15 Animated Films That Traumatized People When They Were Young

15 Animated Films That Traumatized People When They Were Young

Are these animated films way too dark for kids?

Animated films for children are supposed to be wholesome and filled with life lessons that we can bring as we grow up, but have you ever watched a certain animated film as a child which ended up traumatizing you? Don't worry dear, you are not alone. A Reddit user recently asked people on the platform, "what animated film traumatized you as a child?", and their answers make it hard to see these movies the same way again. Whether it's the imagery, the gore, or the entire plot itself, some of these films made us question if they really are suited for children.

Here are some of the best and most upvoted answers from the community. 

Pinocchio (1940)

"The sheer chaos of that mess got to me, THEN boys started to turn into donkeys and sobbed for their mother, and I lost it. Early Disney was dark!"-u/Itsnotmonica


The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

"I sincerely believe this movie created a lot of hoarders."- u/RmmThrowAway

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)

"Specifically Professor Screw-Eye and his circus."- u/CrazyRainbowStar

Professor Screw-Eye

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

"The black smoke always scared me. Tim Curry is a master."- u/MurderGiraffe19

FernGully: The Last Rainforest 

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"The huntsman's murder face, the freaky forest, the queen-to-hag transformation, the queen falling to her death at the end (and presumably also crushed by a boulder), etc."- u/Brittama

 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Land Before Time (1988)

"Littlefoot's mom dying instilled a fear in me and was the first time I realized that — one day, someday — my own mom will die."- u/CaptainHindsight212

The Land Before Time Littlefoot's Mother's Death

The Great Mouse Detective 

"The bat gave me nightmares for a solid week." - u/Apprehensive

The Great Mouse Detective

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989 )

"Watched it as an adult, that movie was dark."- u/Odysseuss87

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Watership Down (1972)

"Aww, look at the talking bunnies, how cute! Why -OH MY FUCKING GOD THAT'S SO MUCH BLOOD"- u/KittyLilith17

Watership Down

Last Unicorn (1982)

"That damn harpy..."- u/Bushtuckapenguin

Harpy- The Last Unicorn

The Lion King (1994 )

"We watched the lion king in the second week of kindergarten.... the week my dad died." u-wineshivers

The Lion King

Coraline (2009 )

"Button eyes traumatised the crap out of me." -u/Thatww2guy31

Mother- Coraline

Spirited Away (2001)

"No-face scared the fuck out of me."-u/LlamaSllaama

Spirited Away

Grave of the Fireflies (1988 )

"The best movie I never want to see again."-u/IcePhoenix18

Grave of the Fireflies

Fox and the Hound (1981)

"It still makes me cry if I watch it now."- u/swallowyoursadness

Fox and the Hound

How about you? What animated film had left such a negative impact on you after watching it? Tell us about it in the comments. 

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