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  • Any Stitchpunk's death in 9. They have their soul ripped from their body, whilst screaming and flailing about.
  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar:
    • After face-turned Iago drops Genie Jafar's lamp into some boiling lava, to quote someone else's description of the scene, "He gets all these shocks like lightning through him for at least a minute or two of film, showing his skeleton, his face in agony, screaming and crying for a long time, burning, and then explodes into ashes."
    • Ironically, his final death (at the end of a crossover episode with Hercules) had him dragged back to the Underworld after Herc and Aladdin broke his staff in two (according to Hades, it's the only thing that can keep Jafar out of the Underworld as much as he wants).
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven:
    • Carface gets Eaten Alive by King Gator.
    • Charlie is murdered by Carface at the beginning via being hit by a car and knocked off of a pier. He, of course, gets better, but still. His final death comes about when the watch that is his life force breaks due to water damage, and is shown writhing in pain while it's happening, meaning he basically drowned. Unlike the first one, it sticks.
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  • Rasputin's death in Anastasia was a serious offender. His body parts melt into nasty green ooze and his cloak collapses to the ground. And then his skeleton emerges, screaming in agony while being shocked by green electricity, all before finally disintegrating into dust. His final death comes as a relief. To top it off, it isn't a Karmic Death. Anastasia knows just what she's doing when she destroys the reliquary that is keeping him alive.
  • Bruma in El Arca is crushed to death by a hippopotamus. If she was still alive after that, she, along with a unicorn, a dragon, a sasquatch/Yeti and Xiro's parents, may have drowned instead.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Bambi (1942). Bambi's mother is shot dead by hunters when she and her son are looking for food in the winter snow. A whole generation of kids was traumatized. Now, movies for kids should not be all sanitized pink happy affairs. But the death of a parent is quite disturbing to any six-year-old. This one is fairly famous for all the denial associated therewith. It gets worse. Originally, Bambi was going to go back later, and find his mother lying in a pool of blood, but the idea was scrapped, both because it was too cruel and because it wouldn't make sense for a hunter to score a deer and then just leave it in the woods.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • During the castle fight the wardrobe jumps off a second story balcony on to a guy. This is a comedy fight so you normally wouldn't think about it, that is until we cut back to see the wardrobe fighting someone else with the mangled corpse of the guy she killed on the ground... It's averted if you think he was just knocked out, though.
    • There's also the Beast's death after being stabbed in the back by Gaston (who falls off the roof into a canyon seconds later), the placement of the wound and the way he struggles to breathe makes it clear he has a punctured lung and slowly bleeds to death/drowns in his own blood in Belle's arms (an agonizing way to die). It's okay, though, he got better.
    • It was also originally intended that Gaston would have suffered this trope: Specifically he would have survived his fall, albeit with a broken leg, and ended up encountering the wolves from earlier. Apparently, they felt it was too gruesome even for someone like him. This specific death does end up getting used with Scar and the Hyenas, however.
  • The Black Cauldron:
    • The Horned King is absorbed into the cauldron as his clothing and flesh are sucked into the pot, and finally explodes as a disturbingly smiling skeleton.
    • Scenes of the Cauldron Born tearing apart the Horned King's living minions were cut to keep it from getting an R rating.
  • The Boxtrolls:
  • The Brave Little Toaster:
    • There are two very creepy musical numbers: "B-Movie Show", where a roomful of old appliances sing about being broken down for parts, and "Worthless", in which anthropomorphic cars in a scrapyard sang about their hopeless fates as they were being loaded into the crusher. A crusher that will later menace a human character. One of the cars even commits suicide when it drives itself along the crusher's conveyor belt so that its end will come faster.
    • The Disney Death of Air Conditioner. The guy has what can only be described as an anger-induced 'aneurysm'... after sparking and screaming for a good minute.
    • The scene where a lonely flower falls in love with the titular toaster, is quickly rejected, and promptly dies of heartbreak.
  • Brother Bear: Multiple:
    • At the very beginning, Sitka, Kenai's oldest brother is killed in a fight against Koda's mother, who she corners on a glacier, and as she is about to go after Denahi and Kenai, Sitka performs a Heroic Sacrifice and uses his spear staff to break the ice, causing the glacier to collapse into the water below. His antlered hood and his totem pendant are all that is found by his brothers, who were desperately searching the water for him.
