Darkest and Scariest Disney Movie Moments


The Top Ten

1 Pleasure Island - Pinocchio

Whoever said that about Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus they should make a parody about you being turned into a donkey and forced to work in a salt mine.

OH GOD! This was the worst!

I'm not the only one who was horrified by this right? The poor dude is calling for his "Mama". Many of the older Disney films are dark but this takes the horribly messed up cake.

They never come back... as... BOIZ!

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2 Clayton's Horrific End - Tarzan

Is nobody talking about the shadow of his hanging corpse swaying slowly in the breeze! AA

When you think about it, it's pretty violent. Funny, my sister's watching Tarzan. That scene is pretty revolting.

(spoiler alert) He cuts off a vine and dies! That's suicide!

This scene horrified me as a kid.

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3 Scar's Betrayal and Mufasa's Murder - The Lion King

This scarred you as a kid. I can tell. When you watched this movie for the very first time and didn't know what to expect, you probably clutched your head in disbelief. I know I did. Cue the waterfall of tears in 3,2,1...

Make this #1! "The Lion King" produced this dark and terrifying moment.

This isn't dark or scary in the slightest

Oh the Horror

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4 Ursula's Demise - The Little Mermaid

This gave me nightmares.

Ursula deserved to die because she was not a good sea 🌊 witch

5 Hellfire - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
6 The Horned King Rises an Undead Army - The Black Cauldron
7 A Night on Bald Mountain - Fantasia

This is my biggest nightmare of all times. But I still think Chernabog is the best villain.

Why is this below Bambi's mom getting shot? No accounting for taste here on this site.

Why isn’t this even in the top 5? This is literally hell! This gave me nightmares when I first watched it, something that most horror movies didn’t even do. I could barely sleep that night! Pleasure island is number 1 but that isn’t even so scary. It’s dark, sure, but not scary. This is beyond dark and scary! Chernabog is the most Disney villain, he’s satan! Ans this is the darkest and scariest Disney scene ever. Period.

How is this below a bunch of others? IT'S A SATAN SCENE! Chernabog is the best villain, and this is way scarier than the stupid Mufasa murdering scene. It's not scary, it's just a sad moment. But Night on Bald Mountain is beyond scarier than others. This needs to be top 3. - asantalo

8 Dumbo's Drunken Hallucinations - Dumbo

This is not kids' movie material.

Who puts this in a kid's movie?

9 Bambi's Mother Gets Shot - Bambi

Sadly based on animal hunting.

The scariest part about this was originally they were actually going to show dead body of Bambi's mom but though better of it good choice since it probably would have traumatized little children everywhere. - egnomac

That scene always breaks my heart.

I have the feeling they never should have put that in some kid's movie.

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10 Doctor Facilier's Demise - The Princess and the Frog

The Newcomers

? Lightning Mcqueen's Accident - Cars 3

I seemed to think Rod's death in Cars 2 was even darker.

The Contenders

11 Shan Yu Orders Execution of Extra Messenger - Mulan
12 Dragon Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

This scene was just awesome

This is cuute

13 Donkey Lampwick - Pinocchio
14 The Headless Horseman - The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.Toad

Some people say that he KILLED ICHABOD!

3rd act of sleepy hollow

15 The Evil Queen's Transformation - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
16 Quasimodo's Humiliation During the Festival of Fools - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Master please help me


Why does Esmeralda call Quasimodo a “creature”? This is more offense than I expect from a kid’s movie about genicide, religion, lust, and torture!

17 The Mob Advances - Beauty and the Beast
18 The Village - Mulan

This scene was very traumatizing to me as a kid, and still is! The scene just happens all of a sudden and you get this somewhat eerie feeling like something even more disturbing happens... and something does! Suddenly you see thousands of soldiers dead, ON SCREEN! It's terrifying! Then, I think, "Am I sure this isn't an adult movie? Because this is very, very dark. Whenever I see this scene I contemplate picking up my phone for a therapy session.

19 Shooting of Kocoum - Pocahontas
20 Lost in the Forest - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
21 Drizella and Anastasia rip Cinderella's dress - Cinderella

I hate those two.

22 Maleficent's Demise - Sleeping Beauty

She was stabbed in the heart, and there was blood coming out. Fairly intense and graphic for a Disney movie.

23 Stromboli locks Pinocchio in a birdcage - Pinocchio

No No yeees

24 Tears Of Joy - Inside Out

Joy Is very upset

Joy is crying

No way

25 Wheelers - Return to Oz

This is ugly

10 Pirate Curse
9 Pleasure Island
8 Lost in the woods
7 Te ka
6 Tears of joy
5 Wheelers
4 True Colours
3 Sinister Stromboli
2 Part of that world
1 Sherman's death

26 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ending - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
27 Copper Hunts Tod - The Fox and the Hound

This was a dark film anyway

The bear scene was scarier

28 Roscoe's Electrifying Death - Oliver & Company

oh my god

29 Ratigan's True Colors - The Great Mouse Detective
30 Ghost of Christmas Future Sequence - Disney's A Christmas Carol

UGH! That done scared me silly! And, that's quite the reason why I stopped watching it.

31 Hungry Donald - Mickey and the Beanstalk

SHUT UP! I CAN'T STAND IT! - Mariomaster63

32 Scar's Demise - Lion King

He deserves to be eaten alive by his armies of hyenas, that was a huge lie and coward Scar has become. What a fool. - asantalo

But he had it coming.

33 Yokai chases after Hiro and Baymax in building with nano bots - Big Hero 6

Pretty dark,when you think about it

34 The Coachman - Pinocchio
35 Haphalumphs and Weasels: Winnie the Pooh
36 Toys Get Revenge on Sid - Toy Story

But it's funny at the same time. This in my opinion is the best part in the movie. And it does teach Sid a lesson.

37 Sid Plays Surgeon - Toy Story

Sid's room is full of disturbing things. It was freaky when he replaces his sister's Janie doll's head with a creepy Pterodactyl.

38 The Incinerator - Toy Story 3

Thankfully they're saved by the squeeze toy aliens. And they hitch a ride on Sid's garbage truck to get back home.

39 Anna's death - Frozen
40 Jangles The Clown - Inside Out Jangles The Clown - Inside Out
41 Saying Goodbye to John Smith - Pocahontas

This was a very emotional scene for me. It made me cry.

42 Ignorance and Want - Disney's A Christmas Carol

While Scrooge is haunted by these two, the Ghost of Christmas Present is dying at length and ends up eroding into ash.

43 Han Solo's Demise - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
44 Captain Jack Sparrow's Demise - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
45 Very Good Advice - Alice In Wonderland

This is Sadder

46 Peabody Dies Scene - Mr. Peabody & Sherman

That's not Disney. - asantalo

47 Fawn cries because she will never see Gruff again - Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast 2014
48 Rapunzel gets locked up in the tower - Tangled

This is sadder

49 Turning Into Donkeys - Pinocchio
50 Jafar’s Demise - The Return of Jafar
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Top Remixes (5)

1. A Night on Bald Mountain - Fantasia
2. Ursula's Demise - The Little Mermaid
3. Donkey Lampwick - Pinocchio
1. Pleasure Island - Pinocchio
2. Hellfire - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
3. Dragon Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty
1. Pleasure Island - Pinocchio
2. Dumbo's Drunken Hallucinations - Dumbo
3. Ursula's Demise - The Little Mermaid

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