Nightmare Fuel / The Fox and the Hound
Nothing can do Death Glares like furious animals.
From the Disney film
  • That confrontation just before the scene with the bear. And of course, the bear itself.
    • In particular, right after Amos wounds the bear's shoulder. It roars in pain, then looks down at Amos with a Slasher Smile that the Joker would be proud of. Instead of "just" an angry bear, they now have an enraged bear to deal with.
    • Copper getting mercilessly swatted by the bear is pretty brutal, even for Disney. So brutal in fact, that even Tod, the fox he's been tracking down is horrified to see his childhood friend nearly getting killed in a vicious fight. You DON'T even wanna imagine what would've happened if Tod hadn't decided to rush in and save his friend...
    • It gets even scarier on Amos' part: that was a protected forest, so he was never supposed to be there in the first place. There wouldn't be any other people for miles around. He is essentially Alone with the Psycho in the middle of the wilderness, with this bear that could snap his bones like toothpicks. The look of sheer, utter terror that comes over his face as he sees the bear emerge from its den and loom up over him on its hind feet speaks volumes. Thank goodness Copper was there to come to the rescue!
  • The confrontation between Tod and Copper at the den. You want to see what a real Death Glare looks like? That kind of snarl is not a bluff or a threat. It is what an animal does when it signals its intent to defend something to the death and no less.
    • The look on Copper's face is no better. Let's put it in perspective—he spent the better part of the movie looking like a happy, lovable non-anthropomorphic Goofy. Then shit happens, he blames Todd for it, and now he's looking like a straight-up Hell Hound as he tries to drag his former friend out of his own home and kill him.
      • That isn't even the worst part. Imagine a childhood friend that you grew up with? Forming a bond so close that the two of you believe nothing will break it. Then as you grow up you grow apart. Then later your childhood friend hates you and the next thing you know you and your former childhood friend are fighting to the death. Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • Dinky and Boomer getting electrocuted is jarring, especially if you're a bird lover as it frequently happens to birds in real life. Thank goodness this instance was just Played for Laughs.
  • Not as blatant of an example as Bambi, but the film has its scenes of portraying the terror forest animals must feel upon being targeted by a human and his hound. There's the chilling opening scene where Nothing Is Scarier as you never see the dog chasing the fox, only its haunting barks and howls that never stops following her no matter how fast or far she runs, until she is finally driven into the hunter's line of sight and killed. Later in the film when Amos and Copper are searching for Tod in the reservation, another haunting melody plays in the background as Copper is tracking through the woods, with the occasional shot of animals hiding as they see him. There's also a pretty terrifying score playing the second time Chief chases Tod.
  • Just the way the movie opens itself is enough to instill a sense of foreboding dread in the viewer. It opens on an Ominous Fog-shrouded screen with no music at all, apart from a low, keening wind that just sounds cold before the film's title card appears on the screen, which itself lends to the opening's ominous atmosphere. Something about the font and its color, which is so similar in tone to the fog in the background it feels as if the title is forming out of the fog itself, just sets your hair on end, and lets you know right from the get-go that this is not going to be your standard happy-go-lucky Disney film.

From the novel
  • The effects of rabies and strychnine on their victims. And the way strychnine just keeps passing up the food chain. Both are made all the more awful by being chilling Truth in Television.