Top 10 Darkest Disney Movies
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.
This one I feel is the darkest because of Frollo. In the opening scene he crushes an innocent woman's scull underfoot and tries to drown a baby because it was ugly. The story goes on to show him manipulating Quasimodo, groping Esmeralda, burning down a house with an innocent family in it, and committing genocide. This has to be the darkest Disney film ever.
Dark in a way that is likely to fly over a kid’s head, but terrifying nonetheless. While they soften the blow by not killing off Esmeralda (one of the very few adaptations to do so, Quasimodo tends to get spared a little more often), they make the movie darker in other points to counterbalance it: true, the moralities are simplified, but this allows Frollo to be made into a frightening, twisted, and uncannily realistic villain: a monster who recognizes his behavior as wrong several times but then blames it on his victims, a virulent racist, a judge who is less corrupt and more a zealot, and who instead of gloating in his malice (classic Disney villain shtick), firmly believes himself to be a good man. Even the comic relief is often quite dark (e.g. Clopin cheerfully announcing how he’d hang Quasi and Phoebus). Hands down the darkest Disney movie
OK, let me get this straight...
Public humiliation, judgmental village folks, lots and lots of death, scenes when characters we love almost die, the song 'Hellfire' which is about lust...
This was a very dark Disney movie. But overall, it is the best animated movie I've ever watched and it is very underrated. Everyone should watch it at least once.
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.
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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.
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
When kids go to Pleasure Island they never come back... AS BOYS!
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.
This is a dark, creepy and weird film that they made based on L. Frank Baum's books.
Scariest and creepiest kids movie ever. And I love it
Its not dark. Its just a crappy wizard of oz sequel that looks like a failed remake.
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.
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.
This would basically be a hamlet play just with animals
Scar has killed Simba's dad.
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.
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.
Four Words: Night on Bald Mountain
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.
Pretty sad with an unsatisfactory ending. They’re forced to leave one another after Tod saves Copper from a bear? Wow. I thought they’d be reunited. Pretty sad and depressing.
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...
The first 2 were not very dark with very few exceptions, but things took a pretty dark turn here with Lotso’s backstory, the reincarnation scene and pretty much the whole last quarter of the film.
This is my favorite but its kinda dark
The villain is so scary
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.
It is amazing. one of my favorite Disney movies
This is touchstone.
So sad but has a really good meaning
I cried at this movie, should be #2
The scene where the hatter tells Alice about when the Red Queen took over
One of my childhood favorites
"Rabies and Death <3"
I am a 11 year old boy and I liked this film *pauses for ridicule* now that I think about it, this film was kinda dark, in a way...
Guys, the trolls are the bad guys, watch film theory to find out, the trolls planned to take over the throne.
I'd love this movie more if there wasn't singing
I LOVED this film, but I don't consider it dark.
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.
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.
Yeah killing off bambi’s mum is pretty dark and sad and poor bambi crying over her corspe
Honestly an amazing movie, I love the character designs and the back story is super good
Killing off syndrome by airplane is very dark .
This is a VERY dark movie.
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
Killing a bear then nearly getting murdered by his brother very dark.
Kenai stabbed Koda's mother. Also the background music is pretty dark.
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'
So one character sees his disembodied head and the villain is terrifying so yeah
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.
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.
It's dark at some parts
Death of hiro’s brother
to mean. and dark. but I like the girl with the name lemon something I like her.