If it’s Pixar, you know it’s gonna be all festive and fun. Pixar movies have this well-earned reputation for never making dark but the happiest movies on earth. For years, they have delivered some of the century’s great hits of animated films. Pixar, and their parent company Disney for that matter, have always put elements like thrilling setpieces, hilarious gags, and unforgettable characters in their movies that aim to deliver an emotional punch.
However, there have been times when Pixar has managed to spectacularly sneak in some dark moments into their movies and made us ponder the meaning of life. Here are 23 moments from Pixar that were surprisingly too dark and grim for kids
1. In Soul, when 22 became a lost soul and Joe realized that the spark he and 22 have been looking for wasn’t someone’s purpose, but their want and willingness to live.
2. In Ratatouille, when Remy’s dad took him to look at the dead rats in the poison shop and explained the outcome of getting too comfortable around humans.
3. In Cars 2, when one of the cars was killed by torture. The death was described in a very creepy way. The bolts burst and oil gushed inside his engine which blew him up and exploded him into flames
4. In Big Hero 6, when Tadashi was killed due to the building’s explosion. Damn you, professor Callaghan we weren’t ready.
5. In Monsters, Inc., when Sulley thought Boo had died in the trash compactor
6. In Finding Nemo, when Marlin lost all faith in rescuing Nemo and left Dory behind having a breakdown, sobbing, and swimming in circles.
7. In The Incredibles, when they killed off Syndrome by throwing him into a jet turbine
8. In Coco, when it hit Miguel that it was Ernesto who had stolen Héctor’s songs and murdered him. The darkest plot twist?
9. In A Bug’s Life, when Hopper put Flick under his foot/tentacle in front of all the ants and almost crushed him to death.
10. In Coco, when Ernesto was trapped underneath the town hall bell. Ouchhh!
11. In The Incredibles, when Helen assumed that Bob was cheating on her and says a very gut-wrenching I love you when he’s leaving again.
12. In Monsters, Inc., when the scream extractor which is a torture machine for kids was almost used on Boo.
13. In Toy Story, when Woody sees Babyface with creepy broken and disfigured dolls.
14. In Toy Story 3, when the toys see no way out of the incinerator so they join hands and accept that they’re going to die.
15. In Float, when the father stares and screams dead at his son, asking why he couldn’t be normal for once like the other kids.
16. In Inside Out, the whole part where Riley dealt with depression
17. In Ratatouille, the scene at the beginning where the mad old woman tried to kill Remy and his family, and Remy almost got left behind and shot.
18. In Up, when Ellie and Carl dreamt of their kid’s future and decorated a nursery. However, Ellie faces a miscarriage, and the two suffer through a major trauma.
19. In Toy Story 4, when Forky calls himself trash and tries to throw himself away. He even makes attempts to kill himself.
20. In Inside Out, when Bing Bong was forgotten
What Pixar moment do you think is super dark and bleak, especially for a kids movie? Share with us what the moment is and why it’s so dark in the comments below!