In 1923, Walt Disney and his older brother founded a cartoon studio which is now known as The Walt Disney Company, or simply Disney, as it is more commonly referred to; and it is now a very successful multi-billion dollar company. As of today, Disney owns virtually everything related to Marvel comics, Lucasfilm, Pixar, most of ESPN, and the various ABC networks. And while they also have their own movie studio which produces many live-action movies, Disney will always be best known for their animated movies.
Since the late 1930s, Disney has released a long list of animated films, many of which are so iconic, that they are the main reason behind Disney’s immense financial success. Each one of those movies have introduced audiences to memorable characters, both good and evil.
The protagonists of these animated movies, are always pure and kind at heart, and they almost always have to face off against a main antagonist who is mean spirited and at times very cruel in nature. There are those who can argue that these Disney movies are simply cartoons for kids, but although that is technically the case, these movies contain some serious subject matter that many parents would usually not want their kids to know about until they were older. These acts include things such as kidnapping, forced imprisonment/servitude, and even murder; which is why the characters who have perpetrated these acts are forever known as Disney villains. Here is a list of the top 15 most heinous acts committed by Disney characters.
15 Yzma - Attempted Murder
14 Captain Hook - Attempted Child Homicide
13 Lady Tremaine - Forced Servitude
12 Shan-Yu - War Crimes & Murder
11 Maleficent - Cursing The Princess
10 Cruella De Vil - Animal Cruelty
9 The Evil Queen - Conspiracy & Attempted Murder
8 Clayton - Poaching & Attempted Murder
7 Mother Gothel - Kidnapping & False Imprisonment
6 The Coachman - Kidnapping & Trafficking
5 Gaston - Attempted Murder
4 Governor Ratcliffe - Attempted Genocide
3 Claude Frollo - Murder & Attempted Murder
2 Scar - Assassination
1 The Hunter - Murder
In 1942, Disney released a movie which shared its name with the main character, a cute baby deer named Bambi, and even though the movie’s villain is never really seen or named, man is still one of Disney’s most heinous villains as he killed Bambi’s mother. This character is known simply as The Hunter, and even though he was hunting, an act that people have been doing forever for food, it is still a heartbreaking scene to watch, especially when Bambi learns of her death. The movie hits people with the idea that animals are in fact individuals who love and care for one another on the same level that humans do, and when the hunter returns near the end of the movie with friends, it is a striking image to see the terrified looks on all the animals’ faces as they are running for their lives and watching as some of their loved ones are killed in front of their eyes.
Sources: Collider, Babble, Wikipedia
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