Children's films with grown-up issues

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN
  • Updated: July 8, 2011 - 10:13 AM

Lord Voldemort isn't the first person to command children's nightmares.

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Here's a look back at 10 "family-friendly" films that had us dabbing or covering our eyes:

"The Wizard of Oz" (1939): Flying. Monkeys.

"Dumbo" (1941): Flying elephant takes tainted peanut from ringmaster Timothy Leary and goes on a bad acid trip starring pink peers on parade.

"Old Yeller" (1957): Boy meets dog. Boy hates dog. Boy loves dog. Boy shoots dog.

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968): Stupid kids ignore advice about not taking candy from strangers and wind up in the clutches of the Child Catcher.

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971): The Candyman takes guests down a chocolate river and through a psychedelic tunnel while reciting freak-out poetry. Cue Grateful Dead music.

"Benji the Hunted" (1987): Cuddly dog howls for his master when he befriends orphaned cougar cubs whose mother was shot by a hunter, quite possibly the same one who wiped out Bambi's mom.

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988): Judge Doom makes Freddie Krueger look like Fred Rogers when he reveals himself as a bug-eyed villain with a voice almost as frightening as Fran Drescher's.

"The Lion King" (1994)" Simba takes on serious daddy issues when Mufasa dies -- and he thinks it's his fault. Jungle shrink on vacation.

"Coraline" (2009): Other Mother turns into a spiderwoman who's a lot less friendly than film's better known webslinger.

"Toy Story 3" (2010): Gang holds plastic hands and prepares to meet a fiery fate after being dumped into a furnace. Saved at last minute by Pixar executives who realize that killing off characters would prevent lucrative "Toy Story 4."

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