    • Later, Kenai as revenge for killing his brother, actually goes after Koda's mother, and stabs her to death, prompting Sitka's ghost to turn Kenai into a bear as punishment for his wrongdoings.
  • Hopper's end in A Bug's Life. Lured near a bird's nest, grabbed, then presented to the bird's babies as they gather under him chirping in anticipation with him screaming all the while. Granted it's nature, but still....
  • Cars 2:
    • Rod "Torque" Redline's engine is made to overheat and explode, though it's only shown as a vague reflection.
    • An earlier scene has secret agent Leland Turbo shown as a crushed car cube.
  • Coco:
    • Héctor's death. He is poisoned by his colleague Ernesto, collapses in the street, and dies in what is shown to be a quite painful way. What makes this more disturbing is that it's all shown on screen.
    • Ernesto died by getting crushed by a giant falling bell during one of his concerts.
  • Dinosaur:
    • Carnotaurus, before attacking the nest Aladar's egg is located in, actually mauls a Pachyrhinosaurus to death. Another one does this to a Red Shirt Iguanodon later in the movie, and you can see it devouring the corpse while Bruton fights off the second one.
    • At the end, Kron as a result of him not listening to Aladar ends up climbing a dangerous ravine and is mauled to death by the Carnotaurus.
    • Bruton's is even worse. He gets stuck in a cave-in, and struggles to run out while boulders crash down on him. He eventually gets buried, and Aladar uncovers him only for Bruton to twitch a little, then die.
    • They cut fairly quickly from the carnotaur's corpse, but the lighting makes it look like it was ripped in half from the fall.
  • A What Could Have Been example — in Kingdom of the Sun, the prototype for The Emperor's New Groove, Yzma would have received her Karmic Death by being incinerated by the sun itself and reduced to ashes.
  • Fantasia: "The Rite of Spring" featured an epic dinosaur battle that ends with a T-Rex (who is little more than a jaw full of knife-like teeth and a pair of mad red eyes) strangling the life out of a stegosaurus under a storm-filled sky. Later, all the other dinosaurs slowly starve to death as they march through an endless desert. Before both of those examples, a pteranodon can be seen getting snatched out of the air by a mosasaurus, which proceeds to slowly drag it head first into the water.
  • Frankenweenie:
    • Mr Whiskers, after being transformed into a homicidal feline/bat hybrid monster by Weird Girl's attempt to replicate Victor's experiment, gets impaled by a flaming beam within the New Holland windmill while fighting Sparky. They don't show the impact, but you do see the aftermath.
    • Not to mention Sparky himself, offscreen. Judging by all those seams and patches holding his body together, it's not hard to imagine what he looked like at the scene of the car accident.
    • The sea-monkeys die by eating popcorn and exploding into liquidy guts. No Gory Discretion Shot, entirely onscreen. And this movie got a PG rating.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, after a drunken henchman calls him a rat, Prof. Ratigan (who insists on being thought of as a "really big mouse") feeds the hapless minion to his enormous (by mouse standards) pet cat. This is shown by having the henchman just sitting on the ground, singing to himself, as the cat walks up behind him, picks him up, and he's devoured, without even seeing it coming (granted, he was drunk). It cuts to a shot of some of the other henchmen taking off their hats, one even shedding a few tears, while Ratigan wipes his precious kitty's mouth with a hankie and asks if she enjoyed her tasty treat — the 'treat' in question being of a species he claims to be.
  • Help! I'm a Fish:
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Judge Frollo falls to his death off of a crumbling gargoyle and into a pit of molten copper. It may be clouded by smoke, but it is certain that he died from the impact only to have his corpse immolated. Not to mention there are strong implications that this was the result of Divine Intervention. All in all, it's a very fitting death for one of Disney's cruelest villains.
  • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible tosses a car at Syndrome, causing him to go flying into the engine of his jet plane where his cape gets caught in a propeller, where he is quickly pulled into the engine and chopped to pieces before the jet explodes (granted the moment of death was off-screen it was still pretty gruesome to think about). Earlier in the film, Edna Mode listed a number of superheroes who had met their untimely demise on account of their capes getting hung, one of which just so happened to get sucked into a jet enginenote . Anvilicious foreshadowing. Even more so when you realise that it means that little bits of flesh and blood and bone would be raining down over the neighbourhood for a few minutes afterwards. Also, every time a hovercraft exploded with a Mook inside.
  • Jonny's Golden Quest:
    • Zin's Replicants, made from deformed, failed clones, melt in horrifyingly gooey ways, screaming and thrashing all the while, after a certain amount of time.
    • Jonny's mother Dr. Rachel Quest falls into a volcano.
    • Besides this, the Replicants also die in a variety of violent ways in action scenes. The gleefully violent manner in which they're disposed of throughout the movie is quite disturbing ventures into What Measure Is a Non-Cute? territory.
    • Zin's robot shoots Dr. Devlon with its laser, disintegrating him, and we actually see his skeleton briefly before it burns into ashes. The fact he is at this point supposedly Jessie's father makes it even more horrible.
  • Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects:
    • Many Quest Station scientists are seen shot and killed in firefights with the titular cyber insects.
    • The cyber insects themselves are, like the Replicants in Jonny's Golden Quest, routinely killed off in violent, gooey ways as well, being blown up, splattered, frozen and shattered, and so forth. Race at one point shoots one repeatedly until it falls over and dies screaming.
    • Zin kills 427 "for failing" (when it wasn't actually his fault) by locking him inside a freezing chamber and freezing him solid. When he opens the door, 427 falls out and smashes on the ground.
  • Subverted at the end of The Jungle Book (1967), where at first Baloo appears to have died a gruesome death at the hands of Shere Khan, but then it turns out that he survived.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings:
    • We don't see the actual blow, but the first Sister's mask is shown to have been cut in half by the blow that killed her, implying Monkey killed her by slicing through her skull.
    • Beetle dies after being stabbed in the back by the second Sister. Monkey is implied to have been sliced in half if the charm she'd been is any indication.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2:
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 is significantly darker than the first was. At first, the deaths are off-screen, but still pretty gruesome, like getting blown to bits by a giant cannon, and being ripped apart by wolves. However, the one that really takes the cake is the Wolf Boss. Shen throws a knife in his throat onscreen. Given that up to that point all deaths happened off camera and the generally cartoonish and larger than life violence, it was very shocking to see such a graphic, cold-blooded killing. Immediately after being hit by the knife, however, the Wolf Boss exits the movie, so a corpse is never seen, but heavily implied.
    • Then of course, there's the genocide of the pandas which, while relatively low-key, is still genocide. The death of Po's mother stands out, as we last see her leaving baby Po in a radish basket, running off-screen with the wolves chasing her, and then nothing much else but Po's crying and the sound of Shen's throwing knives right after she runs off as the scene fades away.
  • The Land Before Time has the villain Sharptooth die after he's hit by a falling boulder and knocked into a deep lake, where he's simultaneously drowned and crushed. Earlier on, Littlefoot's mother dies from a bite to the spine — on-screen (mostly shadows), but you can see the bite, see the wound, and Littlefoot and the viewer watch her die in agony.
    Littlefoot: Mother... mother?
  • The Last Unicorn had several moments of horror that were sure to cause sleepless nights — Mommy Fortuna's freak show gruesome death at the claws of a harpy and a giant fanged bull made of fire that seemed to trample over herds of beautiful unicorns.
  • Leafie, a Hen into the Wild shows the one-eyed weasel dragging the body of Wanderer's mate away by her neck and also has the brutal fight between Wanderer and the one-eyed weasel. Despite this, the English dub still censored the non-graphic ending where Leafie dies. For a selfless reason, but still a pretty grim one.
  • The Lion King:
    • Mufasa's death; watching him fall, screaming to his death while his son watches is bad enough, but then we have Simba's repeated pleas for him to "wake up, Dad" while desperately nudging his corpse is simultaneously the most shocking and depressing moment in the entire movie.
