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[[caption-width-right:350:Twas the tale of a man... and a '''monster'''.]]

%% 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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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.
** A good portion of ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' takes place in a [[CrapsackWorld dark, trashed covered]] Earth. Not to mention the main character is completely alone. His only company is a cockroach. He then finds himself on a [[CrapsaccharineWorld colorful starship]] full of apathetic obese people.
** The teaser for the third ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' installment is substantially grittier than the rest of the franchise since it revolves around a life-changing car crash that its protagonist, Lightning [=McQueen=], gets into. The color palette is [[RealIsBrown washed-out grey]], the CGI looks a lot more realistic, and the cartoonish faces of the cars themselves are nowhere to be seen. The whole thing actually has more in common with a PublicServiceAnnouncement about car safety than it does a Pixar movie.
* In the Franchise/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 Franchise/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. For that matter, [[BigBad Frollo]] tries to ''drown baby Quasimoto'' solely because of his deformities, right after killing his mother early in the film. It's still LighterAndSofter than [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original book]], however.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is a major, major contender for this, despite having a bodycount of only two 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. Creator/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."]]
*** Even in comparison to the first movie, ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' 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}}'' is 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 for some, the comic relief may ruin the mood of these scenes.
*** 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.
*** The original poster for the film, compared to the VHS cover.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a very dark movie, despite the breather instances of the 'Be Our Guest' number of dancing teapots and silverware. The story openly shows how much of an outcast Belle is in the town for not conforming to the norm of how the rest of the girls were and were going to throw Maurice into an isane asylum, for [[CassandraTruth talking about a monster nearby]]. The Beast's background and current position is pretty dark as well. Isolated, cursed with a horrible appearance and the only way to break the curse is to get a woman to fall in love with him, which is difficult because of his looks, but also personality. It's well-balanced with the aforementioned, lighter moments, but in essence is one of the darker movies Disney had brought out at the time.
** ''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/DreamWorksAnimation's other 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. Oh, not only that, it was the titular dragon, BrainwashedAndCrazy that killed him]].
* The 2009 made-for-DVD animated film ''WesternAnimation/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 ''Franchise/GIJoe'' animated film ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'' predated the live-action ''Film/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 Creator/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/TheTransformersTheMovie'' 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.
* ''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.
* The ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' film ''Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure'' threw off a lot of viewers with this and pretty much completely split parents and the show's base. ''Franklin'' is an animated children's show once aired on Creator/NickJr in the United States in which a typical story dealt with something like two friends having a sleepover, or having an argument about a lost baseball card. ''Franklin and Friends'', its AllCGICartoon spinoff, features stories pretty much along the same lines. The ''Turtle Lake Treasure'' film opens with the title character's grandmother having a flashback of her losing her home and family in a fire. Later, the same grandmother falls ill, and Franklin states out loud his worry that she might die. He and his friends, along with two new characters, one of his aunts and her goddaughter, go on a journey to retrieve a magic amulet and along the way, Franklin's friend Snail is kidnapped by a group of birds and spirited away to their nest on a high mountain.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' ' [[TheMovie film adaptations]] are much darker than the series.
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie The first movie]]. Unlike the rest of the series, this movie is considerably a lot darker and has plenty of horror elements. Plankton is more depraved and vicious than in the series, to the point that he sadistically shows excitement and joy when King Neptune is about to kill Mr. Krabs, not to mention the monsters that abound in the way of [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick and the mercenary Dennis sent by Plankton to kill the duo.
** While it's not as dark as the first movie, ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' still has its moments compared to [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants the show]]. A major example being that the Bikini Bottom Apocalypse is actually played rather seriously, especially in the [[spoiler:sacrifice scene]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MoominsOnTheRiviera'' was not so much darker but definitely edgier than the other animated adaptations of ''The Moomins''. Critic Sara Steensig of gbtimes was enthusiastic towards the film but pointed out Moominpappa's painful hangover and Moomintroll's bitter jealousy, and noted that "These are phenomena that adults will recognize but most children will not, and they are shown in a way that will not make young kids wonder about things they are not ready for."
* The WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies is a line of animated movies aimed for older comic fans. Tellingly, [[WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday the first movie out of the gate]] was an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''. At times, the AnimatedAdaptation [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns of]] ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' got darker than the comic it's based on, and both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke''[[note]]which takes after the 20th Anniversary UpdatedRerelease in its more subdued coloring, Batman lacking the yellow oval around the batsymbol on his costume, and Joker crying TearsOfBlood during his first laugh[[/note]] and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDark'' [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/14/batman-killing-joke-animated-rated-r are]] [[http://filmratings.com/downloads/cara_rating_bulletin.pdf rated "R"]].