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The 26 Most Disturbing Kids Movies Ever (Ultra-Mega BARF alert!)
babble.com ^ | 11/25/11 ? | Cole Gamble

Posted on 11/26/2011 6:04:44 PM PST by DemforBush

There are those who believe we must guard and protect children from the hurts and traumas of the big bad world for as long as possible. Then there are those people who believe we should toughen kids up by exposing them to and even pummeling them with terror and depravity. Those people become children’s filmmakers. Don't believe me? Gaze upon the list below and find a hall of horrors to give Wes Craven nightmares...

(Excerpt) Read more at babble.com ...


TOPICS: Education; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bambi; kids; movies
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Seriously, who really believes Dumbo and E.T. are "traumatic" to children? A couple of the movies on the lists are stinkers (not scary, just lousy movies), but most of them are genuine classics that I loved as a kid.

BTW, apparently Babble is some sort of parenting magazine or something. I saw the link on Yahoo on a related "great films to watch with your kids" story (which includes E.T. - take that, Babble!)

1 posted on 11/26/2011 6:04:44 PM PST by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

The scene where Dumbo visits him mama in jail is traumatic to me today. I can’t watch it without bawling.


2 posted on 11/26/2011 6:07:12 PM PST by DManA
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To: DemforBush

E.T. may not be traumatic, but it sure sucks.


3 posted on 11/26/2011 6:07:41 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

The one film on the list I would concede isn’t really age appropriate for kids, despite the “G” rating, is the Mysterious Stranger segment on the Mark Twain Claymation film. It’s very well done, but it really is more appropriate for teens and up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqi5F5MqqTQ

The rest of the writer’s list still stinks, though. I loved Old Yeller!


4 posted on 11/26/2011 6:08:31 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DemforBush

I haven’t recovered from Dumbo. I still can’t watch it.


5 posted on 11/26/2011 6:08:33 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: DemforBush

Cole Gamble sits down when he pees. I’m sure of it.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 6:09:32 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Roll the stone away, Let the guilty pay, It's Independence Day)
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To: DemforBush

The little boy, who did the voice for Bambi, for the fire scene had been told that his mother was kidnapped and was instructed to call out her name so she could be located.

He’s fine now.


7 posted on 11/26/2011 6:10:16 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: DemforBush

Sounds like opposite day. This site must be catering to pervs who want kids watching porn.


8 posted on 11/26/2011 6:11:35 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DemforBush
DUMBO
Sometime during his reign, Walt Disney turned to his staff of animators and said, "You know, boys, scientists aren't going to invent LSD for decades, but kids clamor to trip out NOW! It is our civic duty to blow the minds of American children.”

LSD was created in the 1930s. But liberals think the Baby Boomers invented everything from rock and roll to desegregation efforts and even sex.

9 posted on 11/26/2011 6:12:19 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: DemforBush

I got to “The Dark Crystal” and realized the author has no idea what he is talking about. TDC was NEVER designed to be a kid’s movie. It was ALWAYS aimed at adults — roof that Henson could create a story and characters with some heft.


10 posted on 11/26/2011 6:12:23 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: DemforBush

The whole list stinks (as do some of the movies), but I love Song of the South and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


11 posted on 11/26/2011 6:15:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

Song of the South apparently is only considered racist in America. IIt was available on legit release home video in Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.


12 posted on 11/26/2011 6:17:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: freedumb2003

Good point.


13 posted on 11/26/2011 6:18:52 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DemforBush

Some of the movies listed are fantastic. I love Wizard of Oz, E.T., Willy Wonka (the original, not the really weird Johnny Depp one) etc... A great movie for older elementary school/middle school kids is called “Holes”. Many of them read it in middle school and the theatrical production is very good.


14 posted on 11/26/2011 6:18:52 PM PST by momtothree
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To: DemforBush

Actually, I had nightmares about the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz. My Mom had an acquaintance who looked like her, and I hid behind my Mom. I think that neither of them knew, but in those days, kids were seen and not heard.


15 posted on 11/26/2011 6:20:01 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: DemforBush

Actually, I had nightmares about the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz. My Mom had an acquaintance who looked like her, and I hid behind my Mom. I think that neither of them knew, but in those days, kids were seen and not heard.


16 posted on 11/26/2011 6:20:05 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: momtothree

I’m with ya, especially on the original Willy Wonka. Gene Wilder was perfect in the part and Depp (who I generally like)...wasn’t.

Plus, anything with Jack Albertson in it is automatically worth watching to me (loved that crusty old buzzard!)


17 posted on 11/26/2011 6:21:08 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DManA

I didn’t pull up each one, but I noticed Old Yeller.

Heck, one worse than that — Shane. Talk about abandonment issues: ‘Shane. Shane .... Come Back!’

http://uk.ign.com/top/movie-moments/77

Not even a sequel.

