Nightmare Fuel: Disney

Chernabog's name literally translates into "Black God." note 

"Disney scared the pants off of me when I was a little kid. Disney needs to scare kids!"
Warren Spector on why he made Epic Mickey the way it is.

Disney is for kids, right? Well, yeah, it is (usually).note  But that doesn't mean that they can't scare the pants off of the kiddos with moments that were meant to be frightening, and even then, these can scare adults too.

Examples in (more-or-less) alphabetical order:

  • A Christmas Carol (2009). The epitome of this actually comes before The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come. The Ghost Of Christmas Present ages rapidly as the night progresses, and begins decaying realistically. The children "Ignorance" and "Want" appear, looking like vampires. They also grow older, morphing into representations of the fates that commonly befall the poor: the boy becomes a knife-wielding thief (who tries to stab Scrooge), then a prisoner behind iron bars; the girl turns into a bedraggled prostitute, then is bound in a straightjacket. All the while, they repeat the statements Scrooge made about the poor. And through the whole thing, Christmas Present is laughing. His skull even laughs. This is one Disney movie you should not take your 5-year-old kids to see. In fact, New Zealand, after parental complaints, changed their original PG rating of the movie to an M rating due to the level of disturbing content in this movie.
    • The appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is terrifying in its own right. Scrooge runs, pleading and terrified, and is about to be dragged into his own grave.
  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People. The banshee might be the most terrifying thing to ever appear in a family friendly movie.
  • Dave the Barbarian had Twinkle the Marvel Horse, a deeply disturbed rainbow horse with the mannerisms of Christopher Walken. Most of his clips have been gathered here. His scenes are extremely jarring because they're the only source of dark humor in the series.
    Twinkle the Marvel Horse: But I didn't even get to the part about the shrieking maggots of grief, yet.
  • The breakdown from "Der Fuehrer's Face". "Education For Death" is even worse: a short where a little boy becomes a Nazi and lives a crappy dystopia life before dying at the end of the film. The really scary part is how close this was to the reality...
  • Goof Troop was normally so tame it made Darkwing Duck seem edgy. Then out of left field comes the episode "For Pete's Sake." The plot follows Goofy's neighbor Pete, who, due to a contrived misunderstanding, believes someone is stalking him with murderous intent. Some coincidental events follow, which fuel his (and the young viewers') paranoia. The most shockingly morbid scene is where a police officer tells Pete about a case similar to his, and shows him a photo of what the victim looked like when they found him. Pete reels in horror, but the policeman says it's the wrong photo, and this is just a bowl of chili. When he hands him another photo, Pete says it's another bowl of chili. "No, that's him," says the cop.
  • House of Mouse: "Minnie Takes Care Of Pluto" is essentially a remake of "Pluto's Judgement Day". After Minnie gets pissed off that Mickey dumps Pluto in her care while he's on vacation Pluto's shoulder devil convinces him that Minnie wants to kill him. This leads to a Nightmare Sequence where Minnie buries him alive and he winds up in Hell. It's in Greek, but this will have to do.
  • You wouldn't expect the Disney version of a popular story to be the most graphic version, but that's what happened with Mickey's Christmas Carol. When Scrooge (played by Scrooge McDuck, naturally) is in the graveyard scene with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the Ghost shoves Scrooge into his own open grave. The bottom of the grave then begins to open up, and smoke and fire begin wafting up from it. A terrified Scrooge begins scrambling up the sides of the grave to try and get out, but the Ghost, revealed to be Big Bad Pete, doesn't let him. We're then treated to a bone-rattling scene of Pete laughing hysterically as the bottom of the grave completely falls away to become a pit of fire and brimstone, with Scrooge frantically begging for his life and trying to avoid falling into the pit. When he finally falls, he's screaming "I'll CHANGE! I'LL CHAAAAAANGE!" Most other adaptations typically only have Scrooge dying alone and unmourned, or suffering some sort of Laser-Guided Karma for being such an asshole (the adaptations done by The Jetsons and Animaniacs, for instance) but the Disney one is the only version of the story that actually shows Scrooge at the risk of burning in Hell.
  • Monsters, Inc.:
    • Randall. At one point he attempts to throttle Sully, and Mike couldn't even tell! If Mike hadn't thrown the "snow cone," Sully would have been killed.
    • Sully may be a Ugly Cute Gentle Giant, but when he's in full-on scare mode...yikes!
  • Mickey Mouse (2013 shorts)
    • The episode Ghoul Friend features a rather grotesque zombified Goofy.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: What's under Oogie Boogie's rags.
  • The jackal from TaleSpin, grown to a huge size and sporting Glowing Eyes of Doom, proclaiming with a demon voice.
  • Up:
    • The scene where Muntz knocks over the flight caps of all the people he has ostensibly killed.
    • And the fact that he wants to murder a child, and we see it explicitly shown, not just by trying to drop him off the side of the house, or something, but with a realistic looking rifle. Pixar actually made a kids' film where a creepy old man tries to shoot a little kid.
      • He tried to murder him before that in an even scarier way - ejecting him from his dirigible while he's still tied to a chair!
    • "An old man taking his house to Paradise Falls... (drops a helmet which rolls over to hit Carl's chair) and that's the best one yet. I can't wait to hear how it ends." *insert creepy Slasher Smile here*
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
  • Donald's malfunctioning video game from the Quack Pack episode "All Hands On Duck".
  • The ending of this old "Circle Time" short. Bear in mind that this was aimed at preschoolers.


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  • The 1998 video reissue of The Little Mermaid stood from other titles as the previews began with a framing device. Jodi Benson is there, and she is joined by two goldfish. Why does this make this page, the two fish are rendered as realistic as possible, and with gravely voices to match!