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18 Creepy and Disturbing Disney Cartoons

18 Creepy and Disturbing Disney Cartoons

Most of the time when we think about Disney today we think of family-friendly entertainment and big beautiful eyes and happy feelings but the freaky truth is that Disney has a long history of questionable imagery. From dark themes to creepy cartoons and even racism, Disney has had it's ups and down over the years upon years it has existed to entertain. If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself! Every single cartoon here today is a little on the disturbing side!

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1. 1954, Spare the Rod

The depiction of the cannibalistic African natives was deemed so offensive that the cartoon was censored and cut down to about half its original length but we all know it happened.

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2. Dumbo and Jim Crow

When you were little you probably didn't even notice the inappropriate name given to one of the already racially charged animated crows.

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3. Aristocats

A generally sweet movie that just kinda missed the mark when they went out of their way to stereotype the Siamese Cat as offensively Asian as possible.

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4. 1932

In 1932 Mickey Mouse saves an African native from rival tribesmen and then makes him a servant. Disney, no.

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5. "What Makes a Red Man Red?"

The Peter Pan song probably didn't irk you as a child but as an adult it should.

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6. Commando Duck

A WW2 Propaganda film in which Donald Duck celebrated his joy in having just wiped out an entire platoon of Japanese soldiers, which were of course depicted with yellow skin and super slanted eyes. Ugh.

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7. Anti-semetic cartoons!

Someone apparently thought, "what is every single Jewish stereotype you can think of? OK, put it all on the big bad wolf."

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8. Donald Duck was always at war

This time battling the likes of Hitler, Disney pushed the envelope a little with the knife fight iIn the 1943 cartoon, "That Old Army Game."

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9. Aladdin

The original lyrics were even more offensive than the already questionable film. Fun fact: Disney's Aladdin is on the list of 100 Most Offensive Films Ever because of how controversially they depicted the Middle East.

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10. Song of the South

All of it, just all of it. It never made it to VHS but if you're old enough you probably remember this racially charged Disney movie about a white boy hanging out with Uncle Remus while they wander around the plantation Remus was previously a slave at. A message the movie was supposed to usher in basically tried to minimize the horrors African Americans experienced and to just sort of... sweep the South under the rug.

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11. 1935's Cannibal Capers

Disney had an obsession with depicting Native Africans as cannibals and they're seen here doing a dance.

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12. Satan!

Yep, Disney made an entire cartoon about Hell back in 1929.

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13. Mickey and the Beanstalk

When Disney took a turn for the dark! A starving Donald Duck goes ape shit and stalks a friendly cow with murder in his eyes. Child friendly, you say?

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14. "Reason and Emotion"

In this 1943 WW2 cartoon women were discouraged from "emotional eating" in order to properly ration food during war times. Apparently nothing says patriotism like a slim figure.

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15. Malaria

Disney made a disturbing public service video informing the youth of the dangers of malaria that fully depicted what malaria does to you. I mean... thanks Disney.

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16. Fantasia

Yep, even Disney's Fantasia managed to depict pretty white centaurs with little racially charged slaves.

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17. ...Poor Donald Duck

Remember that time he had a horrifying dream about joining the Nazi Party? Man propaganda cartoons were something else.

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18. Mickey in Arabia

Because apparently Disney was hating the Middle East long before it became popular.

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