Top 10 Darkest Disney Movies

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

The movie talks about genocide, lust, death, humiliation and others. My reasons to vote for this one are:
- Frollo is a terrible, TERRIBLE person. He killed Quasimodo's mother when the hunchback was only a baby, and nearly drowned him. He also manipulates him throughout the movie, making him reveal the location of the Court of Miracles. He also shows lust for Esmeralda, which is inappropriate. He says in the Hellfire song: "Choose me or your pyre. Be mine, or you will burn". He burns down the house of an innocent family, and nearly kills Quasi and Esmeralda. His death is also very scary.
- The movie includes religious terminology, such as: Maria (Mary), God, sins, hell, devil, etc.
- The part where Quasi gets humiliated is very sad to watch.
- Frollo says he'll find Esmeralda, even if he burns all of Paris in the process.
- And other.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

3 Pinocchio Pinocchio Product Image

Dude, this movie is really dark, children turned into donkeys and sold away and probably killed, kids drinking and smoking, giant fat puppet show dude gonna kill Pinocchio, a fox and cat try to get him killed, Geppeto, the cat, and the fish get eaten by a whale and then the whale kills Pinocchio, I mean, do I have to say more or talk about the book?

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

Too weird! That is one of the Disney movies that I'd wish for it to be better.

4 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.

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 is so dark and scar got eaten alive by hyenas! And muffasa get killed by scar!

Scar has killed Simba's dad.

5 Fantasia Fantasia Product Image

It really depends on the segment, NoBM is quite dark, but other segments are just merely either artistic or have Mickey Mouse in a Sorcerer's hat.

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.

6 The Fox and the Hound The Fox and the Hound Product Image

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.

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 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.

7 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.

This should be number 3 the nome king is dark and creepy and tried to eat jack!

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

8 The Nightmare Before Christmas The Nightmare Before Christmas Product Image

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

Just great... that's all I can say

This is touchstone.

The person who said this a Touchstone Pictures is Distributed by Disney pictures

9 Bambi Bambi Product Image

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.

10 Tarzan Tarzan Product Image

This is not only dark because of Clayton's death Tarzan's parents die sabor killed a baby monkey! And kerchack dies!

The Contenders
11 Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 Product Image

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.

The villain is so scary

12 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Product Image

This film was probably the darkest of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It deals with loss and suffering, it also has a few violent depiction. Davy Jones has some pretty deep motivations.

Jack coming back from the dead and the death of the captain I forget his name is very sad

13 James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach Product Image
14 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Product Image

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.

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

15 Pocahontas Pocahontas Product Image

This is so dark I should be number 7 Pocahontas wanted to die if John Smith dies! And kocuum dies he's a main character and the dark song saveges ractcliffe wants to kill hundreds!

16 Old Yeller Old Yeller Product Image
17 Something Wicked This Way Comes Something Wicked This Way Comes Product Image

So one character sees his disembodied head and the villain is terrifying so yeah

18 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!

19 Brother Bear Brother Bear Product Image

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.

20 Big Hero 6 Big Hero 6 Product Image

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

It's dark at some parts

21 Maleficent Maleficent Product Image

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

22 The Princess and the Frog

Its Dark mostly for the whole Voodoo magic thing.

23 Dumbo Dumbo Product Image

Pink elephants on parade!

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

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

25 Marvel's The Avengers Marvel's The Avengers Product Image

Wouldn't call it a classic Disney movie, but seeing that it is 'M' the plot isn't that dark. Overall a great movie.

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