[sniffle]


18 posted on 11/26/2011 6:21:37 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: DemforBush; Slings and Arrows

Attention Mr Cole: Keep repeating IT’S ONLY A MOVIE! IT’S ONLY A MOVIE! IT’S ONLY A MOVIE!


19 posted on 11/26/2011 6:22:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: DemforBush

The scene with Dumbo’s mom locked up is very traumatic, the movie has been changed, the mom died in the original.
Bambi is equally as bad, I remember seeing the Mom lying on the ground with blood on her shoulder, saying “run Bambi run”.


20 posted on 11/26/2011 6:23:48 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: DemforBush

the website truly lives up to its name


21 posted on 11/26/2011 6:24:23 PM PST by bigbob
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To: DemforBush

I thought the original Willy Wonka’s character has a great sense of dry humor. The Depp character reminded me of Michael Jackson for some reason... with really weird teeth. Plus, (not to over-analyze but the original one showed strong family ties of Charlie and his Mom/grandparents. The newer one sort of skated over that... losing the true message.


22 posted on 11/26/2011 6:24:31 PM PST by momtothree
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To: buccaneer81

“E.T. may not be traumatic, but it sure sucks.”

True, but not as much as the Atari 2600 video game based on it. :-)


23 posted on 11/26/2011 6:24:58 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DemforBush
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
There are plenty of reasons The Chronicles of Narnia might scare a kid: creepy English children, goat men, ham-fistedly overt Christian themes.

The atheist knock-off of Narnia & LOTR didn't get a mention.

He needs to learn to be a more tolerant hipster.

24 posted on 11/26/2011 6:25:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: DemforBush; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono

Want to see something REALLY scary?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amfu1gvM5U0


25 posted on 11/26/2011 6:26:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: DemforBush

Old Yeller ain’t fer sissies, that’s fer shore.


26 posted on 11/26/2011 6:28:49 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: TomGuy


27 posted on 11/26/2011 6:30:53 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: All

Interesting responses, everyone. While I continue to disagree with the list and the author’s premise, I definitely see where some of you are coming from about your own childhood experiences. No offense is intended to anyone who did find a particular movie scary/traumatic as a kid.

The movie that scared me - I mean REALLY scared me - as a kid was a made-for-tv horror film with Karen Black called Trilogy of Terror. The third story about the Zuni Warrior Doll made me want to hide under the blankets and never come back out!

Of course, one *could* point out the fact that if I had obeyed my parents and not snuck out of bed to watch something they told me I wasn’t allowed to see, the whole situation could have been avoided... :-)


28 posted on 11/26/2011 6:30:57 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: svcw

I was to young to remember it but my mom told me I got very upset when Bambi’s mom died.

But kids tender feelings weren’t spared in the olden days. Reread some of the Grim’s fairy tails our great grandparents read to our grandparents.


29 posted on 11/26/2011 6:31:13 PM PST by DManA
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To: TomGuy
I didn’t pull up each one, but I noticed Old Yeller.


30 posted on 11/26/2011 6:32:08 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: DemforBush
The scary thing about this movie is The Nothing. You know, the thing consuming all of Fantasia. And what is The Nothing? A giant lizard? A sentient, radioactive cloud? Worse: The Nothing is nothing. It is oblivion — the great unknown; the cold and lifeless void beyond our realm of understanding. Hey kiddies, wrap your little heads around that meaty chunk of existential crisis. Thank you, Neverending Story; you are more depressing than reading No Exit. Oh, and that princess? Some say cute, I say creepy.


You know, he kind of has a point with this one. I love the idea of it. What's the one thing you can't run away from? That''s right!
31 posted on 11/26/2011 6:36:28 PM PST by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: DemforBush

Is that the one where Karen Black threw the wooden doll into the oven? A black cloud of smoke comes out and she is possessed by the warrior? Yeah... scary stuff. (Don’t beat yourself up... I read “The Exorcist” when my parents forbade it. We passed it around class in my Catholic School. Swear I didn’t sleep for several weeks thinking the bed was shaking!!!)


32 posted on 11/26/2011 6:36:54 PM PST by momtothree
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To: DemforBush
Some great comments. I do suspect Mr. Gamble had his tongue in cheek for at least some of these criticisms; nevertheless, exactly what it is he finds disturbing leads one to conclude that he is somewhat, well, disturbed, himself. The proclivity of animals to fight one another in Narnia? Really? Would the author prefer lions, wolves, rabbits and squirrels dancing around together singing stupid songs about brotherhood? That may be fine for producing little liberals but at some point they are certain to be mugged by that "red in tooth and claw" problem AKA the Real World, generally before the little nippers have forgotten the words to "Hakuna Matata". It needn't be a movie that mugs them but it certainly oughtn't be the movie who sets them up for it.

