Toy Story 3: Incinerator Scene
Every movie, Disney or not, has a point where the star of the story gets in some position where their life is on the line and you don’t understand if they’re going to make it. In children’s movies, they keep struggling and ultimately make it through.
In Toy Story 3, when Woody and his friends are going to be cremated alive in an enormous incinerator, rather than competition, they clasp hands and trust their fate.
Alice in Wonderland: Many Things
There are all the drug references from consuming magic mushrooms and using pills that alter your size. You too have a hookah-smoking caterpillar.
And don’t forget the power-hungry leader who will chop your head off if you even breathe close to her. (There’s also that unsettling smile the Chesire cat puts on regularly)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Cruelty toward Quasi
One reoccurring theme in Disney movies is the clear brutality toward those born creatively. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasi Modo is a physically disfigured yet very gentle person, who is fostered by a priest who hits him repeatedly.
He also is abused by the townspeople. When he meets a gorgeous gypsy named Esmerelda, who is good to him, he believes he may have discovered love. But, alas there is a good-looking guy who takes her heart and Quasi sees the two kiss as we see his heartbreak.
Mulan: Destroyed Village
Mulan is a tale about a girl who wishes to be a samurai but can’t because she’s a girl. So, she hides as a boy in order to persist.
There is a specific scene in which she and her fellow fighters come back to their village only to discover that it’s been destroyed and everybody executed. What makes it more disturbing is there was a significant musical number right before the scene.
The Princess and the Frog: Dragged to Hell
It’s not just the visuals that give this scene a bizarre look; it’s the musical attribute.
When the villain Dr. Facilier (a.k.a. the Shadow Man) is transported to Hell for infinity, the demons take him out with a memorable musical number that only Disney can do.
Snow White: The Huntsman Scene
Snow White and her stepmother don’t have the greatest connection. But before the queen attempted to poison her stepdaughter with an apple, she hired a huntsman to take Snow into the woods, carve out her heart, and return it to her.
We’re presuming that a family therapist apparently wouldn’t help this dynamic. Thank god the huntsman had a heart.
Finding Nemo: The Barracuda
When Nemo’s mother strives to protect her eggs from a barracuda, she is annihilated. This is why her husband worries about Nemo as a single father.
Tender young viewers might find this worrisome. The loss of the parent is a theme we surely see in plenty of Disney movies.
Beauty and the Beast: Mob Attack
After Belle refuses Gaston’s proposal, he assures the townsfolk that the beast whom Belle has fallen in love with will strike them and come for their children.
He creates a mob with the neurotic people and they sing, “Kill the beast!” as they move their way to his castle. It’s a little horrifying.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Frollo’s Obsession
Judge Frollo (the movie’s antagonist) has a distaste for gypsies but a lust for Esmerelda, who appears to be a gypsy. Split within his lust and his warped moral code, he decides that he would somewhat see her burn if he can’t have her.
There are many religious connotations in this movie. Keep in memory that, like several Disney films, it is based on a book.
The Lion King: Mufasa’s Death
One can’t stop remember young Simba looking for his father lying on the ground. For many of us, the tears in our eyes began when Simba attempted to call his dad up to no avail.
His evil uncle, who actually assassinated Simba’s father, then convinces the young cub that Simba is to accuse of Mufasa’s death. (It sounds like the type of play found in a Shakespeare drama.)