    • The fight between Simba and Scar ends with Scar being eaten alive (or at the very least being mauled to death) by his hyena henchmen (cast in shadow, but still). The sequel makes it even worse by implying that he might have been burned to death as well.
    • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride had Nuka die by being crushed by logs because he wanted to show off to his mom, since he wanted her appreciation. Zira fell to her death after refusing help. In a deleted scene, she committed suicide. The fan-base is divided on whether it was best to change it.
  • The Little Mermaid:
  • Magic Gift of the Snowman: Charlatan gets burned to death when he's blinded by Princess Electra's smile in a box — which is shown to be visibly painful to him — and stumbles backwards into his own fire, complete with him screaming a Dying Curse in agony as he dies.
  • The Magic Voyage has a narrow aversion with Marilyn the Moon Fairy. She gets sent falling into a river, where she drowns; on-screen, in real time, and in surprisingly gruesome detail. You can see her visibly inhaling a lungful of water as she blacks out and sinks, her lifeless body eventually being found by a distraught Pico. It would have been even worse had it not been solely for a convenient Sun-based revival out of nowhere.
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines features this with the PAL Max Primes, being killed off in some of the most horrific ways imaginable by Linda, examples include one having effectively it’s heart ripped out, another being beheaded by the blade of another previously killed robot and another vertically sliced in half. Literally the only reason they got away with all this is because they’re robots.
  • The Mouse and His Child is best known for the animated film faithfully based off Russel Hoban's strange, metaphoric novella. Both the book and movie are essentially A.I.: Artificial Intelligence for kids.
    • In the movie, a pack of nasty Rats have an army of enslaved abandoned wind-up toys. When one of them breaks down, Manny (Peter Ustinov), the Rats' leader, gives the toy a mock-sympathetic speech — and then, he sends for another Rat to demolish the toy for spare parts as ιτ pleads for its life.
    • Manny then goes on to smash the titular characters to pieces with a huge rock. They get better. A Muskrat the characters had befriended earlier puts them back together — but we get to watch as he does so. The incongruously cheerful song playing over the scene just makes it creepier.
    • This sequence of events is rather different in the original book. There, the Mouse and his Child got smashed to pieces when an hawk dropped them from a great height. The one who fixed them was Manny Rat. (His Heel–Face Turn is much less ambiguous here than in the film.) As for Muskrat, he was squished by the tree he had the mice chop down.
  • Mulan:
    • Shan Yu blown to bits by several fireworks lit by Mulan and Mushu.
    • Not to mention the majority of the Huns being crushed to death by an avalanche. And while it's technically done off-screen, the charred remains of the village in the mountains are still shown, and it's pretty Nightmare Fuel-worthy.
  • At the end of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Bad Oogie Boogie actually gets his burlap "skin" torn off his body by Jack Skellington, causing all but one of the insects that make up his body to fall into the lava (the one that didn't is instead squashed by Santa Claus).
  • In The Nutcracker Prince, both the Mouse Queen and the Mouse King's deaths were pretty graphic. The Mouse Queen dies when a large pillar falls on top of her and you can see her flattened body underneath the pillar. Towards the climax of the film, the Mouse King is stabbed in the chest by Hans and you can see the blood stain over his chest where the wound is. Doesn't help when the Mouse King tries to go after Clara towards the end of the film, even though he is dying from the wound.
  • In the ending of Oliver & Company, Roscoe and DeSoto are knocked off the speeding car onto the subway tracks and electrocuted to death, followed by Sykes plowing head-first into the train, killing him in a fiery blaze. It's telling to note that Disney switched to the "Villain Falls to His/Her Doom" ending for years after this.
  • Osmosis Jones
    • Thrax pokes a white blood cell with his immolating claw, causing the cell to boil inside-out.
    • Thrax dies a horrible, melting death in a glass of alcohol (having previously bragged about killing three people, including a little girl).
  • Agatha's death in ParaNorman. The thought of an innocent 11-year-old girl being sentenced to hanging is very unsettling. Not to mention how it's suggested that the zombies chasing Norman the whole film were killed by Aggie's "witch powers" after sentencing her to death.
