Disney movies have made us laugh and smile, but they've also sometimes scared the crap out of us and made us sob like babies. From Bambi's mom to RIP Mufasa, here are 15 times Disney disturbed us to the point of emotional trauma.
The Death of Bambi's Mother
For thousands (possibly millions) of kids, the tragic demise of of Bambi's mother was their first introduction to death. The heart-wrenching moment inspired Paul McCartney to go vegetarian for life.
The Death of Mufasa
Possibly the only scene more heartbreaking than Bambi's mother being shot is the death of noble Lion King Mufasa, especially since poor Simba feels responsible for the tragedy.
Pinocchio Turns Into a Donkey
Many, many kids were doubtless scared away from ever trying beer or cigars after watching several boys turn into donkeys, and then be sold into slavery in this very disturbing scene from "Pinocchio."
Belle vs. the Wolves
Before the Beast comes to the rescue, it's a scary, intense moment when Belle and her horse are surrounded by snarling wolves. This beat still sends us cowering behind our mom.
'Night on Bald Mountain' Demon
As a kid, I didn't know this segment even existed because my Mom hustled us out of the theater before it began. Much later, I saw the whole demonic pageant and couldn't believe it was in a Disney movie. Still can't.
The Horned King Raises an Army of the Undead
The horrifying Horned King of "The Black Cauldron" surely haunted more than one child's nightmares, especially after he raises his skeletal army of the undead.
It's a time-honored tradition that villains must always meet their demise, but the hero cannot actually kill them. So, accidentally falling to one's death is a popular way to go. In the case of gorilla hunter Clayton, he's also accidentally hung by jungle vines -- which makes for a very grim scene.
The Death of Mr. Dark
The enigmatic Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) is already strange enough when he and his carnival roll into town and begin snatching up souls in "Something Wicked This Way Comes." But it's his rapid-aging death that really seared our retinas.
The Barracuda Attack From 'Finding Nemo'
We can't blame Marlin for being so protective of his son, Nemo, after this devastating scene in which a barracuda kills Marlin's wife -- and all the couple's eggs, save for one.
A Rat Nearly Attacks a Baby
Hard to decide what's scarier: A sinister rat going after John Dear and Darling's baby in "Lady and the Tramp," or heroic Tramp being unfairly blamed for the commotion and sent to the dog pound, where he's nearly put to death.
Dumbo's Mom In Chains
What the hell is up with Disney and patricide? Poor, poor Mrs. Jumbo. After defending her baby from a bully at the circus, she's labeled a "mad elephant," put in chains and locked away in a tiny prison car.
In "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," a middle-aged man sings about his lust for a gypsy girl -- a first for a Disney movie. All of this goes down as he imagines hellish visions of flames and red-hooded specters. Eep.
Rourke Goes All Crystal Monster-y
In "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," baddie Rourke has one of the more original deaths in a Disney film: Milo defends himself against his axe-wielding colleague with a shard of the Heart of Atlantis crystal, which turns Rourke into a crystal himself. He's soon shattered into villainous bits.
Judge Doom's True Identity, Revealed!
Bad guy Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) strikes fear in the hearts of Toons because he's been known to (gasp!) dip them into a bath of acid! Those poor little Toons. And when we get a glimpse of his real face, it's even more horrifying than we could imagine.
That Incinerator Scene
Sid from "Toy Story" liked to torture, bury, and blow up toys, but even his brand of evil pales in comparison with the terrors of being incinerated.