ByChris Harkin, writer at Creators.co
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Chris Harkin

Hi everyone, back from Zambia! Two and a half more houses are built in the village of Chipulukusu, and I am exhausted! But also ready to write!

Recently I was watching some old films from my childhood, and I realized that some of them have seriously dark moments, which are way out of the child friendly zone. Here's a list of the top fifteen.

WARNING: Lots of possible spoilers!

1. Beethoven

The dog... not the... never mind
The dog... not the... never mind

Beethoven was that adorable family film about the huge St. Bernard that got everyone in his family out of trouble. However, one of the sub-plots running in the film was extremely dark.

Remember that evil vet? The one trying to get Beethoven? Well, he was testing experimental bullets for the army by shooting dogs that he stole!

2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

We love you
We love you

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was another adorable family film involving some of my favorite childhood songs. However, you can't forget about that horrific sub-plot:

The Child Catcher, who haunted my dreams for years, wasn't just capturing kids, he was then enslaving them! How did that get skimmed over so easily?

3. Watership Down

What... us?
What... us?

I know... I don't need to pick one moment. This was just a traumatic film. But the worst part was probably:

When all the other rabbits get poisoned... and Hazel at the end... just don't...

4. Finding Nemo

Don't forget about that sequel coming soon!
Don't forget about that sequel coming soon!

Yes, everybody with a heart loves Finding Nemo, but did you forget about:

Darla! She kills fish, for amusement. What kind of horrifying devil child is that? And her uncle "P. Sherman" keeps giving her fish, knowing full well that she will almost instantaneously kill them! That is sick!

5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Oh the childhood memories...
Oh the childhood memories...

Aside from Jessica Rabbit, who made this film weird to watch on so many levels, this film's plot was actually seriously disturbing:

They stuck lots of our favorite cartoon characters into a film, and then they melted them... what is up with that!?

6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Damn right
Damn right

Yes, there are a lot of strange things about this. But you know what they skimmed over?

When Veruca Salt is sent down the garbage chute, she is sent to the furnace. Now Willy Wonka says that it's turned off that day, but isn't so sure, is he? I'm honestly thinking he has gone crazy from all that time alone with the Oompa Loompas, and therefore cares not if these kids die. Let's face it, it's all about giving his company away to one of five random children.

7. The Secret of Nimh

That's just terrifying
That's just terrifying

Again, this is generally just a little traumatic for children in my view. But the worst thing about it is:

All the good rats that died, Nicodemus and Sullivan just died for God's sake!

8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

What is this black magic?
What is this black magic?

Everyone loves this film, but have you ever thought a little deeper about the plot?

The plot is about Frollo trying to commit genocide on all the gypsies. Also, he just dragged Quasimodo's mom outside the church and straight up murdered her. This is just a brutal film, man. At least Quasimodo didn't die at the end, like in the original.

9. Tarzan

Say it don't spray it
Say it don't spray it

Yeah, the Phil Collins soundtrack and romance between the savage and English girl is all great, but do you remember...

That at the end, Clayton was strangled? Basically hung? That is a nasty death right there my friends.

10. Bridge to Terabithia

Right in the childhood feels
Right in the childhood feels

Come on, this film was strange enough as it is. It's a film about two kids who go to an imaginary world instead of dealing with their social issues. But the most scarring thing is clearly:

When she dies! That leaves this other kid with absolutely no friends, except for kind-of his teacher.

11. Home Alone

Must have seen his future...
Must have seen his future...

Yes, everyone knows that this is horrible because the kid is left at home, but think more about it...

The kid is just a horrible person. He is a real douchebag. Also, this is probably due to the fact that his family are all plain cruel to him. It's just a really messed up situation, and it takes days for anyone to notice that this eight year old is walking around by himself.

12. Up

Oh Doug.
Oh Doug.

This one is pretty obvious, and just hurts you right in the heart. Up is totally fine as a brilliant kids film, except for...

The beginning. That excellent montage of them growing up together, and then they just kill her off. You can't do that... you just can't.

13. The Lion King

Get your hands off me you damned dirty ape!
Get your hands off me you damned dirty ape!

If that one was obvious, this is even more so. This film was just downright depressing in it's early stages.

His uncle kills his dad. Right in front of him. That was just scarring. But Hakuna Matata.

14. Bambi

Meant to be butterflies in my stomach...
Meant to be butterflies in my stomach...

This early in the film business, when children's films were not that common, it was quite unusual to see...

The main character's mother being killed on-screen! What's up with that Disney? Not cool.

15. Big Hero 6

Oh Baymax.
Oh Baymax.

Finishing off, one of the biggest shocks I received watching a film last year. Big Hero 6 was definitely a big success, and well deserved the Oscar it won, but right near the beginning...

They made Hiro's big brother, Tadashi, a clearly kind and lovable character, and then killed him off while attempting to do a great deed. This was just after I had become convinced that he would be one of the six heroes, and left me both shocked and devastated. Absolutely heartbreaking.

What do you think? Are these the darkest moments in kids films, or have you got something worse?

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