%% Always remember to use the DarkerAndEdgier label sparingly, so as to avoid diminishing it when it really applies.

* As far as Creator/{{Pixar}} movies go, ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', ''{{Cars}} 2'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' are darker than the usual fare.
** ''Toy Story 3'' doubles as an example of Darker And Edgier ''within'' a series, and was an especially memorable case, since it took a series with a reputation for lightheartedness and gave it a PrisonEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': With gun violence, ElectricTorture, suicide attempts, large-scale destruction, bad guys who WouldHurtAChild, and "good guys" who run from the police and lie to their own families, all in the same film, ''The Incredibles'' may very well be the darkest {{Pixar}} movie yet. Creator/BradBird's history of working on The Simpsons really comes through here.
--> '''Brad:''' "Really, really little kids should not see this movie. They should wait till they get older. We're getting some reactions from people who were disappointed that their four-year-old was a little freaked out by it. Well, I don't want to compromise the intensity in order to please a four-year-old."
* As for the DisneyAnimatedCanon, ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' and ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' are considered to be among Disney's darkest. ''The Black Cauldron'' was known for its use of darker fantasy concepts, such as the undead, and was the first DisneyAnimatedCanon movie to get a PG rating. ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'', despite getting a G rating, is just as dark. The whole story is driven by the villain's sexual obsession with one of the female protagonists, and a number of darker themes - including lust and [[TheFundamentalist religious fanaticism]] - are shown. Well, you can watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rICHr0W663c the first five and a half minutes of it]] and see for yourself. It's still LighterAndSofter than [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original book]] by far, though.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is a major, major contender for this, despite having a bodycount of only 2 minor characters (the King and Queen), and the villains punished justly without death. The film features childhood trauma, dead parents, murderous noblemen, a comic relief character that spends the movie dreaming about what would kill him, and the entire cast nearly dying [[spoiler: in a massive snowstorm near the end]].
** While not as extreme as the above, ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is considered darker than most Disney movies seeing as it involves the villain successfully killing one of the good guys, ''his own brother'', [[KilledOffForReal for real]], and clearly averted NeverSayDie. It also dealt rather bluntly with issues like mass starvation. RogerEbert notably stated that Lion King [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19940624/REVIEWS/406240301/1023 "is surprisingly solemn in its subject matter, and may even be too intense for very young children."]]
*** Not to mention the whole plot of the movie is about childhood trauma.
**** Even in comparison to the first movie, the sequel is perhaps ''even darker''. Its VillainSong is considered much more intense than that of the first, subjects like child abuse and war are dealt with much more bluntly, and the violence is both heavier and more frequent.
** Disney's ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}''. That thing was dark both literally and metaphorically. There's a few really horrifying sequences such as the scene [[spoiler: where a boy is seen turning into a donkey, made even worse when we see tons of other boys being turned into donkeys who are either sold to the salt mines or kept to pull the carriage to take more boys to the island to meet the same horrifying fate]]. Even more unusual for a Disney film, there are three different people who serve as villains (four if you count Monstro), and [[spoiler: all of them get away with the things they do, including the ruthless coachmen who kidnaps boys and turns them into donkeys]].
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' thoroughly addresses the subject of war, and the grim consequences thereof, including the implied large-scale murder of the innocent and the grieving family members of those killed. Unfortunately, it is ruined by the inescapable comic relief that plagues it.
*** And Mulan's strategic avalanche-triggering makes her personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of men, something you cannot say about any other Franchise/DisneyPrincess.
** ''CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' is ''way'' darker/edgier than [[{{Disney/Cinderella}} the original classic]]. We have Lady Tremaine concocting a very diabolical plan, this time with dark magic on her side, a demonic pumpkin carriage that nearly carries Cinderella to her doom and a pretty intense climax. In addition, Cinderella and her prince [[TookALevelInBadass take levels in badass]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' wasn't ''that'' dark or edgy, but it was more serious compared to most of Creator/DreamWorks' other animated films, and it's certainly Darker And Edgier than the book it was based on.
** [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2 The sequel]] takes it further. Here, the BigBad wants to enslave all dragons, there is a battle with a gigantic ice dragon and [[spoiler: one of the main characters dies]].
* The 2009 made-for-DVD animated film ''Film/WonderWoman'' takes this approach. Wonder Woman is shown killing on numerous occasions, including cold-bloodedly killing several guards (including two who have their throats cut ''by her tiara''). The film also ramps up the sexual innuendo.
* The ''GIJoe'' animated film ''GIJoeResolute'' predated the live-action ''GIJoeTheRiseofCobra'' in depicting the Joes as actually hitting and killing enemy soldiers, something that was rather glossed over in the classic TV series.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' is significantly darker than [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda the first film]]. Multiple characters are KilledOffForReal on screen, (though we don't see their bodies) and the NeverSayDie rule is broken a LOT, to the point where it seems like "death", "dead", and "kill" are used every other sentence. The villain wants to take over all of China with giant cannons that are seemingly unstoppable and really are used to kill. And then there's the repressed memories of Po's traumatizing childhood, which involved the attempted genocide of his entire species.
** The first film was also an example in comparison to most other DreamWorksAnimation films at the time, which were mostly pure comedy while ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is an ''action''/comedy with some pretty serious drama thrown in as well. Even the comedy is a bit more mature, with Dreamworks dropping the pop-culture jokes that they had been previously known for. This is a trend that would later be continued by WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' compared to most of the rest of the series, the original series occasionally took a darker turn but everything usually turned out fine in the end, but in the movie the vast majority of the original Autobots are killed within the first 20 minutes in increasingly gruesome manners Optimus Prime included, later the surviving Autobots (mostly newer characters) band together to save the world from Unicron, a [[PlanetEater planet eating]] Transformer, while having to avoid Galvatron, the rebuilt Megatron.
* ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution''. When Digimon die, they actually leave their corpses behind, the hero has an attack called "All Delete", and previous heroes are ruthless killers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' is this to Creator/BlueSkyStudios' [[WesternAnimation/{{Robots}} other]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Rio}} films]]. As Blue Sky stuck mainly with comedies, this is their first film where the action is pushed to the forefront. Characters die, and a few have major daddy issues.
*** With an ending thats pretty bittersweet.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': In the first film, when the girls were taken by Vector, things just got really serious. Especially the sequel, NeverSayDie is averted multiple times, and [[spoiler: the villain's plans for global domination are to set the BrainwashedAndCrazy minions (who are turned into [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal maniacs]] as a result of the PX-41 serum) onto the major continents if world's leaders don't hand over control to him. And he wants Gru to help him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' is much more frightening than than the novel ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH''. While it has does have some elements of {{Disneyfication}}, the majority of the events are PlayedForDrama more than in the book, considering the protagonist is a mouse. For example, Brutus scares off Mrs. Brisby with a spear rather than simply turning her back from the rosebush. Then there's onscreen blood, an evil villain, multiple [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath violent deaths]], and the threat of [[spoiler:Mrs. Brisby's home sinking into the mud]], all of which were completely absent from the novel. The director and producers ''tried'' to get a PG rating to [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating appeal to a wider audience]], but it rated G anyway.