro’s brother

25 Chicken Little Chicken Little Product Image
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