Nightmare Fuel / Fantasia
Chernabog... Truly a Dark God...

"Fantasia" is the most "adult" classic full-length animated film Disney ever made. This makes it a bit different than most of their other full length animated films right off the bat. Almost all of the segments take place in the dark.

  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
    • Near the end of the segment, a strange shape can be seen walking from the camera back to the distance. It is shaped as a coffin and accompanied by very frightening music.
    • Conductor Leopold Stokowski himself during the first half of this segment. There is something about the sudden movements of his conducting style and how his commanding presence is causing music that at times can be quite dissonant and unsettling. It is only when he says congratulations to Mickey Mouse later on that you may realise that he isn't supposed to be a Disney villain!
  • The Nutcracker
    • The start of the segment has an eerie atmosphere to it. Tiny little lights floating in a pitch dark forest. The music doesn't help much either.
    • The Mood Whiplash of contrast between the quiet fish dance and the loud Russian flower dance can be startling.
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
    • The wizard (Yen Sid) has a very eerie piercing stare in his big eyes. He also never ever speaks, which makes him appear all the more menacing.
      • Interestingly the opening scene with him sets up this trope, then subverts it—Yen Sid seems to be summoning some sort of creepy, disturbing skull imagery...only for it to blend together and become a beautiful butterfly.
    • The idea of something as inanimate as a broom suddenly walking around ... and then taking a will of its own!
    • Pictured above is Mickey chopping up the broom. A Deleted Scene (existing in pencil test form) had Mickey doing it onscreen. See it here.
    • The way the chopped up broom splinters slowly but surely comes back to life. First the splinters start twitching, then they transform into thousands of brooms. Mickey then hearing sounds from behind the door and taking a peek...
    • Mickey's desperate attempts to stop the brooms, while the room is slowly but surely filling up with water. Especially the disturbing part where the brooms are still emptying their buckets in the fountain while everything around them is already flooded!
    • Mickey almost drowning in the whirlpool. If the wizard hadn't come back in time, he would surely have died.
    • Yen Sid providing a Jump Scare moment by suddenly hitting Mickey with the broomstick. While this is primarily a Funny Moment, it can be quite startling if you're watching it for the first time. Not to mention the Death Glare he's giving him the whole time. Thankfully, there's a little Nightmare Retardant in there, too: if you look carefully at the shot immediately prior to Yen Sid hitting Mickey, he has a tiny smirk on his face, meaning that he at least found Mickey's debacle Actually Pretty Funny.
  • The Rite of Spring.
    • The creation of the universe is very eerie, due to the threatening music. Especially when Earth comes closer and it seems as if the viewer will be crushed by the planet.
    • The never slowing down or stopping lava stream.
    • The scenes taking place in the deep ocean. The music itself is very spooky, especially during the first scene where organisms split up to form cells. What makes this scene particularly frightening is that most children have no idea what is going on!
    • The Pteranodon getting eaten by a Tylosaurus. This happens onscreen and ends that part of the segment. Worse still, the Pteranodon gets grabbed by the Tylosaurus's jaws head first and then slowly gets dragged into the water, in almost complete silence, no less. There's no blood or anything, but it's still pretty shocking.
    • The appearance of those Struthiomimus who head towards the river to drink. The music is eerie and they move like zombies, complete with glazy stare and jerky movements.
    • The brutal battle between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus rex.
    • The dinosaurs dying from starvation and dehydration is also very disturbing. Especially the one who is trying to dig up something to eat and then slowly realizes there isn't anything there. While he sits there, tired of his fruitless search, the desert wind starts blowing against his back and you realize he is doomed.
      • The Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, and Stegosaurus drowning in the mud, and being harassed by the Ceratosaurus.
      • Those dinosaurs can do nothing but stand in the sinking mud and either starve to death or wait to be eaten by the Ceratosaurus.
      • If that's not terrifying enough, there's the T. Rex collapsing from the heat. Once it was a powerful creature feared by all, now even it is rendered powerless by nature's wrath and is forced to join in the march towards extinction.
      • There's also the silent panning over the footprint-covered landscape... revealing a valley littered with dinosaur skeletons and ending with a focus on a T. Rex's skull. The silence is just utterly chilling and the clear evidence that these creatures died of starvation and dehydration is unsettling to say the least.
    • The solar eclipse at the end of the segment. It's just so eerie that something so familiar as the sun can be so frightening.
      • The brief pause of silence before an earthquake literally rips open the earth is quite chilling.
      • Followed by eerie, shrieking horns as huge rocks rip out of the Earth.
    • The grim reminder that our own brief time on Earth is likely to end the same way, as either our own species, or our distant futurue descendants, one day face complete extinction at some inevitable future cataclysm. Oh sure, it might not happen in our lifetime, or that of our children or grandchildren, but it is inevitable. Just as the dinosaurs were once kings of Earth, so too will mankind pass, with no one there to remember, or care.
  • "The Pastoral Symphony"
    • Although not a villainous character, the pitch-black pegasus with the glowing red eyes is a little creepy looking.
    • The sudden appearance of Zeus in the third segment, accompanied by storm clouds and a loud change in music. Then he decides to start throwing lightning bolts at everyone, just For the Evulz.
  • The Night on Bald Mountain. Everything that ever went bump in the night, all rolled up in one burning Black Mass presided over by the colossal demon Chernabog, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom, demonic leers of delight, and terrifying snarls. Do NOT watch this after dark with the lights off. It's one of Disney's highest points in animation, with stellar special effects... all aimed at making the night of the demons more horrifying.
    • The idea that this hellish feast is a recurring event near that quiet little city near Bald Mountain. You start to wonder whether the villagers are aware what happens on Walburcht Night when they are asleep and if they specifically stay inside to not witness it? This is the Witches Sabbath, when nightmares walk the Earth.
    • Chernabog's eyes! And his powerful gigantic arms are also something you don't wish to encounter in real life.
    • The bizarre appearance of the spirits and skeletons as they fly out of their graves. Rather than being animated normally, they appear as static, paper-thin figures which flutter disquietingly in the wind as they glide through the air.
    • Chernabog grabbing a handful of demons while he looks at them with an endeared smile. Then he just drops them into the lake of fire, as if he lost interest...
    • The harpy grabbing a demon but then (accidentally?) dropping him, causing him to plummet to his doom inside a seemingly bottomless pit of fire!
    • A particularly unsettling moment in that scene would be when Chernabog picks up a bunch of beautiful, fiery succubus-like creatures and watches them dance seductively on his hand...then he places his other hand over them and they all suddenly transform into hideous beasts. Their expressions afterward imply that the transformation isn't a fun experience for them, and their graceful dance continues as a grotesque mockery of itself.
    • Chernabog ends his night of horrors by bringing the mass of spirits, demons and fire together and producing a brilliant light while his arms stretch toward the sky. Given that Disney was intending this to be a stand-in for the Devil himself, and another name for Satan was Lucifer, or "Light Bringer"...
    • The half-formed and deformed imps and spirits dance convulsively, almost involuntarily, as if gripped with seizures. Some even start crawling on their backs halfway through their walk, only to get up again immediately afterwards.
    • You think what you see in the film is unsettling? Someone went through the effort of taking out the music for the scene, and instead, putting in their own versions of what sounds would most likely be occurring on that mountaintop. Holy Christ...

Fantasia 2000

See Fantasia 2000