10 Most Disturbing Kids' Movies

Most kids' movies have some elements of the dark side of life: heartbreak, sadness, revenge. But some "family" movies are so disturbing, they no longer seem like a family movie. Here's our list of the top ten most disturbing kids movies.

10. 101 Dalmations

Cruella Deville is basically a skeleton with a (gasp!) cigarette who wants to make a coat out of the skins of puppies. ("Poison them, drown them, bash them in the head!") With this movie, the future death of Mr. Scruffles becomes all too real for the youngins'. So much for a fun cartoon on a rainy Saturday.

9. The Sound of Music

Who doesn't think of Nazis when they think of fun family fare? Oh right, everyone! Be prepared for questions like, "Mommy, will men in brown shirts come and take us away too?" The hills are alive with the sound of "Achtung!"

8. The Lion King

Simba's the cub's father is killed, and Simba is convinced by his father's murderer that he is the culprit ("It's my fault!"). Oh, but the fun songs totally make up for it. Hakuna Matata!

7. Charlotte's Web

The mother figure of the move dies. To add insult to injury, her children leave Wilbur the pig as soon as they can spin enough web to fly away. Message? Everyone you love will abandon you.

6. The Dark Crystal

Muppets on acid. The evil creatures Skeksis would give a 40-year-old man nightmares.

5. The Wizard of Oz

The witch entering Munchkinland still has the power to send children screaming from the room. And she pops up everywhere, setting people on fire and threatening death to young Dorothy. And those flying monkeys aren't exactly Curious George.

4. Secret of Nimh

We're a long way from Mickey Mouse! The drawings of the rats in the movie alone are disturbing, but even our mousey heroine gets injured... and bleeds! It's a scarily realistic rendering of a fantastic story, very "grown up" for a young audience.

3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

There are so many disturbing elements in this movie. The grandparents sharing beds. A chubby boy stuck in a tube of chocolate. A giant blueberry girl. Oompa Loompas. But the psychedelic freakout tunnel scene can give hardened adults the shivers. "There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going..."

2. Old Yeller

It doesn't matter if your best friend saves your life. You still will have to shoot him in the face.

1. Bambi

We still haven't gotten over the death of Bambi's mother. We get teary-eyed just thinking about it. This one might be better left until the kids are much older, saaaaaay 35.

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