Surprisingly Dark Details In Kids' Movies That We're Just Now Finding Out About

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One of the most prolific film genres would have to be kids' movies. Family-oriented flicks make up a massive part of the marketplace, and they've been entertaining children around the world for the better part of a century. Whether it's something like The Wizard of Oz or Boss Baby, there's something for everyone in the genre, which is actually pretty dark when you think about it – with dark details in animated movies being surprisingly common.

Think back to some of the kids' movies you watched growing up, and you'll find everything from kidnappings and murder to poisoning and transforming babies into goblins. That's pretty dark, but it's also the central theme of Labyrinth, which is arguably one of the best kids' movies ever made... and then there's The Neverending Story... the list goes on.

Of course, not everything that happens on the screen immediately registers with every viewer. Sometimes, a dark detail emerges after fans take a close look at each scene in a movie and pick them apart, leading to some interesting details. This list highlights some of the more surprisingly dark details fans have noticed in kids' movies.


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    The Story Behind The Inspiration For 'The Iron Giant' Is Tragic

    From Redditor u/xXDazzieXx:

    Brad Bird was in part inspired to make this movie The Iron Giant (1999) as a memorial to his sister Susan, who died at the hands of her husband by gun violence. His pitch was this: "What if a gun had a soul and didn't want to be a gun?"

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    Scar's Song In 'The Lion King' Features Some Nazi Imagery

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    In The Lion King, during "Be Prepared," the hyenas' marching past Scar on the elevated rock was inspired by footage of Nazis marching by Adolf Hitler on a podium.

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    The Map In 'The Goonies' Has Real Human Blood All Over It

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In The Goonies (1985), the treasure map has real blood on it. The production designer cut his own finger and drizzled blood on the paper to give it an authentic look.

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    The Troll In 'Enchanted' Likely Ended A Bunch Of Disney Princesses

    From Redditor u/BelleWhite1:

    In Enchanted (2007), the troll that chases Giselle at the beginning of the movie is wearing a loin cloth made up of the peasant dresses from previous Disney Princesses.

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    261 VOTES

    Humanity Tried Too Late To Save Earth In 'WALL-E'

    From Redditor u/JRockstar50:

    In the opening scene of WALL-E (2008), there are wind turbines and nuclear plants built on top of trash mounds to imply that mankind didn't convert to clean energy until it was too late.

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    Scarecrow Came To Play In 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    From Redditor u/invertedparadoxxx:

    So in Wizard of Oz (1939) when they’re sent to kill the Witch of the West, Scarecrow straight up brings a gun.