It’s a well-known fact that Disney movies have some pretty dark moments.
But beyond the villain deaths and dark climaxes, there are a lot of dark things about Disney movies that we just…don’t talk about.
1. Like…are we ready to talk about the bestiality going on in Beauty and the Beast?
2. Also, the entire premise of the movie is Belle falling in love with her captor.
3. But honestly, one of the darkest things the Beast does is straight up just letting Gaston and his cronies attack the castle ’cause he’s sad, putting the lives of his entire staff at risk.
4. And there’s a ton of broken furniture and cookware in the ensuing fight scene. Does this mean the servants who became those furniture pieces were dead??
5. I honestly find it super gross that a ton of the stories revolve around kissing unconscious girls.
6. Speaking of…Snow White’s body would’ve rotted a LOT if left in a glass coffin for years.
7. This also makes me wonder what happened to Mufasa’s body in The Lion King.
8. …And, come to think of it, the body of every Disney villain who falls to their death.
9. Although, I guess you could just say villains like Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame were dragged to hell, based on the imagery.
10. I’m a huge Mulan fan and I love Mulan with Shang Li, but you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty messed up that he basically just leaves Mulan to die.
11. Death feels like a major theme in most Disney movies. The main plot of The Aristocats basically revolves around Adelaide dying.
12. In Moana, Maui steals Te Fiti’s heart and this basically slowly poisons all the surrounding islands for 1,000 years. So I’m assuming a ton of people/islands were just wiped out. Meaning Maui was responsible for the death of thousands.
13. We all know Ursula’s lost souls are pretty creepy in The Little Mermaid but I feel like by the end of the movie, we’ve forgotten about them. But like…they’re still down there, right?
14. Honestly, The Little Mermaid is just super dark overall, considering a bunch of the main characters are fish. “Les Poissons” is downright harrowing when you realize that Sebastian watching fish get cut up is basically the equivalent of watching a giant gleefully chop and cook a bunch of humans.
15. Food in The Lion King quickly gets pretty dark too. All the animals seem to be able to talk and have robust personalities, yet most of them eat each other for food. The only thing protecting characters like Timon is plot.
16. Speaking of The Lion King…Nala and Simba were definitely related.
17. This was realistic but I feel like we all miss the quick moment when Rapunzel reaches out for Gothel as she falls to her death.
18. The whole climax of Tangled is actually one of the darkest Disney movie climaxes. Gothel is just going to keep Rapunzel chained up forever. Also, I feel like no one ever talks about the trauma of Rapunzel being held hostage for her entire life.
19. There’s actually so much child abuse and neglect… Like what about the Beast? It seemed like he was 11 when the curse was cast. Where the heck were his parents?
20. I also get disturbed by the fact that there are so many kids in a castle of servants. Where are their parents? It seems like Chip is the only one who’s Mrs. Potts’s kid.
21. There also seems to be a running theme of fathers who straight up hate their sons. Like Kerchak in Tarzan.
22. Anyone else think it’s kind of messed up that the fairies put the entire kingdom to sleep just because Aurora is asleep in Sleeping Beauty?
23. Prince Charming not even remembering what color HAIR Cinderella had is super sus. I feel like he had to be super drunk.
24. And finally….I hate to ask this, but…did Tarzan have, like, crushes on gorillas as a teenager/adult? Did he have relationships with them???
What aspect of a Disney film always strikes you as super dark or disturbing? Let us know in the comments!
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