18 Movies From Your Childhood That Are Way Darker Than They Seem

Right in the childhood.

1. Finding Nemo

A man and his wife are admiring their home, when a murderer attacks them and brutally kills the wife and all of their children except one. Great premise for a fun movie.

2. Fox And The Hound

This movie was essentially about how if you are different from someone else, the existential void between you both will inevitably grow so large that your friendship will die. Nice, healthy message.

3. An American Tail

Another classic topic for a kids’ movie: The misery of Russian Jews forced to flee persecution, abuse, and other inhuman horrors in their native land. These ones are mice!

4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Remember that story about the self-destructive, alcoholic detective who investigates a series of horrific murders by a sadistic maniac? Yeah, that was a great kids’ movie.

“Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked… just… like… THIS!”

And if that doesn’t do it for you, here’s one word that will forever haunt your dreams: “Dip.”

5. The Secret of NIMH

A bleak meditation on the horrors of torture, animal experimentation, political intrigue and murder. Bring the little ones!

6. The Land Before Time


7. Bambi


8. Dumbo


9. My Girl


10. The Iron Giant

Sample quote from this kids’ story about a war that almost destroyed the entire planet and which is narrowly averted by the martyrdom of the tale’s hero: “When the missile comes down, everybody dies.”

11. The Brave Little Toaster

This one’s a light little tale about growing up and eventually becoming expendable and being replaced.

12. Homeward Bound

Oh God. Don’t make me relive this.

13. All Dogs Go To Heaven

This scene is still horrifying.

14. Lilo And Stitch

The movie is about a lonely girl who no one likes because she’s weird. When she finally gets a single friend, aliens try to steal him from her. Fun!

15. Up

An old man with nothing left to live for deserts the society that has lost all meaning for him and seeks out a place that reminds him of his dead wife so that he can join her.

16. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Uhh…. this song is a little “Rapey.”

17. The Last Unicorn

“There are no happy endings, because nothing ends.” This is a film about melancholy, madness, and unrequited love.

18. Casper

It’s about a child. A DEAD CHILD.

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