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22 Kids’ Movies That Are Totally Messed Up

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There are super crazy things that have happened in some of our favorite kids’ movies which we might have overlooked being young. The makers of these films might have forgotten that something that appears seemingly innocuous can end up being terrifying for young kids.

From portraying dark or complex animation to haunting themes, these kids’ movies never should have been marketed to children in the first place. So join us and take this trip down memory lane and join us as we take a look at 22 such films that absolutely wrecked our innocence and let us know some of your picks in the comments. 

1. The Dark Crystal (1982)

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The bad guys used to suck the souls out of little creatures and torture the heroine so much. That was pretty harsh for a Jim Henson puppet movie.

2. Anastasia (1997)

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Anastasia was an unloved 18-year-old orphan who who had an evil ghost demon trying to kill her. Her ‘love interest’ was using her the whole time to get the reward money for her safe return to her grandma.

3. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

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Sure, there are cute dogs hopping around, but the entire story involves gambling, robbery, and murder. And don’t forget the scene where Charlie dreams he’s in hell.

4. Snow White (1937)

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After her stepmother hires a huntsman to cut her heart out, Snow White, who is apparently 14-years-old goes and lives with seven men she doesn’t know, eats a poisoned apple and falls into a coma. She then gets kissed by some random prince she’s never met and goes off to marry him.

5. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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The Oompa Loompas steal children from their parents at random, a kid practically drowns in the chocolate river, and redefines ‘death by chocolate’ and a girl eats a piece of gum and becomes a blueberry.

6. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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From kidnapping, child murder, public executions to a bus running over a cat, Hocus Pocus might be a great movie but showing kids attempting to burn three adults alive in a school kiln and constantly mocking the virginity of a teen boy makes the movie pretty dark.

7. Home Alone (1990)

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Honestly, what kind of family and mother forget about their own child? The rest of Kevin’s family were extremely complicit in his mistreatment too.

8. Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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The movie starts with the death of the kids’ parents and becomes progressively worse. Things get better in between until the villain finds them and kills their caretaker. He then tries to marry the 14-years-old girl just so he would get the money. It was a truly messed-up movie.

9. The Parent Trap (1998)

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The Parents Trap is not a fun kids movie when you realize that not only did the parents separate the twin sisters, but they straight-up abandoned the other one.

10. Stuart Little (1999)

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All of those kids in the orphanage dreamed of having a ‘forever family,’ and these parents resolved to adopting a mouse.

11. Thumbelina (1994)

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Thumbelina was kidnapped twice and forced into a marriage by two different people. Also, a large crowd of people who just called her ‘ugly’ repeatedly is probably not the best thing to show young children

12. Pinocchio (1940)

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A puppet comes to life, said puppet’s father gets swallowed whole by a whale, and then the puppet turns into a real boy, only to be turned into a donkey at some nightmare-fueled carnival full of donkey-boy slaves.

13. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

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Killing Leslie in the film was not a very suitable idea. It was highly traumatizing for kids and even adults. It’s the reason you should look up the summary of movies before seeing them.

14. Matilda (1996)

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Miss Trunchbull shouldn’t have been anywhere near children. And the Chokey is not even worth talking about.

15. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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The Child Catcher scene in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was enough to give nightmares to kids for a long time.

16. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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A young woman was kidnapped and kept as a prisoner until she fell in love with a Beast while his friends use songs to break her down mentally.

17. Madeline (1998)

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In the live-action Madeline movie, the kidnapping scene shown was way different from what we saw as kids. If you watch it you will realize how horrifying it is.

19. Coraline (2009)

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The Other Mother acts all good before turning evil the second Coraline wants to go back to her real home. She traps her in the Other World and tries to keep her captive forever. Then Other Mother goes out of her way to capture Coraline’s parents and lock them in a mirror.

20. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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This movie is so sexist. Also, the part where the bad guy’s face melts off? Terrifying as a child and an adult.

21. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

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Cruella de Vil wanted to capture dogs to skin them and wear their fur. If that’s not screwed up, I don’t know what is

22. The Harry Potter series (2001)


Not only was Harry’s so-called ‘family’ super abusive, but he was manipulated his entire life to be raised like a lamb for slaughter.


Tell us in the comment section which kids’ movies scared you the most as a kid


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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.