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:

  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People gives us the banshee, which The Nostalgia Critic placed at number one on his list of scariest nostalgic moments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (The only animated one, at least ...)
  • Mickey Mouse (2013 shorts): The episode "Ghoul Friend" features a rather grotesque zombified Goofy.
  • The jackal from TaleSpin, grown to a huge size and sporting Glowing Eyes of Doom, proclaiming with a demon voice.
  • The ending of this old "Circle Time" short. Bear in mind that this was aimed at preschoolers.


  • The mascot costumes at Disneyland were a lot different back then. Unlike the cartoonier, and more accurate costumes seen today, the costumes like the Mickey and Minnie ones (seen here: [1]) were a lot skinnier, and had warped elongated faces. And there's just something wrong about those foam eyes, and those seemingly angry/emotionless expressions the costumes give off.
  • 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!