Apparently the loosely-defined genre "children's movie" should not contain malevolence, violence, conflict, danger, negative outcomes of any sort, victory, defeat, startling images, unexpected shocks; in short, any single excitement that might motivate a child to see the thing in the first place. One suspects the author either despises children or is blissfully unacquainted with them.

33 posted on 11/26/2011 6:38:28 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: DemforBush

Dumbo is awesome, and also considered racist by busybodies who need lives. Oddly missing from the list is another great film, Spirited Away.


34 posted on 11/26/2011 6:40:22 PM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: DemforBush

Happy Feet...nothing but two hours of Algore Propaganda.


35 posted on 11/26/2011 6:41:29 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: momtothree

Yep, that’s the one!


36 posted on 11/26/2011 6:44:04 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DemforBush

Yep, that “Trilogy of Terror” was a pretty spooky one. I also recall a “Night Gallery” episode involving a doll, which was pretty memorable. Generally, I didn’t get too scared as a kid watching horror films. One of the only exceptions I can remember was staying up late to watch the film “Black Sabbath” (1963) with Boris Karloff. Yipe, somehow that one got under my skin!

But of course, these weren’t ‘kid films,’ so I guess we’re straying from the premise of the article a little.


37 posted on 11/26/2011 6:57:18 PM PST by greene66
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To: DemforBush

Dont know about anyone else but the original Transformers the Movie from the 80s seriously messed me up to the point that I’ve never watched the thing again nor really played with the toys afterwards. Some of my friends were the same.


38 posted on 11/26/2011 6:59:19 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: DemforBush

I lost patience about halfway through this list (Although Old Yeller has always disturbed me, but not as much as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

It lost credibility with “ham-fisted Christian overtones” with Chronicles of Narnia.

If people don’t understand allegories, they shouldn’t try and write for a living.


39 posted on 11/26/2011 6:59:43 PM PST by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: DemforBush

How about “Something This Way Wicked Comes” put out by Walt Disney.


40 posted on 11/26/2011 7:00:30 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: DManA

I have the same reaction. I can’t even talk about that scene without getting teary-eyed.


41 posted on 11/26/2011 7:02:02 PM PST by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: DemforBush
babble, at least they got the name right...
42 posted on 11/26/2011 7:02:16 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: buccaneer81

Tell me about it, E.T. without a doubt the most over-rated movie in the history of film. I absolutely hated it when it first came out in 1983 and hate it today, just cringe when I have to watch even a scene from it. It is without a doubt the most pathetically patronizing movie I have ever seen in my life “Isn’t ET cute! Isn’t ET cute! Isn’t ET cute! Isn’t ET cute! Isn’t ET cute! Isn’t ET cute!” That is the WHOLE freakin’ movie!


43 posted on 11/26/2011 7:02:54 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
I was 19 when it was released, and said no way. I finally saw it in its 2002 theater re-release and my five year old son hated it as much as I did.

I knew I was raising him right ;-)

44 posted on 11/26/2011 7:06:07 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

BAMBI


45 posted on 11/26/2011 7:07:45 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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To: DemforBush
True, but not as much as the Atari 2600 video game based on it. :-)

As bad as the Star Trek game for the 2600.

Only Asteroids and Missile Command were worth a damn. I had an Intellivision, a far superior platform.

46 posted on 11/26/2011 7:12:05 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Billthedrill

I suspect he was being deadly liberal serious with his trashing of Song of the South.


47 posted on 11/26/2011 7:14:21 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush

Wht the writer of the article neglects to realize is that kids LOVE to get “scared”. There is a physiological reason for that delight in scariness. Adrenalin is released to the brain, and targets the “Fight or Flight reaction.” This is actually quite pleasurable! In my Nursery school class, the most requested song for me to play on the guitar or piano is John Williams “Theme from JAWS”! As soon as the scary half-steps ring out the kids shriek and stamp their feet, and laugh hysterically. They LOVE it. They would much rather have me play that spooky song than “Twinkle twinkle” or “Old MacDonald”.

And when we do “old MacDonald”, they end up putting Dinosaurs, Sharks, Tigers, and Alligators on the poor Guys farm!

However, Dumbo visits Mom in the slammer or Mrs. Bambi being SHOT, are traumatic scenes of loss and sadness. Spooky and Scary are fun. Traumatic Loss, death, and sorrow are NOT.

Anyway, just some observations from a preschool teacher.


48 posted on 11/26/2011 7:23:33 PM PST by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: buccaneer81

I’d have to agree. The critics don’t see themselves as deliberately suppressing carefully-preserved post-bellum black culture but that’s exactly what they’re doing. Mark Twain’s children thought the stories were delightful. Modern kids won’t get the chance.


49 posted on 11/26/2011 7:28:51 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: DemforBush

When liberals attack artists, you know the end (for them) is near.


50 posted on 11/26/2011 7:29:01 PM PST by magellan
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