For fellow millenials and early Gen Z-ers, we all know those old animated movies that were so good even after we’re all grown up. However, a few of these movies have way darker stories than we used to think.
1. Anastasia (1997)
Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd), the wicked magician, casts a curse on the royal Romanovs; and Anastasia (Meg Ryan) was forced to flee when their palace is overtaken. Years later, the Grand Duchess (Angela Lansbury) offers a prize to anyone who can bring Anastasia home to her. Two cunning Russians (John Cusack and Kelsey Grammer) plot to cast an ordinary orphan girl who has a striking likeness to the lost princess. They take her to Paris in exchange for the prize, unaware that she is actually the true Anastasia. The dark side of this movie is Rasputin and his magic, even looking at his animated face gives you nightmares.
2. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
When he joins a party of reckless explorers to uncover the mythical lost civilization of Atlantis, a novice young explorer is apparently the key to revealing an ancient secret. Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox), a young yet dedicated museum cartographer, hopes of finishing the mission began by his late grandfather, a great explorer. When a journal is discovered, an outlandish tycoon supports an exploration that is guided by the journal which Milo will decipher, and the action accelerates. It’s a fun adventure movie until it shows the billionaire’s evil hidden agenda.
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Deformed Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) is the bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, living confined in a tower. With only gargoyles as his friends, Quasimodo craves human interaction. Which leads to his unexpected meeting with the captivating Gypsy Esmeralda (Demi Moore). When the lovely young lady draws the eye of Quasimodo’s guardian, the malevolent Frollo (Tony Jay); Quasimodo is obliged to assist in keeping her safe. The fact that this is a Disney movie just gives shivers to the spine.