  • Drake, the main villain of The Pebble and the Penguin (also by Don Bluth) was dispatched with a boulder on the head. The boulder crushes him completely. In fact, the underside of the boulder can be seen when it rolls off a nearby ledge and there is nothing on it (there's still no blood however).
  • The film of The Plague Dogs has a man call over Snitter, intending to pet him. Snitter jumps on to the man, his front paw catching on the trigger of a gun the man unfortunately has pointed at his face, blowing the man's head off.
  • In The Princess and the Frog,
    • Dr. Facilier is dragged into voodoo-hell — screaming and struggling the whole time — by his "Friends on the Other Side" when it's apparent his plan to pay off his "debt" to them is foiled for good. Then, they go out of their way to show his tombstone, with his name and eternally-horrified face engraved on it. It's even worse if you look at how they animated his eyes during that scene. To wit, most Disney villains meet their end with a little gasp and a look of surprise or a Big "NO!". Facilier reacts to his talisman being shattered with a Little "No" followed by a Big "NO!" as he frantically tries to piece it back together, and you can see him realize clearly, before the Loa even show up, that he is about to die horribly. Even to adults, it's incredibly unsettling to watch the previously-cool and unflappable Shadow Man have a full-on Villainous Breakdown and beg for his life as his "friends" kill him. Even Tiana is visibly horrified as she looks on.
    Facilier: (hysterically as he's dragged to Hell) I PROMISE I'LL PAY Y'ALL BACK! I PROMISE!
    • Plus, Ray being stepped on by Facilier, complete with Sickening "Crunch!". Really not the kind of thing you expect in a Disney film, especially with it ultimately subverting the Disney Death trope.
  • Ruber from Quest for Camelot, when he tries to impale Kayley and Garrett with Excalibur that was merged to his hand minutes earlier with his magic potion, but ends up missing the two, because they moved away at the right time, replacing the sword back into the stone for where it came from. The stone's magic and power begins to flare up on Ruber as it rapidly flashes around him. The stone begins to purify Excalibur back to its normal self where the process ends up graphically disintegrating Ruber on-screen; leaving behind Excalibur for Arthur to reclaim, and one of Ruber's pauldrons to fall back down to earth.
  • Subverted in Rio where Nigel appears to have been shredded alive by the airplane's propellers at the end, but it's later revealed that he survived only to have lost all of his feathers in the process. He reappears in the sequel, now part of a Big Bad Duumvirate, wearing a sweater to cover himself.
  • At the end of Robots, Madame Gasket is shredded alive inside her Chop Shop grinder.
  • The Secret of NIMH. Along with all the implied animal deaths at the N.I.M.H. laboratory, The Great Owl rather graphically dispatches a Giant Spider by crushing it under its foot and eating it. The deaths in the final act were little better, particularly that of Nicodemus, who gets hit with a pulley by Jenner and knocked off a rock before being crushed underneath a falling breezeblock, and Jenner himself, who gets hit in the back with a thrown knife after graphically slashing Sullivan's throat.
  • Sleeping Beauty: After Prince Phillip hurled the Sword of Truth right into Dragon!Maleficent's chest, you can see blood slowly seaming out just before Maleficent makes the final plunge at Phillip. But he moves out of the way, allowing the dragon to tumble off the cliff and into her forest of thorns. Black and purple smoke fill up the screen, and the next shot from Phillip's view is just only the shredded cloak of Maleficent left on the ground with the sword sticking out on top. This is the known goriest death that Disney has ever done in history.
  • Tangled:
  • Tarzan:
    • Kerchak and Kala's infant son is a little too energetic and curious for his own good when he chases a frog while his parents sleep, and he runs into the leopard Sabor. Sabor pounces on him and the movie cuts to his devastated parents' reaction when he shrieks as Sabor kills and devours him.
    • We see the mother ape happen upon the treehouse Tarzan's family built. She goes in curiously and we find it a bit too quiet. She soon see why, the place has been trashed and the bodies of Tarzan's family are seen next to a set of bloodied pawprints on the floor.
