Ah, the magic of movies. The sensation of cinema. The fantasy of flicks. The…other alliterative descriptions. Is there anything better? Especially as a kid, where the line between magic and reality is that much more blurred?

The downside, of course, is that if something freaky happens, it REALLY gets to you. Even within the confines of something you’d think would be innocuous.

what animated film traumatized you as a child? from AskReddit

So, what movies are the people of Reddit still talking to their therapists about? Let’s go down the list of the big ones.

1. The Brave Little Toaster

The clown nightmare and the scene where the ac unit destroys himself are so scary. And the entire movie is about abandonment and obsolescence.

As an adult there’s so many moments you don’t appreciate as a kid. Like the whole relationship between Toaster and Blanky is really codependent and toxic. Toaster resents Blanky and finds him suffocating but feels obligated to him.

And the scene where Toaster has to reject the flower that’s in love with him is like whole levels of sad… he’s like “I can’t be what you need me to be” while the flower is desperately projecting itself in his reflection, then it dies when Toaster leaves.

The junk shop torture scene, the cars being put to death, the horrible magnet… this movie is f**ked up and an absolute work of art

– PutItOnMyTombstone

2. The Fox and the Hound

Why was the movie so dang depressing!?

The cover promises cute fox and puppy hijinks, instead delivers harsh realities about class differences, death, friendships fading, nature’s cruelty and is basically 100% a bummer

– Brittamas

3. Balto

The first time I realized children could die was from the scene in “Balto” where coffins are being built for the children who will die if the sled dogs don’t bring the medicine in time.

– ookellispookelli

4. The Great Mouse Detective

One of my favorite underrated Disney films.

The clock tower is one of the first instances of them using CGI, and I would’ve given ANYTHING to see what the original theater reaction was to that scene.

It’s still a spectacular sequence, and Ratigan just going feral will always stick with me.

– Luckyrabbit1927

5 The Land Before Time

A thing I learned recently is it was actually supposed to be MUCH darker.

Some old footage and storyboards surfaced recently. They were going to show the moment the sharptooth bit down on the mother and her reacting to the bite.

The fight was supposed to last a little longer too which I find interesting

– AnOrdinaryMaid

6. All Dogs go to Heaven

Drunken dog gets murdered by his business partner, kidnaps already kidnapped girl, forces her to help them get money by stealing and gambling, gets “shot” with tomatoes in the background meant to look like blood, implied “baby mama” and “prostitute”, frightening scene in H**l….

Yeah that movie is awesomely dark

– turquoisepurplepink

7. Coraline

I read somewhere that Gaiman intended the book to be that way. From a kid’s perspective it’s a brave, smart, capable little girl traveling into another dimension to save her parents from an evil witch- it’s a fun, empowering story about a plucky kid who saves the day.

But adults see that premise and are horrified at the thought of a child trapped in another dimension- where everything down to the flowerbeds seems to be dangerous, no less- with a giant spider woman who’s trying to rip out her eyes and eat her soul.

– cryptic-coyote

8. Lady and the Tramp

Saddest part about the dog pound scene is that you see one dog getting led away through what the other dogs call “the one-way door.” Basically to get put down.

– AQbL5494

9. Treasure Planet

When a character fell into the black hole.

My brother was a huge astronomy nerd (still is) and explained that black holes tear you apart by the atoms.

And that if a black hole appeared near our galaxy or whatever, we would be done.

– arasairotciv

10. Little Nemo

I’ve mostly blocked it from my mind now but I have vague memories of a kid fleeing a shapeless black ooze as it consumes his home. This being after he released it, somehow.

I’ve thought about rewatching it as an adult to see how it holds up.

– dirkofdirges

11. Felidae

On first glance it’s a neat looking film about cats, but there is a lot of violence (cats killing each other), weird dream sequences with lots of death cats and even a cat s** scene.

– Dietberd

12. Snow White

The Huntsman’s murder face, the freaky forest, the queen to hag transformation scene, the queen falling to her death at the end (and presumably also crushed by a boulder)

– Brittamas

13. Akira

Parents owned a video rental store when I was a kid and if no one rented the movie, I was allowed to watch whatever I liked (except r rated stuff). Parents didn’t really understand anime so when Akira came out, they put it in the animated section next to Land Before Time and Brave Little Toaster.

Guy on the cover looked cool. I took it home and watched it.

There was 8 year old me watching Tetsuo having psychotic hallucinations of his guts pouring out. I had a lot of nightmares over that scene.

I should say, though that it wasn’t really traumatizing since I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever watched.

– DiamondPup

14. Dumbo

Oh, what, you mean you didn’t enjoy “Pink Elephants On Parade?”

What are you, some kind of normal person who doesn’t like being awoken by elephant-centric nightmares for the better part of a week?

– RamsesThePigeon

15. The Rescuers

I was about 7 and didn’t know that kidnapping was a real thing.

I vividly remember asking my parents about it and they got emotional.

It was at that point that I lost my innocence and proceeded to have nightmares about Medusa and snoops for months.

– Atomic_Razer

Honorable mention from the thread that didn’t go into a lot of detail but that I agree with whole heartedly – in The Little Mermaid we clearly see that Ursula imprisons and torments the souls of her victims in a collection of jars. WTF?! Messed me up bad.

Anyway, which movie did it for you?

Tell us in the comments.