10 Dark Moments from Kids’ Movies That Come out of Nowhere


Have you ever been in this situation before? You’re watching a movie with your kids or your nieces and nephews that is supposed to be family-friendly – and BAM! A totally disturbing and dark moment pops up and traumatizes everyone?

These people sure did, and they shared them with all of us. So take note if you have kids…you might want to avoid some of these flicks.

These responses come to us from the Buzzfeed Community.

1. Clayton’s death, Tarzan (1999)


“The scene when Clayton gets tangled in vines and is essentially hanged. That isn’t even the worst part…because then the animators decided to add in the shadow of his hanging body swinging in the trees in the next scene. In a KIDS movie. Who even thinks of these things??? I’m still scarred.”

2. The nightmare, All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

“When Charlie has that nightmare that he’s in hell and sees some scary-ass demons and shit. Like WTF…who is this movie for?!”

3. The scream-sucker, Monsters, Inc. (2001)

“Honestly? The big scream-sucking machine scared the shit out of me as a kid. No one thinks about it, but like…forcing kids to scream and then collecting it??? It’s dark. It still scares me. It’s horrifying.”

4. Hellfire, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

“I recently watched this again as an adult and was horrified by Frollo’s whole song. The tone of the movie is dark from the beginning, but this really takes it to a different level. All the implications blew my mind…it’s a children’s movie. Ugh, I was disturbed.”

5. The shoe’s dip, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

“The scene when Judge Doom dips the shoe in the ‘Dip.’ It still bothers me to this day. I hate it so much.”

6. Leslie’s drowning, Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

“Of course if you read the book, you already knew about it, but if you just went into the movie thinking it was a fantasy kids movie, then you were in for a shock. It really does come out of nowhere and in NO WAY did they advertise this ‘twist,’ which made it more difficult to process for me.”

7. The opening sequence, Up (2009)

“The opening sequence leading to the miscarriage. While small children might not understand completely what was happening, an adult woman who has gone through the same definitely does…”

8. The marionettes, Polar Express (2004)

“GOOD GOD, who let Robert Zemeckis make motion capture animated movies?!”

9. Todd’s abandonment, The Fox and the Hound (1989)

“My dad always taught me that, when you adopt an animal, you make a commitment to care for them for their whole life. It was traumatizing to see her drive him into the forest and just leave him there. His little face was so confused…it’s heartbreaking.”

10. Pink elephants on parade, Dumbo (1941)

“Nothing messed with me when I was a little kid as much as that part when he gets drunk and we’re subjected to ‘Pink Elephants on Parade’ song. Absolutely not.”

Yikes! Kids, cover your eyes!

Do you know of any really creepy moments in kids’ movies that caught you by surprise?

Share them with us in the comments!