    • Clayton gets tangled up in a cluster of vines high in the trees, and then proceeds to cut his way out of them, all the while the vines are tightening around his neck. Unfortunately for him, he cuts one too many vines and falls to his death (as pictured above). While the film does cut to a Gory Discretion Shot, lightning flashes and we can see Clayton's hanging silhouette on a nearby tree.
  • Toy Story:
    • Toy Story. That poor action figure Sid blew up during his introductory scene in the first film, therefore making him the only character in the series to be killed off permanently.
    • Toy Story 2. Buzz Lightyear at the beginning of the film gets disintegrated to death after Emperor Zurg blasts off his upper torso. This is when the entire sequence turns out to be a video game played by Rex.
  • The Transformers: The Movie: Most of the first two seasons' cast has bridges dropped on them in very graphic and sadistic manners, not counting those who died offscreen.
    • Scavenger shoots Prowl, the blast going inside him and reaching Prowl's insides, causing him to effectively burn from the inside out with fire blazing from his mouth endlessly directly at the camera.
    • Ironhide has his computer-brains blown out execution-style by Megs.
    • Optimus gets blasted and stabbed a dozen times (supposedly the fatal wound was due to a stab) while Hot Rod is held hostage.
    • Kranix and another Lithonian are fed to the Sharkticons. Although mostly offscreen, we still get to hear him screaming in agony as he's eaten alive.
    • Gears (maybe) and several other captured Transformers inside Unicron are dissolved in an acid bath.
    • The Conehead Seekers get chomped by Unicron's robot form (though they got better for Season 3).
    • Starscream takes a direct hit from Galvatron's cannon mode, burning him to a cinder with a look of agony on his face, before disintegrating.
    • Ultra Magnus gets blown to pieces (originally was going to be drawn and quartered), although put back together shortly after.
    • Shockwave was supposed to be stomped by Unicron, but they cut out the shot.
    • Red Alert was also supposed to die by being shot in the back by Devastator, but that scene was never animated.
    • The first 5 minutes of this movie show an entire planet of robot people sucked into Unicron's hungry maw, chewn up, and used as fuel, in other words, genocide.
  • In Up, the main villain Charles Muntz plummets to his death from an airship that is about 10,000 feet above sea level. Interestingly, they sent a few helium-filled balloons down with him, presumably so that if the viewer so chose, one could imagine the villain catching those balloons and securing a softer landing.
  • WALL•E:
    • GO-4's death. We're shown how sentient and cute robots can be. Then one of them falls a few stories and smashes on the ground. Evil or not, it's still amazingly graphic for a robot.
    • It may have been a Disney Death, but seeing WALL•E getting quite graphically crushed in one, swift motion was pretty cringe-worthy.
    • The steward bots that try to prevent WALL•E's group from getting to the holo detector. One of them gets blasted by EVE, one gets defibulated to death, and the rest get smashed into scrap metal after WALL•E cuts the restraints on the massage bot.
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story starts out as a cutesy story about talking dinosaurs. It ends with a Big Bad, who ran a Circus of Fear, being eaten alive by crows.
  • The film of Watership Down:
    • Especially the scene at the end when the dog gets loose, bites into a rabbit mook and shakes it with blood spraying everywhere.
    • Blackavar getting his throat torn out by Woundwort.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph:
    • King Candy A.K.A. Turbo gets eaten alive by a Cybug. That's pretty Family Unfriendly right there, but then it turns out one family unfriendly death is not the end for him and he goes all One-Winged Angel. Fortunately, Ralph defeats him (as well as all the other Cybugs) by causing the Diet Cola Volcano to erupt. Since "Turbo" is now just a Cybug with Turbo's memories, the Cybug's programming takes over and he starts flying into the geyser. Last thing we see of Turbo is him glitching between a hypnotized "King Candy" and his real face, which is screaming in horror as he flies into the geyser and immolates himself.
    • King Candy manages to convince Ralph that, if Vanellope is promoted to playable status, the players will see her glitches and assume the game is broken, forcing the arcade to decommission the machine. While player characters and NPCs will manage to evacuate safely, glitches like Vanellope won't, and will get sucked alive into a painful black hole of deletion, along with the game environment. Not helped by the Vanellope in the Imagine Spot screaming for help as she bangs her fists against the barrier.

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