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Nightmare Fuel / Titan A.E.

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Look at those Drej-ful dark eyes.

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This film can get pretty scary, violent, and dark—even by Don Bluth's normal standards, lacking most of his kid-friendly comedy to balance out the nightmarish imagery as it's more geared for a more mature audience than the usual films he does. It starts off with the destruction of Earth and the near extinction of humanity and it gets worse from there.

  • Earth getting blown up. The fact that it was in the trailers meant that even kids who didn't see the movie likely saw that scene.
    • This footage of the Earth exploding is also used for the intro of the music video of one of the songs from this show, Over My Head, where the band is perfectly happy to keep playing all the way to the end, with their entire concert ground on Earth simply not evacuating even as the Drej set off the Earth-Shattering Kaboom - they literally ride the fragments of the planet's crust into space.
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  • Just imagine it: You're put on a space ship and as you're flying away from Earth, you see it begin to spin out of control and then, BOOM, it's gone. Hot damn.
  • The Drej ships also manage to take down several transports attempting to evacuate the planet.
  • Also, if you watch closely when Earth is destroyed, you'll see that some of the evacuation ships are hit by chunks of Earth, implying their helpless human passengers were killed as they fled.
  • The Drej themselves are pretty scary, not helped by the fact that their mothership resembles a stylized skull.
    • Overall, the Drej race is terrifying, a race of merciless entities made of pure blue energies with a Hive Mind that look subtly skeletal. And unlike most Don Bluth villains, there's no humor or polite quirks to balance out their villainy, playing their no-nonsense actions darkly straight.
  • When one of chefs on the ship encounters a Drej duo, the latter evaporates them into a pair of teeth and eyeballs.
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  • Whenever a character bleeds while in zero gravity, and their blood just floats.
  • Cale's nightmare, two Drej soldiers shoots his chest.
  • Preed, a comic-relief alien voiced by Nathan Lane, surely he can't be that scary? Wrong! His callous demeanour is not all that different from his personality before he's revealed to be a Drej agent, he remorselessly tries to kill his crew-mates, managing to graphically wound Akima and nearly kill Gune. And Lane's performance, while amazing, is surprisingly laced in bloodthirsty sadism.
    • Also his death by Neck Snap courtesy of Korso.