ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

Disney films are adored the world over. Their joyous combination of love, charm, and happy-ever-endings have induced smiles and laughter from all of us.

Equally, they have never been afraid to depict utterly bleak sadness to throw an even bigger emotional punch. Like in Dumbo, when our cute little elephant touches trunks with his imprisoned mother as she sings him a lullaby; or in Bambi, when his mother's shot dead by a poacher.

But sometimes, Disney chose to take a different direction - a much darker, more sinister, direction.

Scroll down for 5 of the eeriest scenes in your favorite Disney movies.

1. Tarzan - Clayton Hangs Himself

Yes, it's true, at this point in the film we know Clayton's real intention is to capture gorillas and sell them in England. But what we didn't know, was that we were about to see him hang himself in one of the most unfortunate ways possible.

Sensing his task to be much easier without Tarzan hanging around, Clayton shoots Kerchak (the Gorilla) before going after Tarzan himself. A maniacal rooftop scramble ensues before Tarzan has Clayton pressed up against a tree staring down the barrel of a gun. Tarzan, being the good guy that he is, can't pull the trigger. Clayton pulls out a machete and proceeds to chase Tarzan across the forest. When he finds himself tangled between the vines, he swings his machete in a frenzied attempt to free himself. Unluckily, he cuts every vine apart from the one wrapped tightly around his neck. There's a drop, followed by a sudden stop - a flash of lightning illuminates the scene, a shadow of Clayton's lifeless body is cast across the forest floor.

Watch the scene below.

Now that is dark!

2. Lilo & Stitch - Stitch Leaves Lilo

Lilo & Stitch follows the heartbreaking story of a broken, disjointed family and the difficulty those involved have in finding companionship and happiness.

In the aftermath of their parents' death, Nani, Lilo's older sister, senses how lonely Lilo is and buys her a pet, the adorable Stitch.

But when it turns out Stitch is an alien and accidentally wreaks havoc, a social worker suggests that Lilo would be better in the care of the state. Fearing the damage he's done, Stitch leaves the home and Lilo behind. A devastated Lilo looks to a picture of her dead parents and utters the dark, dark words, "if you want to leave, you can. I'll remember you though... I remember everyone that leaves."

Watch the scene below.

3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - The Death of Claude Frollo

Claude Frollo is widely considered to be one of the darkest and evilest characters in Disney history. It's fitting, then, that his grizzly death equally matches the terror he espoused and inflicted throughout the classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

As Frollo raises his sword to kill Quasimodo, the stone gargoyle that he is standing on begins to crumble. As he clings on for dear life, the face of the gargoyle comes to life and roars demonically. The gargoyle breaks off completely which sends the screaming Frollo falling into a bubbling lake of molten copper created by Quasimodo.

Watch the scene below.

4. Pocahontas - Savages

Pocahontas is a film which, at its root, is about racism, bigotry, and the prevailing unprejudiced nature of true love.

Given the subject matter and Disney's everlasting quest to teach valuable life lessons in the most beautiful way, it was inevitable this film would have to touch on slightly darker themes.

Nowhere in the film is this more than the case than during the song 'savages.' As the settlers march towards the natives for war, they can be heard singing such things as "Destroy their evil race, until there's not a trace, left" and chanting "KILL THEM, KILL THEM!"

Luckily, the war is prevented and love prevails as Pocahontas dives to save Smith and convinces her father to end the hostility.

Watch the scene below.

5. The Black Cauldron - Gurgi's Sacrifice

Arguably Disney's darkest feature film ever, The Black Cauldron could have a "darkest scenes" list all of its own. It's hard to imagine Disney making a film like this today but that doesn't mean its unsettling creepiness isn't still awesome!

In this scene, Gurgi, who throughout the film is portrayed as cowardly and unwanted, says "Gurgi has no friends" before launching himself into the Cauldron and certain death. His sacrifice destroys its powers and the films, villain, the Horned King, with it.

Watch the scene below.

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